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Walt Disney World Resort might be home to the Most Magical Place on Earth®, but with 30,000 acres and millions of visitors every year, it's awfully easy to have a bad day there. To that end, Disney has released its very own guide app, covering all four theme parks and the various satellite tourist areas around Disney World. The most useful feature is probably the detailed maps, complete with annotations for rides, shops, restaurants, et cetera, and GPS tracking to help you find your way around. (Incidentally, they'll also point you to the nearest restrooms.) You can even make a reservation at one of the restaurants without leaving the app.

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Among many other features are guides to recurring shows, approximate times for Disney character appearances (because even Goofy has stalkers), and a wish list for keeping track of your destinations. But one feature will stand out for anyone whose taken an Orlando vacation during the summer: wait times. The app ties in to the popular FastPass system to approximate how long it'll take to get through the lines at the most popular attractions. Space Mountain overcrowded? Save it for later and take another spin around the Haunted Mansion.

Verizon customers are the only ones who can access the video clips embedded in the app, though that hardly seems a compelling addition - you're already at the park, after all. For the moment, Disney World in Orlando is the only park that's supported with an official app. It's a free download from the Google Play Store for any device running Android 2.1 or later.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Marc

    They should do a major update for the Disneyland Paris app...

  • kidescobar

    I JUST left Disney World last night after five days. I would have loved this app!

  • Phil

    Great timing I have a trip over there coming up. The app looks great from here but the true test will be when I'm actually there.

  • Taedirk

    I, er, "acquired" the old version that was carrier-locked (Verizon maybe?) and used it while there in January. Being able to look up wait times is insanely useful. Nice to see that they're finally making a more publicly accessible version.

  • Pedant

    The title of this article says it covers Magic Kingdom, but the body of the article says it covers all 4 theme parks. Which is it?
    Incidentally, Disneyland (in California) is "The Happiest Place on Earth". Walt Disney World (in Florida) is "The Most Magical Place on Earth".

    • http://twitter.com/lauggh grace lau

      The app covers Disney World, which is 4 theme parks and 2 water parks, plus all the Resorts property.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We had it fixed up, thanks for pointing this out. I now know more about Disney parks than I ever wanted to know.

  • JG

    "Verizon customers are the only ones who can access the video clips embedded in the app [...]" Cue a dev offering a patched copy for non-Verizon users in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

    They should update the app to include the other Disney properties, Disney Land in California and their parks in Paris (any others? Japan? Moscow?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/claudia.solano.501 Claudia Solano

    I want to download this application in my samsung galaxy note gt-n7000, android 2.3.6 and it says is not compatible. Can anybody please help me? I'd appreciateeee!

  • Dude12

    This is really cool. The maps will look amazing!

  • kokomo

    I just spent and hour on hold with Disney because I couldnt download the app to my sansung galaxy note from the google play store link after i logged into my account. Disney has not released a tablet version for android and the girl I spoke did not have an ETA on when it will be released so i would not plan to use one at the park anytime soon. Disappointing and pretty ridiculous at the same time.

  • Nikkiv

    Love this app...... Wish it was compatible on android tablets :(