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4 Essential Things You Need to Know About Disney's New "Digital Key" System

Earlier this week, Disney announced that it will begin rolling out a brand new new Digital Key feature at the Walt Disney World Resort that will give guests staying on property another option when accessing their rooms (which can currently only be unlocked via MagicBand). If you are staying at a Disney hotel in the near future, here’s everything you need to know about this brand new system

1. It does everything a MagicBand does at your hotel

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Disney’s new Digital Key feature will be rolled out in the next few days as a new feature within the existing My Disney Experience app. Guests with hotel reservations will be able to access their “Digital Key” from within the app on their check-in date, and will be able to use their NFC-compatible phone quickly unlock their hotel room using their smartphone.

In addition to being able to unlock doors with this app feature, guests can also use their digital key inside My Disney Experience to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges.


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Arriving travel parties that have used Disney’s online check-in feature 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 they are ready.

Of course all these features sound very familiar for guests who are used to the MagicBand system, but if you’re thinking Disney is planning on phasing out these iconic wristbands, don’t worry. MagicBands still work as hotel keys, and will continue to be an option for the foreseeable future. All Disney is doing here is giving guests another choice when it comes to unlocking their hotel rooms, and of course building out their My Disney Experience app, which has had several new features added to it over the years, including PhotoPass integration, Mobile Order, and more.

And while we’d guess a lot of guests will probably continue to use their MagicBands to interact with their hotel room doors, if you are considering using this technology on your next trip, there are some things you should probably know first...

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