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Old 11-05-2018, 04:11 PM   #1
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Navigating WDW without a smartphone?

We are well overdue for a trip to WDW, and have not been since all of the new technology is in effect. So Magic Bands, FP+, etc. will all be new to us. I feel like I will be planning a trip for the first time! We do not have smartphones, and I am curious to see if there are any other technology challenged travelers out there. Just curious to see how you did at WDW without smartphones.

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I’ll weigh in from the vantage point of one who has a smartphone and uses it primarily for playing PokemonGO in the parks or reading/posting on PassPorter when lounging about our room.

Really, once you get your advance planning done, there’s nothing you need a smartphone to do that you can’t manage as you did on your prior trip. There are kiosks for booking additional FPs scattered here and there in each park. Guest Services or your resort’s concierge desk can arrange whatever else you might need as they did before any of us even had these infernal devices.

Go as you always have, free of what I often think of as the curse of being unable to function or amuse ourselves without depending on one of these things!

You’ll still have a magical time. Maybe more so.
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I don't have a smartphone but I did buy an inexpensive android device to take and as Dot said, once you get there, if you've made all your plans ahead of time, you'll be fine. Half the time, my device gave me problems anyway and I put it away in frustration to not take it out until hours later. Other days I didn't try to use it at all. I don't regret getting it but I wouldn't recommend getting a cheap one like I did to go with (and I know that's not what you were asking but just giving my experince/opinion).
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We used ours very lightly last trip. Mostly to check wait times and you can do that at boards in the park. You'll be fine without. And it means less time looking at a screen and more looking at WDW!

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