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Roadmap: PocketMod for MouseCal

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

I have been a fan of the Hipster PDA for years now. I carry it everywhere I go. So when I created MouseCal, I had a desire to “integrate” it with the Hipster. I have been trying to figure out the best way to do this. One idea that I have is to implement a PocketMod with a calendar/agenda of events. I have some incentive to try and develop something soon, as I will be going to Disney World at the beginning of August. This will be a good oportunity to “field test” a PocketMod with MouseCal data.

MouseCal

Friday, July 18th, 2008

I have just launched MouseCal. MouseCal is a web application that publishes the operating hours of the Walt Disney World parks in iCalendar format. The iCalendar data can be displayed in online calendars, like Google Calendar. This can be very useful when planning your next trip to Walt Disney World. For instance, after adding a park calendar to Google Calendar, you can visually see when it opens and closes. It will also include any Extra Magic Hours that the park has for the particular day. This information can be useful not only for determining when you plan to visit the parks, but also in planning where you will eat. Dining at Disney has become quite popular. It has become common that you need to make advanced dining reservations for many of the popular locations. For instance, I just made an ADR on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 for January 12, 2009, 180 days away, for breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. This is a “character meal”, where the Disney princesses visit you while you eat, inside Cinderella’s castle. (The icon for the Magic Kingdom.) The calendar information from MouseCal can help you decide when to make your ADR. For instance, you may see that a park is open later with an Extra Magic Hour evening so you plan on a later dinner. Or you see that the Magic Kingdom will be open until 2 am; so don’t make an ADR for breakfast the day after–you’ll probably want to sleep in a bit. (Yeah right! How can anyone sleep at Walt Disney World. I mean, it is too exciting to sleep. :-) )