Disney has been moving to utilize the power of technology in their parks. Guests who have a smartphone are encouraged to download My Disney Experience, which has digital options including opening a Disney Resort Hotel room door, showing tickets to enter the parks, ordering food, viewing wait times, and so much more.
The pandemic has been a catalyst to expand this move to more mobile options. One of the most significant changes has been the transition to all mobile ordering for quick and counter-service dining. These moves mean distance between guests and Cast Members and reduced time waiting in long lines crowded with other guests.
Now, Disney is testing mobile shopping at the temporary EPCOT Mouse Gear store. They’ve placed signs in the store explaining how it works.
In order to use mobile shopping, you’ll need to have the latest version of the MyDisneyExperience app. Considering checking for updates before you arrive on Disney property so you will be all set.
Once you arrive and are ready to shop, scan a QR code on a sign inside the store. You’ll need to grab a designated clear shopping bag. Then you can shop as normal. Scan items you want to purchase with your phone, and when you add the items to your physical bag, they also show up in the My Disney Experience mobile shopping.
When you’re ready to checkout, tap the checkout button. You’ll show your QR code on your phone to a Cast Member as you exit. Your receipt shows up in the app, and you get an e-mail version as well. No more paper receipts!
This move to more mobile options are certainly safer amid the current pandemic, but it will also be more convenient after life returns to normal. If tests go well, it is possible that Disney may expand to the service more stores in the future – especially those larger stores that traditionally have long lines, like The Emporium in Magic Kingdom.
Disney mobile checkout: Scan yourself, then no waiting in the cashier line. Good idea?