There aren’t many people who go on vacation to Disney who don’t take a cellphone (mobile phone) with them these days. And with Disney rolling out free Wi-Fi access at their Walt Disney World theme parks it’s a great time to make use of your phone as a vacation planning and information tool.
So what are the best apps to have on your phone when you’re visiting the Mouse?
My Disney Experience
An official app from Disney, this is a must if you’re visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Featuring GPS-enabled maps to help guide you around the parks, plus official wait times and FASTPASS return times for the park you’re in.
Detailed information on the attractions in each park is provided, with descriptions, photos and height requirements.
Make dining reservations, view menus, and also find the location of your favorite characters.
You can even use the app when not in the parks, play trivia games and plan your upcoming trip using the favorites feature.
Disney World Lines from Touring Plans
Brought to us by the lovely team at Touring Plans (home of the Unofficial Guide series of books), this is a comprehensive app that is right up there on our must-have list.
The app will offer you advice on which parks to visit and which to avoid for the next 10 days, based on the Touring Plans Crowd Calendar.
When you’re inside the parks, the app will tell you the current wait time, plus the actual wait time for every attraction, plus character greeting wait times.
Daily schedules for each park are provided, plus menus for every restaurant, counter service and snack cart in each park.
My husband has this app and every now and again when he’s nothing better to do he’ll inform me of the current wait time at Toy Story Mania. Not particularly useful when you’re sat at home in the UK!
Disneyland Wait Times and Park Schedules – Walkee
An app specifically for Disneyland, California, featuring interactive maps with GPS, operating hours and park schedules, and real-time attraction wait times.
Use the text alert feature to remind you of dining and Fastpass times. Send e-cards to your friends and family at home via email.
Another attraction wait time app, which displays real-time wait times for the attractions at Disneyland. MouseWait has an advanced wait time algorithm and claims to have the largest, active user base.
Ready Set Holiday!
Primarily a vacation countdown app, it also features a to do checklist, and temperature indicator for your destination.
TripIt cams to be the world’s easiest way to organize and share your travel plans. Forward all of your hotel, airline, car rental, and restaurant reservations to TripIt and it magically organizes all of your travel plans in one place so you can access them anytime, anywhere. You can also share your information and itineraries with your contacts.
iOrlando Tourist Map
This claims to be the best available map of Orlando, featuring over 1000 locations including restaurants, attractions, shopping and more. Park information for SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens is included, but no Disney or Universal maps.
Orlando City Guide from TripAdvisor
Get this free city guide, a personal trip advisor in your pocket. With restaurants, attractions, hotels and TripAdvisor reviews you love, stored in the app, all available offline, so no nasty data roaming charges!
Google Play (Android) link
A full featured weather app that shows you accurate forecasts for the next 10 days for the Orlando region.
Hurricane Tracker WESH 2 – Orlando, Central Florida
If you’re visiting Orlando during hurricane season this could be an app you get some use from if you’re the type that likes to track extreme weather conditions. It allows you to monitor and track hurricanes and tropical storms.
Live Airport – Orlando (MCO Airport) – Lite
If you’re flying into or out of Orlando Airport, this app will send you real-time push notifications for your flight status, gate change/flight delays, boarding reminders, airport maps and information.
Postcard – individually designed, sent worldwide
This is a fun app that saves you having to buy a postcard, buy stamps and find a post box whilst enjoying your Disney vacation. Simply take a photo on your phone, upload it, pay via paypal or credit card, and the company will send a real printed postcard with stamp, to your chosen address.
Use the app to take new photos or select photos from your camera gallery, then decorate it using Disney-themed frames and stickers.
* Prices are provided in £GBP as I’m in the UK and can’t access $USD prices.