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The Best Disney Apps to Ensure a Perfect Vacay

Help ensure your Disney vacation goes off without a hitch using the best apps for Disney. 

Whether you’re visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, or a Disney theme park outside the US, these mobile apps will help you have the best trip!

Countdown app

As soon as your trip is booked, head to the app store to get a countdown app. 

Is it 100% necessary? No. 

Is it a ton of fun? Yes!

I love checking in on my countdown app to see how many days are left ‘til my trip. 

I freely admit to screenshotting milestones to share with my travel mates, share on Instagram stories, or save for a future photo book.

Stakeout

Photo of a woman checking into her dining reservation via mobile phone.
Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy of Disney.

The next app you want to get is Stakeout. 

Unfortunately snagging all of the dining reservations you want for a trip likely won’t be easy. That’s where Stakeout comes in.

Stakeout lets Disney World and Disneyland guests set up alerts for their dream dining reservations. 

As soon as one becomes available, you’ll get an alert, so you can pop into the My Disney Experience or Disneyland apps to get your reservation.

You can get 1 stakeout with 1 restaurant for free. If you want more, there’s several in-app upgrades available.

Disney+

Screenshot of the Disney Plus app.
Photo courtesy of Disney+.

If you’re like me, there’s a bit of a journey to get to Disney World, whether it be by flight, train, or a long road trip.

Download Disney+ for premium entertainment during your travels or to help you unwind after a busy day at the parks, exploring the resorts, or having fun at sea.

It doesn’t have live TV like the Hulu or ABC app, but honestly, with the variety of content available on Disney+, you don’t need it!

The best part? You can download movies and tv shows to your device at home so you don’t have to worry about finding good wifi to stream them on the plane, resort, or ship.

Not sure what to watch? Check out these fun posts with themed ideas for Disney+:

  1. Disney Dog Movies
  2. Disney Halloween Movies
  3. Disney Easter Movies
  4. Disney Romantic Movies

Best apps for Disney parks & resorts

Closeup of Lightning Lane for Disneyland's Web Slingers ride.
Photo by Christian Thompson, courtesy of Disneyland Resort.

Each Disney theme park around the world, plus the Aulani resort in Hawaii, has its own app. Each app has differing capabilities, but all are super helpful and will make your visit go smoothly.

My Disney Experience

If you’re headed to Disney World, downloading the My Disney Experience app is a must.

This app can be used to track dining reservations, make mobile orders, schedule lightning lane passes, check estimated wait times and park hours, manage virtual queues for special rides and experiences, and manage your hotel reservation and park tickets.

You can also link up with family and friends that you’re traveling with so you can easily manage lightning lane passes and dining reservations via 1 person.

The My Disney Experience app works at all Disney World parks: Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, and Typhoon Lagoon. It even covers Disney Springs and the resorts!

With all the changes that have been released over the past few years at Disney World, it’d be hard to manage a day at the parks without this app!

Disneyland

Just like My Disney Experience for Disney World, the Disneyland app is a must have for those visiting Disneyland in California.

With the Disneyland app, you can manage dining reservations, browse menus, submit mobile orders, check ride and attraction wait times, buy lightning lane passes, and much more.

Disneyland Paris

With the Disneyland Paris app, you can buy skip-the-queue passes for rides and attractions, check in to your hotel, check ride and attraction wait times, and more.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Use the Hong Kong Disneyland app to view ride and attraction wait times, make dining reservations, and navigate your way around the park with its GPS enabled map.

Shanghai Disney Resort

With the Shanghai Disney Resort app, you can buy tickets, navigate the park, and check wait times for rides and attractions.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Use the Tokyo Disney Resort App to purchase tickets, check wait times, navigate the park, and book dining reservations.

Disney Cruise Line Navigator

If you’re headed on a Disney Cruise, the Navigator app will help you stay organized and find your way around the ship. 

The app will also help you find activities on ship, book excursions, make dining reservations, and manage your reservation (including check-in).

Aulani

Last, but not least, use the Aulani Resort app to manage your reservation, check in online, find daily scheduled activities and events, and get special discounts.

Accuweather

Sudden bad weather can easily ruin a vacation. Use the Accuweather app to get super-accurate weather reports and alerts to help you avoid bad weather. 

This is a super helpful app for those sudden downpours that Disney World is known for. However, it’s useful for any Disney park or resort visit!

Hidden Mickeys

If you’re a fan of hidden Mickeys, snag this app to help you find them. The app is free, but has in-app upgrades available. It’s currently only available for iOS.

TIP: There’s one app for Disney World and a separate one for Disneyland. Make sure you get the right one for your visit!

Lyft

Use the Lyft app to get from MCO airport to Disney World or to and from your resort without the long waits on the buses.

The best part? You can select “Minnie Van” to get picked up by a Minnie Mouse-themed car!

The Minnie Van service is unique to Disney World, but you can also organize a Minnie Van to pick you up/drop you off at the MCO Orlando airport, too.

NOTE: The Minnie Van service is currently on hold, but is expected to come back.

Magic Pin

Closeup of a collection of pins from Adventures by Disney.
Photo by David Roark, courtesy of Disney.

If you’re into pin trading, the Magic Pin app is a must have! The app can be used to organize and digitally display your pin collection.

Magic Pin has many features, including ability to organize pin trades, sales, and purchases. However, these features require a subscription. 

Subscriptions are available for $1.99 per month, $19.99 per year, and $99.99 for a lifetime membership.

Play Disney Parks

Artist rendering of people on a cruise ship using the Play Disney Parks app Uncharted Adventures experience.
Artist rendering courtesy of Disney.

Enhance your visit to the parks with the Play Disney Parks app. 

The Play Disney Parks app includes games that are perfect for killing time while waiting in line at an attraction. Plus it has special experiences for Star Wars: Galaxy Edge at Disney World and Disneyland.

The app will debut a new augmented reality experience called Uncharted Adventures with the new Disney Wish cruise ship.

Snapchat

Disney and Snapchat teamed up to create filters exclusive to Disney World.

The filters let guests take PhotoPass style snaps with characters and accessories, such as a classic Mickey Mouse hat.

These filters are only available through the 50th anniversary, so be sure to hop on if you’re visiting in 2022.

What are your favorite apps for Disney?

Share your favorite apps for Disney in the comments below.

This post was originally published on March 13, 2022. It was last updated on April 12, 2022.

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