It’s about that time!
You can finally see the end of the line to the Walt Disney World ride you’ve been dying to ride or re-ride for the 100th time and soon, you’ll be diving, looping, and rushing through complete Walt Disney bliss. You’re excited (and rightfully so!) until you hear that deep rumbling noise coming from your stomach reminding you that in all your thrill-seeking and sight-seeing, you haven’t eaten a thing.
Getting out of line is certainly no option after a 45+ minute wait and between waiting out the rest of this line, enjoying the ride, walking to your preferred food stop at the day, and waiting in that line, ordering your food, and waiting to get it you’ll be starved by the time you finally eat!
Thankfully, Disney World listens and has a solution for us hungry theme park visitors. The Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering service by Disney World lets you order your meal ahead of time from the convenience of your phone (think FastPass+, but with food).
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This service is available at select quick-service restaurants for same day service only and is found in the My Disney Experience app. I recommend using it any day you’re at the parks. The app is quick, easy, and definitely ThemeParkHipster approved.
Why You Need Disney Mobile Ordering
Besides being an obvious time saver, the app affords us travelers a host of other benefits. With mobile food and beverage ordering, meal selection is a little more comfortable and a lot less rushed since the app allows you to pick everyone’s meals at your own pace instead of rushing to avoid annoying your cashier or the line behind you. Plus, there’s no need to carry your card around because the service can easily charge the card you have on file in the My Disney Experience app.
How to Order Food with the My Disney Experience App
1 – Open the My Disney Experience App from your phone or other mobile device
2 – Tap the image of your character in the app
3 – Scroll down to “My Plans” then tap the “Order Food” button
4 – Locate the “Dining” button near the top of the app and select your restaurant
5 – Tap “Order Food” and pick your menu items
The app is really user friendly and paying is just as easy.
How to Pay Using the Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering Service
Now that you’ve piled on everyone’s orders for the next food stop, you can review everything in your cart before finalizing your order. The app accepts the following payment methods:
- Most Major Credit Cards
- Most Major Debit Cards
- Disney Dining Plans
- Disney Gift Cards
Which Disney Restaurants Accept Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering?
Previously, I mentioned that this is only accepted at certain quick-service restaurants. Below is a list of all the restaurants that accept Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering at the time of this article. Please note that while we try to be as up to date as possible, more restaurants may be added after this publication.
Walt Disney World Theme Park Restaurants that Accept Mobile Orders:
- Flame Tree Barbecue
- Harambe Market
- Satu’li Canteen
- D-Luxe Burger
- Electric Umbrella
- Liberty Inn
- Sunshine Seasons
- ABA Commissary
- Backlot Express
- Fairfax Fare
- Rosie’s All-American Cafe
- Aloha Isle
- Casey’s Corner
- Columbia Harbor House
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- The Lunching Pad
- Tomorrowland Terrace
For a map of all the food locations for My Mobile Ordering, scroll all the way to the bottom of this link: view map at the bottom of the page.
Tips for Using Walt Disney World Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering
As with the rest of your Disney experience, the better you plan for the time-consuming things, the more time you can spend having fun. Here are some super helpful tips for using Disney’s Mobile Food service:
1 – Check Closing Times
Obviously, we can’t order food when restaurants are closed. Check the times your restaurant will be open before placing your order. There are few things worse than going through the hassle of taking and logging everyone’s order while the restaurant is open, making the trip there, and finding out they’re closed when you’re finally ready to eat. A bit of double-checking can spare your friends and family the heart- (and stomach) ache.
2 – Expect A Short Wait
The My Disney Experience app’s mobile ordering feature works by tracking your location. Once the app has detected you’re close to the restaurant, you’ll receive a notification in the app to ask the kitchen to prepare your food. You’ll receive all your meals fresh, rather than coming in to cold food if you’re a bit behind schedule for pick up. Be sure to click “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” when you’re close by instead of inside the restaurant for faster pickup. Trust me, it’s a lot easier this way!
3 – Turn Location On
If your location and notifications are off, you won’t be able to receive alerts reminding you to remind the kitchen, order your food, or know when your food is ready. Be sure to keep the location feature on and enable push notifications to ensure a flawless ordering experience. With these two features enabled, the app works perfectly!
4 – Use for Extremely Popular Restaurants
This app feature is ideal for “skipping” the line so it’s best used for restaurants that are really busy especially during peak hours. Food stops like Flame Tree Barbecue, Pecos Bill, Satu’li Canteen, or Columbia Harbor House are known to have ridiculously long lines during popular lunch hours making them a perfect candidate for the app during those times. If you’re eating at a different establishment for the day and it has no line, there’s no need for the app and you can just walk in!
I personally use this feature for all my trips and hope that this makes eating at Walt Disney World far easier for your family and friends. It has saved me time and I love feeling like a “VIP” when I pass everyone in line and grab my food 🙂
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