Updated August 19, 2014
If you are planning a trip to Disney World you may want to download a few Disney iPhone apps to help you out. From the planning stage to walking around the parks these Disney apps can give you some valuable information to make your trip a lot more enjoyable. I have compiled a list of the best Disney iPhone Apps that you will want to have in the palm on your hand for the trip.
Review of the Best Disney iPhone Apps
My Disney Experience (Free) – THE BEST
Walt Disney World has finally put out its own official Disney World app and while there are a lot of bugs and mixed reviews, I think with a little tinkering they are on to something. This app is available for free so considering all the features and that it was created by the park itself, I think it is definitely worth the download.
This app includes a lot of the same information available in the older Disney World apps below but also as you dig deeper into it you’ll see it is meant to cover all the aspects of Disney World. The wait times feature is not just for park rides, but for transportation from different Disney resorts and attractions like Downtown Disney and ESPN Wide World of Sports Centre. There is a Things to Do feature, which helps you navigate through all the theme parks and Explore the resorts and shops. You can explore by Attraction, characters, dining and much more. If you create a Disney Experience account you can plan your trip, keep tickets, Dining reservations and wish lists all in the app. Of course the Disney Experience app includes interactive maps, character meeting times and places, park hours and Here & Now feature which lets you explore what is around you where you stand in the park.
This iPhone app is one of the most thorough guides to the Walt Disney World Resort and one of the top favourite apps for planning a Walt Disney World trip. It has over 300 pages and over 500 photos with anything and everything you want to know and a few inside park secrets too! For example the relatively unknown hidden Mickey’s scattered about the park. This app helps you uncover the hidden Mickey’s tours helping you find the various Mickey Mouse heads placed around the park. The app is pricier than most Disney World iPhone apps however, its price has dropped from $3.99 to $1.99 and it will be interesting to see what happens to it as Walt Disney World launched its own comprehensive Disney App. It is one of the largest at 60MB. You can use this app without an internet connection which means you can use it without paying extra data fees or roaming fees when you travel. The Walt Disney World Notecast app has a very large and thorough menu with over 20 categories. These include dining information, important phone numbers, a glossary of attractions by park all meant to help you make the best choices about what to see, eat and do during your visit.
You will find this app in the Top Favorites for travel apps on iTunes. This is another comprehensive Disney app featuring maps, restaurant information and menus, ride and attraction wait times, park hours and much more. This Disney iPhone app combines many different app features which makes it a favorite, users rate this app very highly. I still don’t understand how people will pay $4.99 for this app when there are so many other options.
There are hundreds of places to eat at the parks and getting a spot in one of the 160 restaurants could be difficult. With Disney’s Dining Plans and number of park visitor restaurants are on demand and some require reservations months in advance. The Disney World Dining app is a great way to help you figure out where you want to eat with detailed descriptions, menus and pricing on each one. Once you pick your favorites you can add them to your favorites list to get to them quickly and easily when you want.
Another great feature of the Disney World Dining app is the GPS feature which shows you the food counters and restaurants in your location when you need a quick fix. Information on the Walt Disney World Reservations Hotline is also included, so pick your favorites sooner rather than later and make those reservations early!
There is much discussion about the accuracy of these Disney wait times application features. The issue is the data is only good if many people use the feature and provide up-to-the-minute data. The is app is free but you can buy a paid version for $1.99 if you would prefer it without ads. Because of the free version I feel this app will have more users and provide better data as a result. The app calculates the park capacity, time of day and the recorded wait times to provide a wait time result. However if there are no recent recordings of wait times then the accuracy of the data may not be what you expected. The app also has additional ride information like ride closures. I expect this app will become better with time as more people use it and raise the accuracy of the wait time query results.
Disney World Park Hours (Free or $0.99)
Disney World’s Park hours vary based on the time of year so it important to check ahead while you are planning the trip. All the hours for The Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and the water parks are included. In addition, the app provides showtimes for parades and fireworks shows. If you are staying at one of the resort hotels then you are eligible for Extra Magic Hours a feature for hotel guests that allows you to visit the park an hour before park open or 3 hours after close. This can mean reduced crowds. The app provides information as to which parks have Extra Magic Hours on which days which is valuable information for planning your Disney World Vacation.
That is our list of some of the top Disney World iPhone apps to download. If you are planning your family’s dream vacation at Walt Disney World you may want to check these apps out for some great tips and detailed information to make your trip at Disney the best vacation you could have every imagined.
Mediocre Disney Apps
This used to be a popular and best selling Walt Disney World iPhone app but recently has been getting horrendous reviews. The app contains full-size versions of every map of every Walt Disney World theme park. This is a big app that at times can appear to run a bit slow when you are looking at a very detailed map. The maps have everything you want to know about Disney Parks information on them include the attractions, rides, restaurants, bathrooms and location of character greetings. You can also click icons on the map for further details of any attractions or restaurants. The app although a bit slow sometimes has a lot of information, in addition to the maps there are also a lot more. Dining options, including restaurant menus, park hours and the all important wait time lists of how long you will have to wait in line at your favorite attractions.
I guess some might rate this app higher than mediocre but it’s an app that basically tells you how many days left until your Disney World Vacation. You can choose from a variety of backgrounds or use your own Disney pictures while the app simply counts down the days for you. If you like you can get push notifications as well to remind you how many days. Not the most exciting app but I guess for Disney enthusiasts this is worth the 99 cents.
Disney Apps that need Improvement
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Mini Guide ($0.99)
I am not sure why you would require a mini version of information when planning a trip to Disney World but this app is just that. It is not a full featured app like notecast so it falls short almost immediately. Your money would be better spent on the larger full featured apps. But if you want a very brief look at the parks, with short descriptions of the attractions and rides, and minimal details on food and dining then this app may just be what you are looking for.
Best of Disney ($2.99)
This app markets itself by asking “how do you fit Disney World into one week?” which suggests that it has some tips on what to do on your vacation or how to pack as much Disney in one trip. But the app is just another app with Disney World Park information. If you are going to spend $2.99 on an app I recommend spending a bit more and getting a full featured app with wait times, maps, GPS functionality and much more.