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Disney Mobile Ordering

Did you know that over the summer Disney has added mobile ordering to its quick service restaurants?

What is mobile ordering you ask? It is like a fastpass for food!

Instead of waiting in a long line to place your order and then waiting for your food to be ready, you’re able to order on the go from your phone, bypassing the ordering line and picking up your food directly at the counter when you arrive at the restaurant. The whole process is done through the My Disney Experience app on your phone.

If you start from the home screen of your My Disney Experience app, you will see the “Order Food” button just below “My Plans”.

After hitting “Order Food,” you’re taken to a page with the current list of restaurants that offer Mobile Ordering.

Mobile ordering debuted at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar, but now includes:

Magic Kingdom: Columbia Harbor House, Cosmic Rays, Pecos Bills Pinocchio Village House, Aloha Isle, Lunching Pad and Tommorrowland Terrace

Epcot: Electric Umbrella, and Liberty Inn

Hollywood Studios: ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, Fairfax Fare, and Roie’s All-American Cafe

Animal Kingdom: Flam Tree BBQ, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus   Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar, and Harambe Market

Disney Springs: D-Luxe Burger

After choosing a restaurant, you click order food and you are directed to the “Build Your Order” screen.

From there you can select any item that is on the menu.

I chose the Fajita Platter and after adding the item to my order, and clicking the bag in the upper right corner of the screen, you can adjust the quantity of the item or add extras, like fountain drinks and desserts.

 

At this point, you click purchase and get an order confirmation.

When your ready to eat all you need to so is  tap the “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” button, the app notifies the kitchen to prepare the meal.  Depending upon whether you place your order near the restaurant or not, you may not see this screen immediately.

The prompt appears even before being physically inside the restaurant.  You’ll then be alerted, through the app, to pick up your meal at the Mobile Order pickup line.

Currently, the only downside to Mobile Ordering is that it only accepts credit cards and it does not accept Disney Dining Plan credits and you cannot use discounts at restaurants that offer them, such as for the Annual Passholder or Tables in Wonderland.

Next time you in the parks and are looking to save some time instead of standing in a long quick service line, try the mobile ordering – it could save you some valuable park time!

Major Changes Coming to Disney

The D23 Expo is wrapping up in Anaheim, California, but we now know what’s coming to the parks and beyond thanks to an absolutely amazing Disney Parks and Resorts presentation. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the D23 Expo, it’s a celebration of all things Disney. Major announcements are made for new projects as well as updates to projects that are already underway for the Parks and Resorts.

Let’s take a look at what all was announced:

Magic Kingdom

A new theater is coming to Main Street USA! Inspired by Kansas City’s Willis Wood Theater, this theater will be a new venue for world-class entertainment.

TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction

The Tron Coaster will be coming over from Shanghai Disneyland. The attraction will be adjacent to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland and is scheduled to open for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.

EPCOT   

Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille” inspired attraction

A Ratatouille attraction will be coming to the France Pavilion in EPCOT. Guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and navigate across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant. According to Disney leaders, this attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in 2021.

 Guardians of the Galaxy

Another addition to Epcot will be based on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is the next step in how guests can encounter these characters at the Walt Disney World Resort. With the addition of this attraction, Ellen’s Energy Adventure will be closing August 13, 2017. It is also scheduled to open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in 2021.

Mission Space

Disney’s announcement about Mission Space contained two parts.

The first part is that an all-new mission will be added to the green side of the attraction, which will allow guests to orbit the Earth.

The second part is that a new table service restaurant will join Epcot and offer amazing meals with spectacular views high above Earth – from space! This restaurant, which will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction; will invite guests to travel into space for dining experiences in the stars.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Star Wars-inspired lands that are currently under construction at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts are slated to open in 2019.

The new lands, which will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will allow guests to visit a remote trading port in space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

The lands will feature two major attractions that put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Each attraction – and even the land itself – will offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe like never before. One attraction will make you feel like you’re on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay. It’s an attraction built on a scale we’ve never seen before.

The second attraction will give guests the opportunity to fly the Millennium Falcon, piloting the ship, shooting blasters or preparing for hyperspace – all while completing a critical mission. But how you perform on the mission holds even bigger stakes: perform with skill and you may earn extra galactic credits, while bringing the ship back banged up could put you on the list of a bounty hunter. End up on Harkos’s list and you may face a problem if you show up at the local cantina!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

A new attraction featuring Mickey Mouse is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Details shared about the first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction are that it will feature a new story with a new singable theme song as well as a new experience Disney is calling “2 1/2 D.” No glasses required. Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty said teams are inventing new technologies that turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a “dimensional display of amazingness.” With the addition of this attraction, The Great Movie Ride will be closing August 13, 2017.

Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land, currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will officially open in Summer 2018. Soon you’ll be able to shrink to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, experience Slinky Dog Dash, and Alien Swirling Saucers.

 Beyond the Parks:

Star Wars-Inspired Themed Resort at Walt Disney World

At this new exciting resort you will become part of a Star Wars story! At check in you’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.

Disney Skyliner. 

A new exciting transportation system is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort called the Disney Skyliner. It will offer a birdseye view of the Resort and connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts and other locations with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and The International Gateway at Epcot.

Minnie Van

An all-new Minnie Van service will provide a point-to-point transportation service, giving guests an even more seamless resort vacation from start to finish. Minnie Van will be priced at $20 per trip per vehicle, and the service is planned to begin late July 2017 at Disney’s BoardWalk and Yacht Club Resorts. The service will then expand to more locations throughout Walt Disney World.

 

Disney Cruise Line 

Disney Cruise Line has also announced they’re expanding their fleet with yet an additional new cruise ship, making it three new ships on their way. That means by 2023, Disney Cruise Line will nearly double the size of their current fleet!

New Disney Openings

Over the last few days, The Walt Disney Company has announced some exciting openings coming over the next few months and years.

The first announcement was the official opening date, of May 27 for Pandora in the Animal Kingdom Park. Inspired by James Cameron’s “Avatar,” this will be a 12-acre land, which will immerse guests into the world of Pandora. This new area will include floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests, and flying “Banshees,” Disney said in a news release.

On February 17, “Rivers of Light,” an all-new nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut. The 15-minute show was originally set to debut last April, however technical issues delayed the opening of the show until this month. The theatrical show celebrates nature and its connection with humans by combining live performances, floating lanterns, and special effects.

Also announced, the long running, night-time spectacular Wishes, is set to be replaced with a brand new show called “Happily Ever After” on May 12.  This show will feature fireworks, projections and lasers. It will draw on such Disney films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean,” The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Moana,” “Brave,” “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “The Princess & The Frog,” “Aladdin,” The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Toy Story,” “Peter Pan,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The crowd’s favorite moment, Tinker Bell’s flight, will continue to be a part of the new show.

For Star Wars fans, the news came that we can expect to see that new land open in 2019. The Star Wars Land in Hollywood Studios in Florida and also at Disneyland Park in California will be based on the blockbuster movie franchise. It will feature two new attractions, including a ride that lets visitors pilot the Millennium Falcon. At each location, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

Source: The Walt Disney Company