In this increasingly digital world, smartphones can be a great resource to enhance our experiences, and Walt Disney World is no exception! If you have a smartphone here are some apps that you might find useful during your vacation.
My Disney Experience free
If you can only choose one app to download for your trip to Disney, it should be My Disney Experience. This app was created by Disney, and is an extension of the My Disney Experience website. After inputting your reservation details into My Disney Experience on your computer, you’ll be able to recall and keep track of them on the app. This can be especially helpful for dining reservations, FastPass+ reservations and other plans you have (fireworks, shows, parades, etc.) for you trip. Not only that, but the app also features GPS enabled interactive maps, a digital version of the “Times Guide”, the ability to view wait times and Fastpass return times for attractions and character meet and greet times and locations. Another major bonus is being able to check out restaurant menus and make dining reservations on the fly. Touring Magic Kingdom but feel like an Epcot dinner? No problem, pull up your My Disney Experience app and see what’s available!
Memories HD free
This adorable app is one of my favorites to recommend, especially for fans of the Disney’s Photopass service. If you’re anything like me, your iPhone battery is nearly drained at the end of each day from taking photos. With Memories HD you can add special park and character related borders, stickers and more. It’s just like enhancing your Photopass photos only you can do it instantly instead of waiting until you get home! There is even a “Photo of the Day” feature, which I’ve used to find some great wallpaper for my phone.
Hidden Mickeys: Walt Disney World $7.99
At $8 this is one of the more expensive Disney apps, but even at that cost it is an excellent value. The Hidden Mickey app has staved off boredom while waiting in line more times than I can count. You can search for Hidden Mickeys near your location on the map or search from a list. The app makes finding Mickeys a game, as you get points for each Mickey you locate. Mickeys are assigned a point value and you can even get hints for the hard ones. With Hidden Mickeys all over each of the parks, in water parks, at Downtown Disney an even in the resort hotels you’ll never hear complaints of boredom from waiting in line again!
Beers and Ears free
If you have any beer drinkers in your party this app is a MUST have. You can search beers by location, or search the beer list for something you’d really like to try and find where it’s served. The app also has a link to the Beers and Ears blog, which features reviews of the different beers at Disney World. If you’re visiting during Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival make sure to also download the festival specific app!
Days to Go $0.99
Ok so this app isn’t technically useful while you’re at Walt Disney World, but it sure comes in handy before you leave! A Disney specific countdown to vacation, Days to Go lets you know exactly how much longer until you get to arrive at your happy place. Perfect!
This is not a Disney specific app, but it’s the one that I find I get the most use out of at Disney. Pictures straight from the iPhone come out nice enough, but Camera+ helps elevate these photos to a new level. The “clarity” filter has produced some incredibly crisp pictures that look like they’re from a a real handheld camera, not just the iPhone lens.
A photo taken using the Camera+ app
Disney Gift Card free
If you’re like me and you save up your spending money for Disney using gift cards this app will definitely come in handy! It helps you keep track of your gift cards and the amount left on them. It even lets you take a photo of the front of the gift card to help you distinguish the card with $1.72 from the $50 one!
So, that’s it for my must have apps for touring Disney World, what are yours?