Saturday, November 26, 2011

83. Mouse Memo App

Modern technology, in many cases, can be viewed as both a blessing and a curse. Many of us embrace the "latest and greatest" in electronic gadgets while others have no interest. This dichotomy is certainly apparent when speaking of the smartphone revolution. Although these powerful, handheld devices are supposed to make life easier, they can be complicated, especially for those who aren't tech savvy. It is unfortunate that many people shy away from taking the leap into this realm simply because they assume that it will be too difficult. The truth is that many of these smartphones, including the iPhone, are very user friendly. As I've written about many times in this blog, there are a bunch of great apps available that are designed to enhance your Walt Disney World vacation experience. The Mouse Memo app is no exception.

Mouse Memo is designed to be used on an iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. In a nutshell, it is a great little organizer that lets you store all of your vacation reservation information in one place. This info is stored under the headings of flights, ground transportation, hotels, dining, and entertainment. As you are booking your trip, you simply tap on the appropriate category and fill in the blanks. Whenever you need to recall anything related to your vacation, you will have it at your fingertips. The ability to quickly access this information can come in handy, especially when checking in at the airport or at a restaurant for a dining reservation. It sure beats having to carry around a binder with a bunch of printouts!

Each reservation category includes unique fields for you to fill out. For example, the dining section allows you to choose a restaurant, party size, deposit and whether or not you are using the "Dining Plan." Several of the categories have extensive databases to assist you in making your selections. The dining, entertainment, and hotel sections have complete lists of on-property offerings, including phone numbers and addresses in many cases. Another great dining feature is the ability to quickly pull up the basic information about each restaurant. As an added bonus, there is a link to the menus which are found over at This can actually help you make your decisions as to where to book your advanced dining reservations (ADRs).

When it comes to simplicity, it doesn't get any easier than the Mouse Memo app. Sure, you can jot down your reservation info in a notebook or even print it out from your computer. However, it is 2011 and there is no reason to be jotting or printing when you can use a smartphone instead. You can pick up an iPhone these days for as little as FREE, if you are willing to sign a two year agreement with your wireless carrier. If you are new to the smartphone revolution, take some time to learn what your device can do. I often chuckle when I see my dad carrying a handful of index cards in his breast pocket with to-do lists, appointments, and other notes, while he has something called a Blackberry clipped to his belt. However, most people of his generation don't want anything to do with smartphones, so he is definitely advanced in more than just age!

I highly recommend checking out the Mouse Memo app to help you on your next trip to Walt Disney World. It is available in the Apple App Store and only costs 99 cents. It will certainly help you keep your reservations organized and alleviate the need to carry around that old fashioned stuff we call "paper."

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