Will You Use the Wait Times Applications on Your Mobile Phone?

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Will You Use the Wait Times Applications on Your Mobile Phone?

Lots of folks (including the Unofficial Guide's Touring Plans) have come out with mobile phone apps that will give you instant updates on wait times throughout the parks. Will any of you use these, or will you visit the parks as you always have?

I'm wondering if I should upgrade my phone before my next trip so that I can get in on the buzz...

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I guess I am one of those wierd OLD people who only use their mobile phones to "make phone calls" just call me behind the times but that is the way I prefer to stay. wheelchair Oh well ! eek

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Vettelover wrote:
I guess I am one of those wierd OLD people who only use their mobile phones to "make phone calls" just call me behind the times but that is the way I prefer to stay. wheelchair Oh well ! eek

I only recently got around to adding texting to my repertoire!

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Hi,

Like Brad, I only recently got around to adding texting to my repertoire, and since I have but an ordinary color flip phone without a keyboard, I am slow and ponderous at that. I get excited when I get a call on my cell phone, as my favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd song ("Simple Man") is my ringtone.

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LeCellierBuff1963 wrote:
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Like Brad, I only recently got around to adding texting to my repertoire, and since I have but an ordinary color flip phone without a keyboard, I am slow and ponderous at that. I get excited when I get a call on my cell phone, as my favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd song ("Simple Man") is my ringtone.

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Same here, just got into the texting phase in June. But we'll still do Disney the old fashion way and just walk around the parks like usual.

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Do you guys all have fancy iPhones and stuff? I feel like if I bought one I'd still use it for making calls and texting and that would be it.

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We like to choose to go to WDW when we don't have to worry about wait times! Wink I also like to go phone-free at the parks. Makes me feel "free."

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Hi,

I carry my cell phone (in my pants pocket) all the time. In WDW, I use it to hook up with friends.

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dsoup wrote:
Do you guys all have fancy iPhones and stuff? I feel like if I bought one I'd still use it for making calls and texting and that would be it.

I didn't get the interent on my phone. I dont want to be bothered with emails and such on my phone and would rather just use a computer when I want on the internet. Call me or text me, thats it! I do use the camera on it sometimes.

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I must admit, I love having the internet on my phone. It's an ooooold phone, so it takes forever to log in, but it's really handy to get addresses, business hours, and phone numbers for restaurants to call for reservations last minute.

I'm not sure if my ancient phone will get the wait times applications, but if I do upgrade, I'll probably use them on busy days.

I hope they invent a "which restaurants have tables open" app soon.

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I wonder how accurate these are? At some point though it would be really nice to just glance at my phone and know the wait times of something across the park.

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dsoup wrote:
I wonder how accurate these are? At some point though it would be really nice to just glance at my phone and know the wait times of something across the park.

I used a wait time app during my D23 trip to DL in Sept. I loved it. I found for the most part they were accurate. I also have WDW wait time apps. I just like looking at them randomly to see what the wait times are at any given moment. Just makes me happy to look at them and think of what I would be doing if I were there.

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dsoup wrote:
I wonder how accurate these are? At some point though it would be really nice to just glance at my phone and know the wait times of something across the park.

I used a wait time app during my D23 trip to DL in Sept. I loved it. I found for the most part they were accurate. I also have WDW wait time apps. I just like looking at them randomly to see what the wait times are at any given moment. Just makes me happy to look at them and think of what I would be doing if I were there.

That would make me really happy to glance at my phone and gauge wait times in WDW while I'm sitting at work mickey I'm not kidding either! I'd feel like I was just a little bit "there."

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Bumping up this zombie thread..has anyone used this in the parks??

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Bella wrote:
Bumping up this zombie thread..has anyone used this in the parks??

We've tried some of them once. They were okay, but they're not quite reliable enough to be super-useful. It's hard to take action on them when you have a little doubt. For example, if the thing is saying another park is dead, it's hard to be sure if that's accurate enough to be worth changing parks.

