“There’s an app for that” has become not only a popular expression; it’s a reality.

MyDisneyExperience is Disney World’s official app. It’s far from perfect: it’s often slow, eats up a lot of battery life, and sometimes won’t load at all. It also takes up a lot of space, so many people choose to remove the app from their device after vacation.

Nevertheless, it is a very useful- dare I say indispensable- tool to have when planning your trip and while visiting the parks.

Read on to find eight things you can do with MyDisneyExperience whether you are planning a vacation or are already in Disney.

8. Make Dining Reservations

Advanced Dining Reservations can and should be made 180 days in advance especially for more popular restaurants like Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table. Download the app, and make reservations while you’re standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, on a lunch break, or waiting for an appointment. You don’t need your computer- just log in and search for available reservations.

You can also check for last-minute dining reservations while in the parks. Some people make dining reservations then don’t show up or cancel. This means that tables may open up at the last minute. Check the app while you’re waiting in line to see what reservations might be available.

Link your MagicBands to your MyDisneyExperience account, and everything you do on the app will be loaded onto your band making for a seamless experience.

Link your MagicBands to your MyDisneyExperience account, and everything you do on the app will be loaded onto your band making for a seamless experience.

7. Check Restaurant Menus

Not all restaurants require reservations. If you want to eat a quick-service location but don’t know which one, open the app and look at dining menus. This is especially helpful if people in your traveling party want different kinds of food. Many locations serve a variety while others serve only a small selection. This is a good way to pass the time while waiting in line for attractions or before you arrive in Florida on the plane, in the grocery store, on a lunch break, etc.

Checking menus ahead of time allows you to choose what you want to eat rather than standing around staring at a menu board. This makes the line go faster and helps get your food faster. Every second counts on a Disney vacation, so take advantage of time-saving tools.

6. Make FastPass+ Reservations

Disney Resort guests can make reservations up to 60 days in advance and non-resort guests can do the same up to 30 days in advance. Attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Test Track, Soarin’, Space Mountain, and many others sell out their FastPasses far in advance, so don’t wait until you get to Disney to make these reservations. Make these plans in advance via the MyDisneyExperience App.

5. Change FastPass+ Reservations

If your vacation plans change or you get stuck in line on another attraction or at another park, just log into your MyDisneyExperience app and change your future FastPass. You can make changes at any time as long as your window hasn’t passed. You can’t, however, make additional FP+ reservations on the app after you’ve used your three experiences; you’ll have to visit a kiosk for that. (Note: You can find kiosk locations on the MyDisneyExperience app, too!)

4. Check Show times

MyDisneyExperience lists up-to-the-minute show times. Every show from Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage to the Canadian Lumberjacks is listed on the app, so you can plan your day, your meals, and your attractions around these times. Shows are a great time to take a snack or lunch break since many theaters allow food in the seating area. (Check with a Cast Member to make sure that the theater you want to eat in allows food.)

MyDisneyExperience can show you times for parades, fireworks, and any other show on property.

MyDisneyExperience can show you times for parades, fireworks, and any other show on property.

3. Find Characters

The highlight of many Disney vacations for fans young and old alike is seeing their favorite characters. Unfortunately, the idea of characters roaming freely through the parks is indeed a fantasy. However, characters have scheduled times and locations making them very easy to find. Lines can get long especially for more popular characters, but MyDisneyExperience can tell you the time and place a character is scheduled to be. Since these characters are “real,” times and locations may vary. If the character isn’t where he or she is scheduled to be, a Cast Member is usually posted at that location to help you find the character. MyDisneyExperience is updated often, so the app might be able to help you out, too. If nothing else, a map will help you find the location to which the character was moved!

MyDisneyExperience also has location capabilities, so if you want to find the closest character to your current location, you can do that right on the app!

2. Check Wait Times

This is probably one of the best uses for MyDisneyExperience. Though there are many apps available for finding wait times in Disney World, MyDisneyExperience is the official app and lists the most current information. Check wait times while waiting in line for another attraction to plan your next moves. This saves time and steps!

I like to use the app to check if attractions are still down. We almost always get stuck in a line when a ride goes down for whatever reason. We usually stay in line, but if the ride is evacuated or closed for long periods of time, Disney may make guests exit the line. MyDisneyExperience can tell you when attractions reopen.

It can also tell you what close-by rides’ wait times are. Leaving an attraction due to closing can be disappointing, but finding that a near by ride has a short wait time can turn the frowns upside down in no time!

1. Find Lots of Extras

MyDisneyExperience lists essentials like nearest ATMs, park hours, maps, and restrooms. This may not be the most exciting part of MyDisneyExperience, but these things are necessities and you don’t want to waste time looking for them. MyDisneyExperience will tell you what parks have Extra Magic Hours or where you are if you get lost or are looking for your family members. What’s more, after waiting an hour or more in line, finding the closest restroom may require quick work. These are things you don’t think of before you need them. Disney knows this and wants to make your vacation as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.

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