No one likes to wait in lines, but it’s almost unavoidable at Disney World. Fortunately, there are ways you can cut down on wait times, the most obvious of which is to use a touring plan. But this past fall, Disney fans saw the introduction of several new wait time applications and mobile websites which promise to further limit your wait times and change how you tour the parks. One of these sites is Lines, which I used on my trip in December. Lines is from the people behind The Unofficial Guide, so the wait times you’ll see are based on years of actual data and experience. To get better numbers, you’d need to talk directly to the folks at Disney.
While planning my trip I didn’t initially plan on using Lines because it didn’t work on my phone. I have Verizon, so I hoped to use Verizon’s new Disney app, Disney Mobile Magic, but it was only available at the time on a limited number of outdated phones. Ironically, the morning Touring Plans announced that Lines was available on Android phones, a phone which I had been thinking about getting, my own phone met an unfortunate demise at the hands of one of my toddlers. Naturally, I did what any reasonable person would do under such circumstances: Grabbed the kids, drove down the Verizon store, and plunked down my money on an Android, signing away two more years of my life to Verizon in the process.
Lines currently works on Iphones, Blackberry phones, Androids, and Palm Pre phones. Just go to the Touring Plans mobile website, sign up and you’re ready to go. Right now, it’s free. Lines gives you a number of things: Attraction wait times; fastpass availability and return times; refurbishment and closures; park hours, including extra magic hours; and 10-day crowd projections. Hollywood Studios, Disney Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and the Magic Kingdom are all included. You can also submit wait times yourself. Until now readers of the Unofficial Guide could submit wait times via Twitter, but using Lines is so much faster and easier. It probably took about 10 seconds to submit a time on my Android and a few more seconds more to add a fastpass return time.
Lines couldn’t be more simple to use. It’s a very basic-looking with no unneccesary graphics or information, so you see what you’re looking for right away. This is a good thing when you’re in a hurry in the parks. When you go to the main page, this is what you’ll see:
I really enjoyed using Lines. It was great not having to walk across the park to find out what the wait time for an attraction was. We either went or skipped it, based on what we saw, instead of what we usually did, which is walk across the park, wasting time and energy. It was also fun submitting wait times, even for a non-geek like me. I especially liked that as the week I was in Disney went on, they changed the program a bit and started adding funny little titles to the top submitters at each attraction. What Disney fan doesn’t want to be a “Galactic Hero” or a “Master of Both Space and Time”? Plus, we’re big fans of the Unofficial Guide around our house. I think they do a lot for the Disney community, so it was nice giving something, however minor, back to them. And, it was easy.
Lines doesn’t have other park information, such as parade times or restuarant information, although they do link to Steve Soares’ site (listed under the live shows). Probably the most in-depth application for this type of information is the DisUnplugged E-ticket application, but it’s only available on Iphones at this time. You can also check Disney’s mobile website even if you don’t have the Disney application on your phone.
I highly recommend Lines.