It’s no secret that a lot of families plan their trips to Walt Disney World months, sometimes years in advance. Mine isn’t one of them.
We’re a go-with-the-flow household when it comes to travel — an approach that today’s technology supports.
So, when I was invited to attend a social-media conference at Walt Disney World two months out, there was no need to panic because there’s got to be an app for that, right?
Of course there is — several, in fact. But would they really help us smartly maneuver our way in and around the 25,000-acre resort that consists of four theme parks and two water parks?
With minimal planning, my husband and I, with a 12-year-old, 8-year-old and 2-year-old in tow, took the family’s first trip to Disney World armed with technology: an iPad, an iPhone, a laptop, a Droid and lots of apps.
First up, we used the new DFW Airport app to track flight information and our go-to family calendar app, Cozi, to check off our packing lists.
At our hotel, we configured the apps on our tablet and laptop, because sometimes it’s easier to set up and familiarize yourself with a new app on a bigger screen.
In between conference seminars at Disney World, I took the 2-year-old to Magic Kingdom to explore the new Fantasyland while my husband took the older kids to Epcot.
With two apps, one by Disney and the other by Undercover Tourist, my toddler and I took off with a two-hour time frame. I used the GPS-enabled maps on both apps to check wait times and held my breath. We were able to go on three rides, get a snack and see a show.
Now that’s Disney magic.
Here’s a quick guide to the apps I used.
Before you go
During the trip
My Disney Experience
For example, we were able to quickly determine whether we should go on Stitch’s Great Escape, a 20-minute wait, or go the FastPass route with an available time that was 10 minutes away. We went with Buzz Lightyear and were on the ride in about 8 minutes. We tested the app’s timing again in Fantasyland, where the regular line for Peter Pan’s Flight showed a wait time of 20 minutes. The app showed 10 minutes; we waited 11. For advance planning, hit the explore button to peruse the parks and filter for height requirements, “slow rides” and even attractions for tweens.
Disney World Wait Times,
Dining and Maps by UndercoverTourist.com
Back at home
Story by Disney