Saturday, August 13, 2011

59. WDW Countdown App

There are many great Walt Disney World apps available that have extensive information that can help in planning your vacation. There are also some apps that have large databases filled with great trivia. There are still others that are made to help us enjoy the parks by giving us estimated wait times and show schedules. However, sometimes I come across apps that are very simple but are still a lot of fun. The WDW Countdown App for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad falls into this category.

The WDW Countdown App is exactly what the title implies. It basically lets you know how many months, weeks, and days are left to your next Walt Disney World vacation. It is very easy to use and you can set it up in just a few minutes. All you have to do is go to the settings screen and put in the starting date for your next vacation. It is pretty customizable and allows you to choose a background picture with a frame. There are ten frames (or "containers" as the the app calls them) to pick from. I immediately chose the Haunted Mansion for mine. There is a good size selection of stock photos to use as the background, including attractions, resorts, and holiday themes. You can also choose to upload your own photo or let the app pick random photos from its database. The final customization setting that can be selected is the format for displaying how much time is left until your trip. You can choose between "full" which shows months, weeks, and days remaining or you can select "days only."

One of the best things about WDW Countdown is that you don't even have to open the app to use it. It is one of the few iTunes apps that I have found where Apple allowed a developer to utilize an "icon badge." What this means is that there is a little red bubble attached to the icon that displays the number of days till your next Disney World vacation. This is a great way to get excited about your trip approaching on a daily basis! I know my son often asks how long it will be till we get to ride the Haunted Mansion again.  Now he can see the number of days just by grabbing dad's iPhone. If that weren't enough, you can set the app to send you an alert to remind you of this information each and every day. This definitely gives you something to look forward to when you see that your next trip to the vacation kingdom is just around the corner.
The final feature of the WDW Countdown App is the "share" button. It allows you to post your vacation countdown to Twitter or Facebook. It also enables you to quickly send the info in an email. However, unless you really want to gloat about the privilege of going to Disney World, I'd only send emails to those who are traveling with you! As you will see from the iTunes ratings, PLR Concepts hit a home run with this simple but effective little app. I highly recommend WDW Countdown, and at only 99 cents it is surely a steal!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!

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