Is there WiFi in Disneyland California?

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Are you planning a trip to Disneyland? You may be wondering if there is WiFi in Disneyland (in Anaheim California).  Short answer is yes there is free WiFi in Disneyland in California. But…

The WiFi can be spotty: sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t. (At least on my visit.)

But I found the best places in the park for WiFi…

Read on to learn more.

Is there WiFi in Disneyland California?  Read this article to find the best wifi in the park.

A lot of people may sardonically say, “Why do you need WiFi?  You’re there to have fun!”

And yes that is absolutely true: you are there to have fun.

But having WiFi access doesn’t mean you won’t have fun.

In fact, WiFi allows non-US residents like me to use the Disneyland app without having to buy data on a cellphone.

Being able to access the Disneyland app means you can:

  • check ride wait times
  • find restaurants
  • find washrooms
  • find drinking water fountains
  • and lots more!

(Below is screenshot of the Disneyland app. You can check the wait times of your favorite rides!)

And I agree that I don’t think people should have their nose buried in their phone while they’re in Disneyland…if it means they aren’t truly experiencing this amazingly detailed place.

How to Connect to the Free WiFi in Disneyland California

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have free WiFi available from what they call “hotspots.”

When you are near one of these hotspots you can open your WiFi settings on your device and select “Disney-Guest.”

There is a WiFi hotspot right in the “Esplanade” section of the park.

This is the open area sandwiched between the entrance to Disneyland and the entrance to Disney California Adventure.

So right after you clear security you can try and hook up to Disney’s WiFi. And you’ll be connected, or get re-connected throughout the day.

If you want better WiFi reception in the park you can go closer to a “hotspot.”

I didn’t know these designated hotspots existed when I was there. (For my WiFi story keep reading on.)

To find where the WiFi hotspots are you can use your Disneyland app, or you can click here to see in on Disney’s website.  

Steps to find these WiFi hotspots using the Disneyland app.

(The instructions may change with app updates, but usually they stay fairly similar.)

Open your Disneyland app.

Select “Guest Services”  from the top menu.

It’ll show you a map like the one below.

is there wifi in disneyland california
Circled icon shows the WiFi hotspots in Disneyland

Now, you can use the map to search around for the WiFi icon among all the other Guest Services icons…

Or you can select “Show List” from the top menu.

It’ll give you a list like the one shown below.

Scroll down until you see “Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)” option. And press it.

Instructions on how to access WiFi in Disneyland California

It’ll show the instructions on how to access the free WiFi at Disneyland. Plus, you’ll see a “Find on Map” icon.

Click this “Find on Map” icon to bring up a map showing the Wi-Fi hotspots in Disneyland.

Map showing the WiFi hotspots in Disneyland

You can zoom into the app to a see a detailed location of the WiFi hotspots.

If you need better WiFi reception head toward one of these hotspots.

Below in my story, I mention how I found some of these hotspots without actually knowing they were there.

My Quick Story of the WiFi in Disneyland

I was there in September 2019 on a Wednesday and Thursday.

On the first day I was there – the Wednesday – the WiFi was very spotty.

In many areas of the park I had no WiFi so it was hard to use the Disneyland app.

But during the next day I had no issues with WiFi at the park.

I can’t explain it. It just worked.

I asked a Disney worker in the Galaxy’s Edge Land if the WiFi is always spotty, but they can’t break character…

So she pointed at the X-Wing fighter space ship and said perhaps it was causing interference.  (I just had to laugh and shake my head.)

The areas of the park where I found good WiFi was in front of the Haunted Mansion, and in front of the Matterhorn Bobsleds under the monorail.

(There are nice benches under the monorail so you can sit, relax, and use the Disneyland app to plan your next rides.)

This is the area in front of the Haunted Mansion that had good WiFi.

Is there wifi in disneyland california? There is good wifi in front of the haunted mansion attraction.
Good WiFi near the Haunted Mansion

And the red arrow in the picture below points at the good WiFi I got near the Matterhorn Bobsleds.

Wifi in disneyland california. There is good WiFi near the matterhorn bobsleds.
There is good WiFi near the Matterhorn Bobsleds

What I Discovered…

Then what I discovered after the fact is that these spots that had good WiFi were actually very close to Disneyland’s established WiFi hotspots.

I didn’t even know they existed at that point.

I didn’t realize the app even had information about Wi-Fi until weeks later when I was back at home.

So you’ll see that the great WiFi spot I “discovered” near the Matterhorn Bobsleds is actually very close to two WiFi hotspots.

And sure enough the good WiFi I discovered in front of the Haunted Mansion is because there is hotspot there too.

So being in close proximity to these WiFI hotspots does make a difference.

If you’re having some spotty WiFi in Disneyland like I was having, try going closer to these listed Disneyland WiFi hotspots.

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If you go to Disneyland I hope you have a great trip!

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