Mobile order that! What’s “that”? You know how we think; it’s food of course. By far one of the more underutilized features of the My Disney Experience app at Walt Disney World is the mobile order option. With the recent announcement around the expansion to the mobile order program at select Disney resorts, it got us thinking, when should you use mobile ordering? Bust out your smartphone and let’s get ordering!

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Disney Mobile Ordering

What Is It?

Come on Nate, the name says it all. Yes, yes it does. As the name says, mobile order at Disney World gives you the ability to order food from your smartphone at an array of Disney World quick serve locations. If you’re looking for a full breakdown on how to use this feature within My Disney Experience (MDE), check out the following article.

Passholder Insights: If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan you can check your available credits within the mobile order section of MDE.

Mobile Order is coming to the Mara quick service restaurant
Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Resort Expansion – Tip One

At the end of May Disney World announced the at mobile order would be expanding to the following resort quick service locations; Everything Pop at the Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Morning at Disney resort quick serve locations are the busiest time. Whether you’re a zombie in search of coffee, seeking out that quick bite before rope dropping, or just looking to enjoy a relaxing breakfast, the faster we get food the better! If you’re staying and eating breakfast at these locations, we would definitely recommend using mobile order to cut down on the wait times. If you’re looking for ultimate efficiency, enter your order just before leaving your room and more than likely your order will be ready when you arrive.

Passholder Insights: Breakfast is busiest from 8 am to 10 am local time. This is a great time to use mobile order.

Popular Locations – Tip Two

As we say in the DVC Duo house if the food is great people will wait. Disney World is no different. In the parks, all quick serve locations feature mobile order option, but not all quick serve location benefit from it. We’re looking at you Pinocchio Village Haus. Good food, but lines are usually manageable. Below are our favorite locations to use mobile order:

  • Magic Kingdom – Casey’s Corner and Aloha Isle – Hot dogs and Dole Whip, that says it all.
  • Hollywood Studios – Woody’s Lunch Box – Best quick serve in the park? We think so!
  • Animal Kingdom – Harambe Market – The surprise. Busier than you’d expect.

It never hurts using mobile ordering at any of the quick serve locations, but we’ve found you can save time at these locations, depending on the time of year

Passholder Insights: When ordering a Dole Whip we recommend waiting until you’re next to the location to place your order. Florida heat and ice cream is not a match made in heaven.

Green Army Men await guests who visit Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They march through the land several times a day and stop to play “Sarge Says” with guests, plus other games. The 11-acre land transports Walt Disney World guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard, where they will feel like they are the size of a toy. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Let’s Multi-Task – Tip Three  

Why wait in line when you can watch a show while you wait? What we like to do is place a mobile order, while we watch a street show (aka, streetmosphere). Many of the quick serve locations have performers nearby. By far our favorites are the Green Army Men near Woody’s Lunch Box, or African Acrobats near Harambe Market, and you can never go wrong with the pianist outside of Casey’s.

Other times you’ll find us multi-tasking while waiting for the Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom. We like to find one of our favorite spots and then place our order. Nothing makes time pass while waiting for your food than enjoying a parade followed by a chili dog!

Passholder Insights: The mobile order while you wait strategy also works really well if you’re waiting for one of the nighttime spectaculars.

Our Thoughts

We’ve found using mobile order is a great way to destress our Disney trips. We would definitely recommend checking it out on your next vacation, especially on the busier days. The mobile order feature is available for everyone, not just guests staying on Disney property. If you’re not staying a Disney resort, we recommend downloading the My Disney Experience prior to your trip and add your payment information, then you’re good to go. Our food is ready, let’s eat!

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