Great apps for Disney World trips – PREP010

There are lots of apps to choose from and today, I've got a list of some good ones that cover everything from weather to finances to dining at Disney World.

This show also includes my very first guest on the podcast - Stephanie of and the Capturing Magic podcast.

At the end, I've also got a quick tip on helping your kids prep for your trip.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Favorite apps

The apps mentioned on this episode:

  • RainAware - keep track of real-time weather conditions, iOS, $3.99
  • Rain Alarm - silent alarm when rain is predicted, iOS and Android, free
  • MyRadar - app showing current radar, iOS/Android/Windows, free
  • Transportation Wizard - helps navigate around Disney World, iOS/Android, $2.99
  • iCheckBal - keep track of expenses during your trip, iOS, $0.99
  • Coin Presses - helps find coin press machines at Disney World, iOS, $0.99
  • Capturing Magic - plan and capture photos during your trip, iOS, $3.99
  • My Disney Experience - provides lots of info and functionality, including the ability to book dining and FastPass+ reservations, iOS/Android, free
  • Disney World Magic Guide - lots of features, including a snack finder, iOS, $4.99

Recommended battery charger

Amazon's powerful, affordable external battery charger

Quick tip of the day

birnbaums - Great apps for Disney World trips - PREP010To help your kids prep for a trip, watch videos of Disney World attractions on YouTube. I've included them in all of my park guides and you can also search YouTube for whatever ride you're interested in.

Another option is to get the Birnbaum's for Kids book which has pics and ratings for things like how scary the rides are.

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Hey, You should know about Disney Expedition. It is an app for Windows Phone. It gives you the My Disney Experience on your Windows Phone. You can find the app here ( and there is a great third party write up on DisBoards (

Loved the podcast. Just started listening to you after hearing you on I purchased the New Trent charger from Stephanie’s recomendation back in June and we LOVE it. I did buy another charger from New Trent as well that I love just as much if not more (it is a more rugged model — this one We are California natives and Disneyland/DCA has been our go to for dozens of Disney trips, and we have decided to take a trip to WDW next October — WOW is it overwhelming! So much to figure out, especially when we plan… Read more »


Hi Shannon,
Loved the podcast today! I wish that I had known about the battery charger for our last trip. My battery was drained everyday (especially from the My Disney Exp app). Also, wish that I had the Coin Press one too! It gives us the chance to check it out on our next trip to get the coins we missed last time.
When I click on the link for Capturing Magic, it takes me to the Coin Press link. Is there something I am doing wrong?
Thanks for another week of tremendous information.

Clarinda Merripen

I listened to this podcast about apps with great interest. After hearing about Rain Aware, I became intrigued with the with the apps ability to predict rain down to minutes. Of course I have an Andriod.

So I did some research into what is available for my OS and found a program called Arcus: Hyper Local Weather. It has some of the same functionality of Stephanie’s recommendation. You can find it in the GooglePlay store for free.

Thank you for all your good work!


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