This is a very useful and helpful way of planning for your vacation at Disney World.

First you can start with your family

 – Connect to everyone in your travel group by adding them to your Family & Friends list first. You’ll be ready to make and share plans      together—including FastPass+ selections.

 

This also organizes everything into one nice neat place.

 —  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.

 

Personalize Your Profile

 —  To complete this step, just select your favorite Disney Character and provide a few details. You’ll be set to start planning your next Disney vacation—and you’ll even have your very own home page!

Add to Each Day of Your Visit

 —  View day-by-day plans including your Disney Resort hotel, FastPass+ selections, dining reservations, Wish List items and reminder notes.

Manage your plans—anywhere, any time.

 

Get the Free Mobile App

 —  Filled with handy features, the mobile app lets you view and update your plans, make dining reservations, search maps of all 4 theme parks, get real-time attraction wait times and more.

  • For families, the result is a truly seamless experience that starts with your pre-trip planning, letting you schedule FastPass+ and dining experiences, and continues during your stay at Disney World.

 

Once you’re signed in, just enter your reservation info. Each family member can choose a color for his or her MagicBand and have it personalized with a first name. Disney will send your MagicBands to your home, and in the mean time you can start planning.

 

FastPass+ replaced the previous paper FastPass system that Disney World used for decades. If you will be staying at a Disney Resort, you can make plans 60 days in advance. If you’re not staying at a Disney Resort but have bought tickets online, you can make advance plans 30 days in advance.

For each day of your ticket, you can use FastPass+ to designate advance times to experience three attractions of your choice in a single park. Note that you can use FastPass+ for every Disney experience—for popular rides, even meet and greet with characters, parades, shows, and fireworks.

You can also use the My Disney Experience app to make advance dining reservations and even pre-order a meal in venues such as the wildly popular Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. All your plans are stored on your MagicBands.

 

Think of your MagicBand as your key to Disney World. It’s a rubber bracelet containing a computer chip that holds all the components of your Disney World vacation— park tickets, room key, FastPass+ choices, dining reservations, PhotoPass—and it also acts as a resort charge card.

The turnstiles have disappeared at Disney World’s park entrances. In their place are sleek MagicBand readers. Just touch the Mickey head on your MagicBand to the Mickey head on the reader and it turns green. It’s fun for kids to watch the Mickey head light up.

Gift shops and vendors around Disney World are also equipped with MagicBand readers. Instead of swiping a room key or a credit card, you simply place your MagicBand against the reader and type in your PIN.

If your MagicBand is lost or stolen, nobody can make a purchase without your PIN. You can immediately deactivate your band using the My Disney Experience app on your smartphone until you can get another MagicBand.

It’s important to know that your credit card information and other personal data is not stored in your MagicBand. Instead, the readers access an encrypted database of your stored information with a randomly assigned code that securely links to your account.

The My Disney Experience app can give you current wait times at attractions and character meet-and-greets in the park. Use the map view to find nearby dining venues, restrooms and other amenities.

Don’t worry about being locked into your plans. When you’re at Disney World, you can use the app to change your FastPass+ and dining choices on the fly.

After you have completed your three FastPass+ experiences, you can get three more FastPass+ choices for later that same day. You can also “park hop” in a second park with your fourth FastPass+ of the day.