The eggs made us true believers.

Back recently from 5 fun days at Disney World.  Yes, my kids made me ride the Tea Cups and of course we had a blast at Animal Kingdom, but what I really want to tell you about is a phone app called Lines. There are a billion Disney advice websites, blogs and now apps. This one is a companion to the popular Unofficial Guides to Disney and their website Touring Plans. These people are absolutely crazy – and I love them!

Part of the fun of planning a vacation is reading up about where you're going – especially when it's something huge like Disney. I'll check books, blogs, whatever. I read the Unofficial Guide for a few minutes a day for weeks (really) and checked out the crowd calendar on TouringPlans. But the big breakthrough came about a month before we left, when I discovered Lines on my iPhone.

DisneylinesHere's why it's brilliant: in addition to the plans and information, they have a chat feature. Ask a question, any question, about Disney World and you'll get an answer in minutes.  Staffers pop in and out but for the most part, it's just people who are very passionate and knowledgable about Disney.

You don't have to participate; just reading the chat is helpful.  Never would have known about Jedi Training Academy without Lines. Thanks to the info, and the provided sign-up plan, my 6-year old fought and defeated Darth Vader. (We're so proud).

I also got great advice about food, rides, fast passes and bug spray. We were the heroes of the Chip and Dale Campfire because we brought Off, thanks to Liners' advice. Even the Disney Cast Member (that's what they call staff) was happy to use some of ours! By the way, the campfire is a really fun, nightly event - and it's free.

After a few days, tired of our in-room granola bars, my husband started asking for a "real" breakfast. He had laughed at how often I was checking the phone, but now he wanted me to ask "my friends" where we could get a good omelet. My daughter also asked to see the fancy Grand Floridian and Polynesian hotels, so here's what I wrote:

Want to check out Grand Floridian on our way out tomorrow. Easy place for coffee? How about the Poly? Kids asking for a walk-thru.
9:41pm on 10/29/11 by NCmom
Get on the monorail & go over. You can walk through no problem. You can get coffee at garden view tea room.
9:47pm on 10/29/11 by Magic
Either would be nice. Grand has a lovely lobby. they do have a fast food type place and the cafe. Poly is nice and has a place for coffee upstairs right by Kona Cafe. If you stop at Poly, go out by the Volcano pool and look across the the Castle. wishing I was there.
9:55pm on 10/29/11 by jpaugels
Husband chimes in w/where can we get a good omelet without a reservation in WDW? (I told him Waffle House when we get home!)
9:57pm on 10/29/11 by NCmom
GF cafe has an omelet and other YUMMY breakfast items, like orange cranberry pancakes. It does not require a reservation
11:38pm on 10/29/11 by Kdenson
Thanks again. We are enjoying breakfast at the GF cafe right now!
8:39am on 10/30/11 by NCmom


They also provide ride wait times and will tell you how crowded each park is. I'm telling you though, the genius here is that these folks have created a vibrant, active community – and thankfully, they're very happy to help the rest of us.  Much appreciated, Liners!


This is our most desperate hour. Help us, Benny!