• Top 4 'must-have' theme park apps

    By: Shelley Caran/OntheGoinMCO.com

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    Each of the Theme Parks in Orlando have apps available for Apple and Android devices that are incredibly easy to use!

    Let's take a look at the official and free apps for Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa.

     

    My Disney Experience

    My Disney Experience is the official Walt Disney World app, and it is incredibly useful for making the most of you day in the resort.

    The My Disney Experience app is able to:

    • Quickly access real-time wait times, park hours, Character greetings, parade showtimes, and more.
    • Use the interactive, GPS-enabled map to explore Walt Disney World Resort and easily see the dining options, attractions and more nearest to you.
    • Purchase your theme park tickets.
    • Browse restaurant menus, make dining reservations, and modify existing ones.
    • Select and modify your party’s FastPass+ experiences.
    • Download and share your Disney PhotoPass photos and videos throughout your vacation once you’ve purchased Memory Maker, a product that gets you unlimited digital downloads of photos taken by our complimentary Disney PhotoPass photographers at select locations.
    • Search, sort and filter activities by height requirements, distance, wait times and more to find exactly what you’re looking for.
    • Keep reservations and activities organized in My Plans, located right on your iPhone home screen
    • Manage your Disney Resort reservations, tickets, MagicBands and cards
    • Share plans with others through Family & Friends.
    • Discover official content for Walt Disney World Resort, including our 4 theme parks (Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom park), 2 water parks (Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach), Disney Springs, select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

      Keep in mind the following things when you are setting up the app for use:
    • Some features in this app will require your full name, country, birthdate and email address, as well as access to your location data. To facilitate the sign-in process, the app will also require access to your email address, stored within Account Manager.
    • This app will request access to your camera to scan credit cards for purchases, link tickets and passes to your account, and scan and link PhotoPass cards. The app will request access to your external storage to cache certain data for offline browsing.
    • Optional planning tools may also ask you to provide details about your travel party. Some features in this app include the ability to make purchases and will require a Wi-Fi or mobile carrier data connection. Guests must be 18 years or older to make purchases.

     

    The Official Universal Orlando Resort App

    The Official Universal Orlando Resort App puts information about Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal CityWalk, Wet 'n Wild Orlando, and the on-site hotels in your hand!

    The Official Universal Orlando Resort App is able to:

    • Check ride, show and attraction wait times at home, on the go or in the parks.
    • Set up alerts for when your favorite attractions have a shorter wait.
    • Customize your park experience using filtered lists and the map to plan your day.
    • Set ride wait time and show time alerts to make the most of your time in the parks.
    • Stay up-to-date with in-park notifications and news about upcoming special events.
    • Create your own favorites list.
    • Find special offers for American Express card holders.
    • Guests with visual disabilities can access Voiceover support to better utilize the app and enhance their in-park experience.
    • Parking notifications and reminders.
    • Share your Universal Orlando Resort experience on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Explore the parks using detailed maps and photo navigation with the “Guide Me” feature.
    • Find park amenities like lockers, ATMs, and smoking permitted areas.

    Keep in mind the following things when you using the app:

    • Guide Me photo navigation features are only available when visiting the Universal Orlando Resort.
    • Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

     

    SeaWorld Discovery Guide

    The SeaWorld Discovery Guide app is the must have for planning and experiencing the park

    • Explore the SeaWorld Orlando park map in detail
    • See park open hours and show times at a glance as well as tips for planning your trip
    • Get app-exclusive offers & purchase app-exclusive products 
    • Conveniently purchase and access your park tickets/passes
    • Get daily in-park offers and deals
    • One tap to take trip photos and apply fun filters and frames before you tag and share them to your social networks or email
    • Connect to AnimalVision park cams
    • Even a car finder to make the end of your day easier
    • Use SeaWorld Quick Pay at most locations in the park to pay for items quickly.
    • Sign in to your SeaWorld account for extra features.

     

    Busch Gardens Discovery Guide

    Your Busch Gardens Discovery Guide app has great tools for planning your visit, experiencing the park, and playing a fun game while you are in the park.

    • See park open hours and show times at a glance as well as tips for planning your trip
    • Conveniently purchase and access your park tickets/passes
    • Get daily in-park offers and deals
    • One tap to take trip photos, then tag and share them to your social networks or email
    • Even a car finder to make the end of your day easier
    • Use Busch Gardens Quick Pay at most locations in the park to pay for items quickly.
    • Passport to Fun allows you to explore the park with your family to earn stamps and rewards.

    It is also useful to have Weather Apps on your device to keep track of storms and lightning as both can affect attraction operations in the parks. Check out the WFTV Channel 9 Weather app for Apple and Android devices.

    My biggest tip for using these apps in the park is to download them before you go to the parks, because while there is wifi in the theme parks it can be spotty at times.

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