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Mobile Ordering at Disneyland

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Flo's V8 Cafe has a great breakfast menu! You can order on the app while standing in line to get your Radiator Springs FASTPASSES!

Many of us are getting ready for the Holiday season around our homes, and many are heading to Disneyland to experience Christmas time at the resort! I have never been for Christmas, but it is on my bucket list! While there, you might be looking for ways to avoid the crowds, and one way is to take advantage of the mobile ordering service available at many restaurants around the resort! 

Disneyland implemented mobile ordering back in late 2018, so if you haven't been this year, this system may be new to you! We tried this out for the first time back in May, and it really made for a smooth dining experience. Last week we talked about how the Disneyland app turns your phone into your FASTPASS, PhotoPass, and park ticket. This week we will talk about how the app also turns your phone into your restaurant menu!

The Disneyland mobile ordering works like a good majority of other online/mobile ordering apps out there (Subway, McDonald's, etc.), and it all works through the Disneyland app! To get to mobile ordering, push the + button at the bottom of the screen and select "Order Food". You first find a restaurant (such as the Pacific Wharf Cafe, one of my favorite places to eat in California Adventure), and then select the time you plan to arrive. 

You can also order food by selecting the restaurant on the map and clicking "Order Food". This is a quick and simple way if you know exactly what restaurant you want to eat at! 

Once you select your arrival time, the menu for your chosen restaurant will pop up! I chose my the Broccoli and Cheese Soup in a Bread Bowl, which is my favorite item at the Pacific Wharf Cafe! One thing I really like about the mobile ordering at Disneyland is that you don't have to worry about your food sitting on a counter getting cold if you get stuck on a ride when your pick-up time hits. Once you are ready to pick up your food, press the "I'm Here, Prepare My Order" button, and they will start preparing your food so it is nice and fresh once you show up! (This is a lot like Chick-Fil-A's system, if you have ever ordered through their app.)

Brycen ordered a Beef Rice Bowl from the Lucky Fortune Cookery! Ordering was super easy. No waiting in lines for us! 

Now here is a tip that we picked up from the Window to the Magic Podcast: instead of pushing the "I'm Here" button when you actually show up, press it when you start heading towards the restaurant. If you do this, you will be able to pick up your food closer to when you arrive, rather than waiting for them to finish preparing it after you show up. Ordering on the app was awesome at the Pacific Wharf because instead of standing in line, we had some time to find a table while we waited for our food, which can be quite a challenge during the lunch rush!

Once your food is ready, you'll get a notification from the app! You also pay from the app, so all I had to do was go in and grab my food once it was ready. It was so simple. We will definitely be using this system again! 

This is what you see on your order screen once you hit the "I'm Here, Prepare My Order" button. This system really makes getting food super easy. 

You can also make dining reservations through the app as well. Just select "Reserve Dining" from the + menu at the bottom of the app. You will then put in the amount of people in your party and select the date. You can then search restaurants by the time you want to eat. You can also reserve dining by clicking on the restaurant on the map and selecting "Reserve Dining" from that page. Once you book your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email and the reservation time will be added to your schedule in the app, which you can find by pressing the menu button on the bottom right of the screen and clicking on "My Plans".

We loved this ordering system because it meant that we didn't end up standing around in long lines for food - as if we didn't do that enough all day for rides! Instead, we could just park it at a table somewhere and wait to be notified that we could go pick up our food. Now not every restaurant has mobile ordering, but many of the quick service restaurants are currently using the system. All restaurants that take reservations are available on the app. 

We have really loved that everything is moving over to the digital world. Gone are the days of trying to organize all of the FASTPASSES, park tickets, reservation times, food orders, maps, wait times, etc. Utilizing Disneyland's app to its full extent is the perfect way of combining Disneyland's grab-it-as-you-go paper system & Disney World's everything-is-planned-out Magic Band system. The only thing I would add is the ability to scan a phone at ride photo locations (rather than type the photo code in the PhotoPass section of the app) or have the option for location tracking, the way Disney World does with their Magic Band for ride photos & videos! That was extremely cool. (If you missed my Disney World Trip Review, you can read that here.)

What has your experience been with mobile ordering at the resort, or using the Disneyland app in general? Let us know in a comment below!

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-Lindsay Prout


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