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3 Disneyland Tech Tools You Shouldn't Be Without
A family trip to Disneyland is always fun, but nothing brings the happiest place on Earth down a few notches like waiting in loooong lines. Whether you're an experienced Disney vet or a newbie, these digital tools will help you cut the wait time down to almost nothing.
If you're not sure which rides you want to go on, sit down with the kids and watch several YouTube videos that demonstrate each part of the rides. We like the previews posted by TheCoasterViews, but if you search YouTube for any ride's name plus Disneyland (or Disney World) and look for "full ride" or "complete experience," you should find lots of different versions of each ride. Unfortunately, Disney only posts highlights of certain rides, so you've got to do some digging for all the details.
This downloadable or web-based tool compiles wait-time data with a bunch of other information to help you optimize your Disney visit. It's not cheap ($14.95-16.95 for 90 days) -- and we had a few technical issues in the beginning -- but it was totally worth it (and they promise to refund your money if you're not satisfied). After you decide which rides you want to go on, you punch in the info, and out pops a minute-by-minute schedule for the day. You can even program break times and indicate where in the park you want to take your breaks. Admittedly, RideMax's schedule can make you feel a little rushed at times, but it reduces all the guesswork, so you're not stuck negotiating between a big group.
Since RideMax often leaves big chunks of time completely free of scheduled rides, you can use this time to explore different sections of the park. For this, we recommend the MouseWait app to find the rides with the shortest lines. My kids loved Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in the morning, so I kept checking the wait time in the afternoon until it dipped below 20 minutes before we got in line. MouseWait also let us know that the Indiana Jones ride was closed in the afternoon, so we didn't waste time running over to a different part of the park only to be disappointed. And MouseWait even calculates the time in food lines, so I knew to bail out of the line when the wait time became 12 minutes for a Dole Whip treat.
I confess that I was initially skeptical about being tied down to a schedule and concerned that I'd be constantly checking my device during our day. But using these digital tools allowed us to enjoy the experience so much more. I wouldn't do Disney without them.
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