We want Disneyland food in our frog bellies as soon as possible. Mobile ordering can help us avoid waiting in long food lines. The Disneyland Mobile Order service eliminates the wait time for freshly prepared food and allows you to plan meals ahead. Of course, you may want to plan those meals even further ahead than normal, as some popular locations do fill up. If you wait until you are hungry, you may not find a time slot that suits your desires. But did you know that most candy shops are now on Mobile Order? You can now have a caramel apple at the click of a button. Yum! (This is pretty dangerous in my case as I might have a slight Disneyland caramel apple obsession.)
You can use the Disneyland mobile app to order food and dessert from select Disneyland restaurants and food stands (including some locations in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Avengers Campus!) right away or later in the day if you want to plan ahead. Actually, that's a very smart plan. We recommend you order food an hour ahead of time. We order lunch at the new Café Daisy in Toontown a few hours in advance. We also recommend ordering ahead at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. That way as soon as you are feeling rumbly in the tummy, you don't find out that the next available arrival window is a couple of hours away. Sometimes arrival windows can seem far away if you do not plan ahead.
Mobile Ordering allows park guests to avoid long lines and reduces contact points and currency exchange with cast members. You just need to touch your phone and then collect the food when you receive a notification that it's ready.
Mobile Order is also hopful if different members of the party want food from different restaurants. You can place separate orders, pick up the food and meet up to eat together. If you have picky eaters in your party, you might want to hop over to our post on the top kids' foods at Disneyland. Mobile ordering will keep them happy and save you time. It also helps save time in the morning. We mobile order breakfast and eat on the go without missing a beat!
Over time, a few new restaurants have joined the Mobile Order list. Others have gone back to standby ordering at the counter, and some offer both. You can find the most updated list of Mobile Order options when you go to the Mobile Order tab in the Disneyland app.
Mobile Order just got a fresh new look and is even easier to use. You can select buttons to order ASAP or schedule a later pick-up. Filter your search for restaurants available at the moment or by location if you have hungry mouths to feed now. There are tabs for each park, hotel and Downtown Disney. You can enjoy expanded Mobile Ordering payment options, such as Disney gift cards. That is hoppin' good news if you do not want to pay with credit cards!
With the Mobile Order service, you skip the line to place your order for meals at select restaurants inside Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, the Downtown Disney district (at Marceline's Confectionery), the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. You can conveniently place your order from anywhere inside or outside of the parks, even if you have not entered the park for the day. In fact, you can even order before the parks open (note that the available arrival windows may vary by location and time) starting at 7 a.m.!
It's super easy to plan lunch or dinner while waiting in line for a ride, or from your hotel room before you head to the park. You could even order food through the app while standing in the restaurant and bypass other guests still waiting to order. Yes, we have done it multiple times, and we are hoppy to have food in our hands before other frogs in line have even placed their order.
We’ve all been hungry at Disneyland. But not willing to wait in a long food line, we often choose something quicker, and maybe not as healthy, from a cart (say a Mickey pretzel, churro or popcorn) because we are busy hopping to the next ride or show. Sometimes one member of your group may be hungry for a meal but the rest of the group wants to eat somewhere else or trek on rather than wait in line. Now you can order food and grab it in mere seconds instead of a 15 to 20-minute wait, meaning you can get what you want when you want it. The restaurant prepares your meal once you have indicated that you are there and ready for it, so it’s not drying out under a heat lamp. It’s fresh and prepared right when you arrive!
Keep in mind, on more crowded days, the Mobile Order service may also have a longer wait time.
How to Use Disneyland Mobile Order Service
To take advantage of Mobile Order, you need to download the Disneyland mobile app and set up an account. We recommend doing this before your trip, so you can access your tickets and manage park reservations from your phone.
If you already have the Disneyland app, update to the latest version to activate the Disneyland Mobile Order function and perhaps Touch ID or Face ID for the app, which can save you the hassle of constantly typing in passwords to make a purchase. If you have not used the Disneyland app yet, link your park ticket and Magic Key Pass to the app. If you want to pay with a gift card, you'll add it before each purchase.
To order food through Disneyland Mobile Order service:
- Open the app and click the + symbol at the bottom of the main menu.
- Click Order Food.
- Select a park (or hotel) restaurant and a 30-minute arrival window.
- Make your food selections. If the Add button won’t click, you may have choices to select first such as apple slices or fries and perhaps a dipping sauce.
- Click View My Order. Select Modify Order or Review Order Summary.
- Under Payment Methods, you may select Add a card if that is your preferred payment, or simply use the credit card on file. You can add a Disney Gift Card/Dining Card or a Disney Rewards Redemption Card. You can apply up to five gift cards and two rewards cards in combination with a credit or debit card.
- To add a gift card, type in the 16-digit card number (or scan the barcode) and hit Save.
- Scroll to the bottom and select Purchase.
- When you arrive at the Mobile Order pick-up area, tap I’m Here, Prepare My Order. Once you tap that, your order is final and nonrefundable.
