Picture this: you are on the subway, riding to work on a dreary day in the city. Your mind is filled with thoughts of your trip to Walt Disney World and you begin to think about where you will be sleeping on property. You pull out your trusty iPhone or iPod Touch and open up your WDW Resort Researcher that you downloaded last night. As you rumble along on the subway you are immersed in your own personal research project, looking at the various resorts for member ratings and reviews, pictures, floor plans and cost calculations. Your imagination is working overtime… Wouldn’t it be fun to stay at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa next time? I wonder what people are saying about it. Oh look, 5 stars and 19 reviews. Lets find out more! Ooh, I have always dreamed of living in a world of grace and charm. Wow, 90 pictures! Lets check those out. I wonder how much it would cost to stay there.. lets see… tap the calculator icon. I think we’ll be staying from April 7th for 3 nights, tap the Select Room button. 1 Bedroom Royal Palm Club, that sounds nice, how much would that be? $4395? Wow, I guess we’ll need to save up some money or win the lottery for that one. What other rooms do they have I wonder… Someday I sure would like to stay in the Disney Suite I wonder how much that would cost…
The next thing you know it’s time to get off the subway, and you can’t wait for the ride home so you can get some more quality time on the WDW Resort Researcher… Perhaps we should have called it the WDW fantasy tool!
Connection is not required to calculate room rates but highly recommended and necessary to view pictures, reviews, menus and floorplans.
-) The list of resorts includes information about average member rating and number of member reviews.
-) GPS features -- map of all resorts, map the selected resort, view distance of each resort from your current location.
-) Search for resort by name.
-) Summary screen for each resort which allows you to easily access all of the information for that resort through an intuitive toolbar. This displays part of our resort description and a list of member reviews. Tapping on either of these will bring up the complete description or member review.
-) Tapping on the calculator icon will allow you to calculate the cost, based on standard rack rates, of a stay at Disney world for a given start date, number of nights, and room which you can select. Base rate not including any additional fees or taxes. Rates subject to change without notice. Swan and Dolphin rates not available.
-) Tapping on “Write” icon (stars) will take you to a form where you can share your own rating and review of the resort. This will be posted after being approved by OLP.
-) Tapping on “Floor” will bring up floorplans for rooms at this resort.
-) Tapping on the photo icon will bring up all of the photographs that we have for the resort including brief descriptions. You can use pinching gestures to zoom the pictures and you can scroll through them. Note: in some cases it may take a few minutes to load all of the pictures for the resort.
-) ‘I’ icon which will bring up instructions and information about the app.
-) Pixie dust brings a little magic to your research project.
Live the Dream!