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.
Here'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:
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!