The My Disney Experience app is a newly developed tool for guests to navigate the parks with GPS-enabled maps, attractions and wait time information, dining information including maps and reservation-making capability and more. Designed to be used with the website, guests can store plans, wish list items and more, all integrated with the My Disney Experience website (review here).
Although the website and app share similar content, after exploring both, the app was definitely my favorite. Though both platforms share similar content, the streamlined feel and faster loading speed won me over – not to mention the fact that I’m much more likely to be visiting the parks with my phone or tablet than my laptop computer! Along with that reason, I thought I’d compile my favorite things about the My Disney Experience app:
#3: The Characters Today Locator
One of the coolest features that I enjoyed working with was the Characters Today locator, that allows guests to search parks for their favorite characters either by name, or by location.
For this example, I searched for ‘Cinderella’ at Magic Kingdom. On the ‘Name’ sort option, I was able to see that she was greeting that day from 9 AM to 10:30 PM at the Town Square Theater. If a guest read that, however, and was not sure where that meet and greet location was, they could switch over to map view and see it plotted out, making this app great for users who are not very familiar with park layout. From there, they could click the locator plot points to see who else is greeting nearby.
Of course, this feature is not perfect either since Wait Times are posted only for attractions – and a wide range of times is nice for the big picture of planning the day, but not quite for those with a more meticulous agenda. It stands to reason then, that someone interested in more details like these would have to download a second third-party app like Lines to retrieve that data.
#2: The Plan and Manage capabilities
One look at my day planner will tell you one thing: I am a bit old school. I write down ALL reservation numbers, confirmation codes, times and details for trips – but if I lost those notes, I’d be truly lost. With the “My Reservations” tab in the Plan and Manage section, I have everything I need right there – including ticket and pass numbers, dining reservations. Talk about organized!
Note: if you did not book your vacation on waltdisneyworld.com, your reservations may not automatically show up in the app, but as long as you have the confirmation number and last name handy, you can manually enter it into this screen. Ticket media and annual passes may also be manually added via ID numbers or with the built-in app scanner.
#1: The Here & Now tool
Now this is not for me personally, since I cannot count how many times I have visited the Walt Disney World Resort…but for many guests, it’s their first visit – or maybe the first in a long while, so the Here & Now tool is extremely helpful! Enabled only while on property, Here & Now uses GPS technology to share the closest attractions, dining locations and more – perfect for those that might be struggling to navigate the park map, otherwise…and since there’s in-park Wifi, it’s relatively quick and easy to connect and access the app while taking a quick break or waiting in a queue.
So there you have it – my top three favorite things about the My Disney Experience app! I’d definitely recommend giving it a look, especially while features are still being rolled out. It is available for Apple devices via the Apple App store, as well as for Android users at Google Play and Amazon Apps.
Do you use apps for planning or navigating your Disney Parks days? What features are most important to you?