User Inspired 2017 Instagram

Following on from the many user inspired posts we have gone to Instagram where we find a whole bunch of amazing countdowns from our users. So, for today’s post, we are looking at 2 amazing Instagram countdowns, and there is no theme for this post today.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

First up is @jaderichy who is off to Disneyland Paris in November.  As you might be aware if you are regular readers of the blog then you know we love all things Disneyland. We talk specifically about Disneyland in Florida but wanted to mention some amazing things you can do whilst at Disneyland Paris. So if you were not aware Disneyland Paris is currently celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary, which is set to be an amazing time to visit the park, there are brand new parades to enjoy and a brand new illumination show. Not only are there new shows but plenty of new rides set to arrive in the park too. Mainly Star Wars rides which will take over Space Mountain. If you want to find out about new rides then check out this post. Of course, if you want to take home something to commemorate the 25th Anniversary then head to the shops for 25th themed merchandise. If that isn’t enough and you end up getting rather peckish then you can indulge in some tasty treats, especially for the 25th Anniversary. Also if you are heading in October – November then you can expect to see some Halloween themed food and decorations across the park.

Next up is @fanny_wilson.x who is off to New York in November. New York is a lovely city to visit with so much to do even on a short visit. Here are some must do’s for New York in November. First up it is pretty cold around November so don’t forget to bring some jumpers to keep you warm whilst out and about. Central Park really comes alive during the winter months so it could ideal for a winter walk. There are free walking tours if you want to find out some history as well as a lovely walk. Thanksgiving is a big time of year in America and especially in New York, so you might want to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the best thing to do is stake out a spot and stick with it, so buy all the snacks and food beforehand. If you want to splurge out and find some designer bargains then apparently November is a really big month for sample sales in New York. On top of that, some normal must do’s eat some pizza, grab a taxi to somewhere, check out a gallery or two and buy plenty of souvenirs.

We hope you enjoyed this post about user inspired events from Instagram. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter and Instagram so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus

 

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User Inspired Music Countdowns from Twitter

Seeing your countdowns on Twitter and Instagram makes us so happy since we get to see the huge amount of creativity and give us major holiday envy. User Inspired blog posts are now going to be a lot more regularly on our blog post.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go. This post has two countdowns from Twitter that are music based.

First up is @thirlsfreak who is seeing Harry Styles in October, her timeline was filled with music events and music timelines are always the best. Here is a little bit of info on who Harry Styles is, he shot to fame when he auditioned for X Factor as a solo artist. After a short time, a group of five boys were put together to form One Direction. Who has gone on to become one of the most popular boy bands, as of lately each of the boys has taken a break from One Direction. They have all gone on to boast successful solo careers, and nearly all are on tours right now. That includes Harry Styles who is touring from mid-September with his first show in San Francisco, performing his current hits “Sign of the Times” “Two Ghosts and many more new songs. We really love his new material and think he will do amazing as a solo artist. He is touring all over the world and has announced new tickets for 2018, so if you missed the huge announcement of his tour then you might have a chance to see him live next year.

Next up is @TammyLouiseWood who is seeing a huge list of YouTubers at Hello World in October at Birmingham Genting Arena. This is said to be a YouTube event like no other kind. Some information has been released about what to expect from the event which is a mix between a YouTube convention and a fair ground. Not only do you get to see stage performances from your favourite YouTubers but you get to see them around the venue as well. We can’t wait to know a little bit more about the event closer to the date. So far the list of YouTubers includes, Zoella, Joe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Marcus Butler, Tyler Oakley, KSI, Louise Pentland, Jim Chapman, Ollie White, Caspar Lee, Rose and Rosie, Mark Ferris, Niki and Sammy and much more yet to be confirmed. There are quite a lot of you already who have got their tickets and you can still get your tickets online right now.

We hope this was a great read for anyone who is looking to see someone live but wasn’t 100% sure on who to see live. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus

Future Update for Android and iPhone

If you are a loyal reader or just a regular user of Countdownplus then you might have seen a couple of updates appear on the Google Play Store. We wanted to just check in and let you know what to expect from us in the next few months.