- You can view your current orders by tapping the three horizontal lines at the bottom of the screen and then Mobile Food Orders. (It always says we don't have any orders the first time we look. When we close the app and reopen it, the order is always there. Whew!)
- We always screenshot our Mobile Order number because it makes it easier if the app decides to stop working the second a cast member asks for our number. It happens!
If you do not tap “I’m here … ” before the park closes and do not pick up your food or cancel, you will get charged when your window closes. If you cannot make it for pickup, you can modify the arrival time for submitted orders or cancel them. Your phone will keep you updated on the status of your order via the app and will notify you when it is ready. At really busy times, waits can be longer. If you miss your window (or are running late) and get charged, take your order number to the pick-up and they may be able to still make your food for you.
The app was recently updated to make Mobile Order even more user-friendly. The selections include larger photos of the foods, and the buttons at the top of the restaurant page allow you to jump straight to categories such as Seasonal Offerings, Entrees, Salads, Sides, Kids’ Meals, Toddler Meals, Allergy-Friendly, Plant-Based, Desserts, Sweets, Beverages and Alcoholic Beverages. The selections are custom to each restaurant and will vary. You can also scroll down to get to each of the items in these categories.
Disneyland Restaurants That Offer Mobile Order
Disneyland’s Mobile Order service continues to expand. You can order food at most quick-service restaurants in both parks and some locations in the hotels. The restaurant selection may change as they continue adding more restaurants to the service and even taking some away. Basically, your days of standing in line for a pineapple Dole Whip are over (depending on where you purchase it). Hooray!
Disneyland Restaurants and Candy Shops with Mobile Order:
- Alien Pizza Planet
- Bengal Barbecue
- Café Daisy (you can add the picnic basket and blanket to your food order)
- Candy Place and Candy Kitchen
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- Edelweiss Snacks
- French Market (currently closed)
- Galactic Grill
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
- The Golden Horseshoe
- Harbour Galley
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
- Hungry Bear Restaurant
- Little Red Wagon
- Milk Stand
- Mint Julep Bar (currently closed)
- Pooh Corner
- Red Rose Taverne
- Refreshment Corner
- Ronto Roasters
- Royal Street Veranda (get your mint julep and Mickey beignets here while Mint Julep Bar is closed)
- Stage Door Café
- Tiki Juice Bar (sometimes limits orders to just Mobile Orders during peak times to keep the lines down. If you want to pay cash or order in person, hop over to Tropical Hideaway for your Dole Whip fix.)
- Troubadour Tavern (on show days for the Fantasyland Theater)
Disney California Adventure Restaurants with Mobile Order:
- Award Wieners
- Bayside Brews
- Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff
- Cappuccino Cart — Gourmet Coffee
- Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
- Cocina Cucmonga Mexican Grill
- Corn Dog Castle
- Cozy Cone Motel (Mobile Order only, or pay in person for any cone at cones 4 and 5)
- Flo’s V-8 Café
- Hollywood Lounge
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Mendocino Terrace
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Pacific Wharf Café
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
- Pym Tasting Lab
- Pym Test Kitchen
- Rita's Baja Blenders
- Smokejumpers Grill
- Sonoma Terrace
- Shawarma Place Too (just for merchandise such as Thor's Hammer Drink Vessel or Gauntlets)
- Studio Catering Co.
- Trolley Treats
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Restaurants with Mobile Order:
- GCH Craftsman Grill
Disneyland Hotel Restaurants with Mobile Order:
- Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill
- The Coffee House (available limited hours)
Downtown Disney Restaurants with Mobile Order (look for QR codes as restaurants do not use the Disneyland Mobile Ordering service):
- Marceline's Confectionery (on Disneyland Mobile Order)
At Downtown Disney restaurants, you do not use the Disneyland app to mobile order. Instead, look for QR Codes on signs to mobile order your food.
Disneyland Resort Hotel guests can use QR codes in their hotel rooms or lobbies to mobile order food from select Downtown Disney Restaurants.
Navigating Mobile Orders with Food Allergies
If you have food allergies, you can find choices that work for some of the more common allergies such as soy, gluten/wheat, eggs, fish/shellfish, milk or peanut/tree nuts on the Mobile Order menu. When looking over the menu for a restaurant, there is a new Allergy-Friendly button to take you right to a list of allergies. Click the button and select your allergy to get to a list of safe or modified dishes you might not have known about. For example, you can order gluten-free or dairy-free pizza at Alien Pizza Planet. If you have multiple allergies or other special dietary concerns, it’s best to order in person or talk to the chef. Some items can easily be modified to remove allergens, but those will not show up in the allergy menus, so definitely order in person in those cases.
Some restaurants have plant-based options made from vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Look for a leaf icon at the top of your screen, which is a shortcut to take you to items that do not contain animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey. Expect to see more of these menu choices appearing soon!
The Limitations of Disneyland Mobile Order Service
Mobile Order is not for everyone. You won’t find many Disneyland secret menu items on the app because they are … well … secret. You’ll have to ask for those in person. On the other hand, we have found several items available on Mobile Order that are not on the printed menus! But not everything is on the Mobile Order menu. For example, you have to order alcoholic beverages at Tangaroa Terrace in person.