We did find that the TouringPlans one, which also had a chat feature was useful for the chat. If people were saying "AK is dead" we'd consider going over there.

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My name is Shawn and I am addicted to iPhone apps
I have about 10 or so Disney apps testing them all now to check them out and see what I like best before we go.

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I just got a Blackberry for my job. I never ever ever wanted one but then they gave one to me and INSTANT ADDICT!.

I am tempted to add a few Disney apps just to have them; but I think overall I would just do what I usually do and wander around and ride what's available. By the time my fat arthritic fingers type in what I want, and I enlarge it, I still need to find my reading glasses to see.....and by then I could have eaten 3 Mickey Ice Cream bars. mickey

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Have you seen the what to ride app?
You say what park you are in and shake the phone and the dials whirl around and randomly picks you a ride

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JustCar wrote:
Have you seen the what to ride app?
You say what park you are in and shake the phone and the dials whirl around and randomly picks you a ride

Does it pick one from nearby or does it just go completely at random?

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JeffC wrote:
I just got a Blackberry for my job. I never ever ever wanted one but then they gave one to me and INSTANT ADDICT!.

I am tempted to add a few Disney apps just to have them; but I think overall I would just do what I usually do and wander around and ride what's available. By the time my fat arthritic fingers type in what I want, and I enlarge it, I still need to find my reading glasses to see.....and by then I could have eaten 3 Mickey Ice Cream bars. mickey

I clearly am not aging as gracefully as I planned.....


Ha Ha , ROFLMAO, Jeff none us actually age gracefully, dont worry. wheelchair .

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You can do either or, you can pick a park or everything at random,
JeffC which apps do you use on the blackberry, my sister is headed down in December and they both use blackberry's

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JustCar wrote:
Have you seen the what to ride app?
You say what park you are in and shake the phone and the dials whirl around and randomly picks you a ride

Sounds like what UrbanSpoon does for food -- I love that app! I'll have to check that out.

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I've just returned for WDW and use Lines on and off... While the data/info was great the application itself wasn't all that great to use... after all its basically a web browser for m.touringplans.com I really wished they used a native UI to quickly move around... especially since anytime you change view you need to connect to the server and update the data points. I would also LOVE if it used a local DB store to store ride time data you can record while the networks are strained.

That said I will renew my subscription for my next visit.

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That's great feedback. Does it actually use the browser? Or is it just a thin layer over the same data?

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Best that I can tell, its basically a "dumb app" that presents a web view. On the iPhone it uses UIWebView hard coded to a specific URL. Think of it as a web browser for just m.touringplans.com

Its functional way to roll out updates across the various platform with out updating the app...

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laugh This thread makes me feel technologically stupid...I don't have any kind of Smart Phone. In fact my phone sometimes calls people randomly and other times won't open..so it's technically a stupid phone. It's time for an upgrade.

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I'm glad we can be an enabler Smile

I don't make many calls so my phone has to do something else to be of use for me... Smile

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mitchejj wrote:
I'm glad we can be an enabler Smile

I don't make many calls so my phone has to do something else to be of use for me... Smile

I have to be available via phone quite a bit, so it's nice that the thing I have to carry around with me can serve more purposes. It's amazing to think how recently I didn't have a smartphone. Now it's indispensable.

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We got iPhones as a stop smoking reward and it worked out even better than I could have imagined, every time I wanted to smoke I start flipping through apps and to be honest mainly Disney and universal ones. I think everyone should have a smart phone. Oh and JeffC the iPhones enlarge when you punch the screen super fast. biggrin sarcastic

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We have a couple that have the maps with GPS on them, so I open the map on the phone and think about what is where, but then when the GPS tells me I am not there it makes me a bit sad
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Just got a Droid 2 for dirt cheap and it is already a game-changer. I loved my BB, but this is just a whole new world. I use a wait times app when I'm far far away from the world. Can't wait to use them for real.