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Now you can skip the Dole Whip and beer lines at Disneyland

Dole Whip
Photograph: Leslie Kalohi

Technology’s given us a great many and terrible things, but high on the “good” end of the scale definitively sits mobile ordering. Who doesn’t secretly love a quick-pay situation, allowing the tech-savvy among us to breeze past those still in line? Disneyland Resort knows this—and knows the lines for concessions can sometimes feel as long as the waits for its best rides—so earlier this year, the parks rolled out in-app ordering. And starting today, the system is expanding its reach with a few of Disney’s most popular eating and drinking options, including the Tiki Juice Bar: home of the iconic Dole Whip.

In late May Disney unveiled the service, which allowed menu item pre-pay and cut-the-line pickup at 15 restaurants and concessions stands via the official Disneyland app. Hungry park-goers simply add a payment method, then browse areas of the park or types of cuisine to pick their restaurant, then select their meal and pickup time, and can even track the meal’s progress, before stopping by a separate window reserved for app orders.

 

 

California Adventure’s Bayside Brews is hitting the app service today, too, allowing you to preorder craft beer on draft—with proof of ID at pickup—as well as the stand’s Mickey-shaped, jalapeño cheese, plain and salted pretzels. In the Disneyland park, now you can preorder from Adventureland’s Tiki Juice Bar and skip the often massive queue for Dole Whip soft serve, floats or pineapple juice. Nearby, Harbour Galley is also freshly serving lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese, and soups in a bread bowl to those who order ahead.

The initial rollout included food hubs Bengal Barbecue, Galactic Grill, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and Red Rose Taverne, while in California Adventure, options meant Award Wieners, Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, Corn Dog Castle, Flo’s V8 Café, Lucky Fortune Cookery, Pacific Wharf Café, Paradise Garden Grill and Smokejumpers Grill.

Graphic: Courtesy Disney

Next month, the service hits Edelweiss Snacks, Stage Door Café, Refreshment Corner and Royal Street Veranda, all in Disneyland park. It’s not as if Disney ever slows its roll(outs), but these last few months have been especially busy for Disney food and drink: Adventureland’s new restaurant is well underway, while Pixar Pier launched in late June with a slew of new themed snacks and dining options, including a revamp of Cove Bar (now Lamplight Lounge)—but don’t worry, you can still get the lobster nachos.

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