Heading to Disneyland soon? First of all, yay! Planning a Disneyland trip is one of my favorite things to do, besides of course the actual trip. But we all know how overwhelming it can be. It doesn’t need to be that way. Have you checked out our Disneyland Guide? You can also find other Disneyland planning resources here.
So what is the Disneyland Mobile App? And why am I dedicating a whole article to it? Because it’s amazing and you need to download it now. Even if your trip is in five months. You’ll thank me later.
This interactive app is jammed packed with everything you need to make your visit to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure great. This official Disneyland app will become a great resource for your family vacation, and it's fun.
Here's all you can do on the app:
Check the wait times for Disneyland and California Adventure, all from your phone. This allows you to decide what you are doing even before you enter the park, when you are back at the hotel or while you are waiting in line for a ride. We often will decide if we want to hop on over to California Adventure for a while based on the wait times of Disneyland (always much busier).
Buy (or link) your Disney MaxPass (If you don’t know what this is, head on over to our Disneyland Guide for more information on how much easier this will make your Disneyland trip). You will be able to buy your Max Passes here when you first get into the park or link them. You’ll then be able to select from your phone! Super easy.
Find characters! This is one of my favorites. There are so many awesome characters to see and of course, find, but how do you know where they will be and when? That’s easy- just pull up the app. It’ll show you what characters are out for the day, where they will be and when.
View restaurants in both parks. Another awesome feature! We use this a lot for looking over menus, especially great if you have picky kiddos or if you want to find a place that everyone will agree on. Find restaurants, view menus and get an idea on price.
Order food! Now not only can you find food options but you can order from your phone as well. How cool is that? Just select where you want to order from, place your order from the app and let them know when you arrived. This is such a time saver and awesome for those with bigger families.
View park hours. The hours of Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, and Downtown Disney District can vary. Great to know ahead of time when to get there- remember to be early for the security line!
Buy your tickets on the app and link! Show your digital barcodes when you enter the park. Easy!
View showtimes. This will allow you to find schedules for fireworks, parades, and shows. It’ll give you the time and location. A great to do before you head out on your trip.
Find out which rides are closed for refurbishment. No one ever wants to look here, I don’t blame you. So sad to see your favorite ride on this list but hopefully that won’t happen. It’s good to have an idea of what will be closed, and give your kiddos a heads up.
View your photos from Disney’s PhotoPass Service. As noted before we use Max Pass and one of the main reasons why is because I love family pictures at Disneyland. It captures everything we love about our time here and all the wonderful memories we are making. And they are free with MaxPass. Yes, free. So even if you decide to skip MaxPass because of cost (I hear you there!) consider getting it for yourself just to get the photos. I am the crazy mom searching the app for the locations of the photographers and making my family stand in every line. It’s great, they love it.
View the following on the interactive map for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Now that you know all the goodness that the Disneyland Mobile App offers let’s talk about how you can use it before your trip.
I always suggest downloading it at least a month before, but earlier is fun too. Sometimes you just want to dream you are there. I get it.
Ahead of your trip you can:
You can download the app here for iPhone and Google Play. Enjoy!
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