Category Archives: Review
Rating:Official Site: Hotels in Orlando
One of the large costs of traveling to Walt Disney World, is the cost of lodging. We’ve all searched the many discount travel sites to search for the right place to stay, that works within our budget. There are often a lot of variables to consider, and today’s app throws out an attempt to try to help.
Official Site: Disney
The official and “main” Disney app is advertised to be “everything you love and expect from Disney in one FREE custom application.” Be prepared that this is currently a 37.3MB download. While this sounds like a large download, it used to be quite a bit larger in a previous version.
Launching the app is fairly animated, with an obvious scroll wheel of menu options spinning before you. The main menu item is “News and What’s Hot” with today’s date listed. Selecting this option takes you to a list of “news” items.
Official Site: Disney
Long have I heard about the hilarity of the Phineas and Ferb tv show. During this holiday break, I finally had the opportunity to watch a few episodes. With a brief understanding of the spirit of the show and appreciation for their humor, I figured it would be an opportune time to review the Phineas and Ferb Arcade game for iPhone and iPad!
The app has a lot of fancy animation between screens and menus. The first screen is fairly standard, so we’ll head to the “Games”!
Rating:Official Site: Disney’s Where’s My Water?
I previously reviewed Disney’s Where’s My Water? for the iPhone, and gave it 5 stars. Needless to say, the game is essentially the same on the Kindle Fire. Due to the similarity, I would recommend reading the iPhone review for more details, and I’ll talk a little about the differences here.
You’ll notice it has the same screens that you may already be used to, here with the holiday theme due to the time of year.
Rating:Official Site: Laughing Place Apps
As a visitor to this site, it is assumed that you are a Disney fan and are likely attempt to visit the Disney Parks as often as possible. The WDW Resort Researcher app intends to help you satisfy your resort planning questions.
The app starts with a sparse interface, presenting a list of resort options at the Walt Disney World resorts. If you select one of the resorts, it will present you with an overall rating with a few teasers of user provided reviews. Near the top you’ll see two buttons, one for pictures and the other is the price calculator.
Rating:Official Site: Stitcher
Many people have come to associate their mobile devices as being audio devices. We download our music and podcasts to listen to while we are traveling and generally mobile. The Kindle Fire was designed as an e-reader first and tablet second. As such, the Kindle Fire doesn’t have an inherent ability to listen to podcasts. Stitcher has been available for the iOS devices for awhile, and now is available on the Kindle Fire to fill this podcast void. In general, the Stitcher app is designed to provide streaming access to radio stations and podcasts.
Official Site: Where’s My Water? Free
Several days ago, we had shared the announcement of Swampy having a “Where’s My Water?” Free edition released. It sounded as if it was a limited edition of our highly rated paid version of Where’s My Water?. With the holidays approaching, I hadn’t had time to investigate! Well, I finally found some time, and very pleased with my discovery.
Rating:Official Site: Minneware
The “Disney World Park Hours” app for the Kindle Fire is very simple in design and scope. The intent of the app, is simply providing the hours of operation for the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. To fill out the app a little more, they have included the water parks and events (eg. fireworks, shows) at the four main parks.
You start with a basic view showing the parks and the hours of operation for the day.
By selecting one of the parks, you are able to see the times of the different events happening at the park that day.
Want to look at the schedule for a specific day? No problem! Click on the “Select Date” button at the bottom and enter your date.
This is a very simple application, but the presentation is well done. A free version of the app is available, but the paid version is pretty inexpensive. I feel it might be a little much to have an entire app (especially paid) for information that can be found for free on the web, or included in other apps with more functionality.
Official Site: Laughing Place Apps
At its heart, this is a very simple transportation application for use when touring around Walt Disney World. The app intends to provide guidance on how to travel from point A to point B on Disney World property, using various transportation methods.
You start-off with a listing of places you might be starting from for your adventure. After selecting your current location, you are then asked for your destination.
You are now presented with a list of transportation methods, with estimated travel times via each. You can use the menu button to find additional options to get support or go back a step.
The About and Help buttons take you to these screens…
I’m unable to verify the time estimates of this app, but I do know that bus and monorail timing can be very unpredictable. I would guess these are more of a best case scenario and this should be taken into consideration if you are using this app. The app has no frills or graphics to wow the user. The app is focused on data and functionality. It seems as if there could be more effort taken to make this more visually appealing. The time estimates did not match with my personal experiences, so your mileage may vary. Considering the cost of the app, I expect a lot more from it.
Official Site: Tapulous
If you are visiting this site, you are likely a person who is quite aware of the soon to be released (Nov 23) film The Muppets! Disney has been using a variety of viral marketing methods to get people excited about its release. One of the additional marketing methods appears to be leveraging the “synergy” of their Tapulous acquisition to provide a new mobile game, Tap Tap Muppets!
Tap Tap Muppets is a typical Tap Tap game, with a logical Muppet theme. The Muppet branding/themeing starts as soon as you launch the game.