From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Valerie Lee
The official app for the Disneyland Resort is brimming with time-saving conveniences and enchanting ways to make you smile. The app has so many ways to enhance your experience: Link your tickets, view menus, mobile order food and drinks from select locations, make dining reservations, view attraction wait times, park maps and hours of operation, request to join a virtual queue and even go right to your hotel room using online check-in and the new digital key!
First, be sure to download the latest version of the Disneyland app* prior to your visit and familiarize yourself with all of its helpful features! Also, enable location services and turn on notifications to receive important updates and information about the Disneyland Resort.
New! Personalized Home Screen
With this latest update, the Disneyland app is more personalized and this is just the start! There is now a personal greeting that says “Hello (your name)! ” and you can choose one of your favorite characters to add to the main page banner by clicking on the Mickey circle icon.
Coming Soon! Unlock Your Hotel Room With Digital Key
Earlier this spring, the Disneyland Resort introduced a new online check-in service for our hotel guests to save you time upon arrival at the Front Desk. Coming soon, it will be even easier, as you simply go straight to your room with online check-in and our digital key!
The digital key will be optional, and here are the steps for using the digital key:
- Link your hotel reservation to your Disney account in the Disneyland app or online.
- Complete online check-in up to five days prior to arrival, or check-in at the Front Desk upon arrival to complete the traditional process.
- Upon arrival, once your room is assigned and ready, you can access your room and locate your hotel room number within the digital key feature by tapping the “Unlock Door” button after signing in to your Disney account on the Disneyland app. If you completed online check-in, you can use your digital key to bypass the Front Desk and go straight to your room!
- Tap the “Unlock Door” button and then hold your mobile device against the door lock. A Bluetooth®-enabled device with the latest version of the Disneyland app is required.
Tip! The digital key also allows you to charge select dining and shopping to your hotel room from the Disneyland app! You can also access designated hotel areas requiring a key, such as the pools and fitness centers.
You must be signed in to your Disney account on the Disneyland app to access the digital key feature. The Disney account holder who is the primary guest on the reservation is the only guest who can activate the digital key.
While the online check-in service is available at all three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, the digital key option is currently available at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. We look forward to introducing digital key to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at a later date.
Guests will still be able to request traditional hotel keys from the Front Desk, if needed.
Another Tip! Save up to 25 percent with summer value offers** off select rooms at a Disneyland Resort Hotel when you book through September 16, 2021, with your travel completed by October 2, 2021!
New! More Spots to Mobile Order Snacks and Meals
Time to eat! Mobile order your food and beverages at many restaurants and snack stops throughout the Disneyland Resort, which is easy, convenient and saves you time. More mobile order locations have recently been added: Lucky Fortune Cookery, Schmoozies! and Pacific Wharf Café in Disney California Adventure park; Hungry Bear Restaurant, Refreshment Center and Harbour Galley in Disneyland park, and the Coffee House at the Disneyland Hotel.
New! Mobile Order a Trader Sam’s Souvenir Mug
On Friday, July 30, souvenir mugs inspired by the world-famous Jungle Cruise attraction will be available for a limited time with this special Trader Sam’s Mug Release at the Disneyland Hotel. These uniquely designed mugs can only be purchased via mobile order from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. that day only on the Disneyland app, while supplies last. Snag a special edition mug (limit of one per transaction), the first edition mug (limit of 2 per transaction), or both!***
Picture Yourself with Disney PhotoPass+ One Day
Celebrate and cherish your favorite Disneyland Resort theme park moments with Disney PhotoPass+ One Day****. Let Disney PhotoPass photographers capture your great vacation moments and you’ll receive unlimited digital photo downloads of your photos captured for one day to share with family and friends.
Tip! Ask your Disney PhotoPass photographers to add a little magic to your photo! Examples of magic shots may be adding Tinker Bell or a sweet Mickey Mouse-shaped cloud at Sleeping Beauty Castle, a Porg or “The Child” in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Jack-Jack at Pixar Pier, or a bouquet of balloons anywhere!
Shop Using Merchandise Mobile Checkout
Shopping is now even more fun! At World of Disney in the Downtown Disney District, Emporium at Disneyland park and Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park, grab a designated mobile checkout shopping bag, simply scan your items as you shop, and then tap “Check Out” to pay on your mobile device using the Disneyland app. Show your QR code to a cast member as you leave the store, and you’re all set! If your item is fragile, a cast member will be happy to wrap it for you!
What’s your favorite feature on the Disneyland app? Be sure to take advantage and explore all of the time-saving benefits to make your next trip to the Disneyland Resort the best yet! Welcome back!!
* Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first. Some app features require valid theme park admission and park reservation.
**Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel from 7/5/21 through 10/2/21. Book through 9/16/2; travel must be completed by 10/3/21. Savings not available on Signature Suites. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and occupancy restrictions apply per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice. Separate theme park admission and theme park reservation for same date and same park required to enter a theme park, and a hotel reservation does not guarantee theme park access.
***Limited time offer while supplies last. Once your order is confirmed, it will be available for pick up on the lawn by the Adventure Tower of the Disneyland Hotel. Pick up hours are from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., July 30, 2021. Before you arrive, select an available pick-up window and when you arrive at the Adventure Tower lawn, select “I’m Here” on the Disneyland app. Park in the Fantasy lot to receive self parking validation for 25 minutes from the transaction time on the emailed receipt. Mug availability, pricing and hours are subject to change without notice. Discounts do not apply.
****Disney PhotoPass+ products are subject to the Disney PhotoPass+ terms found in https://disneyland.disney.go.com/photopass-terms-conditions/. Disney PhotoPass+ One Day includes photos and videos captured at Disneyland Resort beginning at 6:00 a.m. PT on the day you activate the product and ending at 5:59 a.m. PT the following day. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass photos and videos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/photopass-expiration-policy/. Downloads are restricted to personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos or videos. Valid theme park admission and park reservation required to access most Disney PhotoPass Service locations. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.