Buses, Boats, and Monorails: Disney Transportation iPhone Application
Navigation the transportation system at Walt Disney World can be a skill in it's self to learn. With such a vast property it's not just getting from attraction to attraction that you need to be familiar with, but how to get from your hotel to the park, and then on to another park, hotel or even shopping. Buses, Boats and Monorails - WDW Transportation is a handy little application for iPhone that helps you get from point A to points B in the easiest way possible. The app is available from the iTunes store for a cost of $0.99 to download.
The easy to use interface asks you input some simple information. First, where is your current locatio n? Second, where is your destination? With scrolling screens it gives hundreds of options. One your selections have been made. You Simply hit "Show Directions".
When testing the application I asked for directions from a location in the Magic Kingdom, to Babycakes in Downtown Disney. The application came back with three viable options for me to choose from:
- Bus from Magic Kingdom to Downtown Disney
- Monorail from Magic Kingdom to Transportation and Ticket Center, then transfer to a bus to Downtown Disney.
- Ferry from Magic Kingdom to Transportation and Ticket Center, then transfer to a bus to Downtown Disney.
This application seems fairly straight forward and easy to use. It even provides location maps for the Disney Parks and Downtown Disney to help you visualize the route that you'll need to take.
The app falls short in that it doesn't include any of the Disney golf courses, ESPN Wide World of Sports, or Water Parks as location destinations. It's also worth noting, that according to the Downtown Disney Transportation page, one of the routes the app gave me (Direct Bus from MK to DTD) does not exist. There are some bugs that need to be worked out, but I believe that it could still be a useful tool, especially for guests that are unfamiliar with the Disney Property in general.
This application is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. It Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Do you think you would enjoy an application to help you navigate the resort transportation system? Would you recommend something like this to someone going to Walt Disney World for the first time? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!