Walt Disney World's new "Digital Key" room entry system appears to be set to debut the week of April 15 at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.
When Disney recently shared details regarding its Digital Key program, they said only that the option would launch "soon" with no specific date revealed. "Soon" may be just a few days away.
Multiple posters on the DISBoards are reporting that their reservation details within the MyDisneyExperience app have been updated to include an "Unlock Door" feature. One poster is scheduled to arrive on April 15. Click HERE to view the post and accompanying images.
The Digital Key system is an alternative to Disney's MagicBands, allowing hotel guests to hold their bluetooth-enabled smartphones near any entry point, tapping a button to unlock. The feature will supposedly work on hotel and villa doors, resort entry gates, pools, fitness centers and any other locked resort location.
It is not known if Disney plans to expand this feature to theme park gates, FastPass+ touchpoints or other non-resort locations, where it could conceivably serve as an alternative to MagicBands.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge was named as the first resort to receive this enhancement. No word on how quickly it may expand to other properties.
I expect that go to WDW in December the Digital Key will be opened to other resorts so I plan to try it. However, I doubt if I will use it regularly as it is just not as convenient as using a magic band since I have to log on and find my way to My Reservations. My one worry is that I will forget to key my magic band(s) to the door as well and then MB won't unlock doors around the resort. So I will have to repeatedly log on to My Disney Experience just to access the pool or laundry or some exit doors.