The WDW Dining Disney app from VersaEdge Software has had an update! This app is not an all-purpose tour guide; it’s a reference just for dining. It includes all of the on-property Disney restaurants, divided into categories by theme park, Downtown Disney, and each Disney resort. Selecting a category such as Magic Kingdom brings up a list of all the restaurants in the Magic Kingdom with their location, whether or not they participate in the Disney Dining Plan, and a price range. Selecting the restaurant brings up menus, type of restaurant (table service or quick service), whether or not it participates in the Disney Dining Plan and, if so, for how many credits, and whether or not it’s eligible for the Tables in Wonderland Discount, type of cuisine, and information about reservations. From each reservation-eligible restaurant, you can select the option to call the number right from the app (iPhone only). Beyond this basic information, you can also find out information about things such as which characters are generally present at character dining experiences.
With the latest update, you can now see a picture of the restaurant, which is a welcome addition. Dining menus have been updated as well. The app itself has had some cosmetic changes in colors and appearance, with a nice fresh feel.
Some features could use a little tweaking. There is no map included. The restaurants are organized alphabetically, so if you are looking for a restaurant in, say, Tomorrowland, you have to scroll through all of the Magic Kingdom restaurants to find what you want. Having a map feature would allow quicker access to restaurants by geographic location within the parks themselves.
Overall, though, for $0.99, this app is a great buy. The organization is logical, and the information useful. The information included is all on the Disney website, but as anyone who has tried to navigate the Disney website knows, it’s not always the quickest way to find out what you want to know, and certainly not when on the go. I actually find this app a better way to do dining planning even when I have access to a computer because you can quickly and easily switch from one restaurant to another without going through the maze of options on the Disney site. When looking for counter service or snack locations, it’s wonderful to be able to access the menu without trudging across the park and standing in line, only to find out they don’t have anything you want. And for Disney Dining Plan customers, as many will be during the upcoming Free Dining promotion, it’s nice to have a quick reference to find out where you can use your dining credits. I would strongly recommend this app for Disney travelers.