When you’re vacationing at Disneyland, you want to make the most of your time. Luckily, over the last few years, Disneyland has implemented some tools to help you do just that. These tools have made all the difference in how you can experience the parks.
Download the Official Disneyland App
- The first thing you’ll want to do is download the official Disneyland app
. The Disneyland app shows all current park hours, which you’ll want to check before and during your vacation. It also has an interactive map of the entire Disneyland Resort. You can use this map to find attractions and attraction wait times, entertainment locations and showtimes, restaurants, restrooms, First Aid stations and more.
The other major perk of downloading the app is that you can load your park tickets directly into the app. Once your tickets are loaded into the app, you can use your phone as your theme park ticket. You don’t have to worry about losing your ticket, or keeping track of your children’s tickets either. You can just load them all onto one phone.
The app is free to download and to use and it will become your #1 time saving tool while on your Disneyland vacation.
Use Disney Genie Plus
- Why wait in long lines if you don’t have to? Disney Genie + system lets you reserve a return time to ride for some of their most popular attractions.
The Genie+ service can be included with your Disneyland tickets
to lock in the lowest rate. You can access Genie Plus through the Disneyland app, making these two time savers a perfect combination. Any attraction that offers Genie+ allows you access into the Lightning Lane which is often half the wait time of the traditional stand by line.
If you want more details on the Disney Genie+ system, you can read about it right here
Mobile Order Food
- One of our favorite newer features of the Disneyland app is Mobile Ordering. It’s yet another reason to have the Disneyland app ready to use on your phone. Nearly every quick service dining location throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure accept Mobile Ordering
. You simply place your order from your phone for a specified time slot, check in when you get to the location and then pick up your order. It’s super easy and best of all, it can be done while you’re in line for an attraction, waiting for a parade or just hanging out.
Get more details on Mobile Ordering here.
- Die-hard Disneyland fans call the official park opening “rope drop” because it’s when Cast Members drop the ropes blocking off the different lands and let everyone begin their day of fun.
Disneyland always posts an official opening time, but they begin letting guests in the main gates onto Main Street, U.S.A. before that time. Typically, guests can begin entering the park 30 minutes prior to the official park opening, but most of the park is roped off. Being at Disneyland at official park opening time, or “rope drop,” is by far the best way to get a head start on your day.
You’ll experience fewer crowds and can get a lot done. Also, if you’d like the opportunity to experience some of Disneyland’s most popular attractions like Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
or Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway in Toontown
, rope drop can get you a head start to those standby lines.
- There are times when you can actually get into Disneyland BEFORE official park opening! The trick here is to book a stay at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels. Read all about Early Entry here and how we can help you save time and money on your Disneyland vacation.
- Unlike Early Entry, staying late is available to everyone! It’s one of the best times to ride attractions with the shortest wait times. If you’re visiting on a weekend or peak travel time, sometimes the parks will stay open until midnight. When that happens, the parks normally start to slow down after the fireworks, leaving minimal wait times even on the most popular attractions.
You’ll also find that if there are multiple showings of the nighttime entertainment
, like Fantasmic! or World or Color, generally the later shows have fewer people watching. If you have any night owls in your family, or don’t have to be up early the next morning, take advantage of those late nights at Disneyland.
Try Single Rider
- There are a few attractions that offer a single rider queue, which typically moves more quickly than the standby line. It’s a great option if everyone in your group is at least 7 years old and doesn’t mind sitting next to someone they don’t know on a ride. I
It’s also a great option if you really want to ride an attraction, like Radiator Springs Racers, and don’t have an Individual Lightning Lane
for it. Your group will stand next to each other in line, but will be assigned to an extra spot as they become available. Many times you'll end up in the same car, just not in the same row. Check the Disneyland app for current Single Rider offerings.