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.

User Inspired Music Posts from Instagram

If you read last week’s blog post then you will know we are carrying on with your countdowns from Instagram. Last week is was about holidays, this week it is about music since recently a lot of bands have announced new tours. As always if you want to be featured on any of our User Inspired posts just use the #countdownplus or #countdown on all social media channels.

Right so first up is, @rachelpotts_ who is off to see Ed Sheeran next year, in Newcastle. So if you aren’t aware just last weekend he released brand new tickets for his 2018 tour. Ever since his year-long hiatus, he has been releasing new music and been busy touring for most of 2017 and doing the rounds of the festival circuit too. As of the past couple of years, his tours tend to sell out fast. We did some digging ourselves and when tickets were announced you could still get seats but obviously very high up in the arena and for a reasonable price of around £55. If you didn’t see it on Twitter, you may have seen the backlash of the price of tickets for a good view of him was going for £80 which to some was rather unreasonable. Apart from that, from what we have heard in the past he is someone who is amazing to see live, so if you were one of the lucky ones who got themselves tickets then you should be in for a real treat. He has announced new dates for his tour so make sure you follow him on Instagram for more updates on his tour.

Next up is @laurajaynedarling who is off to see Harry Styles in November in Glasgow. If you weren’t aware Harry Styles along with a lot of old One Direction boys has released new music. Shortly after he released new music he decided to go on tour. This is his first ever solo tour so will be interesting to see how he performs alone on stage without the One Direction boys. Sign of the Times was his first solo track and managed to rack up 88 Million views on the music video on YouTube. It managed to get to No.1 here in the UK. His album Harry Styles managed to reach No.1 in the UK and the US which is amazing. We can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of him on tour and for new music in the future from him as well. Unfortunately, he has sold out for most of his tour, we did some digging around ourselves and you can get tickets but it’s very rare and the seats won’t be as good so maybe expect to travel further for tickets.

Got the countdown going! @harrystyles #harrystyles #music #love #countdown

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We hope you enjoyed both of our users inspired posts this week. If you want to be featured on our Instagram Stories then simply use the #countdown and #countdownplus on your posts and don’t forget to tag us in all your countdown photos on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram here.

User Inspired Posts from Instagram

We are midway through the summer months and we have been seeing a huge amount of holiday countdowns on Instagram. You share so many countdowns on Instagram and it is our favourite platform. We have selected some of the favourite countdowns from Instagram to give you some holiday inspiration. Over the month of July we will be posting a lot more User Inspired content to our blog so follow along to see more posts.

Right let’s get into this post with a post from @0ojones who is off to San Francisco in October this year and she is off too many more locations but we loved the sound of San Francisco. San Francisco is famous for many things such as Lombard Street the winding road, Golden Gate Bridge which you can see in many stunning photos online and The Castro. First few tips to get you started that we found online is that you should bring a jacket and expect it to be rather breezy. When you go expect to walk a lot or rely on Uber for longer travel journeys. If you love seeing breathtaking art and getting some much-needed exercise then head to the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, it will make for the perfect Instagram photo. Now if you are a lot older and watched Full House or the remake on Netflix you might be aware of the famous houses in San Francisco. They are called The Pink Ladies, which are 7 iconic houses which you can find in San Francisco either on foot or by the bus tour. We mentioned Lombard Street which is a famous long winding road in San Francisco. It has 8 hairpin turns, you can drive down it if you feel brave enough. Not only is grabbing a taxi a great way around town but trying out the cable cars are a must do if you feel like being a true tourist. So we hope that gives you enough inspiration on what to do in San Francisco.

Lots to look forward to #holidays #vacation #sanfrancisco #malta #milan #andalusia #countdown

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Next up is @meow_meow_smith who is off to Florence, Italy soon. We have been following her countdown for some time now and been sharing her countdowns on our Instagram Stories as well. So we only felt it was right to feature her countdown on our blog. So Florence is a stunning place to visit in Italy, as soon as you type Florence into Pinterest you get the most stunning photos and great ideas for things to do. So featured in her photo is the Duomo, which is a stunning cathedral which can be viewed from many locations. The Cathedral is breathtaking inside and outside a must do when visiting Florence. If you are looking for the even more interesting place to visit then head to the Ponte Vecchio which is said to be Florence’s oldest and most picturesque bridge which holds many buildings. The buildings on the bridge are actually shops which range from jewellers to silversmiths. The city is best visited from above so head to either Duomo or Palazzo Vecchio for that stunning Instagram photo of the city. You can actually climb the bell tower or dome at the Duomo. If you don’t want to queue up for the views then head to the Palazzo Vecchio as apparently, you don’t have to queue as long since the Duomo is a touristy spot. Well, Italy is famous for pasta and pizza so why not indulge in some amazing at the Osteria Santo Spirito Restaurant on the south side of Arno. If you don’t want pasta then head to Gusta Pizza for apparently the best pizza in Florence.

We hope you enjoyed both of our users inspired posts this week. Check back in next week for more user inspired posts. If you want to be featured on our Instagram Stories then simply use the #countdown and #countdownplus on your posts and don’t forget to tag us in all your countdown photos on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram here.

How to use C+ for vacations

So the last few posts have been about work and school so we wanted to share some tips on vacations. We love seeing all of your vacation countdowns on social media. So we wanted to share with you how you can have a fabulous vacation trip via the app.

 

Planning

Once you get your friends together and find out a date you all agree on then, you can add those all important dates to the app. Share the event code and don’t forget to make the event public so everyone can countdown with you.

