This week, Disney has released a brand new version of the My Disney Experience app for Apple users. With this upgrade, I noticed a lot of things that I wanted to share with you.
First off, the new app has an entirely different look and feel to it. It seems to run a lot faster and smoother. It also uses the Mickey icon that’s found in the parks (like at the turnstiles or at the FastPass+ entry areas) when it’s loading a page. The navigation also seems more streamlined. Fonts are bigger, and everything seems easier to read. Overall, things look more visually appealing and cleaner.
Here’s a peek at the new app and what changes have been made:
The first change is in the sign in page. It is certainly more visually appealing.
Next, we see a change with the home page. Here, instead of taking you directly to the map, it allows you to make and change plans, see your existing plans, and lists suggestions of things you may enjoy. It also has a quick access menu at the top, allowing you easy access to check out different attractions, characters, dining establishments, restrooms (always handy), entertainment offerings, events and tours, guest services, and shopping destinations for the current park you are in.
Under the previous attractions tab, you could search by attraction name, wait time or location, and the same is true for the new version. The new version highlights the wait times, though, to make them more noticeable. The updated version also indicates which attractions are available for FastPass+ and easily allows you to make reservations. (Keep in mind that right now you have to be staying on property and have a reservation included in your My Disney Experience profile to be able to make FastPass+ reservation.)
At the bottom of the new page, you’ll see a blue task bar. This will allow you to switch parks that you’re exploring. The icon that looks like a funnel will allow you to filter your choices by things like age, interest, and physical considerations. The location icon will let you switch between list and map views.
Also, if you’re in the park, you’ll be able to find wait times for attractions that are nearby. In addition, you’ll be able to see where you are in relation to the attractions.
The dining tab saw some changes, as well. Both old and new versions allow you to view menus, as well as easily make Advance Dining Reservations, but the new version is more streamlined.
I particularly like that there is now a restrooms tab. It will come in handy for many, I’m sure. Especially those parents who have a little one who has to go NOW!!! (Bonus for parents: it lists if it’s a regular restroom or a companion bathroom.)
As I mentioned, there also is a list of different shopping destinations you can visit within the park.
Overall, the changes seem nice. The old version seemed a bit clunky. This version is much easier to navigate, comparatively speaking. It’s great that it’s a much faster moving app now, too. That will make life much easier while touring the parks and hopefully it means it’s less of a drain on my battery.
While the Apple version is currently live, the Android version is slated to be released this spring.