Let’s hurry up and wait? Who knew waiting in line could be so fun. When Disney released the Play Disney Parks app on June 30, 2018, it was only scratching the surface on what it would be. Fast forward a year, and the app is a pivotal piece in the most anticipated Disney land in recent memory – Toy Story Land! Just kidding, of course we’re talking about Star Wars Galaxy Edge at Hollywood Studios. With Galaxy Edge now open at Disneyland and soon to be at Disney World (August 29, 2019), there’s no better time to learn what the Play Disney Parks app is all about. Pull out your smartphone and let’s download that app! (only over WiFi of course)

Play Disney Parks - Splash Mountain Game
Splash Mountain Game

What Is It?  

It’s an app, Nate, come on! Yes, it’s an app and probably the 50th app on our phones. Designed around in park entertainment the Play Disney Parks app has a variety of games, trivia, and interactive experiences for guests to enjoy while waiting in line and beyond! We can go beyond too, Buzz. You’ll earn different achievements for completing games and experiencing attractions, like riding Peter Pan at the Magic Kingdom.

Passholder Insights: Play Disney Parks app does use data and a lot of battery. Disney World does have free WiFi around the parks and resorts.

Use Play Disney Parks app for a guided tour of Pandora
Guided Tour Through Pandora

Setting Everything Up

Opening the Play Disney Parks app you’ll be asked which resort area you’re visiting, Disneyland or Walt Disney World. The app does have a built-in step by step guide to walk through everything. The most important thing to do is “log in”. In the upper left-hand cover of the app you’ll see a Mickey head. By clicking on this you can log into your Play Disney Parks profile. It will be the same profile you created for your My Disney Experience.

In the same area as your login you’ll see all of your achievements for using the app around the parks. The most important feature in this area is the player management piece. Labeled as Manage Players, this is where you’ll add friends and family or even your friends you’ve made in line to the games. With the Play Disney Parks app you only need one phone to enjoy.

The only thing left to do is select the park you’re in and use the interactive map to pick the game associated to queue you’re waiting in. You’re ready to go!

Passholder Insights: The app does use the Bluetooth within your smartphone, you’ll want to make sure you have this turned on to get the full experience.

Agent P Word Showcase Adventure is part of the Play Disney Park App
Agent P World Showcase Adventure

Beyond the Queues

Play Disney Parks goes beyond just the ride queues. You can use it for a variety of things like kicking off the Agent P World Adventure over in Epcot, challenging yourself or family members to a rousing game of Disney Trivia, or even enjoying your favorite in-park music. If you’re Nate it means you’re listening to Illuminations Reflections of Earth on repeat. The app is expanding rapidly and has already started moving beyond the parks to the Disney World resorts. At the Art of Animation there’s a new game within the lobby to play.

Passholder Insights: When staying at Pop Century you can easily walk across the bridge to the Art of Animation Resort and enjoy all the different offers. It’s like two resorts in one!

Play Disney Parks will play a big role in Star Wars Galaxy Edge
New Star Wars Galaxy Edge Features

Star Wars Galaxy Edge

Play Disney Parks app is a key piece of the new land. On August 29, 2019, Disney will be releasing a large update for the app focused on Star Wars Galaxy Edge. With the app you’ll be able to translate Aurebesh (written and spoken), discover hidden objects within crates and containers scattered around the land, listen to space transmissions (new Star Wars mini-stories), and even hack into control panels, different devices, and even droids! Wait, did you say droids?

Passholder Insights: All the interactions designed for the app are included in the price of admission. Guests will not need anything other than the app and a smartphone.

Our Thoughts

It’s exciting to see Disney push the limits of what could be done with its Play Disney Parks app, and we’re still only at the beginning. We’ve heard rumors around how Disney could add new achievements and prizes to within the game. Jim Hill from Jim Hill Media, has mentioned Disney could look at adding features that include “front of the line” passes to the achievement options. This is still just a rumor and we may never see it, but it shows how Disney is trying to grow the app and its experiences. Our app has been downloaded, which game should we play first?!

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