Undercover Tourist launches Walt Disney World iPhone application (updated)By Nick Sim, Wednesday, March 24, 2010 17:34
Ticket reseller Undercover Tourist has launched a new iPhone application featuring park maps, ride information and current attraction wait times for Walt Disney World parks.
The application covers the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom parks, and is available for purchase through Apple's App Store at a special introductory price of $1.99 (a 50% discount). Undercover Tourist hopes to encourage ticket purchases through the launch of the iPhone app, which enables users to buy tickets directly from within the application.
Although there are now a number of third-party iPhone applications offering in-park navigation and information for Walt Disney World parks, few include accurate wait time information. The majority "crowdsource" data from users, or use predictive algorithms based on historic data. Undercover Tourist's wait times are derived from historical data and estimates of how busy a park will be on a given day. Information is also gathered from users to supplement these estimates.
In addition to attraction wait times and information, the Undercover Tourist application also includes a "traffic light" system which predicts which park will have the lowest crowds on any given day. It also uses the iPhone's GPS capabilities to enable fellow users to locate each other ("Find a Friend"), or to mark the location of their car in a parking lot.
Although live information such as wait times is only accessible from iPhone devices via a mobile network, the application is also compatible with iPod Touch devices. On these, it can be used offline and retains its park map and ride information functionality.
Disney's official mobile wait-time application - Mobile Magic - is currently only available to Verizon Wireless subscribers. Costing $9.99 for 6 months service, it is available for a range of devices but not yet for popular smartphones such as the Motorola Droid.
Have you used the Undercover Tourist iPhone application in a Walt Disney World park? How accurate and useful did you find it to be? Let us know using the comments section below.