Not long ago, TimeStream Software updated their iPhone and iPod Touch Walt Disney World Guide Notescast for the 2010 season. You may remember, though, that they also sell a WDW Notescast for the iPod classic and iPod nano as well. Recently, this version of the Notescast also got an update. The Notescast is available for download at Notescasts.com for only $1.99. It’s a great price, but how does it stack up? Click below to find out!
First of all, I reviewed this software on an iPod Classic 120 GB unit (I think this is the second generation of this iPod – I bought it in 2008). On the list of supported devices, this is one of the newer models. The WDW Notescast works on the iPod classic, iPod video (5th generation), and the iPod nano (photos won’t work on the 1st and 2nd generation nano).
Let’s start from the beginning. You can purchase the App from the Disney section of Notescasts.com (click here to jump straight to the site). You can use a couple different secure payment methods. I used PayPal, but Google Checkout is also available. After you complete payment, you’ll receive an email with a download link. Download the file, decompress it, and you’re ready to put it on your iPod!
Putting the Notescast on my iPod was pretty easy. You’ll have to enable your iPod for disk use. To do this, click “Enable disk use” on your iPod screen in iTunes. Notescasts.com has a guide for installing a Notescast that you can read here. Once your iPod is set to disk use, find your iPod in your file browser (Explorer for Windows users and Finder for Mac users). In the Notes folder, copy and paste or drag and drop the uncompressed Walt Disney World Notescast – 2010 folder. Eject the iPod from iTunes and your ready to go! You can find the guide by going to “Extras” and “Notes” on your iPod.
Pretty seamless so far. The first thing you’ll notice is that you’ll have two options when you start the Notescast. You can view photos or read the guide. The photos are a separate entity in the iPod Notescast. In the iPhone and iPod Touch Apps, the photos were incorporated into the notes, but the iPod simply doesn’t handle notes that way. It’s not a fault of the Notescast or how it was written or put together, it’s simply how it works. The fact that I’m turning my iPod into a tour guide kind of offsets this minor inconvenience. But you should be aware of this fact.
Let’s go into the guide first. You’ll notice you have a lot of options in here. This is truly a full-featured guide that fits in your pocket! You’ll find information on everything from attractions to important phone numbers. There are sections on what’s new and what’s coming, even a section devoted to finding some of those famous hidden Mickeys. There really is a ton of park (and resort) information here. It beats carrying around a full paperback.
One of the new features in the 2010 version is the dining section. I’m so happy to see this in the updated Notescast – it was one of the missing pieces before. In the dining section, you’ll find information about Disney’s Dining Plan, restaurants that participate in the Dining Plan, the Tables in Wonderland card, and information on special dietary needs. You’ll find some great information and tips on dining during your vacation, so I’m really happy to see this part added to the Notescast. It only makes it more complete. The restaurants at Walt Disney World are going to be a memorable part of your vacation, so you’ll appreciate having some knowledge of your options before you go. Even while you’re on vacation, you may find that having this information in your pocket is extremely handy.
On to the pictures. This little Notescast is bursting with pictures – there are over 250 of them (267 by my count). It’s a great number of pictures. On my iPod, they don’t look as crisp as they do on the promotional images. They look somewhat pixelated. I’m guessing this is because of the larger screen size on my iPod. I don’t have a nano here, or I’d compare and see how the images look on there. If I’ve done something wrong, I’ll once again update this review and let you all know!
I had one minor file transfer hiccup when I started reviewing the WDW Notescast, but that has since been fixed. I’ve downloaded it, installed it, and everything works perfectly. I really liked what I saw in this Notescast, and I love the fact that I can fit everything in my iPod.
Overall, this is a great addition to my iPod. I have my music collection and a lot of videos on this iPod, so I tend to take it with me almost everywhere I go. I’ll be happy to have the Walt Disney World Notescast on there from now on. If you have an iPod, this is easy to download, easy to install, and contains great information. For $1.99, you’re basically getting a smaller guide book that you can fit in your pocket. How great is that! To buy and download your WDW Notescast, click here.