New Update to iOS My Disney Experience Includes Touch ID

my-disney-experience-app

There has been a new version release of the ‘My Disney Experience’ app which includes Touch ID login on iOS devices.

Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition system available on iPhone 5s and newer, lets users login to apps without the need to enter passwords.

The new 2.10 version also includes bug fixes and enchained overall app performance. The update is available now to iOS devices.

My Disney Experience is a suite of apps and websites that allows guests to manage every aspect of their Walt Disney World vacation.

Be Our Guest Ordering Now Available with My Disney Experience Update for Apple iOS devices

my-disney-experience-app

Disney has updated My Disney Experience for Apple iOS devices to version 2.7.

In this new version guests will have the ability to order menu selections for lunch at the Be Our Guest Restaurant. Performance and stability improvements are also part of the new version.

The update is available through the App Store on your device.

WDW Debuts New Viewing Areas for Parades & Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

Last year, Disney showed us a preview of the work that we’re doing to make one of our guests’ favorite areas at Magic Kingdom Park even better. Disney  has announced that several new sections of the Central Plaza area between Main Street U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle are now open.

MK Hub Viewing 1

MK Hub Viewing 2

This marks the first milestone in Walt Disney World’s multi-phase project that will add in sculpted gardens, new pathways, and expanded restaurant seating. And beginning February 27, the FastPass+ viewing location will relocate from the the Rose Garden Fireworks Viewing Area to the Main Street Plaza Gardens (an area adjacent to The Crystal Palace).

MK Hub Viewing 3

MK Hub Viewing 4

nterested in using Disney FastPass+ service for this new area? Check out your My Disney Experience account.

My Disney Experience Mobile Apps Now Lets You Purchase Theme Park Tickets

my-disney-experience-app

New updated versions of the My Disney Experience mobile apps now provide functionality for purchasing theme park tickets.

Tickets can be purchased for 1 to 10 days, including the option to add park hopping. Each purchase can be assigned to Family and Friends defined in My Disney Experience, and the tickets are automatically linked. FastPass+ privileges are also automatically assigned at the time of purchase, making the app purchasing of tickets as streamlined as possible.

The iOS edition has also received other improvements in v2.5, including improved wait time accuracy and time stamps to indicate when various information was last updated.

The new apps are available for both iOS and Android, and are available for download now via the normal update system on each mobile platform.

Disney Releases My Disney Experience Update for Apple iOS

my-disney-experience-app

Disney has released an updated version of the ‘My Disney Experience’ app for Apple iOS devices.

In the new version (2.3), new features will include wait times for some meet and greet experiences, an improved method for linking tickets and passes, updated park maps, and a number of bug fixes throughout the application.

iOS users can grab the update now from the Updates tab in the App Store.

Ability to Purchase MagicBands Without an Existing Ticket Expands to More Retail Locations

MagicBands

After the apparent successful August test of allowing the purchase of MagicBands without an existing RFID ticket or MagicBand, Disney will now be expanding the program to more retail locations.

Guests will be able purchase MagicBands without linking to a My Disney Experience account at most Walt Disney World locations, and even those off-site, including the Disney stores at Orlando International Airport, Hotel Plaza Blvd hotels, and the Outlet Malls.

The link-it-later option only applies to regular, solid colored MagicBands, and does not include the limited edition or graphic MagicBands.

Prior to this, a purchase of any MagicBand required the buyer to have an existing My Disney Experience account and RFID admission media for linking at the time of purchase. The new policy makes it possible to now by MagicBands as gifts or as part of a collection.

WDW to Start Allowing Purchasing of MagicBands Without Linking to a Ticket

MagicBands

Walt Disney World will be allowing the purchase of MagicBands without being linked to an existing ticket starting tomorrow.

Currently MagicBands have to be linked to a My Disney Experience account with valid ticket media at the time of purchase.  Starting on August 19th, MagicBands will be able to be purchased as stand-alone items at the parks, Downtown Disney, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. It is expected that more locations will be added later.

Only regular solid color bands will be included within the new policy. The MagicBands with a printed image will continue to be required to be linked to ticket media at the time of purchase.

This change will now make it possible for guests to buy MagicBands to be given as gifts, or for future trips that have not yet been booked. Before you go out and buy huge stockpiles of MagicBands, be aware there is a purchase limit of 5 per SKU.

My Disney Experience Bringing Improvements to Dining Reservations for iOS Users and Website

my-disney-experience-app

Starting August 13th, the ‘My Disney Experience’ website and iOS apps will begin offering an improved dining reservation service.

Guests will now be able to make same day dining reservations 20 minutes out. This improves on the current system by a couple of hours.

Initially, the update will only be available to iOS users on iPhone, iPad and iPods. The My Disney Experience website will also offer the new functionality. The improved functionality is expected to arrive on the Android platform later in the year.

My Disney Experience App on iOS Updated

my-disney-experience-app

The iOS version of the My Disney Experience app has just been updated to version 2.2 and is now available via the Apple App Store. The update is available for both iPhone, iPod and iPad.

Improvements include:

  • Significantly improved the app’s launch time and overall performance
  • Included refresh capabilities to auto-update restaurants, shows, attractions and FastPass+ experiences
  • Fixed bugs affecting Character Dining search results
  • Corrected the camera orientation and font sizes for iPad
  • Enabled scrolling on the FastPass+ landing screen for devices with 3.5″ display

Walt Disney World to Test Mobile Phone Charging Lockers at the Magic Kingdom

iphone-battery-charging-animation1

From our friends at WDWMAGIC.com –

Beginning April 25th the Magic Kingdom will begin testing mobile phone charging lockers for use by guests.

The secure lockers will be located inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and the Tomorrowland Light and Power Company.  These lockers will be available to guests free of charge.

In order to use the charger, guests will need to swipe a credit credit card.  This will act as an ID for the locker.  The locker door will open and inside there will be a number of charger cables.  The phone gets hooked up to the appropriate cable and the guest closes the door.  When the charge is completed the door will glow green.  In order to open the locker the same credit card will need to be used.

With the increased use of My Disney Experience and the reliance of guests using their smartphones for part of the park experience seems to be driving Disney to help guests keep “powered up”.