Iphone Apps for the Orlando Parks

Do these apps work? Are they worth using?

From Sandro Giometti
Posted March 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM
Being a confessed IT Geek as well as a Theme Park fan, I wanted to know what is the current situation regarding iphone apps for the Orlando parks.

I did some digging around in the Forums and I found only one reference to an Iphone app for disneyland wait times.

But there seem to be dozens of apps available offering everything from wait times, to gps maps and food recommendations.

Has anyone here have first hand experience with these apps? Are they worth the money and general hassle at the parks?

From Robert Niles
Posted March 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM
I'll add this:

Does anyone want me to develop a Theme Park Insider app? And, if so, what do you want in it?

I developed a Palm add long, long, ago, with attraction listings and ratings. I supposed I could dust that off and adapt it to iPhone. But the site looks pretty nice on the iPhone Safari browser, so I'd be looking for something that made better use of the specific technology.

Anyway, I don't want to hijack the thread, but I did want to let you know that I'm following this one and very interested in your observations and thoughts on this. Carry on.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted March 15, 2010 at 12:49 PM
I would get it, as long as I can use it on my Ipod touch as well!

Anyway, I heard that Wait Watchers is a good App, but you need to have a Iphone, not Itouch! The downside is that they are sold per park (one for EPCOT, one for DL, one for MK, etc)

There was another one that allowed you to see if you can get dinner reservations at the parks, mostly EPCOT

Still, I have no idea if any of them work!

From Don Neal
Posted March 15, 2010 at 1:27 PM
My wife found a couple last year that were maps of the park with rides, restaurants, bathrooms, etc marked on them. Can't remember what they were called. I'll see if I can find out the developer. They work on both the iPhone and iPod Touch.

And Robert I think it would be a great idea for a TPI app. The site does look good in Safari but an offline app would work great as well so you don't have load times or looking for a connection if you have an iPod Touch.

From James Rao
Posted March 15, 2010 at 4:22 PM
I use LINES. It is from the folks who put out the Unofficial Guide to WDW/DLR. It requires a subscription to unlock the full features, but I absolutely think it is a top notch app well worth the subscription.

Robert, not that I am doubting your considerable skills, but what would your TPI app offer that isn't already available on the web site itself? And since I already browse TPI on my iPhone ALL-THE-TIME, do I really need another Robert Niles-created addiction??!! =)

From Sandro Giometti
Posted March 15, 2010 at 5:24 PM
Hey, my second post ever and Mr. TPI himself is keeping a lookout. Awesome.

If you ever decide to develop an app that is TPI related, I would play to the site's strength: The community. You could geolocate the info, so that once you get onsite at a park you could check out all postings related to whatever attraction is close by.

Just imagine someone is visiting Universal for the first time, and at the gate get's to see the tour plans, once close to the mummy he get's the reviews and historical info, close to a restaurant he sees the highest rated menu items, and so forth.

At this point the user could provide his feedback that becomes available to anyone nearby.

If you want to go above and beyond the call of duty, then this information could be presented in augmented reality. Like the Layar app.

From vernon griffin
Posted March 19, 2010 at 8:35 AM
I would you an app for ipod youch. ( We won it at BGW)

From Mark Migliaccio
Posted March 19, 2010 at 10:37 AM
that would be awesome to have an app for your theme park that listed rides, integrated the gps in, and even listed show times. hmmm. I wish I knew how to make these apps, cuz i'd like to get one of those made.

From Tyler Bell
Posted March 19, 2010 at 10:53 AM
yes they are,especially the rocket pocket app

From Michael Owen
Posted March 19, 2010 at 11:20 AM
Got to agree with James about LINES, a brilliant app for Walt Disney World which is really, really helpful.

From David McArthur
Posted March 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM
I use WDW Guide on my iPod. It is by www.Notescasts.com

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