Remember what life was like before everything could be done with our phones? Thanks to the My Disney Experience app, you can plan, cancel, and change most aspects of your Disney vacation right from your phone. Downloading yet another app may sound tedious, and you may not think it’s worth signing up for an account for your occasional trip, but getting the app makes planning your entire Disney vacation so much easier—here’s why.
View general information
The My Disney Experience App stores loads of information about the Walt Disney World Resort that you can conveniently carry in your pocket. Not sure where to eat lunch? You can view menus in the app. Worried about getting a table? You can make reservations there too
You can also view park maps, hours, height restrictions, and general information about attractions, entertainment, character meetings and more. The app essentially takes all of the information that is stored on Disney’s official website but it sorts it in a way that is clear and concise, and easy to use when you’re on the go in the parks.
Make, view, edit, or cancel plans
While using the app you are able to see all of your reservations and ticket media. You can see which resort you’re booked at, which tickets you have, when they are valid until, and all of your dining reservations. If your plans change you can typically make these changes right in the app (if you ever need help though a Disney cast member is only a phone call away!)
You can make your FastPass+ selections 60 days before your trip if you are staying at a Disney resort, and you can do it all right in the app! The best part about making FastPass+ selections in the app though is the ability to add, cancel, or change them on the go. You would probably want to get FastPasses for the most popular attractions (think Flight of Passage for instance) 60 days in advance of your trip, but if you prefer to plan in the moment you can make selections while you’re already in the park. In many cases you can even find FastPasses for attractions while you’re on your way over to them!
The app is also incredibly useful for making additional FastPasses after you use your initial three. Instead of continually returning to FastPass kiosks in the park to make your next selection, you can do it all right from your phone. (Just be sure to link everyone’s tickets or Disney accounts in the app so one person can make selections for the whole group.)
Memory Maker & PhotoPass
If you purchase Memory Maker or take photos with Disney PhotoPass photographers throughout the parks, you’ll be able to view these images on the app. If you’re looking for lots of high quality photos with the whole family in the picture Memory Maker can be a valuable purchase. (Memory Maker costs $169 when purchased in advance and $199 when purchased on your trip.) By purchasing Memory Maker you’ll be able to download all of the photos taken during your trip. Even without it you’ll be able to view and purchase of your PhotoPass images right from the app!
Quick tips for My Disney Experience
- Sign up for a Disney account before your trip. It’s free to sign up for an account, and doing so before your trip will save you time while you’re in the parks.
- Make sure all of your reservations are linked before your trip. Once you’ve signed up for an account you’ll want to go back in the app and make sure all of your reservations are there. If you notice any missing you can add them using their confirmation numbers.
- Link to other family members. For kids, it may be easier to just add their tickets to your account and manage their FastPasses yourself. If other guests in your party have their own accounts, you can all link up using each other’s emails. You should also try to do this before your trip so you don’t spend time doing this in the park.
- Pack extra phone chargers. I recommend ordering a couple of portable chargers off Amazon. The last thing you want on your trip is to be tied to a wall outlet waiting for your phone to charge, or without a phone when the app is so helpful! If your phone dies in the parks and you’re in a pinch, purchase a Fuel Rod. You can find them in self-serve kiosks around the parks—they’re not as effective as most other chargers, but for $30 you can swap them out when the batteries die and they’re handy when you find yourself without one.
- Familiarize yourself with the app before you go. The app is relatively straightforward, but it’s meant to make your vacation easier. And your vacation will not be any easier if you’re still getting used to the app during your trip. Spend some time with it before you go so while you’re in the parks you can spend your time enjoying your trip.