Saturday, February 19, 2011

The iPhone App

I wanted to give a quick plug to one of my favorite apps to use at the Park. It's called MouseWait and it's one of the most useful apps I've ever come across. Well, for me personally anyway.

I was searching the App Store one day trying to find one that would give me up to the minute attraction wait times at Disneyland. I found MouseWait and downloaded it to try (it's free!!), and I've been in love ever since! There are a ton of people who are in the Parks every day, updating the wait times as they walk around all day. I'd say it's probably the most accurate one you'll find. It comes in very handy for helping to plan while you're there.

There are several other features within the app, including the MouseWait Lounge - a whole forum of really awesome people who post lots of useful tips and information, and also post real-time photos from their adventures in the Parks. 

If you download the app, also be sure to check out the "iResource" favorite part is the iPhone Charging Station List (for anything you need to plug in, not just your iPhone). There's also a section for Passholders that shows blackout dates, discounts, etc.

I believe the app is also available for Android, but I'm not sure about any other phones.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Lilly Belle

There is a special train car that is part of the Disneyland Railroad that you may not know about. The car is named “Lilly Belle,” after Walt Disney’s wife Lilly. At one time it was used to carry special VIPs and dignitaries who visited the Park, but these days it can be ridden by anyone. All you have to do is ask.

I have wanted to ride it ever since I learned it existed, and last weekend I finally asked. It’s simple – go to the Main Street Railroad Station and ask one of the conductors if there is room to ride it that day. It’s not always running – they don’t bring it out when it’s raining – but most days it is possible. The earlier you ask in the day, the better chance you have to get on it.

A Cast Member will lead the group on to the car, and you ride it once around the whole park, ending back at the Main Street Station. The CM will share interesting stories and facts about the Lilly Belle and the Park itself.

If you decide to ride, be sure to ask for the special train ticket, and to sign the guest book inside. I’m looking forward to doing this again!