It might feel like nearly every aspect of a Walt Disney World vacation has become a lengthy process (looking at you, Genie+, and virtual queues), but one recent update to the My Disney Experience app is actually making an important part of your next trip easier.
The My Disney Experience app includes several useful features, some of them can make or break your Disney trip. In the app, Guests can check wait times for attractions across all four theme parks, see availability for Disney Genie+ and individual Lightning Lanes, view and download PhotoPass images, find showtimes for upcoming entertainment, greeting times for characters, and more.
One of the features that can save you the most time is mobile ordering, as Guests are able to place orders from quick-service restaurants from their phones rather than waiting in long lines to order when restaurants are busy.
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Like many features on Disney’s website and app, mobile ordering might be easier said than done (or rather, it might not be as intuitive as Guests may expect.)
In the latest update to the My Disney Experience app, Guests will find several changes to make mobile ordering easier. New interfaces within the app will now show when a restaurant has available pickup times in real-time rather than making Guests select a timeframe in the future.
Additionally, the new interface makes it easier for Guests to see how they can schedule orders to be picked up later in the day. Theme park journalist Scott Gustin shared examples of how Guests can filter locations based on availability with the new interfaces on Twitter:
NEW: Disney updated Mobile Food Orders in the app to include a new interface with filters by location, "available now" filtering, and more intuitive way to schedule for later. pic.twitter.com/HBAhOIwFFO
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) April 3, 2023
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Mobile ordering still has its issues to be sure, particularly for Guests with special diets, allergies or who would prefer to pay cash. Ideally, though, if more Guests use mobile orders who can take advantage of the service, we should see shorter lines at registers for Guests who need to order with a Cast Member.
On a final note: There are some special menu items that are not listed on the printed menus at quick-service restaurants around Walt Disney World. For this reason, mobile order helps you see all of the items that are actually available, and it can help you check if certain snacks are sold out.
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If you plan to use mobile ordering on your next Disney trip, don’t forget to keep your phone charged! Your cell phone is (like it or not) a major part of making a Disney vacation run smoothly. Read these tips for keeping your phone charged, and have a magical time!