Update! If you use a site like Travelocity to book your reservation you must then call the hotel for their confirmation number, then wait 24 hours before you can link the reservation to My Disney Experience.
Some of the biggest advantages to staying on Disney Properties were just extended to Shades of Green (an on property resort for the military) and the Disney Springs area hotels. Beginning in January you can have 60 day window for FastPasses and Disney Parks Magic Hours. Starting January 10th you may link your reservation with the My Disney Experience (MDE), if you also have tickets linked to MDE you can reserve FastPasses 30 days prior to your arrival. This is especially helpful for those hard to get passes like Pandora’s Flight of Passage, Toy Story Mania, and the Seven Dwarves Mine Train.
Here is a list of the participating Disney Springs Area Hotels-
- B Resort and Spa
- Best Western lake Buena Vista Resort
- DoubleTree Guest Suites by Hilton Orlando
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace
- Hilton orlando Resort Lake Buena Vista
- Holiday Inn Orlando
- Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
- Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
How Do I Book This?
These reservations are not made through the Disney website.
- Make your reservations through your hotels reservation system.
- If you use Travelocity (or a similar site) call the hotel itself for a confirmation number. The website number will not work.
- Save the confirmation number.
Now you Need to Link the Reservation to your My Disney Experience Account
If you do not have a My Disney Experience Account, you will need one. This account is on the web and an app for the phone. MDE is where you book dining reservations, make FastPasses, and it has great features that tell you wait times, where to meet characters, and allows you to order at quick service dining locations. Register for an account online at disneyworld.disney.go.com– then the My Disney Experience link is on the right side of the menu. You can also register by downloading the app to your phone or tablet.
Once you have an MDE account, you are ready to link.
- Have your resort confirmation number ready and go to your My Disney Experience account.
- Wait 24 hours after making the reservation before liking to MDE
- Click on My Reservations and Tickets- if online
- If in the app, go to My Account, look at My Plans and tap Link Hotel
- Then your reservation will show up in your plans.
What Else do I Need to Get the FastPasses?
There are many ways to purchase tickets.
- On Disney’s website
- Undercovertourist.com (for a discount, I trust them)
- Military can purchase tickets on base at the Tickets and Tourism office or through Shades of Green.
Make sure you have ordered your tickets with plenty of time to get them linked to your account before you are 60 days from your arrival!
When you have tickets- use the same steps as linking the resort reservation using the number on the ticket.
After they have been linked, you are in the system and when you are 60 days from arrival you are ready to book FastPasses.
Did this feel like a lot?
Using a travel agent means they will take care of all of it for you- for free!
If you are staying at a Disney Springs Hotel I recommend Exclusive Travel Partners and they can set you up with reservations, tickets and link it all up for you. Then they will even book your FastPasses! For Free! exclusivetravelpartners.com
If you are staying at Shades of Green it is a fabulous and convenient resort, but you can not use a travel agent.
One Last Thing!
Magic Bands! These resorts do not send you MagicBands. If you purchase MagicBands at the Disney Store online before you leave, or at the parks, you may still link them to your MDE account, (directions for that are included in the MagicBand package). They will allow you to enter the park, and use them for your FastPasses and a Disability Access Pass (DAS pass) ifyou qualify for one. They will not act as a room key or credit card. I happen to think they are much easier than pulling tickets out of your bag or a lanyard all of the time- but that is a personal choice.
If You Use An ECV- Do Your Homework
The Disney Springs Resort Hotels have limited access to shuttles that accommodate ECV’s. They all have SOME access, but it’s typically only one of their shuttles, and it only accommodates one ECVat a time. The Disney Transportation accommodates two carts or chairs on every bus. This may mean you will choose to drive- parking at the resorts and Disney have a daily parking fee.
Are you excited to have these benefits at the neighboring hotels? Have you stayed at any of them? Please comment below!