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NEWS: Disney Adds Awesome New Features to My Disney Experience-More Magic at Home

The My Disney Experience app is an essential tool for any Walt Disney World vacation. Since our vacations are on hold, Disney is adding magical experiences to the app that we can all enjoy from home! Catch all the details below.


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Thomas Smith:

You may have noticed some new notifications and featurettes in the Disneyland or My Disney Experience mobile apps recently – like Disney Parks Artist Studio or Magic Moments in History, where you can learn how to draw your favorite Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, discover fun facts about Disney Parks, or play games and trivia through the Play Disney Parks mobile app. We’re excited to share that there’s even more to come from these series and others within the Disneyland or My Disney Experience app – and they can all be enjoyed from home!

From fun recipes inspired by Disney Parks foods and animated stories, to highlights from your favorite shows and parades, PhotoPass wallpapers and more, there are videos, games and fun facts on the way, bringing some Disney Parks magic to you. In the coming weeks, you’ll even be able to enjoy the Jungle Cruise joke-of-the-day or experience Wilderness Explorers at home through a series of short-form videos, too.

To discover new features like these, users simply need to be logged into either (or both) of the apps and have push notifications turned on.

Whether you’re learning to make frozen pineapple treats or how to draw the famed feathered friends from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

If you haven’t already, be sure to download the Disneyland and My Disney Experience apps from the App Store or Google Play to check out new videos and episodes in these series and more. What are you most looking forward to? Use #DisneyMagicMoments on Instagram and Twitter to let us know and share what you’re drawing, cooking and learning!

Available for iPhone® and AndroidTM smartphones.

Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations, and features may vary by handset, service provider or otherwise. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first. Some app features require separate theme park admission.

RELATED ARTICLE: 8 DO’s and DON’Ts for Using the My Disney Experience App

by Christy Caby

The My Disney Experience App is extremely helpful and links everything to your Magic Bands, which help to ensure that all aspects of your vacation are at organized and ready for you to enjoy.  There are several things that you should definitely know as you are using the app to plan and enjoy your Disney vacation:


8 – DO set up the free account!

The account is entirely free to set up, and it invaluable in helping to plan and organize every aspect of your vacation to Walt Disney World. You can use the web interface or the mobile application to set up and manage all of the details of your account, including all reservations, park tickets, resort reservations, preferences, celebrations, etc. You can even put in notes about your vacations and mark favorite attractions. It is beneficial, and did I mention that it is entirely free?

7 – DON’T forget to add the other members of your party.

Once you have set up an account, you will want to make sure that each member of your party has a profile so that you can link them to all of your reservations. They can then set up their own free account and then complete a friend request to connect with you so that you can add each other to reservations and plans. If they don’t have an interest in an account or aren’t old enough to manage their own, then you can add them as a friend and manage their profile yourself. You will still be able to add them to everything.


6 – DO ensure that all of your reservations are linked.

This is especially important! To get the most use out of the application and to ensure that you have all of your reservations managed in a single place, you will need to make sure that they all appear on the reservations tab. If you don’t see one there, you can easily link them and add the appropriate members to the group. This will help keep you from missing anything and planning the other aspects of your trip around the reservations. You must also make sure that your Magic Bands are properly linked to your account and to each member of your party. Your Magic Bands are how you will access most of these reservations and park admission.

5 – DON’T forget to validate your address, credit card information, etc. is up to date.

It will save you a lot of time if you make sure that you have full and complete information in your account. The mailing address is very important since this is where your Magic Bands, Magical Express info, and other items will be mailed to. You definitely don’t want these items getting lost in transit. Your credit card and billing information are used to hold all of your dining reservations (in most cases, it WILL NOT be charged, though). The credit card information is also used for your resort charges, which you can also set a pin number to help protect your accounts.


4 – DO make sure you have downloaded and gotten comfortable with the application.

Before you go on your vacation, you will want to download the app to your phone. It is a free app in the app store on your phone. Once downloaded, you will be able to log into your account. Be sure to spend time getting comfortable with the app so that you know where to find everything. You will be able to see attractions at each park, all of your reservations, FastPass+, etc. for the day, park hours, and more. It gives you a lot of information to keep you organized and get the most out of your vacation right at your fingertips.

3 – DO filter the wait time list.

On the main app home page, you’ll see a map. When you click on that, it defaults to show you the “Wait Times” of attraction. There are two options here that will make it easier for you. On the upper left side, you’ll see a “Filter” button. Press on that, and you’ll be able to choose a park. Then you’ll be able to view only the attractions for that park instead of all of them! On the upper right-hand side, you’ll see a “show list” option. This will let you know the attraction wait times as a list rather than on the map. See the photos below for more help.

On the left–notice the “Filter” in the upper left-hand corner. On the right–the filter options on the app.


On the left–wait times are shown as the “map view.” On the right–wait time shown as the “list view.”

2 – DO keep up to date with show and parade times.

Disney prints and distributes Times Guides at the front of the park, but you really don’t need them! You already have this information in the app and can easily find it all. The evening shows and the parades are even grouped together so that you can see the times for everything and plan which you will attend. The showtimes for each show are in there so you can see when the next show is before making the journey over there. It is very beneficial!

1 – DON’T feel stuck in a single park for FastPass+.

Gone are the days of the FastPass+ selections getting limited to one park in a single day! With the original system, you had to make three selections for a given day, all in the same park. Now, with changes to the system, you still have to use your initial 3 FastPass+ selections at one park, but after you have used those, you can make new selections, one at a time, for any park. So before you head over to your next park, secure those FastPasses on the App!

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After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!