You might miss out on some menu items with Mobile Order. We have not seen all of the holiday or seasonal treats or morning items available for breakfast on the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café menu, so we have had to hop in to order our food if we wanted them. You might miss out on some special seasonal or festival offerings because they may not always appear as menu choices. Although, we have ordered many festival treats and seasonal items (such as glow cubes) through the Mobile Order service.
You can add basic items such as sides and popular toppings (perhaps bacon on your burger or sprinkles on ice cream). And you can make choices for sides when offered. But you may not see all of the options listed in the app.
You may be able to customize your selection by saying "no, thanks" to some of the ingredients, but maybe not all. If you're a very particular frog who wants a lot of substitutions and likes to fine-tune your meals, then it's probably best to wait in line. For example, if you want to substitute a veggie patty for meat, you'll need to order in person.
If you are a more spontaneous family and eat when something strikes your fancy, then you might refrain from ordering too far in advance. You can, however, cancel orders if you hop across something that sounds more appetizing, so don’t be afraid to use this service. You will love this service if you have a strong sense of what, where and when you want to eat. Come parade time, it's so much easier to have a meal planned out near your viewing space. One party member can make a food run while another watches the viewing spot.
Using your phone for ordering and collecting food will put more strain on your phone battery throughout the day. We always use phone cases that include extra battery life and external chargers. We recommend you do too! If you don’t have any mobile chargers, you can purchase an external charger in the park.
If you prefer to use cash, the Disneyland Mobile Order service may not be for you since payment goes straight to a credit card. You can use cash to purchase a Disney gift card and use that to pay when mobile ordering. You have to add the card each time you want to use a gift card, but if you copy and save it to your phone, you can copy and paste it to save time. It can also be harder to stay on budget when you have such easy access to your favorite Disneyland food and treats with the click of a button! When you aren’t opening your wallet, it can be harder to keep track of how much you spend, so be sure to stick to your budget. If you prefer to purchase with cash, purchase a Disney gift card before you arrive and load it into the app.
On the other hand, not having to pull out money all the time can make your journey more enjoyable. I recently forgot to bring my credit card into the park. When dinnertime came, we just used the app to order food and did not have to go hungry.
Other family members or friends who have your username or password can also place food orders through the app. That can be a good thing if members of the group split off and get hungry but don’t have money. But beware: You don’t have much control over how much they spend and you may get stuck footing the bill. That’s why we recommend that all families who will be using Genie+ to book rides together also create their own usernames and password in the Disneyland app and add their own credit cards. Do this even if one person is managing a large group for Lightning Lane reservations (the new term for FASTPASS entrances). Here’s a look at the bright side, and more benefits of this feature!
The Benefits of Disneyland Mobile Order Service
The obvious benefit of using this service is the time savings. While we frogs are not always interested in downloading more apps, we make an exception for the Disneyland app. It saves so much time compared to waiting in food lines (not to mention saving us many ride lines with Genie+). That means we can spend more time playing as a family, seeing shows or enjoying rides instead of standing in food (or ride) lines. It is also hopful to use the app to see what restaurants offer the service in your area, should hunger suddenly strike while you are waiting for a ride. You can order while you wait and pick up your food after your ride. We love the efficiency and instant gratification that comes with ordering before we arrive.
Mobile Order also makes it a lot easier for family members with different tastes to eat where they want. Some group members may prefer one restaurant, while others may want something else. Disneyland Mobile Order service allows you to place separate orders for items from different restaurants. Then you can pick them up quickly without waiting in two or three separate, long lines. You can collect food from one restaurant on the way to another. No whining from the tadpoles or compromising from me and Leap. Win-win!
Applicable discounts, such as linked Magic Key discounts, are automatically taken off the bill when you use this service. When using Mobile Order, the meal is billed straight to your credit card. You simply arrive at the marked Mobile Order pick-up area, tap a button and collect your food. It’s that easy! You can send your family members to pick up their food without any money, although they should bring a phone or have the order number because cast members will ask for it.
If you are looking for healthier food choices in the parks, using Mobile Order can help you plan ahead. Ordering in advance prevents impulse food purchases. Also, when you can pick up a salad, sandwich, Mickey Check Meal or Power Pack for the tadpoles a lot faster than a churro, it makes it easier to choose foods that will give everyone the energy to make it through a long day in the parks. Here are some guidelines for healthy eating at Disneyland in case you need some inspiration! Healthy food choices definitely seem to cut down on meltdowns. Don’t worry if you are looking for quick treats: You can get ice cream, Dole whips, chips and desserts pretty quickly through the Disneyland Mobile Order service too!
So that’s the scoop on the Disneyland Mobile Order service. We jump for joy at anything that helps us skip the lines, and this service really delivers. Find out more about the best Disneyland Park quick-service restaurants and the best Disney California Adventure Park quick-service restaurants before your visit to help speed up your dining decisions once you are in the parks. And to save even more money, hop over to our discounted Disneyland Resort tickets! Got more tips? Let us know below!
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