Mom And Daughter Sailing Ship Columbia
  • On Jun 12, 2014
    Jason from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Should I download the Disney app, to use for FastPasses, for rides, at Disneyland Resort & California Disney? Also, if the parks opens at 8am, what time does the Mickey and Friends parking lot open at?

    Hi, Jason!

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your questions. I hope you’re looking forward to your vacation at the Disneyland Resort in just a few weeks!

    The traditional paper FASTPASS system is still in use at the Disneyland Resort theme parks. Disney’s FastPass+ system is unique to the Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida, and the My Disney Experience mobile app is intended for use there only as of this time.

    While there is no longer an official Disney app for the theme parks here in California, I like to use Disneyland Lines from This free app provides users with real-time attraction wait times, estimated wait times and Disney FASTPASS distribution and return times. You can update wait times while in the parks to assist others, and there is even a function that measures how long you wait in an attraction queue to improve the wait time feature’s accuracy. It has searchable menus and grants access to the site’s well-known computer-optimized Touring Plans. Also, a “just for fun” app for kids to try is Disneyland Explorer (it’s my son’s favorite iPad app), which allows you to “swipe” your way through the Disneyland Resort and interactively explore over 130 attractions with fun activities!

    Parking structures for the theme parks generally open one hour prior to the Disneyland Park opening time, but on days featuring Magic Morning Early Admission, the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure opens 90 minutes prior to the published Disneyland Park opening time. Parking can be paid for in person or online in advance.

    I hope this helps, Jason. Please visit me again with any other planning questions you have!

    Wishing you magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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