MouseWait and More of OC's Best Apps!

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Angry Birds and Words With Friends might be some of the most frequently used apps on my iPhone. Mind you, I was a reluctant BlackBerry convert, but there are actually lots of useful apps to use—especially living here in Orange County. Presenting my three favorite functional apps, all of which are FREE:

MOUSEWAIT
Whether you're a Disneyland Annual Passport holder or casual Disneyland visitor, this is a must for everyone. MouseWait is a frequently updated app that lets you check on wait times around Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. At Splash Mountain and want to get on Autopia . . . but only if the wait time is less than 45 minutes? MouseWait will tell you whether or not it'll be worth the trek to Tomorrowland.

MouseWait even includes character meet-and-greet spots, attractions such as the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through, Little Red Wagon Corn Dogs, Disney Gallery, Captain EO, even the Dole Whip line. There's also a food section on the app that tells you what there is to eat where—complete with menus—from the parks and hotels to Downtown Disney and even the surrounding area. The Passholder section of the app provides a list of all blockout dates and discounts available. Not sure if your little one is tall enough to ride Indiana Jones? MouseWait sorts all rides by height requirement.

And if you're bored out of your mind while waiting 200 minutes for the new Star Tours, MouseWait also offers a Lounge page, on which you can chat with other Disney park-goers. Also available for Droid.

 

OC FAIR
Yep, your favorite once-a-year provider of fried food on a stick has its own app. And it's actually pretty handy! Long gone are the little bugs of last year's version. The app helps you track the whereabouts of your favorite vendors (Australian batter-fried potatoes, why must you always be so difficult to find?), locate where you parked your car in the giant parking lot, buy tickets, schedule your day—it even gives you the weather forecast.

 

BEST OF . . .
Wait, you didn't think I could get through this whole list without self-promoting a little, did you? But really, the Best Of . . . Voice Places app sorts through all the crap on other consumer review sites and lets you know what places offer the best of anything you're looking for.

Linked to our annual Best Of issue (which hits newstands in October), this sucker will let you know what our pick for the best pub, best pizza, best place to get a haircut to match your flaming-dice tattoo, best doughnuts, best self-basting birds is . . . according to your location. And it's handy for travel: The app is also hooked up to all our sister papers, from LA Weekly and SF Weekly to Miami New Times and Village Voice. Also available for Droid.

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This column appeared in print as "OC's Best Smartphone Apps!"

 
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26 comments
Tracy
Tracy

Always glad to read a post from another Blackberry convert. Mousewait is a truly awesome free app! For those looking for a great mobile translation app to take on vacation, I suggest checking out Transfire, which lets you exchange translated text messages in 50+ languages with your iPhone. A free trial version can be downloaded on iTunes.

Mickeyshell
Mickeyshell

I have been a Mousewait user over a year now and I have utilized every aspect of the APP. from the wait times to dinner menus, it has it all. parade times, meet and greets, restroom locations, phone numbers to just about anything you need. If you don't have it you need to get it! give it a try you'll love it!!

Robert Frank
Robert Frank

MouseWait is one of the best apps anywhere they even have people in the lounge from down under they are the most amazing Disney fans out there they are so helpful and down to earth but you will learn so much about all things Disney that you would not find out otherwise!!!!!! My favorite app anywhere!!!!!

acpowers13
acpowers13

I am a member of MouseWait (although I use it on my android, not iphone). It is definitely the best app I have downloaded on my phone so far. It has great info and the wait times are always super accurate. Another thing I like about it is the lounge, it's like one giant community where everyone can talk about their love for Disney. That's probably my favorite part about it since I don't get to go to the parks that often. GO JOIN MOUSEWAIT :D

Coralsreef
Coralsreef

I am so addicted to mousewait!!!! I love love love it. I have met amazing people and made some true friends! And guess what WE are all normal here in our Disney obsession!!!! Spread the Love, Spread the Magic. Thank Admin for a lifechanging, all welcoming APP! :)))))

ZipadeeMickey
ZipadeeMickey

MouseWait is an awesome "free" app! Thank you Admin! This app isn't used just in the OC area, I live in Canada and it is my way to stay connected with my love of what is going on at Disneyland! I'm truly addicted!

Thepurfectpear
Thepurfectpear

Mouse waite is such a great app, the people you meet on here are wonderful and they provide wonderful information for everyone, whether you go all the time or have never been.

