Disney announced that updates will soon be coming to the My Disney Experience app that will further extend the power guests have in the palm in their hands… this time, to be able to unlock their hotel rooms with keyless entry. The new feature — a digital key — is coming soon in trial to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Guests can also use their digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges. Arriving travel parties that have checked in online may even use their digital key to bypass the need to visit the front desk, giving them the opportunity to go directly to their room when it is ready and start their vacation even faster.
The feature represents the latest evolution of keyless room entry, which we began offering with the MagicBand, the unique all-in-one device that effortlessly connects the vacation choices guests make in My Disney Experience. Guests may use either or both options to enter their room during their stay.
So how does it work? To use their digital key, guests can 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. Check out the video below to see a sneak peek of the feature in action.
Bluetooth®-enabled mobile devices with the latest version of the My Disney Experience app are required to take advantage of a digital key for room entry. And don’t forget to wear your MagicBand for all other uses including park entry, FastPass+ redemption, room charges and more.
Last year, Disney vastly expanded the capabilities of its mobile app giving guests the ability to mobile order their food before arriving at restaurants and also online check-in which provide tons more flexibility for high-tech savvy travelers.