There are so many awesome tools to help make your Disneyland adventure magical, and one of my favorites has to be the official Disneyland App! It's totally free.
It's Kimberly with Get Away Today, your one stop shop for all things Disneyland vacations. I've visited Disneyland dozens of times, and was slow to love the official app. It has improved so much in the last couple of years that now I can't imagine going to Disneyland without it.
The app has become so fun and helpful that I find myself playing with it even when I’m not at the parks! If you're a first-time visitor, it's a great tool for familiarizing yourself with the parks and planning a successful trip before you leave home.
I recommend that you take care of these things before you set foot in the park, so you don't waste any time once you're inside.
- Download the official Disneyland app on your mobile device
- Link your credit card
- Link your Disneyland tickets (by either scanning your ticket(s) with your phone or manually entering ticket bar code(s)
Once you're set up, here are all the helpful things you can do with the official Disneyland app.
Check Wait Times
The Disneyland app has the most accurate and up-to-date wait times. This is so helpful when you're deciding what ride to try next. Once you open the Disneyland app, just select either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park to see a map. Each attraction will have a bubble that displays the wait time estimate. Browse by Park map or via the alphabetical list view in the app.
Related: The Best Rides at Disneyland
Check FASTPASS Times
FASTPASS is a Disneyland thing that lets you reserve a later return time for a popular ride and then wait in a shorter line. It's free, and a great way to avoid spending all day in line.
You can use the Disneyland app to check FASTPASS return times and see whether or not FASTPASS tickets are available. My husband used to chase all over the parks for FASTPASS tickets, sometimes to find that there weren't any left. Never again.
Did you know that Disneyland doesn't open at the same time every day? Park hours, including Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour information, are always at your fingertips in the Disneyland app. This makes it super easy to create a tentative itinerary, which you will definitely want to do.
Click the button to get more tips for using Magic Mornings and Extra Magic Hours in Allison's Disneyland Calendar post.
Even if you've visited Disneyland a few times, it's helpful to have a park map handy. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are big parks and the landscape is always changing. Use the maps to find the nearest restroom or the fastest route to your next stop.
Check Show Times
The official Disneyland app has show times and information on all the entertainment at Disneyland. This includes indoor shows, outdoor shows, parades and even wandering street musicians. Disneyland adds shows on its busiest days, so soaking up the entertainment is a great way to spend time when lines get long or you need a break from rides.
There's no need to wait around for hours hoping to catch a glimpse of your favorite character. Use the official Disneyland app to see which, when and where characters will be. The app even shows the exclusive Disney Visa Card Member Character Meet locations and times.
MaxPass is a new way to get FASTPASS on your mobile device. It currently costs $15 per person per day, but it includes PhotoPass too. Disneyland regulars are loving this new option because it can save you hours of time that would be spent in line or running across the park to FASTPASS kiosks. Instead, use MaxPass to electronically make FASTPASS requests for available attractions. As mentioned, MaxPass includes PhotoPass, which allows you to digitally download all PhotoPass photos you get during your day in Disneyland, whether taken on a ride or by a PhotoPass photographer.
To purchase MaxPass, you must be physically inside the gates at Disneyland Resort with your ticket scanned for the day. As of 2019 you can now purchase MaxPass in advance with Get Away Today, for each day of your vacation. If you only want MaxPass for select days of your vacation, wait to purchase directly from Disney once inside the Resort. If you're waiting until you're on your vacation, I recommend getting MaxPass first thing after you arrive to maximize your purchase and time. MaxPass has completely changed how I vacation at Disneyland.
Related: Tips for Using MaxPass at Disneyland
My favorite part of Disneyland is the food. Now that Mobile Ordering is available through the app, I can get my favorite treats without waiting in line or pulling out my money at the window. Mobile Ordering allows you to pay in advance via the app and avoid the traditional wait line at a restaurant.
Choose a time and restaurant to order your meals and snacks. It is super slick and easy – especially if you set up your credit card right when you get into the Resort. There is a special pick up location at each eatery specifically for Mobile Ordering. The app will let you know when your food is ready (usually just a few minutes) and you notify the restaurant in the app when you have arrived so your order will be fresh. It is amazing! This is the only way I eat at Disneyland now.
You can also use the app to make restaurant reservations. I used the app to make reservations for the Main Street Electrical Parade dining package at the Blue Bayou and Breakfast with Minnie and Friends 60 days before my vacation. That’s the earliest you can make them, and you’ll need a credit card to confirm it. Keep in mind that you'll be charged $10 per person if you no-show. You can cancel or make changes to your reservations. All of your reservation information is kept on your account in the app, which is really helpful.
You can also use the app to find all of the available dining options while you’re in the parks. See every restaurant and even pull up their menus with pricing. Make reservations for the same day while you’re in line for an attraction, or save time by deciding where and what to eat before you even arrive at the parks.
You can buy tickets through the app, but you’ll pay full price. Naturally, I recommend buying discounted tickets through Get Away Today instead, and adding them to your account through the app. This help you keep track of your PhotoPass pictures and give you peace of mind in case you lose your physical tickets while on vacation.
Bonus: Play Disney Parks
Waiting in line is no fun… or is it? Download the Play Disney Parks app to make them even more magical. This app is free.
Participate in interactive experiences and games with other guests while you wait in line. You can currently play in line at these attractions: Toy Story Midway Mania!, Peter Pan’s Flight and Space Mountain. Each ride has different game experiences and ways to earn achievements. The Play Disney Parks App will continue to grow and recently added more experiences for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The Play Disney Parks app turns your smartphone into a “datapad” so you can hack into Galaxy's Edge systems, translate languages and interact with the land.
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