If you’re not on Verizon Wireless or don’t have one of the phones on which Mobile Magic is available, you may be feeling a little left out. Perhaps you were excited about trying out the app during your next visit. Even if you can’t get Mobile Magic, there are some very good alternatives out there. Click below to read more!
UPDATE: Well, that wasn’t long at all! TouringPlans.com announced support for Android and Palm’s WebOS. This means that Lines is now available on any Android phone and the Palm Pre/Pixi. Now, if you’re on Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile and have a phone that features any of these operating systems you’ll have access to this mobile site!
If the reason you’re not with Verizon is that you fell in love with the iPhone, perhaps your best alternative is Lines. This mobile site, developed by the same great people that brought you the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and TouringPlans.com, is available for free for a limited time (you’ll need a subscription to TouringPlans.com).
Lines is different from other wait times apps for the iPhone. While you can submit your own information, the mobile site doesn’t rely on user input. I think this is good for a couple reasons: (a) this makes Lines usable right away, and (b) you don’t have to worry about someone trying to mess around and submit absurd waiting times. I’m not saying this is a problem with other apps (and I doubt it happens all that often, anyway), but I think this makes Lines even more reliable.
The only drawback to Lines is that it’s only available on the iPhone right now. They’re working on other platforms, so this problem will be short-lived. If you have an iPhone, you may be aware that other wait time apps are available from the App Store. I would say, though, that given the reliable information you get from TouringPlans.com Lines is probably among your best choices. If you want to check out Lines, visit m.touringplans.com.
But if you need something now and Mobile Magic or Lines won’t help you, you have another good option from Disney. When Mobile Magic launched, Disney also launched a mobile web site for users that can’t get Mobile Magic.
The nice thing about the mobile sites is that you have access to information from the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort (whereas Lines focuses primarily on Walt Disney World). You also have a decent amount of information about the attractions, such as location, wait time, height requirements, and FASTPASS availability.
The down side is that the wait times and FASTPASS availability are vague at best. These are divided into three categories. For example, the wait times will tell you to see the attraction now, wait times are moderate, or the attraction is busy. FASTPASS will tell you that FASTPASSES are available, going fast, or unavailable. Don’t expect specific wait times or return times for FASTPASSES.
The mobile site is still a nice alternative. It does offer information on dining, shopping, weather, and lodging. While the information may not be specific it is official, which counts for something in my mind. To get to the mobile sites, visit m.disneyland.com or m.disneyworld.com.
I’ll still be reviewing Mobile Magic when it’s available on my phone. For now, though, I think these are both great options. If you’re visiting WDW, definitely try Lines first. If that’s not an option, I think you’ll be satisfied with Disney’s mobile sites. If you’ve used any of these apps (including Mobile Magic), please let me know by leaving a comment below! You can also find links to other ways to contact me in the sidebar on the right-hand side of this page.