As a follow-up to my “Best Guidebooks for a Disney Vacation”, here are some recommended apps and websites for your trip.

Apps I plan to use:

  • My Disney Experience– the official Disney app- good for tracking reservations for restaurants and rides, maps, show times and photo packages.
  • Universal Studios official App
  • Undercover Tourist Orlando– touring plans for Disney, Universal, and Sea World, ride wait times, maps.
  • Find My iPhone find friends.  Built in to your iPhone, if you accept friend requests you can track their location and show your location to them- hopefully this will help my daughter find us when we split up.
  • Pokemon GoPlants Vs. Zombies HeroesTetris– for waiting in lines for my very wriggly son.
  • Overdrive digital library.  I can bring a bunch of ebooks and audiobooks on my iPad, checked out from the public library.  I also plan to use the digital magazines on Flipster.
  • Google Photos– automatically upload photos to storage. (note, after I got it all set up, hubby switched us to Amazon Prime photos, so now we are doubling our backups!)

Websites:

If you have an app or website that helped you on a previous trip, put it in the comments!

 

April 12, 2014

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When I looked for pictures I realized I had not been there since 2004!

Planning a Trip to Universal Orlando

Last year we had a Disney adventure.  This year we plan a Universal adventure.  Since my kids are 5 and 14, this is a little tricky.  Add into that my distaste for wet rides!  So to make it a pleasant trip I’m doing some research.

Universal will be making a Harry Potter expansion in “Summer 2014”.  When exactly?  I still haven’t found out, one blogger’s speculation was July.  It could be anywhere between the first week of June and the last week of August!  What they are doing is putting in Diagon Alley in Universal Studios, then adding a train that runs from that park to the other park (thus encouraging people to buy a 2-park ticket!).  Whenever this opens, the crowds will be ridiculous.

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Research resources for Universal Orlando trip:

When reading blogs on travel tips, be aware that some bloggers are paid or compensated to blog about destinations.  (I am not).

A Disney World Freak’s guide to Universal Orlando– WDW prep school. This woman was obviously not paid by the park.  Freaking hilarious. It looks like it was written June 2013, and is very thorough, with an itinerary, ride descriptions and more.

A lot of Disney World guidebooks have a chapter in the back of the book for “other parks.”

Visit Orlando– the official visitor center for Orlando.

Yahoo Travel– crowdsourcing at its finest.

Wikitravel– Orlando

Theme Park Insider– History of the park, crowdsourced ratings on the rides, and an ad for his book.

Fodors– a trusted publisher of guide books.

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Book: Universal Orlando 2014 by Kelly Monaghan.  I haven’t read this, but it seems the most up to date guidebook on the subject.

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