A new book and companion iPhone app, Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland, has set out to turn the oft-long lines of Disneyland into a game that the entire family can play. When Erika told me about it, I had to try it out. For the Chic Dad, long lines mean lots of carrying, lots of walking on feet — in other words, long lines can be the most exhausting part of the day. In my opinion, Lots To Do In Line is an app whose time has come. If you love getting out to Disneyland, but fret the inevitable meltdowns that long lines seem to produce, or if you’re just looking for a more entertaining way to use your time in line, you might want to check out Lots To Do In Line, available in book or App for iOS devices.
What? Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland (iOS app) / $5.99 / Frantic Goose Applications
What’s Chic? Over 950 questions and 74 in-line scavenger hunts help your family battle the fiercest lines in Disneyland.
What’s Weak? The graphics and user experience could use some polish.
As Southern California residents, the Lehmann/Brown clan tout four, heavy-duty, annual passes to Disneyland (including parking, thank-you-very-much) and spend a decent chunk of our free time at the park. As kids who grew up no closer than a plane ride to the nearest Disney park, Erika and I take great joy in being able to take the kiddos whenever we feel like it. And while Disneyland is a magical experience, the biggest complaint we have are the lines. Particularly on popular days and during breaks, these lines can get north of an hour for the popular rides.
That’s where Lots To Do In Line comes in to save the day. With more than 950 questions across every conceivable Disneyland ride, the Lots To Do In Line app allows families to challenge one another to trivia about the ride and the line that they’re in. Part “I Spy” part trivia, these questions are fun and appropriate for every age member of the family. My favorite part? Everyone can play. Too many iPhone apps are one-person experiences. But this game is made to be played like a board game, with everyone playing together. Instead of isolating each other in their own worlds on their devices, Lots To Do In Line puts fun together at the heart of it all.
The game comes with a full-on park-wide scavenger hunt as well, and other challenges that add another layer to your Disneyland experience. If you have some adventurers in your clan, the scavenger hunt is a great way to learn more about what the park has to offer.
The app boasts:
- Over 950 questions that can only be answered in line at Disneyland
- 74 in-line treasure hunts and a park-wide scavenger hunt
- Collections of things you’ve seen in the park
My only complaint is that the design and user experience could use some help. The fonts, navigation and other elements are inconsistent, and lack polish. The way you track and keep and see scores is a bit confusing as well, and spelling and grammar issues that take away from the overall experience. But while it’s not the most polished app in the app store, these issues don’t take the fun and value out of the app. It still provides a great way for families to enjoy their time together in line.
Does Chic Dad Recommend?
I do. Even with the design nits that I mentioned above, the app seems like a great way to make lines a part of the experience instead of just dead time between the attractions. After playing with it with Erika, we can’t wait to give it a run for its money in the park. We think it’ll be a great way to keep the kids engaged and entertained while waiting in line. Lots To Do In Line is a refreshing app in its approach to entertainment. Instead of sucking one individual player into their own world, Lots To Do In Line brings the whole family together. I’m excited to try it out line, and I think you’ll find it a great addition to your Disneyland experience too.
Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of the app to review. All opinions are my own.