Saturday, March 17, 2012

104. Disney World - Free Wait Times App

There are many smart phone apps that provide attraction wait times for Walt Disney World. Some of these rely on user submissions and some use historical data to provide estimates. The Disney Mobile Magic app, which I reviewed last month, gives us the "posted" wait times from the parks. None of these apps are perfect, but most of them give us pretty decent information that can help us make good decisions while touring Walt Disney World. The latest addition to the wait time category is called the "Disney World - Free Wait Times App."

This Disney World app was created by Apptasmic, a company based in Celebration, Florida, right outside of the Vacation Kingdom.  In the description found in iTunes, the company touts it as "the app made by locals, most used by locals." This is a good thing for an app that utilizes user submitted wait times. It stands to reason that if the owners of Apptasmic are based right near the parks, they will be collecting and submitting accurate wait times on a regular basis.

As I already mentioned, there are dozens of apps that provide attraction wait times. However, the Apptasmic creation is unique in a way that makes it stand out from the rest of the apps that I have found to this point. It includes wait times for the restaurants at Walt Disney World! This is a great feature that can prove to be very valuable. There have been many times when I've walked a long distance to get to a favorite eatery, only to find out that there was a longer than tolerable wait. The app includes food locations from all four parks, Downtown Disney, and the Boardwalk area.

There is another relatively unique aspect of Apptasmic's Disney World app that I haven't seen before. It is the ability to take this free app and add individual components for $.99 each. The "full" version of the app is $3.99, but the developers recognized the fact that some users may only want a few of the add-ons, so they made them available individually.  The four available upgrades are Disney Maps, Descriptions, Tickets, and Remove Ads. All of these additions look valuable, however, I think it was a good move by Apptasmic not to force them into an all-or-nothing paid app. I can see other companies following in their footsteps by using this incremental upgrade style.

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the near future, it is a no-brainer to download the free version of this app. It could also make sense to add on some upgrades or just splurge for the full version. The restaurant aspect alone makes this app a "must have" on your iPhone's Disney page.

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

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