The My Disney Experience App is an online tool that you can use to help plan your next Walt Disney World vacation. Even if you have a travel agent, and use them to book your trip, dining, and fast passes, it may be in your benefit to have a My Disney Experience log in, and download the app on your mobile device.
If you do happen to be working with a Travel Agent, they may have set up a log in and password for you, so make sure you get all the information from them before you leave for vacation. If instead, you did part or all of your vacation planning yourself, you’ll already have that information. To sign into the app, you’ll use the same email and password you use to access the My Disney Experience website.
Here, for your convenience, we bring you 6 things you didn’t know you could do in the My Disney Experience app to help you make the most of your next Disney World trip.
1. Use it as a Park Map
The My Disney Experience (MDE) App puts all the park maps right at your fingertips. Did you forget to grab one at your resort or at the front of the park? No worries, the maps on the app are just as easy to use, and if you’re confused on how to get from one place to the next, it will even give you directions.
Perhaps one of the most important pieces of information that this map can give you is wait times. It will also show you if a ride is down. Planning on trekking over to Frozen Ever After after you ride Test Track? Check the app first to make sure the walk over to the ride won’t be in vain.
Other important places you’ll find on these in-app maps are: baby care centers, bathrooms, and first aid locations.
2. View your plans
Forgot what time your Be Our Guest reservation is? What about your Fast Pass for Enchanted Tales with Belle? Once you log into the app, you will be able to see all your plans for your entire vacation.
That also means if you need to cancel reservations or fast passes, or just modify those items, you can also do that in the My Disney Experience app.
3. Mobile Ordering
This is a game changer. Don’t wait in the 30 minute line at Aloha Isle for your beloved Dole Whip. Instead, pull out your phone and order right inside the MDE app. Once you order and arrive at the location, go to the pick-up spot and tell the MDE app you’ve arrived. The cast members will immediately put your order together, it is incredibly easy and fast.
You can use this trick at many quick service and snack locations, including Woody’s Lunch Box and Satu’li Canteen. Disney has made it even easier now, because you can use your dining plan credits to purchase your items as well as using credit cards.
4. Resort Dashboard
If you are staying on Disney property you can use the My Disney Experience app to check into your room up to 60 days in advance. This doesn’t guarantee that any special requests you’ve made will be satisfied, or that your room will be ready early, but it does save you time filling out paperwork when you get to your resort.
If you use early or online check-in you may be able to go straight to your room once it is ready. Your room assignment will be texted to you, but will also be put in your account information in the app. You will also be able to use both your magic band and the app to unlock your door!
5. View dining and account balances
If you have a dining plan during your stay you will be able to see all your information on the My Disney Experience App. It will tell you how many Table service, Quick Service, and Snack credits you have used and how many you have left.
You can also track your spending. It is easier to swipe your magic band when making a purchase then pulling out your credit card or cash. That also makes it easier to spend A LOT of money. You can look in the My Disney Experience App to get an itemized list of what you’ve purchased and the total amount of money you’ve spent so far.
6. Memory Maker and Photos
Memory Maker is a service you can purchase that gives you unlimited photos for the length of your stay at Walt Disney World. There are a plethora of PhotoPass photographers and any photo they take will end up in Memory Maker, along with many of the ride photos.
Memory Maker photos are available in the My Disney Experience App, the watermark won’t disappear until you start downloading. Just be aware of the timeline, as photos are only available to download for 30 days, if you want to download them somewhere other than your phone you need to make sure you can do that before the 30 days is over.
The My Disney Experience app is meant to help, not hinder your vacation, so make sure you set it up on one or two phones prior to leaving on your trip and try using it. Have other My Disney Experience app tips to share? Drop them in the comments below. Or, until next time have a magical trip!
Also published on Medium.