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Florida theme park apps I like

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Florida theme park apps I like

This weekend, my husband and I considered going to Tampa with our kids for a model train expo but decided not to. While we were there, I’m sure we also would have gone to the Florida Aquarium and Busch Gardens — two Tampa places our whole family loves. If we had gone, I definitely would have used the new official, free app Busch Gardens just came out with.

Busch Gardens free official app helps you explore the park

It has some really interesting features. The first thing I noticed was the real compass that shows you the way you are going, right on top of ways to explore Busch Gardens. You can easily tap to find specific wildlife species in the park, roller coasters or places to have a meal or snack. I haven’t been in the park to try it, but supposedly you can cap the “Take Me There” button to be shown the best route to get from wherever you are in the park to the next thing you want to see. I haven’t learned my way around Busch Gardens yet, so I love that! Wait times are listed for the rides and attractions, and there’s an in-app camera (if your device has a camera) and GPS (so you can find your car). You can also find other places you need, like a place to nurse your baby:

Easily find areas throughout the park, like a place to nurse your baby

Busch Gardens’ sister park, Sea World in Orlando, has a similar free app for exploring that park.

For Disney World, I have used the Walt Disney World Lines app. The app is free, but if you want to use it fully functioning, you have to pay for a year-long subscription ($10.99) at Touring Plans. If you know you’re going to be in Disney World several times through the year, or you want to make the most of your time while you’re at Disney World, WDW Lines has great features.

You get inside information on the best and worst days to visit all four Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom), based on the crowd levels. You can check out wait times and get various touring plans that will tell you attraction by attraction how to get the most out of your visit. This app has gotten great reviews at iTunes, and I think it’s worth the price.

I recently found out about Disney World Magic Guide ($4.99).

I haven’t tried out this app yet, but I like that Disney World maps, hours and wait times are all right there for you. There’s also a way to keep track of your dining reservations and find what’s near you wherever you are in a park. The next time my family heads to Disney, I’d love to check this app out.

Have you used other theme park apps? I’d love to hear about them!

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