“Now an iPhone can do more than just help you kill time while waiting in theme-park lines: it can help you avoid them altogether,” Bridget Carey reports for The Miami Herald. “Jacksonville father of four Brent Pope, 44, released a series of applications called Wait Watchers, which shows wait times for Disney and Universal theme-park attractions — and costs 99 cents per theme park.”
“First came the app for Disney’s Magic Kingdom, released two weeks ago. This week, he released versions for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, as well as Universal’s Islands of Adventure. He also has created an app for Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and Universal Studios Hollywood,” Carey reports. “One for Universal Studios Orlando is on its way.”
Carey reports, “The applications depend on parkgoers to keep the information up to date. Using Global Positioning System technology, the application allows users to submit a wait-time update only if they are in the theme park.”
“Think you can shoo away crowds by greatly exaggerating a ride’s wait time? Think it would be funny to say the hardly ever crowded Carousel of Progress has a 110-minute wait? Pope’s prepared for that and will block an iPhone ID if a user gets flagged multiple times for sending totally wrong times,” Carey reports. “Pope said his app will be useful if at least 12 people in each park contribute data to it throughout the day. His next update will include a countdown for showtimes.”
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More info and download links for the Wait Watchers apps ($0.99 each) via Apple’s iTunes App Store here.