MagicBands, My Disney Experience App and FastPass+
This App can be downloaded to your phone and is free to use. Before your trip, you can use this (online or on your phone) to book Dining and grab those FastPasses. It is great for finding out showtimes, parade times, booking your Advanced Dining Reservations, placing a Mobile Food Order (place your order than go pickup the food) or just using it as a map. It also displays any remaining Dining you have.
Disney's MagicBands are used for just about everything within the Walt Disney World Resort. You simple hold the band to the reader and you're off! You can charge to your room (you can set this up in MyDisneyExperience...A PIN is required for purchases), use the band to utilize your Dining Plan, unlock your resort door and most importantly, enter the parks.
**The FREE Magic Bands will be discontinued as of 1/1/2021. You can always buy a band or you can utilize all of the same functions on your phone during your vacation.
The FastPass is a time return for a ride, but if you are staying onsite, you can book your times up to 60 days before checkin! (30 days before if you are staying offsite.) You will need to have tickets linked to your MyDisneyExperience to be able to utilize this feature. When booking, you are allowed to make 3 bookings per day, in one park. So if you know you want to ride Big Thunder, Space and Splash Mountains, you can book those for one of your days, and then once the Passes have been used, you can add more, one attraction at a time.
**During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the use of FastPass+ has been haulted.