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Go straight from the airport runway to your bed with a couple of clicks.

Carlye Wisel
April 05, 2018

The most magical place on Earth will soon offer guests the ability to unlock their hotel room with their smartphone.

It’s possible due to a “digital key” addition coming to the complimentary My Disney Experience app, which links park tickets, hotel room reservations, and itineraries to one’s digital account. MagicBands — which are currently used in lieu of room keys — will still open doors, but once the digital key feature is integrated throughout all Walt Disney World resort hotels, visitors will have the option of using a phone as well.

The program will begin at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and expand to other Disney-operated Florida hotels afterwards. When in use, digital room keys will unlock fitness centers, pool areas, elevators and even club-level lounges (with proper access) during one’s stay.

A Disney vacation is all about magic, and the new addition only enhances how dedicated Walt Disney World is to making the most annoying parts of traveling more seamless. With Disney’s Magical Express Luggage Delivery, guests staying on property can check their bags at the airport and have luggage arrive in their hotel room a few hours after landing. Online Check-In already lets visitors skip the front desk entirely and receive a text message when their room is ready, and with the addition of a digital key, the arrival process will be that much more convenient.

Walt Disney World has been introducing digital enhancements to make park visits easier, too. With mobile ordering, guests can select and pre-pay for Dole Whip, Pandora’s cheeseburger pods and other meals at quick-service restaurants throughout the four theme parks.

Magic Bands will continue to be the go-to device for park admission, room charges and FastPass+ ride reservations, but a second option for opening one’s hotel room at the end of a busy park day is a welcomed change.

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