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  • On Mar 13, 2022
    Jessica from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! My family has visited WDW before, but we are making our first trip to Disneyland this April. Are magic bands used at DL and DCA like they are at WDW? Thank you!

    Hello, Jessica! 

    I'm so happy you're visiting the Disneyland Resort this time! You'll love to spot the differences between the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort. It's so much fun! 

    Disney has announced that MagicBand+ will come to California this year, but this hasn't happened yet. Your best friend, for now, will be the Disneyland Mobile App. You will link your tickets to your account and scan them as you go through the turnstiles. You will then use the app to purchase Genie+, or your Individual Lightning Lane passes, and you will scan your passes on your phone as you enter each attraction. It's very convenient and fun once you get the hang of it! 

    The app will also help you order food for pickup, which I do whenever I'm at the Disneyland Resort (especially for breakfast). I usually order when I leave my hotel, allowing for a 40-minute window between payment and my pickup time. That's generally enough to go through security and the gates on most days.

    My absolute favorite spot for breakfast at Disneyland Park is Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. I order some coffee, an Egg Bacon Croissant to share with my husband, and a Chocolate Mousse Brownie (I promise you it's the cutest breakfast item). 

    At Disney California Adventure Park, I recommend Pym Test Kitchen. Their Ever-expanding Cinna-Pym Toast is great! 

    I hope you have a fantastic time in April, Jessica! Let us know if you have more questions, okay? We're here for you! 

    May the magic be with you, 



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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist, and amateur cook. I grew up in Brazil, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now I love to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events, and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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