Essential Apps for your Disney Vacation

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Anchor: We have Ryan here from Nerds On Call and a few apps that can help.

Julissa: Yes, love this, our dear friend Ryan with Nerds On Call. You blew my mind last hour with some hacks and now you’ve got some great tips for Disneyland trips. If you’ve got any plan coming up this summer.

Ryan: Yes, well we just got back from Disneyland.

Julissa: Yes.

Ryan: And we just spent a ton of time there and one of the first things you wanna do is get this, this is called the Disney Countdown Clock.

Julissa: Oh, I love that. Yeah.

Ryan: You see the cool part about this, you see that I got 31 days, you can set the time to whatever you want, whatever date you want.

Julissa: Oh, that’s great. Yeah!

Ryan: But it also gives you, this is one of the coolest parts, this weather history so if you’re going to Walt Disney World you don’t know what the weather is going to be like 30 days from now. So this will tell you the history from last year!

Julissa: From last year?

Ryan: So you can say oh it was raining so maybe I should be a little prepared for some weather.

Julissa: That’s great I like it. Okay, what’s that one called?

Ryan: That one is called Countdown to Disney.

Julissa: Countdown to Disney. Okay.

Ryan: This is one that we used every day single day, this is called Mouse Wait. It’s a little expensive, it’s five bucks.

Julissa: Okay.

Ryan: But it’s worth it.

Julissa: Worth every buck? Okay.

Ryan: So here’s the cool thing. You can check out the events that are near you, it uses your GPS signal on your phone to determine where you are to tell you what’s going on around you. But it’s also got Disneyland wait times.

Julissa: Oh, this is key!

Ryan: You can list it by specific lands that you are in, and you can see “oh, I want to go over there” or which ride is closed and what not. But here’s the other thing, restrooms near you. Ah, we got an advertisement. But there’s restrooms near you so you can get to the nearest restroom.

Julissa: Okay. That’s fantastic.

Ryan: It’s five bucks, well worth it. Now Disneyland came out with their own version, it’s a little prettier.

Julissa: And it’s $3.99.

Ryan: This one’s free. So you’re over here in Fantasyland and you go “oh, what’s that ride?”, turns out that Peter Pan. But you can do other things like you can load your tickets on there, you can also load your PhotoPass on there. So it’s a very useful app and for free you can’t beat it.

Julissa: I like that because you can see your pictures from your PhotoPass.

Ryan: Now after you leave the park, you wanna go back, you wanna relive some memories or have some fun. This is an app that my kids absolutely love.

Julissa: Wait, are we playing Pokémon Go right now?

Ryan: No! But it kind of [unintelligible, 00:02:00]. This is called Disneyland Explorer, it’s also free, and it allows you to kind of cruise around the park and kind of go “oh, I remember that” and “hey, look at that”, and you can click on different things and you can view it.

Julissa: That is so cool!

Ryan: And there’s Tinker Bell flying around. You can find out all about her and view little details and see all kinds of things about her. How cool is that?

Julissa: You know that would actually be great too if you were planning the trip to get the kids excited and hyped up about it.

Ryan: Yes. Now last one. Let’s say you’re standing in line, have you heard of Heads Up?

Julissa: No?

[Background shouting]

Julissa: Oh, the game! Yes! Let’s play, let’s play.

Ryan: Well here’s a secret about Heads Up is they have a deck down there called Disney Parks. You can pay 99 cents or if you’re at the park it’s free. It checks your GPS coordinates, if you’re there and you get it for free.

Julissa: Yeah, that’s great.

Ryan: Then you can play Disney trivia while you’re in line!

Julissa: Oh my gosh, I love it.

Ryan: How awesome is that?

Julissa: Yes, because let me tell you. Sometimes you will wait anywhere from twenty-five as you saw to even longer.

Ryan: One of the things about that Disneyland app, the free one, is it will tell you where they’re at, what times they’re there. So my little girl she’s in love with Anna and Elsa and she can see exactly what park they are in. Which is California Adventure, it’s not at Disneyland.

Julissa: It’s not at Disneyland anymore. Yeah.

Ryan: It will tell you where they are and how long they will be there.

Julissa: Yes. Oh my gosh. Anything about the Fastpass situation?

Ryan: Well Fastpass, the Disneyland app will also do Fastpasses for you. Whoa. If I can click on the right thing here. Scroll across the top. There’s PhotoPass, events, tours, gift services, hotels, it’s in there someplace.

Julissa: It’s in there somewhere. Okay. Because that’s key too. All right fantastic.

Ryan: Because you want to know when to go back to your Fastpass.

Julissa: Right, so we went through four or five. We’re gonna list them all on our website here, we’ve got the links there. But some good tips if you are planning a trip, it makes it just a little bit easier.

Ryan: Yes.

Julissa: All right, fantastic. Thanks! Ryan, it’s always good to see you. Thanks so much. Back with you.

Ahh Disneyland. The quintessential summer vacation destination. Even the regular visitor will learn something new each visit, give yourself a head start with a bit of a nerd insight. Before you dust off your Mickey ears and prepare to tackle the crowds, we have some essential apps for your Disney vacation.

Walt Disney came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. He initially envisioned building a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank to entertain fans who wished to visit; however, he soon realized that the proposed site was too small. After hiring a consultant to help him determine an appropriate site for his project, Disney bought a 160-acre (65 ha) site near Anaheim in 1953.

Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC Television Network on July 17, 1955. Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year.

Excited, let’s all go there now. Talk to a Nerd if you want our advice on preparing your tech to bring with you or for more information on any of these apps.

  1. Build the Excitement

    The countdown for Disney app is available for $0.99 on iTunes.
    You get to choose a Disney background of your choice for a countdown clock.

    There is a Disney News Feed from Main Street Wishes, notifying you about:

    • Making dining reservations
    • Start selecting Fast Passes at Disney World
    • Time remaining to customize Magic Bands!
    • Transportation Information
    • A Monorail Bar Crawl
    • The Refurbishment Schedule for Disney World
    • Attraction Height Requirements

     

  2. Don't Miss a Thing

    MouseWait is available for $4.99, check out their website at mousewait.com.
    This app is so worth this small cost, it offers socially updated wait times for all rides. It has the largest social network of Disney fans so that means up to date info, FastPass return times, show times, information on attraction closures.

    What’s cool is you can search restaurants and dining options by proximity or menu item:
    • Comprehensive restaurant guide with menus, reviews, hours and wait times
    • Find specific menu items with Magic Search

    You can also find restrooms near you and their “Insider’s Guide” offers tips and tricks from their huge network of Disneyland frequent visitors.

    There is also an official Disney app available on iTunes.

  3. Stay Entertained While You Wait


    So we know those lines can get pretty long. Why not play a trivia game while you wait? Play the new Disney Parks deck from Heads Up Trivia.

    This is a hit trivia app developed by Ellen, you can download this for free when you visit Disneyland!

    It is also available here for $0.99

  4. Re-Live the Magic


    Beat those post Disneyland blues by downloading the Disneyland Explorer, free!

    An interactive map lets you explore the park on your iPad. There are a ton of animations and mini games, photos and videos of rides and attractions.

    This includes Disneyland, California Adventure and Downtown Disney.