Wednesday, March 30, 2011

27. Lines App


It is no surprise that Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation spot in the entire world.  It has amazing attractions and shows, first class resorts, and customer service that is second to none.  Most people would agree that the overall experience of a Disney vacation is very enjoyable.  However, we could also agree that the one part about visiting the theme parks that isn't always fun is waiting in long lines.  This is especially true when the temperature is 95 degrees with 100 percent humidity, which is not uncommon in the summer months.

Disney continues to do a great job of making lines more entertaining to help us forget how long we are waiting.  In just the past three months they have added interactive queues at both The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and The Haunted Mansion.  I certainly recommend taking your time to enjoy these new additions at least once.  However, wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to avoid most lines, especially when it is hotter than the surface of the sun and junior is having a meltdown as there are still 200 guests in front of you waiting to board Dumbo?  Thats where the "Lines" app comes in!

"Lines" is truly a fantastic app that gives you accurate wait times for every attraction in Walt Disney World. It was created by the folks at TouringPlans.com (check out the article #13 that I wrote about this site back in February of this year).  The information that "Lines" provides comes from two sources.  First, the staff at TouringPlans.com did extensive research and compiled years of historical data to come up with estimates of what the wait times should be for any given attraction at any given time.  They have designed mathematical  logarithms that are well beyond my comprehension.  In addition to these estimates, they also get "real time" figures from guests in the parks who input the wait times on their smart phones.  Using these two sources of data, the "Lines" app does a remarkable job of keeping us informed.  This is a prime example of how modern technology can assist us in enjoying the vacation kingdom.

In addition to current wait times, "Lines" also gives estimates of what to expect for the rest of the day.  This can greatly help in planning out your your strategy to visit the most attractions possible.  Not only do you get wait times with this app, but you also get FASTPASS information.  It will let you know the approximate return times if you were to pick up a FASTPASS at that moment.  Again, this is super helpful information to get the most out of touring a Disney Park, especially on a crowded day.
Phone specific versions of the "Lines" app are available for the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android devices. However, you can also access it through a mobile website which can be used on virtually ANY smart phone. In order to access all of the features of the app, you are required to have a TouringPlans subscription.  It is $10.95 for a full year and it is worth every penny.  I used this app on my recent trip to Walt Disney World and it worked like a charm.  I don't think I waited in line at any attraction for more than 15 minutes!  When you are spending thousands on a Disney vacation, this extra $10.95 is a no brainer.  You also get full access to the TouringPlans.com crowd calendars and touring plans.  I highly recommend both TouringPlans.com and the "Lines" app.  They will simply make your vacation more enjoyable!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward.  See ya real soon!

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