There are many reasons for at least one person to set up a "My Disney Experience" (MDE) account, but, most importantly, it is important so you can book FastPasses in advance whether you are staying on Walt Disney World (WDW) property or not. These steps are for those who do not have any MDE accounts at all. If anyone in your vacation party already has an account, how to add them as a friend to your MDE account will be at the bottom.
These instructions are for setup while on a laptop/desktop.
TIP: if you have purchased items on shopdisney.com or have an account with Disney Movie Rewards (now known as Disney Movie Insiders), you already have an account! Simply use that username and password to sign into MDE.
Create My Disney Experience Account
Step 1: Click here to go to Walt Disney World's site: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/.
Step 2: Click on MDE on the right side of the page. Picture shown below.
Step 3: Click on "Create Account" on the lower left side located under "Don't have a Disney account?"
Step 4: Fill in all the necessary information required to open an account and click "create account". Voila! Your account is now set up.
Now we need to go on to the next steps so you can book FastPasses for everyone you will be traveling with, which means you need to create people for everyone in your group. You are NOT creating a separate account for each person. You are simply creating the person and you will manage their plans.
Adding Friends And Family To MDE
Step 1: While in the MDE "Plans and Tickets page", scroll over "Family & Friends" on the left and a blue box with "add a guest" will pop up to click. If you cannot find it, go to "My Family & Friends" when you scroll over the "My Disney Experience" at the top right of the page like you did in Section A Step 2.
Step 2: Simply follow the prompts and begin adding one person at a time. You only need to know specific age if member is under 18 years old.
Now you can add each ticket and assign each ticket to each person. The tickets cannot be transferred after first-use. If you need to transfer a ticket before it has been used, call Disney to complete the process (407-939-5277).
Begin making FastPasses and plans for everyone on your family & friends list!
If someone in your vacation party already has an account or already has a reservation, you can find them that way and request to add them as a friend. You can choose how many plans they see and vice versa. You can choose for them to see everything or only plans they are involved in with you. Be sure to tell them you requested so they go to their MDE account and approve to connect. Unfortunately, an email does not always get sent to them showing the request.
See all pictures below to help guide you.