No matter how you feel about the MyMagic+ system as a whole, it's undeniable that the advent of MagicBands and FastPass+ has fundamentally changed the way that guests spend their vacation time at Walt Disney World.

Even though this system had a somewhat troubled rollout back in 2013, Disney has been steadily making some really interesting changes to MyMagic+ over the past few years that have allowed guests to access this system's most often-used features more easily. However, there are some changes that are being made now to this system that guests may want to know about! 

1. Digital Key feature expanded to Epcot hotels

Back in April Disney rolled out a new Digital Key feature within the existing My Disney Experience app, which allowed guests with hotel reservations to access a a special “Key” from within the app on their check-in date that could use the power of their NFC-compatible phone to quickly unlock hotel room doors using just a smartphone.

In addition to being able to unlock doors with this app feature, guests are also able to 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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Guests staying at Wilderness Lodge, Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Wilderness Lodge, and Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge already have this unlock feature available for their stay, but now the following additional hotels have made this new feature available for guests: 

  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s Yacht Club
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Though it looks like Disney is focusing on getting this new feature out at the Deluxe-level hotels, just like with Minnie Vans, we'd imagine that within 3-6 months, this digital key feature will be available at all Walt Disney World resorts, eliminating the need for guests to wear their MagicBands around the resort. 

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