Smartphone hotel keys coming to Walt Disney World Resort

Guests at hotels at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando will soon be able to unlock their rooms using their smartphones.

A new feature that will be soon added to the My Disney Experience smartphone app will allow guests to unlock hotel room doors using Bluetooth. It will be first introduced at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, according to the official Disney Parks blog.

Guests can also use their digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges. Arriving travel parties that have checked in online may even use their digital key to bypass the need to visit the front desk, giving them the opportunity to go directly to their room.

To use their digital key, guests can opt in and activate the feature on their check-in day through a brief set up process in the app. To enter their room, guests tap the “Unlock Door” button and then simply hold their phone against the door lock.

The My Disney Experience app already includes a range of features such as mobile ordering and online check-in.

Disney already offers keyless room entry through its MagicBand. These wristbands are all-in-one devices that can be used for park entry, FastPass redemption, entering hotel rooms and more.

In February, Walt Disney World Resort announced plans to develop a new hotel that will immerse guests in the Star Wars universe. Guests and hotel staff will dress in authentic Star Wars garb as they stay and work in the space ship-themed hotel.