Disney parks app & all other new to Disney...

Discussion in 'Disney World Tips' started by PrincessAbby'sMom, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. PrincessAbby'sMom

    PrincessAbby'sMom DIS Veteran

    Mar 22, 2006
    Just got an iPhone for Christmas & havent been to Disney since 2009... Whats changed? What arese apps I hear of? First visit with a pre-teen girl, so no more autograph books!!!

    What do I need to know & what to make sure we see!
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  3. Hootch

    Hootch DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2006
    are a number of apps now available. Disney has their own "My Disney Experience". It has maps, menus, wait times, fatpass return times etc. It is free and available for most smart phones. Touring Plans has an app that shows similar things including their projections for wait times for attractions. The full version comes with membership to their site. You can get a view of the information available on their site. (I downloaded a free version on an android tablet for our trip to Disneyland last summer and it showed me all rides for some reason) Undercover Tourist has their own app that has similar information. Some of the apps use historical information supplemented with users input. Disney's uses the official wait times.

    I am trying to remember what has been added in the last four years. The big item recently is an expansion of Fantasyland. Belle has her own castle now. There is a reenactment of the story of Beauty and the Beast that has gotten solid reviews by adults. There is also a new Be Our Guest restaurant. It is counter service at lunch and table service for dinner. ADRs are hard to get. Again reviews have been positive.

    There is a new Little Mermaid ride. It is supposed to be just like the one in Disneyland. It is a nice ride that tells Ariel's story. There was some use of technology that I found to be neat. I have read the queue has things to pass your time.

    Main Street Electrical Parade is now happening at the MK instead of Spectro Magic.

    Test Track has been reimagined the track is the same but the interior has been changed.

    Captain EO has returned to Epcot taking the place of Honey I shrunk the Audience.

    There are a couple of new restaurants in Epcot. Via Napoli is a pizza and pasts restaurant. La Hacienda de San Angel opened in place of the counter service in the Mexican pavilion. Like Be Our Guest, it is counter at lunch and table at dinner. Monsieur Paul's has replaced Bistro de Paris

    One that might interest you is the new Star Tours. They have revamped the queue. My daughter wanted to let people pass us because she was watching the droid scan passengers items. The storyline is also new. There are four parts and multiple versions of each - two opening scenes, three first stops, three transmissions and three last stops. Their are a total of 54 ride possibilities and it might take you 10-15 rides to see each scene. The good news is the lines on our last trip were generally short. I rode it six times in less than an hour with my son and daughter.

    I am sure I missed some things. The Fantasyland expansion is the biggest item recently and there is still some more to come.
  4. MichelleWDWfan

    MichelleWDWfan Mouseketeer

    Jan 25, 2013
    In Animal Kingdom, they made some slight changes to Kilimanjaro Safari.

    Tusker House added a Character lunch, in addition to the breakfast, since the breakfast is so popular.

    Be sure to see the Lion King Show.
    Imaginears are working on plans for a land themed after Avatar.
    Not sure if Lion King is being moved or taken out altogether?
    I'm sure they would not get rid of the Lion King Show.

    I don't know much about the app because I havent been able to DL it on my tmobile G1. I need a new phone. LOL

    Downtown Disney
    Fulton's is now on the Disney Dining plan as a signature (2 TS credits)
    Splitsville in Downtown Disney is new.
    30 Bowling lanes with other fun things to do too.

    Magic Kingdom has a new interactive game called Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom.
    It has collectible cards. You can sign up to play at the Town Square firehouse.
  5. Disneytwinsmom

    Disneytwinsmom DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2011
    Sometimes all you have to do is blink and there is something new!
  6. daizieduck

    daizieduck DIS Veteran

    Oct 13, 2009
    The My Disney Experience app is awesome! :thumbsup2 I was able to sneak in a long weekend at Disney two weekends ago and it was SO EASY to use the app to make and cancel dining reservations. Love it!
  7. PrincessAbby'sMom

    PrincessAbby'sMom DIS Veteran

    Mar 22, 2006
    Good to know... just downloaded that one & liked it thus far too! But haven't gone yet :)

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