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How to Use the Disneyland App

By Kimberly Fidler 05/17/2019
 
*Updated May 2019* We teach you how to use the Disneyland App to make your Disneyland vacation the best ever. It's like a map, calendar and guide all in one. We show you what the free app looks like, some of our favorite features, and even a few tips and tricks for the parks.
 

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How to Use the Disneyland App

It's #MovieMonday and that means we're sharing a video we made just for you. Today we're showing you how to use the Disneyland app. It's the ONLY app you'll need for your Disneyland vacation and we love it. You'll be amazed at all you can see, do and plan with the most accurate and fun Disneyland app available. And... it's free.

Watch our video, How to Use the Disneyland App below to see how it's done!

How to Use the Disneyland App - Video

As a you can see from the video, there are so many ways to use the Disneyland app. You can use the Disneyland app before you go and while you're on vacation. In fact, you may have so much fun, you'll want to play with it long after you've returned from your trip. It's kind of like being in the parks!

The first step on how to use the Disneyland app is to download it for free! Here is where you can get it:

Disneyland app on the Apple Store
Disneyland app on the Google Play (for Android)

How to Use the Disneyland App - Tips

We recommend using the Disneyland app before your Disneyland vacation to familiarize yourself with the entire Disneyland Resort. You'll be able to see where all of the attractions are in relationship to each other. You can also get an idea of how the the Disneyland Resort is laid out with the Disneyland Resort Hotels, Downtown Disney and the two theme parks. If you have any special needs while on your trip, you can also use the app beforehand so that you know where everything you need is located. Find the Baby Care Centers, Lost & Found, First Aid Stations and even Kennel Services!

How to Use the Disneyland App - Food

You can also use the free Disneyland app to make restaurant reservations up to 60 days before you travel, which you'll want to do for Character Dining or any of the super popular restaurants like the Blue Bayou. Or, if you're lucky and there are still some restaurants with open reservations while you're in the park, you can make reservations same day from the app.

If quick service is more your style, use the Disneyland app while you're in line for an attraction to see what dining options are closest to you. Use the menu and make your family's meal choices before you even get to the restaurant or food cart! Or, better yet, check and see which locations and time slots are available for mobile ordering and place your order right from your phone. 

No matter if you are using the Disneyland mobile app to make restaurant reservations or mobile ordering, you can find plans you've made and food you've ordered on the app under "My Plans." It is so slick and easy to keep track of everything.

How to Use the Disneyland App - Additional Features

Disney is continually updating the app and adding new features. To help keep track, we've bullet pointed all of the features - including more of the recent additions.

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  • See if FASTPASS is available for select rides, attractions and shows
  • Purchase MaxPass to electronically request a FASTPASS and have unlimited PhotoPass downloads
  • Link all of your group tickets with or without MaxPass 
  • Purchase PhotoPass separately and locate PhotoPass photographers throughout the Resort
  • Get approximate ride wait times
  • Find show times, parade times and routes, park hours and restaurant hours
  • Utilize mobile ordering to prepay for food from select vendors in the Resort; skip the line and pick up when it's ready!
  • Look at menu items and prices for restaurants - including those in Downtown Disney and those that don't offer mobile ordering
  • Find Disney Characters throughout the Resort and appearance times
  • See shopping areas
  • Locate bathrooms

Using the Disneyland App - Wi-Fi and Chargers

When using the Disneyland app, you can either use the Disneyland Resort free park Wi-Fi or your own data. Many people find that their own data works better, however, we're expecting that the Wi-Fi will improve pretty dramatically once Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens. The Disneyland Resort is making all sort of preparations for all of the new interactive elements that will be part of Galaxy's Edge, aka Star Wars Land. We feel confident that new Wi-Fi spots and stronger signals will be included with these updates.

You are going to want to use the app a lot during your Disneyland vacation. Because of that, you'll want to make sure your phone stays charged. You'll want to bring your own external charger to the parks, or consider purchasing a Fuel Rod once you're at the parks. There are Fuel Rod machines located throughout the entire Disneyland Resort. For $30, you'll get a brand new external charger and converter kit. Then, when it's out of charge, you just return it to any of the Fuel Rod kiosks and exchange it for a new one - free. It's super easy and takes the stress out of keeping your phone and external charger at full power. 

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As you saw in the video and read in our updated recap, there is SO much that you can do when you know how to use the Disneyland app. And there's even more since we made the video. We hope you learned a few things to help you out on your next Disneyland vacation. If you haven't booked your Disneyland package yet, we'd love to help you with that too!

When should I load my Disneyland tickets into the app?

You hopefully know by now that you can find all of our Disneyland packages and Disneyland tickets on our website. Or, you can call our agents at 855-GET-AWAY. We currently offer Park Hopper and 1-Park per Day tickets that have the option of pre-purchasing MaxPass. If you are purchasing MaxPass before your vacation, you must add it for each day of your ticket. Or you can choose to upgrade on a day by day basis once you're at Disneyland.

No matter which ticket you choose, you'll receive your tickets via email. You'll take your e-tickets, which you can either print out at home or show on your phone, straight to the gate. Once you enter the gate for the first time, you'll be given physical tickets that you can use for park entry and at any of the FASTPASS machines. Once you have your physical tickets, you'll be able to add your tickets to your app.

Remember that any 3-day or longer Disneyland tickets, both Park Hopper and 1-Park per Day, will include one Magic Morning early entry into Disneyland Park (not Disney California Adventure Park) on select days. And of course, you'll never pay the full gate price when you buy your Disneyland tickets through Get Away Today!

Book your Disneyland vacation now online or over the phone by calling 855-GET-AWAY.

 

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