We were working hard for several months on the Android update, and unfortunately, it took us longer than we hoped. Android Version 4.0 is currently available to download right now which we are so thrilled about. We are working on a few new updates which will clear some minor issues with some bugs. Also in the meantime, we are trying to get a fix out for the widget issue many of you have highlighted for us on Facebook and Twitter. There are a few features which need to be added to make sure it directly mirrors the iPhone version. Right now we would love it if you would go and give us a lovely review on Google Play.

 

For the iPhone version, we have seen a steady activity on the app and not as many issues so we will update the iPhone version with some minor updates. Mainly concerning the video ads that we introduced on the Android version. This will mean that when you want to use an image from our image packs you can simply just watch a video ad.

 

We will try to update you on any other changes which you can expect in the next few months on social media and on our blog as well. If you do have questions about the app then message us on Facebook where we are happy to help you with any query regarding the app. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see what events we are counting down to. If you are on Android then you might want to follow us on all social channels to see the new tutorial videos we are posting every Wednesday.

 

We want to post a lot more app updates to the blog so you stay informed about any changes or fixes to the app.

App Settings Version 4.0

This video tutorial will show you the app settings on the iOS version, so this tutorial is for Ios only. We get a few questions about how to turn off the notification symbol on the logo of the app. So we thought what could help is if we run you through what each function of the settings tab does.

Firstly we are going to talk about General settings. The App Icon Countdown, is not to say you have certain notifications, but it shows the number of days to the next upcoming event, if you turn it on, you might notice another option appear, this is so that it rounds up the days instead for you. So say 3 days 10 hours it would show as 3 days. Cloud Backup, is very important and should always be kept on, it’s so that your countdowns are backed up on our cloud system.

Default Alert Time, is when you will receive most notifications for the countdowns you have. Pick a time that suits you.

Default Alert, is the type of sound you will get when being notified about events.

Notifications tab has the Holidays Reminder, so keep it on to be told about holidays, and Activity Notifications, is great to see other activity on the app.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, we will be releasing more tutorials very soon. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook. Check out the original video here.

User Inspired Holiday from Twitter 2017

We love your countdowns so much and if you follow us on Instagram and Twitter you will see how much we adore your countdowns. So, we decided to make more user inspired posts and stick to posting them once a month on our blog.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

For the first time, ever in a long time some of you have been sharing some amazing holiday countdowns on Twitter.

First up is @lynnjohnston73 who is off to Tenerife in August. If you like the sound of Tenerife then the best time to go is May, June and July due to the sea breeze being so cool which makes the summer days more refreshing. August is one the most popular times of the year to visit. August is also the hottest time of year to visit as well, so if you need to escape the misery that can be the British weather then it might be perfect. We have actually talked about Tenerife before and one of the most popular destinations to visit if you want to cool off from the summer heat is Siam Park. Heavily popular with tourists, so if you want to go when it isn’t as busy then try getting there in the morning and like many theme parks they have fast passes. Those could come in handy if you don’t want to just waste time queuing. A lot of people assume it’s quite a small park but it is a huge park so don’t forget to pack a pair of trainers with you. If you aren’t interested in the big drops on the slides then you might like the Wave Palace pool which has over 42 different types of waves. Nice place just to relax and enjoy the sunshine with a drink. If you want to go on a huge inner tube you can and glide along the Thai ‘Lazy’ River. If you are an adrenaline junkie and love your slides then you might really enjoy the Tower of Power.

 

Loro Parque is also a good place to visit, Siam Park and Loro Parque are connected so if you want to save money then get the twin ticket for both parks. Loro Parque has so many animals to see. You can expect to see everything from Gorillas, Sea Lions, Parrots, Sharks and much more. They have a fair few shows you can see during the day to and can see the big orcas performing and has a stunning bird show. There are so many beaches to visit as well if you don’t fancy going to the water park. It’s a lovely place to visit you simply want to do nothing and just lay by the pool in your hotel.

