Let’s all admit it – half the fun of going to Disney is eating all the great food they have. From the seasonal treats like the Candy Corn Milkshake at Walt Disney World right now, to the classic dole whip that is a MUST on every trip, there are so many choices!
But who wants to wait in line for 15 minutes, only for the person in front of you have NO IDEA what they want!? So. Frustrating.
That’s why I was so curious when Disney introduced the mobile ordering feature on their My Disney Experience app. I was able to use it on one of my recent trips and I have to say, it was super convenient!
To be honest, the first couple of days I forgot that mobile ordering was an option. It wasn’t until I was waiting in line at Aloha Isle that I thought to use it! Because again, who wants to wait for Dole Whip!? So, I opened up the app to see what it was all about.
The “Order Food” button is on the front page of the My Disney Experience app. Once clicked, you choose items from the restaurant menu you are looking to order from. It’s pretty self-explanatory from there! You can order for your entire party, selecting entrees, sides, and even beverages! You even have the choice to customize your selections based on what you order.
You will have to enter your credit card information unless you are on a Disney Dining Plan (the app will recognize your meal credits!). Once purchased, you will then have the option to notify the counter when you arrive to the location. After you tap the “I’m here!” button, you will be notified when your order is ready to pick up at the designated window.
I have to say, I enjoyed the experience! It was super simple and convenient to use. I also thought it seemed much fast than waiting in line. To put my theory to the test, I used it later in the evening at Casey’s Corner. I started the mobile ordering experience once I got to the location instead of ordering ahead and made note of the guests I would have gotten behind in line, should I have ordered in person. Once I order was purchased, I immediately tapped the “I’m here!” button, and my order was ready within a few minutes! The guests I would have been in line behind were still waiting to even put their order in!
Needless to say, I will be using the mobile ordering feature a lot more in the future! I can see how it would be very useful when you want to stay on-the-go in the parks and making it to your fast passes on time. The fact that you can order before you even arrive at the location takes out a lot of waiting around as well, being able to literally pickup your food moments after you arrive.
Seeing that I’ve only been able to utilize this feature a handful of times, I’m sure there will be some cases where mobile ordering may not be the best option. The kitchen may have a short staff or there are just too many people in the park that day. I think the more people become comfortable and aware of this feature on the My Disney Experience app, the less people you will see in line ordering and more using the Mobile Order window at your favorite quick service locations. But for now, I definitely encourage you to use this amazing feature on your next Disney vacation! If you’ve already taken advantage of this new option, let me know about your experience in the comments below!