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Apps for Life: My Disney Experience

May 16, 2013

disneyNormally for spring break, we take the kids on a low-key beach vacation. But this year, my husband decided to add in a little excursion to Disney World in the middle of our quiet, relaxing, beach vacation. I think it all started when my five-year-old daughter said during a Disney commercial (with a twinkle in her eye), “I wish I could be there again with all that MAGIC!”

It’s not that I’m not a Disney fan…it just seems you get very little accomplished in a 24-hour day.

Could this time be different? Our plan was to make the most of our two full days visiting four parks in the middle of spring break season. Yes, it was a challenge…and one for us to conquer. We had to have a good plan of attack.

On the first day, as I was standing in line (75 minutes, no shade) with my daughter waiting to have Merida from “Brave” sign her princess autograph book, I struck up a conversation with a crazed Disney fan. Aside from her telling me how many times she’s been to Disney and how she was going to spend her 30th birthday at Disney again three weeks later, she raved about the My Disney Experience app. So, I downloaded it.

I must say this app is something every family needs to take full advantage of what Disney offers. It is interactive and FULL of useful information. These are the best features as I see them:

  • View wait times on rides at all the parks
  • View FASTPASS return times
  • Know when and where attractions are happening/show times for fireworks and parades
  • Find character greeting times and locations
  • Park hours / “Magic Hours”
  • Make dining reservations, review menus
  • Create your daily plan and share your schedule with others
  • View maps of all the parks (GPS enabled map)

So, for those of you making the BIG plan for a Disney vacation this summer, download this app now. Get familiar with it, and have a MAGICAL DAY!

Raina Chezem, Midwest Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Raina Chezem, Midwest Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

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