 

Next up is @TommGreenn who is off to Croatia in September. If Tenerife isn’t for you then maybe Croatia could be more of your cup of tea. Croatia is best to visit during May to June and also in September which is perfect for @TommGreenn. Croatia is a large country and there is an awful lot to see. Some popular destinations in Croatia are Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar. If you visit Split then the best things to do is to rent a car or Vespa and ride around the coastline to visit the beaches and towns. If you want to see some culture then head to Diocletian’s Palace which was constructed by Emperor Diocletian’s in the fourth century AD. If you love Game of Thrones then you might like to know that some of the show was filmed in the Palace. If you are looking for some relaxation then you might enjoy the Krka National Park which is a big hit with tourists and a lovely place to swim in the waterfalls. There is so much more to Croatia then we could write a blog post so if you are heading to Croatia then we hope this gave you a good idea of what to expect.

 

We hope you enjoyed reading about these two amazing holiday countdowns from Twitter. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus

Tips for Universal Studios Orlando

So here at Countdownplus we love writing about Universal Orlando and Disneyland on our blog. There might be a few things you don’t know about Universal Orlando so we wanted to compile some of the best tips we have come across on the internet.

Shuttle Bus and Express Passes

So if you know all about Disneyland then you might be aware that when you stay at a Disney specific hotel you get a free shuttle service and extra magic hours at the park, this is much the same for Universal Orlando. With Universal Orlando, you get express passes included in your package when you book to stay at their hotels. These two things can be a life saver, so you just jump on a bus when you need to leave and don’t have to worry about parking, and you can jump the queues at the busiest rides at the park.

 

Download their App

If you don’t want to waste time waiting in line for queues and make the most of your visit to the parks. Then it is highly recommended that you download the park app. You can find waiting times before you even get into the park. So you can plan your day perfectly and do other things instead of waiting in line for lots of rides. Since the park is huge and easy to loose your bearings, use the map navigation system to direct you to the ride you want to visit. You can also book tickets straight from the app as well, so saves you lots of time overall.

 

Unlimited Refills

Some of you might travel to Universal Studios Orlando with a group of friends and have children with you. Something you won’t want to do is keep paying a lot for their drinks. So it is recommended by many that you get the Unlimited Refill Cups which let you fill up all day for free. Plus it’s ideal as the more cups you buy the cheaper it actually gets so this is perfect for big family trips.

 

Lockers

We found out about this a while ago and have always mentioned it, since it is a god send when you need to get on a ride with water and don’t want your electronics destroyed or damaged. We recommend you put your belongings in even if you aren’t going on a ride with water, or just don’t want to carry heavy items all day. You can use it for a free period but check at the stands for what the rules are.

Well we know there are a lot more tips out there but these are some of our favourite tips and some we haven’t come across before. If you do countdown to Universal Studios Orlando then don’t forget to use #countdownplus and #countdown.

Brand New Update for Android

So as you might have all heard from us over the past couple of months that we have been very busy updating the app for Android. We realise it has taken us longer than expected but we are happy to announce it has finally launched for you all to check out. So we wanted to do a quick overview of what to expect on this version of the Android update.

 

Login

This was a huge request for many users via FB messages and reviews, and finally, you will be able to transfer your data from Android to iPhone, iPhone to Android and Android to Android. This was always going to be the first feature we wanted to add to the new update and was the main reason why the update was so delayed since we hit some minor issues with our server space.

 

Image Packs

You can now choose from a vast collection of image packs for this update and you can also unlock single images from packs by simply watching a video ad via the app. We will be aiming to update image packs a lot more frequently from now on as well.

 

Facebook Events

This was also a big request that we actually fix the Facebook button, and since the last couple of years Facebook has made things a little more difficult so you will need to enable events from your laptop first then you will see Facebook Events show in the app. We will create a video tutorial to better explain the process and we have added a pop up in the app to better explain the process.

 

Sharing Events

For this update, you can now share too much more platforms than before. Share any screen and countdown to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many other platforms.

