Over the last several months, Disney has been making several improvements and expanding the functionality of the My Disney Experience app. With features such as shopping for park merchandise, mobile ordering food, checking into your hotel and viewing bus wait times, they are now rolling out the opportunity to use your mobile device as a room key.
This new feature can now turn your Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone into a digital key that unlocks your hotel room door, representing another seamless room entry option for guests to use in addition to the MagicBands. This feature made it’s debut earlier this year at the Wilderness Lodge, but is now rolling out to the remaining Walt Disney World Resorts, including DVC properties.
Everyone loves having options, and by adding this to the My Disney Experience app, this gives guests another way to access their hotel room. Whether it be simply because guests prefer to use their mobile device for all things, or if you choose to use it as a back up only, this new feature gives you the option. And if you choose to use this feature, listen closely, you’ll hear the sound of pixie dust filling the air as your hotel door opens.
Guests can also use their digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges. And arriving travel parties that have checked in online may even use their digital key to bypass the front desk, similar to what they are able to do with the MagicBand, giving the the opportunity to go directly to the room as soon as it’s ready.
Each guest staying in the room with a My Disney Experience account may opt in and activate the feature on their check-in day through a brief set up process in the app. To enter their room, guests tap the “Unlock Door” button and then simply hold their phone against the door lock.
This is the latest in the evolution of keyless room entry, which began with the MagicBand, the unique all-in-one device that allows you to effortlessly access the plans and vacation choices you’ve made in My Disney Experience. Guests can choose to use either or both options for room entry throughout their trip, but remember to wear your MagicBand for all other uses, including park entry, FastPass+, linking Disney PhotoPass images, etc.
Be sure to download the My Disney Experience app available in the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).