It’s summertime and your Disneyland vacation is just around the corner — don’t forget to be prepared! It’s 2014; you don’t need to walk miles to find a bathroom, a good place to eat, or find out the wait time of your favorite ride.
Disneyland is huge, and you’re most likely going to be walking all day. Make your life a little bit easier with these free apps.
This app is going to be your main one-stop shop for all things Disneyland. The interface is a bit outdated, looking like an app from iOS 6, but its functionality is unmatched. You can get everything from general information, like when the parks open and close, to even more helpful tidbits like the times of shows and the expected crowdedness of both parks.
There’s also a forum-like section for discussing different aspects of your stay from the hotels to general vacation planning. You can actually find some really helpful users in here with great tips on how to save a few bucks and make the most out of your trip.
One of the handier features that I found was the ability to look up restaurants, their locations, their prices, and even their exact menus. Hunting for food in Disneyland can turn into a day-long adventure as you keep wandering from one location to the next, but this app makes it super easy.
There’s even a map feature that will display your location within the park as well as the things around, making it incredibly easy to find any attraction, restaurant, or even a bathroom. The app has so much useful information, you can even read about specific bathrooms to see how busy they generally are — and even how many stalls they have.
Since the app is free, ads do run along the bottom, but they’re small and unobtrusive. Really, this app is a must-have for any Disneyland trip.
Although Inside Out has a wait times feature, it’s horrendously bad because it relies on user-submitted wait times. This app, Disneyland Wait Times, gets much more accurate wait time information that is updated constantly.
It lists the wait times for every ride in both Disneyland and California adventure, and can even just show you things nearby if you want to hop on the quickest ride possible. I found its wait times to be the most reliable of any wait time app I tested during my few days at Disneyland. Definitely check out this app.
I’m not going to lie, Anaheim in the summer is a hot, hot place. If you’re visiting from Texas, Florida, Mexico, or another hot place, you might not think so. But for those who are used to cooler climates and are on their first vacation: beware, it’s hot here.
And that’s where the Yahoo Weather app comes in. Hundreds of weather apps exist for Android, but after Yahoo’s acquisition of Flickr a while back, they incorporated Flickr photos into their weather app to make it absolutely gorgeous. It has a transparent, iOS 7-like design that is very pleasing to the eye with large background images.
One advantage this app has over its iOS counterpart is the ability to have a large, resizable widget right on your homescreen. Set the location to Anaheim, and you won’t even have to open the app to learn about the weather before heading out.
Not only that, but it has all the in-depth information you’ll need for meticulously over-planning your day, from sunrise and sunset times to the UV index for the day. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen!
You’re going to be waiting in long lines. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but wait times for popular attractions in Disneyland in the summer can reach from an hour to nearly two hours.
You’ll need something to pass the time, because even with your family or your best friends, 2 hours is a long time to wait in line in 100 degree weather.
So download Charades, which we’ve previously reviewed more in-depth. It’s a hilariously fun game that can be played with multiple people and will pass the time super quickly. Essentially, you choose a category and place the phone on your forehead so that your friends can see what the phone is displaying, but you can’t.
The phone will display something from that category (The Amazing Spiderman in the Movies category, for instance) and your friends have to get you guess what the phone’s showing without saying it.
It’s a simple, modern take on the classic charades game, and it’ll really help pass the time. See, and you thought smartphones made us less social; in fact, your smartphone can enhance your real life.
How Do You Plan For Your Visit?
These apps are certain to make your Disneyland visit run a bit smoother, just remember to charge up your battery and keep it running or else you’ll be caught mid-day with a paperweight in your pocket.
Oh, and if you must photograph the daily fireworks display, at least learn to do it properly.
Any other apps you would recommend for a trip to Disneyland? Let us know in the comments!