The concept behind the My Disney Experience website is simple: a central hub for all of your most important vacation details: from your resort and dining reservations, to ticket media, personal profile, membership affiliations, FastPass+, PhotoPass+ and more. Although the site has been live for several months now, it wasn’t until Erin’s recent post on her MyMagic+ Test Experience that I realized that it was probably a great time to take a closer look at the website.
To get started, click over to the official Walt Disney World website, click “My Disney Experience” in the top right hand corner, and sign in with your log-in (this is the same log-in that you use for the Disney family of websites, including Disneyland.com, ESPN.com, and ABC.com). If you do not have a log-in, you may also create your account at this point.
Once you are signed in, there are four main components to check out:
- Family List & Friends List - edit the members of your travel group, share travel plans, and – in the future – select and synchronize FastPass+ reservations.
- Reservations and Tickets - add your resort and dining reservations (all you need is your confirmation numbers and last name on the reservations) or tickets (the prompts take you step-by-step for will call and existing ticket media).
- Your Profile - select your favorite Disney character as your profile image (I chose Russell from Up!) and create your personalized home page with your birth date, contact information, credit card (optional), and – soon enough – your MagicBand data.
- Planning Your Vacation - from entertainment options, character greeting locations, attractions, and more, this section allows you to scope our what you want to ‘add to each day.’ Schedules are available on planning pages of operating hours at the theme parks and your resort.
Using the My Disney Experience is free of charge, so even if you do not have a future vacation coming up, you can explore its ins and outs from the comfort of your own home. Although the content of the website is all pulled from information that is on the Walt Disney World website, My Disney Experience represents the most organized flow that I have seen presented through official channels.
My overall reaction to My Disney Experience was a positive one. I enjoy the ability to link everything together in one package – kind of like a central command center. However, since implementations of features like FastPass+ and MagicBands are still in test mode, there is a definite “unfinished” feeling at this point.
In addition to the website, the My Disney Experience is also available on mobile devices – a move that will likely be the catalyst to increased usage of both platforms as the roll out continues. With features like making dining reservations on the go, accessing GPS-enabled content, and more, these tools are designed to not only educate guests, but to deliver increased opportunities for greater trip customization and control.
Have you used the My Disney Experience website? What part of it needs better explanation? What enhancements would you suggest for the best Disney experience?