It's Kimberly with Get Away Today, your one stop shop for all things Disneyland vacations. 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.
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. It's now 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.
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 and ready to have fun:
- Download the official Disneyland app on your mobile device
- Link your credit card
- Link your Disneyland tickets
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.
Check FASTPASS Times
You can also 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 make 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's 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 $10 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.
To purchase MaxPass, you must be physically inside the gates at Disneyland Resort with your ticket scanned for the day. I recommend getting MaxPass first thing after you arrive to maximize your purchase and time. MaxPass has completely changed how I vacation 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.
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 earlier. 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 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 add more group experiences for attractions around the Resort – including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
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