When I went to Orlando, one thing that surprised me was how easy it is to get online.
I remember going on holiday in Europe just a few years ago and always leaving my phone in the hotel safe. I had no idea how many places would have free WiFi! This made it so much easier to get useful information I needed to my phone.
All the Disneyworld theme parks, the Seaworld park, Universal Studios and loads of bars and restaurants have free WiFi that you can easily connect to .
Once I realised this, I started using my phone for more than just making friends and family jealous with holiday snaps on Facebook – I found loads of apps to make my trip go more smoothly!
Here are the top 5 iPhone apps I used in Florida that saved me time, stress and enabled me to plan my holiday more effectively:
1. My Disney World Experience
If you’re going to Disney World, the Disney World Experience is a must for organising and planning your days.
If you have never visited Disney World before, you’re bound to be astonished by the size of each of the parks. With people flooding the parks, you’ll be happy to have this app at your fingertips. You can find where to eat based on price range, find out which characters are doing a meet and greet and even find the nearest toilets or first aid point.
The most useful part of this application is that you can add your ticket details to the app to manage restaurant reservations, and pick your FastPass+ experiences for not only you, but your whole party.
We were able to easily book our FastPasses the day before going to each park using this app.
Get the App: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/my-disney-experience/mobile-apps/
2. InPark Assistant by Sebastian Wedeniwski
InPark Assistant is a series of applications designed for each theme park in Orlando. They all have the same layout, so you become familiar with the working of each app, whether you go to Seaworld, Universal or Disney World. This was perfect for us as we had booked the Ultimate Florida Ticket, with unlimited access to most of the popular parks.
Although the My Disney Experience app is fantastic, it can be a bit frustrating having to login and search for the information you want. InPark Assistant is an individual app for each park, which makes it easy to find wait times for attractions, look for shops and browse the maps in only a few taps of your touchscreen.
Get the App: https://www.inpark.info/en/apps.html
3. Orlando ParkIn
If youre renting a car in Orlando, parking can be an absolute nightmare. This easy-to-use app gives you information on parking garages, their price, opening hours, how many spaces are available as well as maps, photos and traffic views, making it easy to find the nearest or cheapest car park to you!
Get the App: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/orlando-parkin/id391522969?mt=8
4. V.A.T Calculator.
In the USA, the price you see on a product’s price tag is different than the price of the product at the checkout; this is because the price shown does not include tax. It can be confusing to work out, so this calculator makes it easier for you by adding or removing tax to the bill. There is also an option to edit any of the 4 default percentages so this app can also be used to calculate tips.
Get the App: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/v.a.t.-calculator/id384409341?mt=8
5. Spending Tracker.
Keeping track of your money can be difficult, especially if you are using a mixture of cash and a travel money card, or are not used to dealing in dollars. This app allows you to add the amount of dollars you have, then track what you spend. It deducts what youve spent from your balance so you can see exactly if youre able to afford that Minnie Mouse hat or not!
Get the App: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/spending-tracker/id548615579?mt=8