The Disney Theme Parks have a slew of great technologies to help out their Guests.
Technologies like My Disney Experience, FastPass Plus (FP+), RFID Technology, and Magic Bands.
The Military Disney Tips team just loves using all of these new high tech features.
My Disney Experience
My Disney Experience – (MDE) is a section of the Disney.com website. It is your area to manage all of your Disney vacation reservations and planning. You will need a free Disney.com account to use this if you don’t already have one.
Reservations – MDE has the ability to:
- Make and store your Disney World Resort Reservations
- Make and store your Disney World Advance Dining Reservations
- Make and store your FastPass Plus Reservations
- Purchase general public priced Disney World tickets.
- Link and manage your Disney World tickets or passes to your MDE Account (this is required to use FastPass+)
- Link and manage your Disney World Magic Bands
- Link to your Disney PhotoPass Account
Planning – MDE has convenient links to all other parts of the Disney World site where you can:
- Find things to do – Learn about and explore Disney World
- Plan your vacation – Suggestions with links on things you’ll want to plan for each day of your vacation. Like FP+, Dining, Shows, and Character Greetings
Once you link your tickets and reservations to your account, your Disney Resort hotel and dining reservations appear in your plans. You’ll even be able to add your own reminder notes.
MDE App – there is even a MDE iPhone app with which you can do many of the same functions on the go.
FastPass Plus (FP+) – is a new service which allows those visiting Walt Disney World’s theme parks who have valid tickets or passes linked in MDE to make FastPass reservations ahead of time. You are allowed to make three FP+ selections at one theme park per day ahead of time and then one-by-one after the initial 3 are used up.
RFID Technology and Magic Bands
Disney’s new RFID Technology – Disney’s Magic Bands and plastic tickets have a small Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) transmitter inside which identifies each individual band or ticket to the WDW computer systems. When held up to a scanner the ID is read, the computer system in question then looks up what is stored against that ID. No info is stored on the band or ticket, that is all on Disney’s secure computers.
The single ID can be used by a multitude of different systems (Disney has just cracked the surface) to do almost anything. Right now they are being used for:
- Room Keys
- Theme park entrance
- FastPass+ entrance
- Charging purchases to your room
- PhotoPass tracking
Our Disney Experience…
Our family has vacationed at Disney World during many times since this technology has been introduced. We usually stay at a Disney Resort using the fantastic Disney Armed Forces Salute and get from 30% to 40% off our room rate.
Pre-departure preparation – Once I make our resort reservation through Amy at Ears of Experience I link our reservation number in MDE.
When I linked our reservation, MDE informed me that I could customize our Magic Bands during. There was a cutoff date by which I had to finish the customization, as they would be shipped to my home after that date. They arrived shortly after that date.
Also the first names of our party were associated with each band and there was the option to edit the name for each. The names are printed on the inner surface of the band.
At that time I also linked my Annual Pass and the Salute tickets for the rest of my party to our bands.
60 Days Prior to Departure
On the 60th day prior to check in for Disney guests and 30 days prior to the desired date of non-Disney guests you can select your FP+ reservations. It is very easy.
Once you’ve selected yours, you can edit individual FP+ reservations for time or venue. You can also reschedule them on the fly (if you are running late) with the MDE smart phone app.
We loved the Magic Bands.
Once there they act as: your room keys, room charge cards, theme park tickets, and FP+ return passes. You just hold you band near the sensor. Easy and fast!
Note: theme park entry also requires a fingerprint and charging to your room also requires the entry of a pin.
Specific Questions For The Military Traveler
When you buy your Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets at your base ticket office the tickets they sell to you are what Disney calls Exchange Certificates. They are called this because they will be exchanged for the actual ticket you’ll use when you activate them at WDW.
These come in 3 varieties:
- Plastic “Tickets” that look just like any other WDW ticket including
- Paper “Tickets”
- An 8.5″ x 11″ Sheet of Paper
Whichever your base issues there will be a number, which you can use to link them to your MDE account.
Note: Tickets sold by the Shades of Green Ticket Office are pre-activated
Can Shades of Green guests use the FP+ system? Shades is not a Disney owned resort so I don’t think that they will…
Have you tried this new Disney technology yet? Share your experience in the comments below!
Disney Armed Forces Salute the best military discount that there is for Disney. For where to stay see our Resorts/Hotel Overview Page. Disney doesn’t discount dining for the military, but there are a few places on property that do, see the Dining Overview Page to learn where plus more dining info. You can also learn about Transportation Options. Be sure to check out our Technology Overview to learn about Magic Bands and My Disney Experience to see how they work with military tickets. Walt Disney World visitors might be interested in staying at Shades of Green, WDW’s Military Only Resort.