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10 Quick Must Know Facts About My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience is the official app of Walt Disney World. It is through this app that Guests can access the magic throughout their trip. This app seems more essential each year to a successful and magical experience while at Walt Disney World.

Even though there is a lot on the app that can help Guests, it can also be overwhelming because of all it offers. We have the top ten quick, must-know facts to help you navigate My Disney Experience better. We will look at ten things you need to know about the My Disney Experience that will be essential to your Disney vacation.

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10. Park Hours

When planning your Walt Disney World vacation, use My Disney Experience to see the Park hours. Use these before you arrive to help plan your days. This will allow you to plan your schedule before you arrive.

Once in Walt Disney World, use the app to double-check hours. Disney can and does adjust Park hours. Don’t miss out on time in the Parks by checking back.

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9. Wait Times

A vast and helpful aspect of My Disney Experience is wait times. The app provides Guests will with moment wait times. This can help save you steps as you won’t find yourself walking to Millenium Falcon in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge only to find the wait time longer than you are willing to wait.

Find wait times for not only the rides but you can also see times for shows, parades, and fireworks. Use this to help as you work through your time in the Park.

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8. Disney Genie

A new feature found within My Disney Experience is Disney Genie. This is a free feature that helps provide suggestions and tips for Guests as they enjoy their day in the Park. With this feature, Guests can set up their must-do experiences.

Once Guests have these picked out, Disney Genie will provide a suggested touring plan for the day. You can update your selections throughout the day, therefore, allowing Disney Genie to offer you with the best suggestions.

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7. Genie+

Another part of Disney Genie is Genie+. This is a paid feature that Guests can choose to add to their Walt Disney World day. The cost starts at $15 per day per person but is based on surge pricing. We have recently seen the price reach $35 per person.

By purchasing Genie+, Guests are given access to the Lightning Lanes to over 40 rides, attractions, shows, and meet and greets. This can save Guests a lot of time in line.

This can be a massive advantage if you take the time to learn more about what Genie+ is and how it works. Head to How to Disney to learn more about Genie+.

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6. Individual Lightning Lanes

Not all rides are included with the purchase of Genie+. In each Park, there are some rides that, to use the Lightning Lanes, have to be purchased Individually. These are typically the most popular rides in the Park.

The prices for these rides range depending on crowds as well. Guests staying at a Disney Resort can make them at 7 am, whereas those staying off-property can do so when the Park opens.

See how to purchase Individual Lightning Lanes HERE.

TRON Entrance
TRON Entrance

5. Virtual Queue

Guests can also ride some rides by joining the virtual queue. Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind and TRON Lightcyle Run use virtual queues through My Disney Experience.

Guests can join a virtual queue at 7 am and 1 p.m. via the My Disney Experience app. They are given a boarding group which will then give them an approximate return time. This helps prevent long standby lines from forming.

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4. Mobile Order

Guests wanting quick service throughout their Walt Disney World vacation can save time in line by using mobile ordering. This feature allows Guests to select a dining location at a Disney Park or Disney Resort, choose a return time, place their order, and then be on their way.

Once their window is opened, Guests can hit the “prepare my order” button and head to the dining location. Cast Members will prepare their order fresh, and Guests will be notified when it is ready to pick up.

This is an outstanding feature found on the My Disney Experience app and one we highly recommend Guests use to save time in line.

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3. More Dining Information

Not only can Guests mobile order on the My Disney Experience app, but they can also find information on table service restaurants. If you couldn’t secure a reservation at your favorite restaurant before your trip, keep looking back on the app.

You can make reservations during your trip, join the walk-up waitlist and check into your reservation through the app. These great features can help you have fantastic dining experiences during your trip.

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2. Bus Times

Guests can see bus times on their Walt Disney World Resort app. This can be extremely helpful when heading out the door in the morning.

These change constantly, so don’t be surprised if you watch it adjust, but it does give you an overall idea of when buses should be coming.

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1. Memory Maker

The last quick tip that you need to know about My Disney Experience is that this is where you will find your photos. If you take pictures with a Disney photo pass photographer, your images will appear in the app.

Guests will also see their on-ride photos and videos here as well. We love Memory Maker and find seeing our photos so quickly via the app great.

My Disney Experience is essential for a successful Walt Disney World experience. These are ten quick must-know facts about that app that will help you navigate it successfully throughout your trip.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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