The Great App for Disney World Wait Times, Hours, Maps and Dining is published by Apptasmic LLC and works on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. An Android version is in the works.
At $3.99 (or local currency equivalent) it offers good value for money when looking for a Walt Disney World Resort park guide with maps and realtime wait times for both rides, shows and dining.
Apptasmic is based in Disney’s Celebration town and is ideally situated close to the Walt Disney World Resort giving them access to all the latest updates.
As the title suggests, the app provides information on the four main Walt Disney World Resort parks, namely the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as the dining facilities at Downtown Disney and Disney’s Boardwalk (this part of the app is still under construction).
The app runs in realtime and the main screen shows the opening times for today for each park. When you click on the park you are presented with options to view character greetings, parade and firework times plus a list of attractions. The list of attractions can be sorted by distance (only relevant if you are actually inside the park), name or wait times.
This is the first (and only) app to show wait times for both attractions and dining. If the park is busy, it is a great way of finding out which attractions offer the least wait times and which are the closest. It will also highlight any attractions that are currently closed, saving you wasted time.
Along the bottom of every park screen you have five choices:
- View a park map
- List restaurants
- List rides
- List favourites
- Buy tickets through a link to the Official Ticket Center website
The maps themselves are a little “dull” when compared to some of the isometric full colour maps in other apps, but they offer scrolling, pinch and zoom facilities. If you are in the park, then the app uses GPS to show your current location. You can filter what you see by rides and/or restaurants. The maps clearly show the salient information including transportation links, rest facilities and character greeting locations.
Once you zoom in, each attraction and restaurant is highlighted with their current wait times.
If you click on an attraction you get further details such as whether there are Fast Passes, ride length/show duration, any height restrictions, recommended ages and a summary of the attraction.
For restaurants, you get details of the type of cuisine and menu items, opening times, whether they accept reservations (and the telephone number), type of service (table or quick), typical meal costs and a summary of the restaurant.
If you are in the park, you can submit your own wait times for all rides and attractions to provide realtime updates for other guests.
You can tag any attraction or restaurant into your favourites. You can then pull up a list of favourites, with wait times and distances and plan your day; a very useful feature.
If you are a Facebook user then a button lets you post straight into your Facebook page.
For fans of character greets, you can get a list of characters with their greeting locations and times. The app also provides the times of any parades of firework displays. This part of the app allows you to change the date so you can see the times for different days.
Note that because this app works in realtime, it only displays information when you have network access.
Apptasmic also publish a free version of their Walt Disney World app as well as paid and free versions covering Universal Studios plus one other app that combines both Walt Disney World and Universal. Map apps are also in the pipeline.
The free versions carry advertisements and provide reduced functionality.