The Disneyland Resort is constantly reinventing itself. And it's not just new lands like Galaxy’s Edge of Avengers Campus, or attractions including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Jessie’s Critter Carousel and the to-be-announced Spider-Man ride. Disneyland regularly evaluates its guest services and is always striving to improve. Over the last few years they have updated the official Disneyland app and streamlined their security checkpoints and processes. They have updated FastPass and rider swap procedures, and perhaps the most buzzed about update was the introduction of MaxPass. If you're not familiar with MaxPass, you can read all about it here: Best MaxPass Tips for Disneyland.
But today we're talking about the Disneyland Resort's most delicious upgrade... mobile ordering. Once you use this free Disneyland service, you’ll be hooked! Find out all you need to know and more.
Mobile Ordering at Disneyland
To say we are excited about mobile ordering is an understatement. In our opinion, the availability of mobile ordering at Disneyland is a game changer. With any Disneyland service, whether it’s included or an upgrade, there are many questions. We've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding Disneyland's mobile ordering service and answered them below. If you still have questions, be sure to leave them in the comments and we'll answer them.
How do I use mobile ordering at Disneyland?
You'll first need to make sure that you have the Disneyland app downloaded to your smart phone before your vacation. Then, you'll log-in with your Disney account. Before you head on your vacation, go ahead and link a debit or credit card to the app. That way you’re ready to go once you arrive at the Resort.
When you open the Disneyland app, you'll see "Order Food" underneath "My Plans." From there, you'll see the available restaurants and pick-up times. You'll see the available menu items, prices and everything else you need to know. Just follow the prompts and place your order for a selected pick-up time.?
Then, head over to the restaurant during the pick-up time slot you selected. You'll need to check-in on the app again to let them know you are at the restaurant. Once you've arrived and checked in, the restaurant will start making your order and have it ready for pick-up at a separate window marked for mobile orders. I would recommend checking in no more than five minutes before you are physically at the restaurant location. Otherwise, your food will likely be waiting for you and cause a back-up for other guests.
How much does mobile ordering cost at Disneyland?
The mobile ordering service at Disneyland is a completely free service that is available through the official Disneyland app. And, good news, the official Disneyland app is also free. When you use the service, you just pay for your menu items through the app. Prices are all clearly marked on the app while you're ordering. It doesn’t cost more to mobile order foods at Disneyland.
You'll have to have a credit card loaded on to your account as a form of payment in order to complete your order because gift cards are not accepted in the app. If you're an Annual Passholder and your order qualifies for a discount, it will automatically be applied to your total. You'll be able to review your order before you process. Also, it's important to remember that although the app is free, it can drain your battery. Be sure to bring a back-up charger so you don't miss out on any of the app features.
What locations accept mobile ordering at Disneyland?
Right now mobile ordering is available at 37 select restaurants in Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Resort onsite restaurants.. More good news? They're some of our favorite restaurants that typically have longer lines.
Mobile Order Restaurants in Disneyland Park
- Alien Pizza Planet
- Bengal Barbecue
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- Edelweiss Snacks
- Galactic Grill
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
- The Golden Horseshoe
- Harbour Galley
- Hungry Bear Restaurant
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
- Milk Stand
- Mint Julep Bar
- Red Rose Taverne
- Refreshment Corner
- Ronto Roasters
- Royal Street Veranda
- Stage Door Cafe
- Tiki Juice Bar
- Troubadour Tavern
Mobile Order Restaurants in Disney California Adventure Park
- Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
- Award Wieners
- Bayside Brews
- Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
- Corn Dog Castle
- Flo’s V8 Café
- Hollywood Lounge
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Pacific Wharf Café
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Rita’s Baja Blenders
- Smokejumpers Grill
- Sonoma Terrace
Mobile Order Restaurants in Disneyland Resort Hotels
- BCH Craftsman Grill in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill in Disneyland Hotel
Who can use mobile ordering at Disneyland?
Anyone with a park ticket can use mobile ordering at Disneyland! For simplicity, you may just want one person in your party to be in charge of mobile ordering. Also, remember you'll need a credit card as your form of payment, so it is best if the card holder can match the account linked to mobile ordering.
Why should I use mobile ordering at Disneyland?
This is hopefully self-explanatory, but you should use mobile ordering to save time! When you're at Disneyland, time is valuable. Don't waste it waiting in line to order food and then waiting to pick up your order when it’s ready. Instead, you can maximize your time while at the parks and place your order while you're in line for an attraction, waiting for a show to start, or while you're riding the Disneyland Railroad around the park. You can be in either one of the parks and place an order for any restaurant; so if you’re in California Adventure with your Park Hopper ticket and know you’re heading to Disneyland soon, you can order your next meal from Stage Door Cafe.
When can I place my mobile order at Disneyland?
The trick to using mobile ordering at Disneyland is timing. There are pick-up time slots available at all of the locations. Keep in mind that if you're traveling during a busier time of year, your preferred time slot may already be full. If you know about what time you'd like to have lunch or dinner, I would recommend placing your order as early as possible. Remember, the restaurant won't prepare your food until you electronically check-in at the location, so you can order as early as is available. Also, consider eating at non-peak times. Have an early lunch rather than trying to mobile order right at noon. Eat dinner a little later instead of between five and six. Little adjustments such as this can help you get around busier times.
What can I order with mobile ordering at Disneyland?
When you're using the app to place your order, you'll see the restaurant's full available menu. But that's not all you'll be able to order. Just like when you're placing an order at any of the restaurants, you can customize your order. That means that you can easily order allergy friendly items. Dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and any other restrictions or preferences are just a click away. If you're curious about how Disneyland handles food allergies, we've put together a guide and video that you can check out here: How to Eat at Disneyland with Food Allergies.
Do I have to be in the park to place a mobile order?
You don't have to be in the park to place an order, but you will have to be in the park to check in and pick up your food. You need park admission to be able to get your food. That means if you have a 1-Park per Day ticket and you're in Disneyland, you'll only be able to pick up food from Disneyland. It is really easy to tell where the locations are on the app. It would be really difficult to accidentally order from the wrong park.
If you have a Park Hopper ticket, you could easily place an order for your favorite restaurant in Disney California Adventure from Disneyland. You'll just hop on over when it's lunch time, check-in via the app and pick up your meal.
Can I purchase a dining plan with mobile ordering at Disneyland?
Unlike Walt Disney World, the Disneyland Resort does not offer a dining plan. Instead, you can use the app to make table service restaurant reservations. Character Dining reservations can also be made via the app. All table service reservations are separate from mobile ordering, which is reserved solely for quick service restaurant locations. We do recommend you make Character Dining and restaurant reservations before your vacation, as they tend to fill up. You can read more about Character Dining on our blog HERE.
Well, there you have it. I hope that answered all of your questions about this thrilling new way to save time at Disneyland. If you have any other questions, leave them below and we will answer them.
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