As soon as Disney/Verizon finally released Mobile Magic for smart phones, I jumped on the *free* download! I remember originally reading that it was a charged program, but never noticed a charge, so I’m sticking with free! I already had downloaded Touring Plan’s WDW Lines application – a mobile version of the incredibly useful website, but I’m willing to have multiple apps for vacation planning and touring.
At first, I thought the two apps would server a similar purpose: to check wait times. WDW Lines is fantastic for checking wait times. Based on times submitted by users and statistical evidence,Lines offers their own wait times, even when different from those posted, they’re different for a mathematical reason. I love this app because not only does it have wait times, but now you can actually view touring plans from your smart phone. So, when I forgot my printed touring plans for my upcoming trip (which I will inevitably do), I can simply open them up again on my phone. If we change park plans, I can look up a different plan and still not worry – I can check the crowd calender (10 day forecast directly in app), see park hours, and even chat with other users! Lines is a free app, but requires a subscription to Touring Plans to use.
Mobile Magic is not at all what I had expected. In fact it is much more. Mobile Magic has guide maps for all of the parks, weather forecasts, where to meet characters, descriptions, fastpass availability, approximate wait times, and even height requirements for attractions. Another feature I love is the ability to make dining reservations through the app. You can search by location, time, etc… and they’ll help you find availability as well as make the reservation. With the help of GPS, the application will find which park you are in and work with you, or you can turn off that feature and explore on your own. This app also has several games to keep you entertained whether at home or on a Disney bus.
Overall, these are two fantastic apps, I would recommend both to everyone – Lines for those looking for a more specific, planned out trip, wait times, and park recommendations, and Mobile Magic for maps, dining, and fun. Which mobile apps do you use in planning and on your Disney trips?