Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Check it Out: Lines

One of the things I was most excited to try on our recent August trip was Lines.  Lines is a mobile wait time application that you can access on your iPhone, Android phone, BlackBerry, Palm Pre, WinMo phone, etc.  It's produced by Touring Plans, and it is likely one of your biggest assets on a trip to Walt Disney World, second only to the touring plans themselves.

To access Lines, you can download the app for free in Apple's App Store or Android's Market.  On other smartphones, you can access the app at m.touringplans.com.  Though the app itself is free, features are limited without a paid account to touringplans.com.  The subscription to the site is totally worth it, though, giving you access to the awesome crowd calendar and tons of touring plans, in addition to full Lines access.  And you get a 50% discount on the already inexpensive membership if you own a current version of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.  (I swear Touring Plans isn't paying me; I just seriously love all their products.)

Once you sign up and sign in, you can truly see all of Lines' awesomeness.  The two most important things being that you can see the estimated wait times for every ride in all four theme parks (including FastPass info), and you can see estimated future wait times.  In Animal Kingdom and wondering if Magic Kingdom will be crowded later?  Just pull out your phones and check Lines.  You can also submit wait times, get badges, and post them to Twitter.  It's like Foursquare for Walt Disney World!  Other functions of Lines include the next ten days of the crowd calendar right on your phone (though remember, you get the full 365 day calendar online with your Touring Plans subscription) and an awesome chat with other Lines users!

Lines is seriously an amazing app, and it seriously helped us in the parks!  We could check if the lines were long on the opposite side of a park or in another park completely to decide if it was worth it to head over or not.  Now Lines even has show times right in the app, so you don't even need a times guide!  With Lines in one hand and a touring plan in the other, you'd better bet you'll be touring efficiently and breezing through queues without waiting.

Have you used Lines?  What do you think of it?  What are your favorite features?  Let me know in a comment, on Twitter (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!

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2 comments:

  1. Allison (Disney_Alli)October 13, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    I'm jealous that you got to use Lines for your trip... I have the app and the paid subscription but coming from out of the country data costs made it beyond prohibitive to use it on my phone and without wifi anywhere I couldn't use it on my iPod either. Hoping I can check it out another time it sounds fun, great review!

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  2. Thanks! That sucks about your phone. The US and Canada should have the same data costs!

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