 

Image Packs

If you are going on several vacations then don’t forget to personalise the countdown with the selection of great images from our image packs. We have a few vacation inspired images to choose from. You could also add your own images or images from Facebook.

 

Share Event

Once you have all the dates sorted and you finish personalising the event then you should start to share the event on social media which as mentioned a lot of our users do. Twitter we don’t see enough holiday countdowns so do get Sharing via the share buttons on the app.

 

Past Events

Then a sad feeling of knowing the event is over is not a nice feeling, but you can keep the old events to see how long since an event. This should then spur you on to actually add some new holiday events to the app. The repeat from the top.

 

We hope this gave you some more ideas on what to do with your vacation countdowns. So get sharing on social as we love seeing your countdowns use #countdown and #countdownplus

How to use C+ to revise for exams

Last week we talked about how you could use Countdownplus for work but this week it is all about how to use the app for exams. Exam season is already in full swing here in the UK and some of you may or may not still be revising in between exams. We have some tips below to help you revise for your exams.

Share Events

Much like with using the app for work, a lot of the time some of your friends will be revising for the same exam. So you could set up a countdown to say a particular subject like History, then you can personalise it, even if it is a countdown to an exam. Then share the code with your friends, so all of you are aware of when the exam is and how long you have left to revise for the exam. If you need an in-depth tutorial then check out the tutorial in blog form or video form.

 

Add Images

You might not want to add images to your exam countdowns and only add pictures to your exciting events. Think of it as an easy way to keep organised and make exams seem less boring. We recommend using some images from our image packs, which is an in-app purchase but adds colour to your countdowns. We think the pattern packs might suit your needs best. It will make your countdown timeline come to life.

 

App Icon Countdown

We have a feature called App Icon Countdown and it displays a number of days to your next countdown event. So this will really help out if your next event is an exam and you need to know quickly how many more days left till an event. If you want to turn it on then Open the App-More-App Icon Countdown and make sure it is turned on (green switch).

We hope these few tips helped you feel you could be more organised for any exams you have this year or for the future. Don’t forget to tag your countdowns with #countdown and #countdownplus

How you can use C+ for work

Countdownplus can be a great tool to use for not only your personal life but for work. We want to highlight some of our amazing features to help you with your work life.

Calendar

A lot of time you will get meetings sent to you via your work email address, so our phone calendars get filled up with the meetings. One good way to make sure you never miss any of your meetings in the day is to simply add your events from the calendar tab on the app. You can add them at the touch of a button, simply tap on the plus button for any of the events you want to countdown to. If you need an in-depth tutorial then check out the tutorial in blog form or video form.

 

Location Tags

If you spend more time out of the office and go on site to a few places and don’t want to forget which meeting is in what building. You can now in Version 4.1 of the app, add a location tag just like you can on Instagram. Scroll down to the bottom of the edit countdown screen, you will find a location option. To check the location of the event, then hit the notepad to view the event details.

 

Share Events

Adding everyone who needs to attend the meeting can be a bit time-consuming. Why not add colleagues to the app, and you can all follow along with the event. This could help if you have a lot of recurring events since with our app, you can set it to countdown to repeat itself, every day, every week, every 2 weeks, every 4 weeks, every month and every year. Or this could be a great way to make sure everyone is aware of a new product launch or just your usual Monday morning meetings. If you need an in-depth tutorial then check out the tutorial in blog form or video form.

We hope these few tips helped you out, let us know in the comments here if it did. Don’t forget to tag your countdowns with #countdown and #countdownplus.

Beginner’s guide to Disneyland

We write a lot of Disneyland based blog posts and wanted to share with you a beginner’s guide to Disneyland. We sourced some of the best info we could find on Pinterest and blog sites.

When to attend

So as shared before it’s best to go during term time at school and avoid all national holidays if you can. Bare in mind it is totally down to when is best for you and sometimes visiting during national holidays can be a great time to see special shows and eat some seasonal foods.

Photo opportunity

If you are going to the park with family or friends, please remember not to bring your selfie sticks as these are frowned upon at the park. If whilst at the park for the first time you want to see your favourite Disney characters then, the meet and greet with characters might suit you. You can meet several of your favourite characters.

Tickets

If you want to fast track a lot of rides then we recommend getting yourself a fast pass. For a limited time on rides, you can queue jump and not have to wait hours to get on a ride. This is highly recommended if you are going to get on a ride which is very popular. You can grab tickets at the entrance of rides at the park, you just pay a little extra to queue jump.

Firework Show

Attending a firework show is a must when visiting Disneyland for the first time, or check out the special parades. We want to share the best places to actually view the fireworks which are, the further away you get from the castle the more obstructions will block your view. If you don’t mind setting up camp 2 hours before the show the try and find a spot to sit near the Partners Statue.

Food

There are many food items and always new ones around the seasonal holidays. We have talked about Disneyland items before but a few fan favourites are as follows. The Mickey ears ice cream bar which is so simple but a staple at the parks. Dole whip which sounds amazing and we are yet to enjoy or try the Dole Float. The Mickey Pretzel is a firm favourite for many as a great savoury snack, you can find it at many food carts. We have seen so many gorgeous pictures of the Bacon Mac and Cheese inside from a bread cone which sounds amazing, can be found at the Cars Land. There are much more but these are great, to begin with.

Let us know if you are off to Disneyland in the comments and don’t forget to tag your countdowns or Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.