CC
CC

MouseWait is the absolute BEST AP! I find myself using it everyday .... Great information and great people that keep the lounge fun.. for FREE... what could be better than that!

Jw7241
Jw7241

MouseWait is the worlds happiest app. Before MW I would go to Disneyland about once a year , now I go 3 to 5 times a year. I have learned soo much about Disneyland thru MouseWait. Most important is that I hav met some of the most wonderful, nicest, awesome people in the world thru Mousewait meetups. Thank you Mousewait for making my life so much more fun!

ekoenterprise
ekoenterprise

MouseWait is way more than just an application, it is an experience. Sure this sounds lame, but after you get this whole experience of interacting in the lounge, attending meet ups, posting wait times, it than becomes a family thing. MouseWait is wonderful. 5 stars all the way!

Stacey Weld
Stacey Weld

I love my MouseWait lots of great people!

Guest
Guest

Mousewait is a great app! I use it when I'm at Disneyland or just wishing I was there!

Samantha Leyba
Samantha Leyba

I LOVE Mousewait!! This is by far my favorite app for my itouch. I would say I use it more than Facebook. I have met a lot of great people from this site. My husband and I are pass holders and MW makes our trips to the parks just so much better. I would recommend to everyone who had some Disney magic in their hearts.

Michael Stemmeler
Michael Stemmeler

MouseWait is fabulous! Wouldn't go to Disneyland or WDW without it!

Tclhb
Tclhb

I like best of OC app. MouseWait is a fantastic app! I absolutely love it! It makes my visits to Disneyland so much more fun!

Moz
Moz

I love mouse wait!! It's a great community! Mouse wait is a great way to check wait times. This is an app I use daily. :)

Kimberly
Kimberly

MouseWait is an amazing app! I wish I'd discovered it sooner. I've learned so much about park history, great new things to try, and made new friends too. It's a definite must for any Disney lover!

Maxine carrasco
Maxine carrasco

I love love love mousewait. It is my favorite addiction. From the people that are so nice, to the hidden secrets of disneyland(like the 2nd pet cemetery) and the amazing raks. Mousewait is the first app i wake up to and last app i see at night. Thanks to admin.

Maddy Boom
Maddy Boom

MouseWait is the best app ever. I've made some really good friends on it who love Disneyland just as much as I do!! Highly suggested to anyone who goes to Disneyland, or just likes talking Disney!

Dizkid
Dizkid

MouseWait helps me with my Disneyland withdrawls.I have had this app since November 2009 and I love it. I have learned alot of Disney facts and helpful tips.I highly recommend this free app for Disney lovers especially those of you who only visit Disneyland once or twice a year. I still can't believe it is free! Dizkid

Jessica Carvalho
Jessica Carvalho

MouseWait is an awesome app! Lots of great info and tips available with very accurate wait times. By far the best Disneyland related app out there, there is even a Disney World version for the iPhone! The lounge is filled with fun people, I've been fortunate enough to make some great friends. =)

Heide MW name 1lvdsny
Heide MW name 1lvdsny

I am a member of Mouse Wait app and it is the most used app I have on my iPhone! I fond myself on this app every spare moment I have! A true app adiction

Sonja O.
Sonja O.

MouseWait is the best free app in the country, not just OC. Tons of useful information and a fun lounge to mingle with other Disney fans. Try it, you will like it!

April Rodriguez
April Rodriguez

I love Mousewait! We use it everytime we go to the parks. I have made many wonderful friends through Mousewait as well. The wait times are very accurate, as well as being able to find the nearest bathroom, menus, and blackout days for AP's.

elrvargas
elrvargas

Mousewait is definitely the best app for iPhone!!! I highly recommend it!!! It offers accurate wait times, lots of valuable information, and the lounge where you can chat with tons of other disney fanatics!!! This app deserves more than 5 stars!!! and its a free app!!!

mazesclarson
mazesclarson

MouseWait is an awesome app! Lots of great info and tips available with very accurate wait times. By far the best Disneyland related app out there, there is even a Disney World version for the iPhone! The lounge is filled with fun people, I've been fortunate enough to make some great friends.I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username sammyshine2002 on--a'ge'l'ov'e'r.c óm--.it is the first and best club for y'ounger women and old'er men, or older women and y'ounger men,to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck 'it out or tell your friends!

 

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