Visiting the Disneyland Resort is one of the most magical experiences you, your family, and friends can have. However, it can be daunting at times to visit whether it’s your first time or five-hundredth time. We have some Disneyland Hacks that will make your visit to the Happiest Place on Earth more convenient, relaxing, and (of course) more magical.
One of the best tools to use while at Disneyland is the Disneyland App. This free app is available to download on most smartphones and tablets. This app has many unique and easy-to-use features that will help make your visit that much more magical.
The app has a map of both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure that will help you navigate throughout the parks. It also lists wait times for attractions and showtimes for stage shows, parades, and nighttime spectaculars.
Another feature of the Disneyland App is your ability to link your tickets and annual passes to your account on the app. This will allow you to use the app to enter the park and use other features such as the MaxPass.
MOBILE ORDERING FOR FOOD
Mobile ordering for most quick-service food locations is done on the Disneyland App. Select the restaurant you wish to eat at, order your food, and select a time when you want to pick up your food. You will be notified when your food is ready, then just look for the “Mobile Order” sign to pick up your food. This will cut down on your wait time when you’re eating so you can enjoy more time in the parks. If you're an annual passholder and have your pass linked to the app, your discount will automatically be deducted on your mobile order
As you are enjoying the Disneyland Resort, you’ll most likely use your cell phone to take pictures, share your experiences on social media, and utilize the fantastic features on the Disneyland App. Chances are your activity on your phone will drain your battery, so we suggest you take advantage of Portable Chargers.
Portable chargers are a small portable battery that you connect to your mobile phone to let them recharge. There’s a one-time payment and once the portable charger is empty you can return it to a charging station to receive a new one, forever! The portable charger comes with many different adapters that will plug into most mobile phones.
Currently, there are several Portable Charging Stations located throughout the Disneyland Resort. You can refer to the park map or the Disneyland App to find a station.
When you visit Disneyland, you might find yourself carrying jackets, backpacks, and not to mention all the different souvenirs you might buy. Instead of carrying everything around with you, we suggest you take advantage of locker rentals. These lockers are available in both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, and lockers can also be located outside both parks in the Esplanade. You can either rent a regular or large size locker for the day. However, once the day is over you must go and retrieve your belongings, there are no overnight accommodations for lockers.
The Disney parks are known for their rides and attractions. Whether it’s a classic attraction such as Haunted Mansion or Matterhorn to or one of the newest offerings like Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Break Out, everyone is looking to experience everything Disneyland has to offer. While some attractions can have longer wait times, if you utilize Disney’s FASTPASS system you’re more likely to get on more of your favorite Disneyland attractions.
To get a FASTPASS simply go to the attraction you wish to experience and locate the FASTPASS distribution area for that specific attraction. Once there, simply insert your park tickets to receive a FASTPASS ticket that contains a timestamp with an hour window. Come back anytime during that hour time frame and you’ll be able to experience that attraction quickly.
The Disneyland Resort also offers the MaxPass that allows you to choose your FASTPASS selections on the Disneyland App. Instead of having to go to each attraction to receive a FASTPASS, you are able to make all your selections once you enter the resort on your mobile phone. Unlike FASTPASS, there is a fee of $15 per day per ticket for the MaxPass or $100 for the whole year if you’re an annual passholder (prices subject to change). This small fee to get MaxPass doesn’t only include the ability to select a FASTPASS on your phone, but you also have unlimited access to Disney PhotoPass downloads for the day. These pictures include any photos taken by PhotoPass photographers and pictures taken while you are on selected attractions.
If the attraction you selected on your MaxPass shuts down unexpectedly, you will receive a MultiPass Experience. A MultiPass Experience allows you to experience any other attraction that has a FASTPASS line within the same park as your original selected attraction.
Single Rider Line
Another fantastic way to avoid long lines for your favorite Disneyland attractions is by using the Single Rider line. If you are at an attraction that offers a single rider option, inform a cast member that you wish to ride as a single rider and they will direct you on where to go. This line allows you to skip most of the line and will get on the attraction faster than the stand-by line. However, if you do opt to do single rider, remember that your party will be split up as you enjoy the attraction. This system allows Disney to fill remaining seats in attractions that are unfilled by the stand-by line or the FASTPASS line.
Visiting the Disneyland Resort is a special occasion for the young and young at heart. It’s something you always will remember and something you want to cherish. Disney’s PhotoPass is a way to capture the magic of your visit to Disneyland. Throughout Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure PhotoPass photographers are there to capture your picture in iconic Disneyland locations and with Disney characters. These photographers will take time to capture the perfect picture that you will cherish for years to come. Once the pictures are taken, the photographer will hand you a PhotoPass card that you link to your Disneyland App. The pictures are then available to purchase or you can start uploading your PhotoPass pictures right away to share with family and friends on your social media if you have the MaxPass.
BEST TIME OF THE DAY
A common question asked is, “What is the best time of day to visit the Disneyland Resort?” Of course, any time of the day at Disneyland will be a magical experience, but if you want to avoid some of the crowds we suggest going to the parks early in the morning or late at night. These times tend to be less crowded with shorter wait times for attractions. Plus, this allows you to go relax at your hotel and take a nap during the afternoon and you avoid peak crowd time.
These are just a few of our top Disneyland Hacks that will hopefully help you make your visit to the Disneyland Resort that much more magical. If you want to learn more hacks and tips, watch some of our Provost Park Pass videos on YouTube or read our other posts on this website. If you use one of our tips or hacks share your experience with us on Instagram or Facebook @provostparkpass.