With so much to do in the City Beautiful, maximizing your time is as crucial as it is tricky. Orlando apps photo

Worry no more because Orlando has an app - or five - for that. With the helpful apps below, discover what it's like to have a personal tour guide in the palm of your hands.

Disney Mobile Magic
What it does: Uses the GPS in your phone to locate character appearances, attractions, restaurants and shows. It also checks wait and FASTPASS return times.
Why you'll want it: Created by Disney, this is the most trustworthy app for Disney Parks and features an interactive trivia game for entertainment while waiting in ride lines. 
Availability: $1.99 for Verizon

Orlando Essential Guide
What it does: Delivers nearly 200 detailed entries and 1,500 images
of Orlando's must-see places and hidden gems.
Why you'll want it: The app's creator, Timothy O'Keefe, is a long-time Orlando resident who knows the city well and provides frequent updates for the latest Orlando developments.
Availability: $2.99 for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
Orlando Restaurants
What it does: Provides a mobile guide to more than 250 restaurants in Central Florida.
Why you'll want it: The advice from Scott Joseph, a local restaurant critic for more than 20 years, gives an insider's look at Orlando's must-visit dining establishments. 
Availability: Free for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

What it does: Offers detailed information for downtown Orlando parking garages, including hours of operation, price and number of spots available.
Why you'll want it: With new additions to the downtown area like the Amway Center, this app will help you find the nearest (or cheapest!) downtown garage so you don't miss a minute of the big game.
Availability: Free for Apple, Android devices; coming soon for Blackberry

Universal Guide
What it does: Gives you access to in-depth attraction and facilities information for both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Why you'll want it: Set up alerts to notify you when a ride's wait time goes below a specific time making it easier for you to get the most out of your day at the parks.
Availability: $1.99 for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

For more information about Orlando apps, check out our Orlando App Store.


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