The Ultimate Guide to Using My Disney Experience to its Full Potential

Chances are that if you’ve headed to Disney World recently, you’ve done so with a MagicBand on your wrist and your phone in your hand.

MagicBands

Makes sense! After all, these two items are your key to accessing your My Disney Experience account and app. There’s a lot that you can do with MDE, and we want to make sure that you’re using the app to the fullest!

Let’s dive into all the ways to use My Disney Experience to its full potential!

The Home Screen

We’re going to go through MDE screen by screen so that we don’t miss a single feature that this app can do — starting with the home screen!

The home screen is your hub for relevant information. For one, this screen is where you’ll see pop-ups and posts with updates directly from Disney. Make sure you turn those push notifications on so you don’t miss any important info.

Pop Up Update

You can also check the park hours from the home screen. Swipe through the present hours for Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Want to see more? Hit “All Hours” to look at any upcoming date.

Hint: This spot is also where you’ll be able to see Extra Magic Hours and sometimes special event hours!

My Disney Experience App Update to the Home Screen

The home screen will also keep you updated with your plans and what’s next. Headed to your hotel soon? You might see a prompt to Mobile Check-In. Got an Advance Dining Reservation coming up? You could see the prompt for Mobile Dine Check-In!

Plus, keeping a close eye on your plans will help you to make sure you don’t miss any upcoming reservations for dining, experiences, or Fastpasses.

My DIsney Experience App

Speaking of plans, the home page is also where you can join Virtual Queues when they’re active. Right now, you’ll probably spot one for Rise of the Resistance.

Rise of the Resistance

A relatively new feature is the bus times widget. If you’ve got an active resort reservation, you might see the estimated bus waits pop up here.

©Disney

Head to the home screen if you’re looking for your park admission. You can view and access your park tickets and review Annual Passholder blockout dates if you need to.

Finally, you can check in on your PhotoPass pictures and purchase Memory Maker. If you have Memory Maker, you’re able to download and keep the pics from the previews!

PhotoPass Magic Shot in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ©Disney

The Map Screen

Next up, we’re headed to the map screen. We don’t mean to sound weird, but this might be our favorite screen in the app. It’s super useful.

The Guest Services filter is key to finding things you need.

First up, there’s the wait times feature (which should be the default when you head to this page). You can scroll around the park you’re in (or headed to!) and see what the wait times are looking like.

Wait Times

If you don’t know Disney backward and forward — we don’t blame you, it’s huge — the map screen can also help you to locate attractions, dining, entertainment, restrooms, events and tours, PhotoPass, Guest Services, shops, resort hotels, and transportation.

Use the maps before you leave home to familiarize yourself with various locations in the Parks.

When you locate what you’re looking for on the map or on the list, you can tap on an option for more information and even to get walking directions!

The Plans Option

Alright, that little plus in the middle of the menu bar is going to be your best friend. This is where you can make plans!

Making Plans

If you’re looking to eat in Disney World, you’re going to want to make an Advance Dining Reservation. This little button will give you access to making new reservations, and canceling or changing old ones. Plus, you can view and manage your Disney Dining Plan (when available).

Dining Plan Management

Many Quick Service locations offer a Mobile Order which makes it super easy to snag your food, skipping all those crazy lines. This feature is especially useful in a reopened Disney World where contactless order is strongly encouraged.

My Disney Experience Mobile Order

Looking to snag some added admission or features for your trip? Hit that plus button! You’ll be able to buy tickets and Annual Passes, and buy and access Memory Maker.

My Disney Experience App Update to the Plus (+) Button

Finally, when the Fastpass+ system is in use, this is the spot to head to if you’re looking to fiddle-faddle your way to a new Fastpass. You can make and view all of your Fastpasses right here!

The Search Screen

Next up is the search screen where you can search for anything and everything. See the status of attractions, information, hours, accessibility info, find things on the map, and get directions with this feature.

Info Page for Remys Ratatouille Adventure

You can even search a topic like “Frozen” and find all of the Frozen-inspired experiences!

The Menu Screen

And last but certainly not least is the menu screen. This is a catch-all page for managing your account and plans. It’s just one more stop where you can manage your park tickets and passes as well as view your plans, photos, resort hotel information, mobile food orders, and more.

Menu Screen

On top of that, you can view and manage your Virtual Queue for Rise of the Resistance and learn more about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Finally, you’ll find links to the Play Disney Parks app and to shopDisney merchandise!

©Disney

See, there’s a lot you can do with My Disney Experience! And the app is always growing. We recently found out that with the discontinuation of MagicBands, Disney mobile services will be getting a big update. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the future of MDE to make sure you know your way around every new feature.

Have any questions about My Disney Experience? Ask them in the comments!

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