Magic Kingdom wait times? There's an app for that
Are you one of the many guests visiting the Magic Kingdom that hunts the attractions for the shortest possible wait times? Wait no longer (than you have to), there's now an iPhone app for that.
Brent Pope of Jacksonville, Florida has developed an application for the iPhone – and iPod Touch, if you can manage to get a Wi-Fi connection in the park – that is capable of displaying the current wait times of the attractions at the Magic Kingdom in WDW. There's only one catch: the data is user-submitted.
"Every time I go to the parks, I walk off a ride and think, what do we do next?" Pope told the Orlando Sentinel. "The one thing that is so frustrating is you have to walk all the way across the park and when you get there, it's a 90-minute wait.''
Pope, 44, was laid off from his job working with an ad agency a few months ago and decided to do something constructive with his time. He developed the application, titled "Wait Times," and it was approved for sale in the App Store at the cost of 99-cents. Because Disney does not publish wait times – up-to-date or otherwise – online, Pope must rely on users currently in the park to update the wait times as they see them.
Though Pope isn't an application developer by trade, he hopes that this app will be a spring-board (wink-and-a-nod to you iPhone users out there) to other iPhone projects. "I'd like to see a steady stream of income from this set of apps and let it be a launching board for other projects," Pope said.
According to Pope, only a dozen or so users would need to be actively logging wait times to make the application useful to others. The question is: how many users – especially those with children in tow – will take the moment required to log the information? Only time will tell.
You can purchase "Wait Times" from the App Store today for 99-cents. If you're feeling adventurous and want to give the app a try, let us know how it works out for you either in the comments below or at firstname.lastname@example.org.