Best Tips for Disneyland Paris ✨🏰✨

It’s been some time since we did any Disneyland related blog posts, so we wanted to share some of the best tips for Disneyland Paris. We will split this into sections to read the parts you feel will help you out the most.

Weather

So unlike in Florida where it is always sunny and barely a chance of rain or snow. You need to expect the worst to happen in terms of weather. So if you visit in October then bring jumpers and a light raincoat, this works especially if you need to keep warm and dry during the night shows. You might think the park is small but it really doesn’t so do take some great weatherproof shows. It will help as you don’t want to walk around the park and end up having blisters and feeling tired so fast.

Book a Disney Hotel

This is more of a tip if you have not booked yet, but good to keep in mind for the next trip to Disneyland as well. It is always best to stay in a Disneyland hotel as you can get a free shuttle service to the parks from Disneyland hotels. It also only takes around 10 minutes to walk to the park. Tons of extras get thrown in as well if you choose a Disneyland hotel, such as park tickets come included in the price of your hotel stay, on-site shop and restaurant. If you choose to book a non-Disneyland hotel it can take up to an hour to get back which means less time in the park.

Arrive Early

Much like the parks in the US, if you do end up staying in a park in the US. You will be given early access to the parks, from 8am. This gives you a head start of 2 hours to get on rides, so you don’t have to wait behind everyone. This works well for the type of rides where you cannot get fast pass tickets for.

Food

Disneyland has some great food options as well if you do end up staying in the hotels then plan when you want to eat. If you think about eating when everyone else does you will get stuck in a queue for the table. It is advised online to eat before everyone does. Booking a table could be ideal as well since you won’t have to queue. So, plan a day ahead this will help if you are going in a large group. You can if you don’t want to have a sit-down lunch grab food from food stands around the park.

We hope these few tips helped you figure out what is best for your next Disneyland Paris trip. Tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdown and #countdownplus so we can see them.

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Themes and Styling

This blog tutorial will show you the new editing tools when adding images to an event. This is for Ios only.

When adding events or editing events, you can add images, but on Version 3.0, editing was rather laborious. Now we have neatened up the editing process for your countdowns. So let’s start with an already created event, but where you find all the editing options for the event is exactly the same even when you create a new event. So tap on Settings, then scroll down to Appearance and Style then tap on Themes and Style.

Now you will see all the editing options, if you want to change the style of the countdown then you change that with the top drop-down menu. Change the style of font or colour at the bottom of the screen. Then most importantly you will want to add an image to the countdown so tap on the camera icon.

Then once you are done editing the event, tap on the arrow to go back and then tap Done when you are all finished.

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.

Current Updates for Android and iPhone

If you have been following us recently on Facebook, you may have noticed a few more updates on the progress of Android and iPhone. We just wanted to catch you all up on what we are currently working on this month and next month.

As mentioned in the last update posted on our blog post, we have released a new version for Android which is Version 4.0. Since release, we have faced several issues but managed to solve quite a lot very fast. Right now, we are trying to solve issues with the settings tab, crashes in the app, issues with video ads and a few other minor issues. We have been delayed in sorting out these issues in the app due to unforeseen circumstances with our team. If you notice any other issues in the app, then don’t hesitate to message us on Facebook and we will try our best, to help you with that issue.

Work has started on the iPhone version of the app already, but due to the issues on Android, we have been yet again set back because of this. We are aiming to switch the servers as well since they have caused a lot of problems in recent months on both versions of the app. This won’t take effect until we are 100% satisfied it is stable enough for release. Meaning it might not happen until the end of the year.

If you want to stay informed on updates and progress of the app then the best place to follow us is on Facebook. We are aiming to post more information on updates to our Facebook from now on. 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.

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

 

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.

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.

Holiday Tab

We have another video tutorial turned into a blog post for you. For this blog tutorial, we will show you the Holiday tab features. This is for iOS only. It came 2nd in our Twitter poll, so thanks for voting.

Holidays Tab is new to Version 4.0, the feature works best if you purchase the app from the App Store or via the lite version. You can add events from all across the world.

Adding events from the list is simple, choose the country you want to add the event from. Just tap on the Country up top and change it. Then find the event you want, tap on the plus button and it will add it to your timeline. So easy to see the Holiday tab events on your timeline, because we added an emoji flag. Of course, it presets the style to calendar type so change the style if you wish.

So there is of course more to the holiday tab, if you want to find out more info to see if the holiday is regional you can. Also if you say add an event from Japan, it will translate the holiday name as well. You can share the page of course if you wish, by tapping on the share button. Each event also has a holiday code. If you want to add the code you can do, if you want to find out more on event codes then watch this video.

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.