Wednesday, March 28, 2012

106. Days to go WDW App


As I've talked about in the past, there are two types of Disney World apps. First you have the ones that are full of useful information about everything from attraction descriptions, dining locations, and resort hotels. The other kind of apps are those that focus on one specific type of information. The "Days to go WDW" app, developed by Joe Fratianni, falls into that latter category.

"Days to go WDW" is a simple yet fun app that counts down the days until your next Walt Disney World trip. All of the features of the "Days to go WDW" app are easily accessible by touching the little "i" on the main screen. This setup screen allows you to enter the date of your vacation and also give it a name. Once this info is entered, you will see the number of "Days to go" at the top and the title of your trip at the bottom. The middle of the screen will scroll through a group of default Disney World pictures or you have the option of uploading your own. The picture timing of this slide show can be managed as well. You also have the ability to customize the font, background color, and font color. This level of customization is something that I haven't seen on similar apps.

Another nice aspect of this app is the "badge" feature.  You can see the number of days remaining displayed in a red bubble found right on the home screen icon. You don't even have to open the app to see how much time is remaining before your next pilgrimage to the mouse. There are very few apps, other than ones developed by Apple, that can utilize this badge feature, and it is nice to see it being put to good use. 

Another great feature that Joe put into his "Days to go WDW" app is the ability to set up customized reminders to periodically alert you of the days before your next trip. You can set the app to notify you with an alert at any time of day that you choose. It can be repeated everyday, every weekday, on weekends, or you can customize it to specific days of the week. In addition to the visual alert, you can attach a song from your iPhone music library. If you are the type of person to download an app like this, you most likely have some good Disney tunes on your phone. It is a lot of fun to tap on the "notification" and hear music from a Disney park.

Last but not least, Joe integrated a nice social media function into the app. When you tap on the little social icon, it allows you to share your excitement for your approaching vacation. You can quickly post your days remaining to your Facebook wall, a friend's Facebook wall, or you can Tweet it. This is just another fun way to utilize this already feature packed app. 

Overall, "Days to go WDW" is a great little app that should be on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch of anyone planning a Disney World vacation. It is only 99 cents and is certainly worth every one of those pennies! Joe Fratianni obviously knows what he's doing when it comes to app development and I will be reviewing more of his offerings in the future.

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

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