In the next few weeks expect to see a whole heap of video tutorials on all channels on social. So follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find all the videos.

Sharing Options

This video tutorial turned into a blog post will help you understand all the share capabilities for the iPhone version of the app. This is for Ios only. This came in joint second to the previous video in our Twitter poll.

You can now share pretty much any screen from the app, but what has improved is the places you can share your countdowns to. As you may know in Version 3.0 Facebook sharing was broken and we fixed it for Version 4.0.

Firstly when you want to share a countdown, tap on the share button, square with an arrow. Then if you have your sound turned on you will hear a camera clicker sound. Then a pop up will appear at the top of the screen reminding you to use the hashtags we provide. They are already saved to your clipboard so you just have to paste them. You can now share to a larger range of networks. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SMS, Email, Photos and more. If you want to share it to other networks, then tap on more and you will get the options to do so.

So say you want to share to Facebook, there is no preset text so add what you want. Sharing with Instagram will ask you to copy to Instagram, and it will open up Instagram for you. Sharing to Twitter, will give you preset text, delete what you wish and keep whatever you think is appropriate. When sharing via SMS and Email we do have a longer preset text, of course again delete if you wish. Tapping Photos, will save the screenshot to your photos album. You will see a pop up appear telling you it saved.

Sharing from any screen of the app is pretty simple, tap on Menu three lines then look for the share app button.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, we will be releasing more tutorials very soon. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook. Check out the original video here.

New Rides for Disneyland Parks

Disney 23 Expo was on this past weekend and we found out a lot of exciting news about upcoming movies and upcoming rides for this parks. So as you may know we are big fans of Disneyland here on our blog and thought it only felt appropriate to share our favourite new rides coming to Disneyland.

If you don’t have any clue what Disney 23 Expo is well it’s a massive fan based event in the Anaheim Convention Centre. They have huge announcements for rides and future films and this event runs every other year. So, this year was no exception it had some amazing news about improvements and new additions to the parks.

As you may already know Disneyland has been making way for more Star Wars attractions for some time now. Disneyland is going all out on future lands and rides, such as the Star Wars: The Galaxy’s Edge which will be a land full of immersive experiences. If you are die hard Star Wars fan then you might be familiar with the cantina scene and you can get yourself a glass of blue milk and a perfect music tone to set the mood, it will be like you are in the movie. As of right now, there are a lot Disneyland resorts which are based on classic Disney characters, but a first time for the Disneyland parks will be a Star Wars themed resort. The stay will be like no other resort stay at the park, you will be a citizen of the galaxy as soon as you check in. You will get the right costume and many other exciting opportunities as a new citizen of the galaxy. All the stay will be filled with immersive experiences that you will cherish forever. No real news on what to offer but it makes it all that more exciting if you don’t know really what to expect.

So as you might already be aware of is that the Hollywood Tower of Terror was closed down for a Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride. We had a funny feeling we might be seeing more of the Marvel universe come to the parks in the future. They have plans for new rides which will be situated at Epcot, so it is said that the reason why a Guardians of the Galaxy ride will come to Epcot instead of the parks is that when Peter Quill (Star-Lord) was a big fan of the place when he was younger. So, it seems like a fitting place to place the new ride. 2021 is the big 50th anniversary for Walt Disney World Resort, to coincide they wanted to add an attraction such as a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride and a new Ratatouille inspired ride which will link to the France pavilion.

In other Disneyland news, transportation has been on the parks minds for some time since the Walt Disney World Resort is roughly the size of the city of San Francisco. Which is a lot of space to cover and well can be tricky to get to all parks? So, they want to introduce Minnie Mouse themed vehicles which will help take them from place to place at the parks. They will also include some air travel in the form of a new Disney Skyliner, it will help to get to all locations in the resort. All locations will be linked up to the Skyliner, so you can travel and see the parks from a whole new angle.

We hope you are as excited about all the new rides at the parks as we are, in the comments let us know what you are most looking forward to. Don’t forget to tag your Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus or #countdown.