I’m always first and foremost a Disney Geek but if I were to choose my #2 obsession it would be technology. My iPhone might be my favorite thing in the world, I’ve been obsessed with new iPhone 6 that I picked up last week. Related to my technology and phone obsession is using technology in the Disney parks to help save you time and money when planning and touring.
One of my favorite apps that I use regularly on every trip is the official My Disney Experience mobile app which is available for iPhone and Android. The app can really save you a ton of time in the parks by using the various features such as the ability to make/update Fastpass+ reservations, seeing wait times or just having the map handy to get around.
My Disney Experience App Features
The application has many features that are really useful to have handy when touring the parks each day, here is an overview of each.
Yes we all love the park maps that they hand out but this is 2014 and why not save a few trees? I exclusively use the park maps on the app because I find them easier to use as well as not wasting paper by taking a paper map and eventually just throwing it out.
One the map you can easily see the wait times for each attraction, get a description of the attractions and restaurants and see which characters are appearing where. My tapping the arrow in the bottom left corner you can also show on the map where you are – a huge help for many newer travelers who aren’t familiar with the layout of the parks.
This is perhaps the most useful feature of the app – attraction wait times. Most parks do have the board around showing off the wait times but how nice is it to be able to get a quick overview of each wait time by just checking out the app? I’ve saved a lot of walking time by not having to walk over to an attraction entrance just to turn around because the wait is too long.
From this screen as well you can easily make a Fastpass+ reservation right from the app. Say for example you see Buzz Lightyear is 125 minutes and you really want to ride. You can simply make a Fastpass+ reservation from the app and attend during your return window.
The app allows you to make, cancel and update dining reservations right from your phone. Decide mid-day that you want to do dinner in Mexico? Curious about what is on the menu at the restaurant? Just pop open the app and check availability, if there is a seat available you can make a reservation right from the app. I’ve done this many times and it always worked flawlessly.
With the rollout of My Magic + you can now use the app to link your MagicBand to the app which is needed to use the Fastpass+ features of the app. This app along with MyMagic+ is just a piece of the large nextgen billion dollar park experience that Disney is currently in the process of rolling out at the parks.
In addition to the list above the app has many other smaller features like creating a day plan, alerts from Disney, shared plans with friends and family plus much more. You can download the app for now for free in the app store for Android and iPhone, there are versions available for phones and tablets.
Tip: Initially don’t give the app access to your current location, Disney locks out some features until you’re actually on property so you won’t be able to see some things. If they don’t know where you are they don’t lock you out of some features 🙂
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Orange this month. We will be back on October 23rd with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
- 1st Stop ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd – Disney Animation App
2nd Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers – Disney’s Frozen App
3rd Stop ~ Disney Mamas – Lines by TouringPlans.com
4th Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories – Live 365
Final Stop ~ Frugal Mouse – You’re here!