Awesome Disney Apps for Your Vacation by Guest Blogger Jess Signet!
A trip to one of the Disney theme parks is the trip of a lifetime, no matter what age you are. It’s a place of magic and fun, where the characters you’ve grown up watching in films and TV shows really come to life. And getting all ready for your trip has never been easier, what with smartphone apps to ease your way. If you search for “Disney” on your app store though, you’ll come up with hundreds of results. To save you the frustration of going through them all to find the ones that are useful, we’ve come up with a list of the Disney apps you need to have for your vacation:
These are Disney’s three official park apps (the first for Walt Disney World, the second for Disneyland in California and the third for Disneyland Paris). The apps can be instrumental in helping you make the most of your time in the parks. You can use them to make dining reservations, choose and modify FastPass+ Reservations, find your way around the parks, check current wait times, browse park restaurants and more. You can also use the Disney apps to locate your favorite characters. Young or old, no one wants to miss that perfect picture with their childhood favorite! It’s definitely one of the most useful Disney apps for your trip.
Another app created by Disney, this one will let you shop for official Disney products. If you’re looking for souvenirs from your trip, you’ll likely find that the ones in the park are pretty pricey, and how often are you really going to wear those Mickey Mouse ears outside of the park anyway? Whether you’re looking for Disney’s collectable trading pins, shirts, accessories or whatever else, you can likely find it cheaper using this app, and then you can ensure that you have exactly what you want and can bring it with you on your trip.
So you’ve parked your car, had a blast exploring Disney all day, and now it’s time to find your way back to the car. With a parking lot full of cars stretching off into the distance though, you might be feeling a little lost. Was it this row or the next row? Was your car really this far down, or have you passed it already? Enter this handy app. After you park your car in the morning, just click a button on the app to save your location; when it’s time to go back out to your car, use the map, and its handy navigation arrow to guide you back to your spot.
Personally, I don’t like driving a car when I go to Disney. Rental fees can get expensive, especially during peak season, and then you have to worry about finding a place to park and getting all the way back out to your car at the end of the day. Rather than deal with all that hassle, you can use this app to figure out how to get around using the monorails, buses and other transportation options available around the park. It’ll even tell you how long the trip will take, so you’ll know when you can meet up with people—or how long the kids have to nap!
There are a dozen reasons you should be using a VPN whenever you access the internet, not the least of which because it’ll keep your passwords and other personal information safe from hackers by encrypting your connection. You can find free public WiFi at many spots around the parks (hotels, restaurants, etc.) and may be able to find internet access in the parks (it’s available in Walt Disney World, but not in Disneyland yet), but it’s important to know that your normal internet connection isn’t secure. The VPN will keep your information tucked inside a secure tunnel so that only you and the server you’re accessing can see your information, and it can’t be intercepted in between.
The other benefit of a VPN is that it will allow you to hide your true location by providing the sites you access with a fake IP address. This means you can get around the geo-restrictions employed by many streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer. Why is this important for you trip to Disney? Well, many Disney classics are ready for viewing in the US Netflix streaming catalog—time to get rewatching as you plan for your trip!
Have you used any of these apps, or do you have any other apps that are your favorites for using at the Disney parks? We’d love to hear your comments!
Bio: Jess Signet is an avid traveler, travel writer and has been a Disney fan as long as she can remember. She hopes these great apps will enhance your magical Disney experience. You can follow her work on her website.