The Top 9 iPhone Apps for Walt Disney World

Improve your trip with these Disney apps

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

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Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Of course, you'll have your iPhone with you and the App Store has you covered with information on everything from maps to schedules to wait times to restaurants and more. Of the many Walt Disney World apps for iPhone, these are some of the most useful for visitors to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We also cover the best iPhone apps for Disneyland in a separate review. 

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Disney World Maps & Wait Times

Disney Maps and Wait Times app
Undercover Tourist
What We Like
  • Location-aware event alerts.

  • Park plan recommendations.

  • Find the best times to visit rides.

  • Find the least crowded days to visit.

What We Don't Like
  • Inaccurate wait times.

  • Can't buy tickets with the app.

  • No extended calendar information.

  • Infrequent updates and frequent glitches.

Travel site Undercover Tourist offers this app that helps you get the most from your visit to Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld. Disney World Maps & Wait Times (Free) features interactive maps, uses your phone's GPS to let you know what attractions are nearby and what their wait times are, a calendar that lists average crowds so you can figure out the best days to visit, height restrictions for rides, and much more. 

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Hidden Mickeys

Hidden Mickeys app

Campbell / Gambill Designs LLC

What We Like
  • Works like a point system game.

  • Includes Disney hotels and other locations.

What We Don't Like
  • App isn't free.

  • Often outdated.

  • Unclear instructions.

Make your Disney World trip even more fun by searching for all of the images of Mickey Mouse hidden throughout the park. The Hidden Mickeys app (US$7.99, plus in-app purchases) can help. It uses your phone's location features to let you know where the closest hidden Mickeys are. The app can help you track how many of the over 1,200 hidden images you've seen. The price is a bit hefty, though, when you factor in in-app purchases and that the app hasn't been updated since March 2017 (as of this writing).

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Magic Guide to Disney World

Magic Guide to Disney World
VersaEdge Software
What We Like
  • Packed with features.

  • Location and food search tool.

  • User-gathered wait times.

  • Useful maps.

What We Don't Like
  • Ad-supported.

  • Some features require payment.

  • Usually inaccurate wait times.

Magic Guide to Disney World (Free, with in-app purchases) is a comprehensive app that has practically everything you'll need for your next trip to Walt Disney World. This information-packed app includes opening times, GPS-enabled maps, menus for over 300 restaurants, ride descriptions, and more. The in-app purchases unlock features like a restroom finder, premium pass wait times, and more.

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Mouse Memo

Mouse Memo app
C.Y.borg's Neural Net, LLC
What We Like
  • Helps you stay organized.

  • Today Widget integration.

  • Simple and easy-to-follow design.

What We Don't Like
  • Isn't free.

  • Must enter information manually.

Mouse Memo ($1.99) is a handy iPhone app that organizes all of the travel information you’ll need during your trip to Walt Disney World. Enter and track your hotel confirmation numbers, dining reservations, rental cars, tee times, flights, and more. It also packs in restaurant menus, Disney Springs info, and even sports an Apple Watch app. If you’re a chronically disorganized traveler, this Disney World app can help keep your vital information organized.

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My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience app
What We Like
  • Purchase theme park tickets.

  • Share plans with others.

  • Updates frequently.

  • High-resolution maps with overlays.

What We Don't Like
  • Large download size.

  • Frequent login issues.

  • App crashes and denies access.

This official app from Disney (Free, with in-app purchases) provides all the things you'd expect from an app like this: ride wait times, parade showtimes, character greetings, maps, restaurant menus, height requirements, and more. Plus, because this is an official app, you can make purchases in it, including buying tickets to the park and merchandise, and use it to manage your Disney account, integrate with your Magic Bands, and much more.

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WDW Countdown

WDW Countdown app
PLR Concepts, LLC
What We Like
  • Great for kids.

  • Useful pre-trip features.

What We Don't Like
  • Not a free app.

  • Extremely infrequent updates.

  • Features often don't work.

For those who can't wait until their next Disney World trip, the WDW Countdown app ($0.99) will help build the anticipation. The app includes a countdown timer with a variety of different picture backgrounds — you can even upload your own Disney pictures. Use the app to create a packing list so you don't forget anything, customize your countdown timer, and even create multiple timers if you go to Disney often enough. Push notifications and an app badge will keep you updated on how long you have to wait until the big day. 

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WDW Radio

WDW Radio app
Lou Mongello
What We Like
  • Easy to use.

  • Informative podcast.

  • Straightforward app design.

What We Don't Like
  • Long time since last update.

  • Many features make you leave the app.

WDW Radio (Free) provides access to Lou Mongello's popular Disney World podcast. The podcast is excellent and covers everything from travel tips, hotel reviews, interviews, dining options, and more. There is other content available as well, including forums, Mongello's blog, and an online store. You can also watch his pre-recorded and live videos using the app.

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Disney World Wait Times Free

There are a number of Disney World wait-time apps, but most are only as good as the people who use them since they rely on user-generated content. A free app is usually your best bet in this category, as more people are likely to download and use it. Since it’s free, the Disney World Wait Times app (Free, VersaEdge Software) contains ads; you can upgrade to a paid version if that bothers you.

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Disney World Dining

Trying to decide where to eat at Disney World? The popular Disney World Dining app includes full menus for all 160 restaurants, making it easy to determine which restaurants to visit and which to skip. The Disney World Dining iPhone app will also locate the restaurants closest to your location, in addition to one-touch dialing for the Disney dining reservations number.