More theme park iPhone apps appear in app store

Posted Friday, June 26, 2009 12:22 PM | Contributed by Jeff

An iPhone app called Wait Watchers, which can help Disney and Universal theme park visitors cut their wait times, is being rolled out with a display that shows how long it will take to get on a ride. The app, which costs 99 cents on the online iTunes App Store, makes it easier for users to decide which attraction to ride next, creator Brent Pope said. Users can view and post wait times on a message board list of all the parks' attractions.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:47 PM
OhioStater's avatar

Resurrection complete.

I don't have an Iphone, I have a Nokia Lumia (and frankly I'm not sure if that matters in this case); what I'm curious about is if any of you know of any reliable apps for Disney World that shows ride wait times. I recall seeing this discussed from time to time, but this thread just popped in in using the search feature.

Any suggestions?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:55 PM
Jeff's avatar

I'm a Windows Phone guy as well, and I've haven't seen anything.

That said, the nerd in me wants to fire up the app on my iPad and sniff the traffic. I wouldn't be surprised if this data was sitting somewhere in an open Web service.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1:12 PM
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Same here. I searched for awhile but really came up with nothing. The closest thing I came across was from "touring plans" here. I have no idea how accurate it is, but I guess one could just keep a browser open. From what I've heard, people aren't too enamored with the "My Disney Experience" app with their Iphones/Pads/Androids.

EDIT: And nevermind. I just realized they want you to subscribe to see all the rides; they only offer a few select rides on that website.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1:18 PM
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Well, even if you have the information, I'm not sure that I would characterize it as always reliable. I'm fairly certain that much of the data exposed to the public is intended to shape and control crowds. Certain attractions have actual wait times that are exceptionally shorter. I would also characterize wait times as generally trend worthy during non-peak times. They don't change all of that much.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 3:56 PM
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That's a fair point. At the very least, digging into this has given some pretty good insight into those trends.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 4:02 PM

One thing I noticed about the Haunted Mansion is the red card they use to time the wait is exchanged at the doom buggies. So the foyer and stretching room are included in the wait time.


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