I love Disneyland. Am sort of obsessed with it, actually. When I’m not at Disneyland, which is 99% of the time, I’m visiting sites like MiceChat, MousePlanet and Yesterland to catch up on the latest, or indulge in my nostalgia for the long-gone (R.I.P. PeopleMover).
Recently, I became aware of an app for my iPhone called MouseAddict, thanks to their partnering with MiceChat. I’d tried Disneyland apps before and they’re … okay, I guess. During my last trip to the resort, I tried a dining app that was kind of outdated and not super-accurate, and an attraction wait times app that was also not super-accurate. The thing about staring at an app while you’re at Disneyland, though, is that you’re staring at an app. While at Disneyland.
I needed something that would feed my obsession outside the park — after all, half the fun (to me) is in the planning of a Disneyland trip, and thinking about which attractions to visit first (and of course by “attraction,” I mean “churro cart”). Enter MouseAddict. It has great in-park features, like a section for wait times and a handy list featuring showtimes for all of the resort’s entertainment offerings. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Say you want to know where all the churro carts are. Click the churro icon on the map of the resort and it will show you, through the use of pins, where every churro cart is located. EVERY CHURRO CART.
Looking for popcorn instead? Click the popcorn icon. Or the frozen treats icon. Or the turkey legs icon. Or the Dole Whip icon. Or the dill pickle icon. Yes, MouseAddict will tell you where to buy big pickles.
But maybe you don’t need a churro right now (blasphemy). Maybe you ate too many churros and you’re out of cash and dealing with a stomachache. MouseAddict will show you where every ATM is located, as well as every first aid station. Guest services, lockers, package checks, smoking sections, taxi, bus, and tram locations: Each has an icon.
Wondering where Mickey Mouse and his pals are hanging out? There’s an icon. Need a cup of coffee, or breakfast, or dinner, or a restroom? There are icons for each of these.
Trying to find a Hidden Mickey? There’s an icon. Wondering who all those people are that are listed on the Main Street windows? There’s an icon explaining exactly who they are. Are you a fan of Disneyland history? Click the history icon, then click one of the pins and it will tell you why that location is significant, and what used to be in that spot.
Had a long day at the park and need a glass of wine? There’s an icon for that. And one for beer. And one for cocktails.
Oh, and attractions? They each get a pin detailing relevant information like FastPass availability, height requirement, wheelchair accessibility and even duration of the ride. There are also icons for refurbishment and construction, so you know which attractions are not currently operating.
One of the coolest features is the reminder alert. Set a reminder for when to use a FastPass or something, and you can choose the alert sound. They’re all sounds from the park, including “Dead Men Tell No Tales” from Pirates of the Caribbean, “Mad Tea Party,” “Star Tours Chimes,” “Haunted Mansion Bells,” and even the iconic bilingual instructions from the loading station at the Matterhorn.
I’m telling you, there is an icon for just about everything you could possibly want to find or know about at the park. This app is handy for when you’re actually at the resort (it covers Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney), but for a geek like me, there’s plenty of other stuff to enjoy when I’m only dreaming about visiting the park, as well. Oh, and did I mention the app is free? Because it is.
Thanks to the appropriately named MouseAddict, I’m already planning my next trip to the park, and I’m telling you right now: I will leave no churro cart unvisited.