The Thrill Seeker application for iPhone and iPod Touch devices has been updated to version 2.0, providing users with location-based information on 20 theme parks around the world.
In addition to the features from the previous version, which included inforrmation on rides and attractions within each park, the new iteration of Thrill Seeker includes Google Maps integration. This allows users to find points of interest (such as attractions or restaurants), and to navigate to them using the device's built-in GPS capability.
The developers of the app, Theme Park Nerd Ltd, claim that it has been re-written "from the ground up" to enable the location features. Although the new version uses Google's freely-available satellite imagery, hand-drawn versions will be added to the application as part of a free update later this year.
Another new feature in version 2.0 is the addition over 1,500 photos, which can be downloaded on-demand from within the application and used as wallpapers on the user's device. The application will also connect to the Internet to download automatic updates, ensuring that park information remains current.
The updated Thrill Seeker is available from the Apple App Store, with a special introductory price of £1.79 in the UK. Standard pricing is expected to be $2.99 (US), £2.99 (UK), $50 (Mexico), $4.99 (Canada), €3,99 (Eurozone), 29Kr (Norway), 38Kr (Sweden), 30Kr (Denmark), 5.50Fr (Switzerland), $5.99 (Australia), $6.49 (New Zealand) or ¥600 (Japan). More information can be found at http://guides.themeparknerd.com/thrill-seeker/.
Thrill Seeker v2.0 is another entry in a growing list of smartphone applications designed to be used within theme parks. On top of the release of other third-party applications aimed at iPhone and Android devices (such as the Lines wait-time application for Disney's U.S. parks), theme parks themselves are beginning to grasp the opportunities that come from being able to target individual visitors' personal devices.
Disney has teamed up with Verizon Wireless to offer an exclusive, paid-for wait-time and information service to customers handsets. Known as Mobile Magic, the service launched in November last year and Disney is continuing to expand the list of supported devices. Meanwhile, rival Universal has also dabbled in mobile applications with the release of an iPhone/Android application last year to support the Halloween Horror Nights events at its Hollywood park.
Theme Park Tourist will bring you reviews of Thrill Seeker v2.0 and other theme park mobile applications in the coming months. If you've used the app, let us know what you think of it using the comments section below.