Kids at WDW: Top 8 apps to keep kids en­ter­tained dur­ing down­time at Dis­ney

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY MELISSA RICHESON

Walt Dis­ney World is burst­ing with en­ter­tain­ment op­tions for kids. So why would you ever want them to have ac­cess to phone or tablet apps in­side the parks? Well, as a gen­eral rule, I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend stow­ing those de­vices to bet­ter live in the mo­ment. But there are cer­tain times when apps can ac­tu­ally in­crease the magic in the parks, whether it be to sim­ply pass the time while in lines or to add an in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ment that ups the cool fac­tor.

Here are 10 apps to con­sider down­load­ing be­fore your next Walt Dis­ney World va­ca­tion. 1. CHARADES! (FOR KIDS)

This is our go-to game while wait­ing in line be­cause it keeps ev­ery­one in­ter­act­ing with each other. To play, you hold the phone up to your fore­head and have fam­ily mem­bers give you hints to guess the cor­rect word on the screen. The kids’ ver­sion has a Dis­ney char­ac­ter sec­tion that’s es­pe­cially timely.

2. DIS­NEY JIG­SAW PUZ­ZLES!

This free app is an­other one that kids can play to­gether while wait­ing for food or rid­ing in a side-by-side stroller. (Be­cause the best apps can be played to­gether, am I right?) The name says it all: put to­gether a vir­tual puzzle of vary­ing dif­fi­culty fea­tur­ing fa­vorite Dis­ney char­ac­ters.

3. HID­DEN MICKEYS

Based on the pop­u­lar hobby of hunt­ing for Mickey’s sil­hou­ette in un­ex­pected places, this app is part scav­enger hunt and part check­list. The app is $7.99, but if you plan to look for and log your Hid­den Mickey search, the con­ve­nience could be worth the cost. Hid­den Mickeys are a great park pas­time for the whole fam­ily.

4. TIDBIT TRIVIA—DIS­NEY EDI­TION

An­other great game to keep your fam­ily in­ter­act­ing dur­ing long waits, this app fea­tures a sur­pris­ingly vast range of trivia ques­tions re­gard­ing Dis­ney an­i­mated films. As you play, you’ll un­lock in­ter­est­ing tid­bits about the mak­ing of the movies.

5. LOTS TO DO IN LINE: WDW EDI­TION

As the name sug­gests, there is lots to do when you take no­tice of the them­ing in lines. This app prompts you with 1282 ques­tions to an­swer and 1,852 trea­sures to find, all while you wait in the queues.

6. COLORTOPIA

An ex­ten­sion of the Ep­cot In­noven­tions ex­hibit, the Colortopia app lets you play around with col­ors and pho­tos. You can cre­ate your own color pal­ettes or use the pre­loaded selections based on the na­tions of World Show­case.

7. KING­DOM KEEP­ERS MAGIC KING­DOM EX­PERT QUEST

Fans of the King­dom Keep­ers book se­ries will love this set of puz­zles in­volv­ing book facts. Al­though it can be used at home, this app is best played within the Magic King­dom, so it’s per­fect to fill in lit­tle bits of down time and keep you con­vers­ing with your older kids.

8. AGENT P’s WORLD SHOW­CASE AD­VEN­TURE

This game is prob­a­bly one of the most in­ge­nious pieces of Imag­i­neer­ing, yet of­ten gets over­looked. In this crime-fight­ing mis­sion, you’ll travel to ob­scure cor­ners of World Show­case and be wowed by the sur­prises in store. You need to be present at the Ep­cot check-in sta­tion to down­load this app, but trust me; it’s to­tally worth your time!

BONUS: Al­though apps that can be played to­gether tend to be my fa­vorite, some­times a lit­tle quiet time is nec­es­sary. For in­stance, if grown ups are plan­ning the park strat­egy over lunch, small kids might need a calm­ing dis­trac­tion. In that case, some great solo player Dis­ney apps in­clude Dis­ney Crossy Roads, Nemo’s Reef, Tsum Tsum, or Beauty and The Beast Per­fect Match.

These apps prove that if you use tech­nol­ogy to your ad­van­tage, you can add even more magic to your Walt Dis­ney World mem­o­ries!

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