When it comes to planning the perfect trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth, knowing the right tips and tricks are key. One major trip hack is downloading the My Disney Experience app before you hit the parks! Even with advanced planning through FastPass+, Dining Reservations, and MagicBand customization, this free app is still a major game changer for your Disney days. Here are five reasons you need to download the My Disney Experience app to your phone before your next Disney vacation!

If you’re staying on property for your Walt Disney World vacation, you have the ability to book your FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance. Even if you’re staying off property, you’ll still have the chance to book reservations for FastPass+ up to 30 days in advance! Once these initial FastPass+ plans are in place, it’s good to know that if things change your plans can be modified anytime anywhere thanks to the My Disney Experience app. Just simply open the app and modify, delete, or add a new Fastpass+ reservations as you please!

Mobile Ordering
Waiting in line is pretty unavoidable on a Disney vacation. From attractions and transportation to food and character meet and greets, with so many other guests in the parks it’s pretty likely that you’ll spend some time waiting in line! With app features like Mobile Ordering, guests cut down on the time they’d normally spend waiting in line to order to spend that time enjoying their vacation.

Mobile ordering is available at select quick-service restaurant locations around the Walt Disney World resort, and guests can begin a mobile order from anywhere within the park. This means while you’re waiting in line for an attraction, you and your family can get your mobile order placed right on the My Disney Experience app. Once you’re done enjoying the ride, head to the quick-service restaurant and use the My Disney Experience app to let them know you’re here so they can start preparing your order for you!

Memory Maker
Walt Disney World offers over 100 different PhotoPass opportunities for its guests to take advantage of while on vacation. From photos on attractions to MagicShots and character greetings, when you invest in Memory Maker for your vacation, you’ll have these photos and memories to last a lifetime! As the photos throughout your day are processed, they will appear on your My Disney Experience app. From here, you have the opportunity to download them straight from the app and start sharing your favorites on social media! This is another great way to pass the time while waiting in lines.

Reserve Dining
Much like FastPass+ reservations, dining reservations at Walt Disney World require a lot of advanced planning. Although these reservations can be booked up to 180 days in advance, plans can change, and thanks to the My Disney Experience app you can modify reservations to accommodate them! Whether you’re looking to move your lunch reservation time back or add weekend brunch reservation to your agenda, the quickest and easiest way to make this happen is through the My Disney Experience app.

Wait Times & Beyond
When you think of the My Disney Experience app, attraction wait times are probably the first thing that comes to mind. This app does offer up-to-date wait times for all Walt Disney World attractions, but it’s also great for a few other park planning aspects as well! The My Disney Experience app offers guests a park map, helping them to navigate through without the need of a paper map or a tour guide. The app also offers information like park hours, entertainment show times and menus for any and all restaurants around the resort. Guests even have the opportunity to shop in-park merchandise from the My Disney Experience app. This app truly is a one-stop-shop when it comes to information about Walt Disney World!

As you can see, your biggest Disney vacation essential may just be the free app on your phone. So, for everyone in your party that has a smartphone, make sure they download The My Disney Experience app before they arrive in Orlando! Once you’re on property, just connect to Disney’s Wi-Fi, and you’re good to go for a magical vacation.