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UPDATED: Disney Vacation Connection Desktop Widget

posted on April 20th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

UPDATE – June 2: The Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget is now available. You can try it by visiting and clicking the “Download Now” button. Check it out and let us know what you think.

UPDATE – 9:09 p.m. May 7: We’re aware of some downloading issues with the desktop widget. Our vendor is working on the issue right now and we hope to have this resolved as soon as we can.

UPDATE – May 7: It’s here. We’ve launched the new Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget and it’s ready for you to explore. Just visit and click the “Download Now” button. Also, if you’d like a quick tour to see what it’s all about, check out the video from our earlier “sneak peek” post below.

Disney Vacation Connection Desktop Widget

Today, we’re sharing a sneak peek at the new Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget –- that’s it…right there with Pluto. When you open the red suitcase on your computer screen you’ll find valuable news, calendars and information about Disney theme parks, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club. It’ll be easy to try. Just download the widget to your desktop (free of charge) and you can customize planning for your next vacation, find special events and ticket prices and create a personalized Disney vacation countdown. Here’s a quick walk through showing how it’ll work.

Disney Vacation Connection is not quite ready yet but you can sign up to receive notice when it officially launches. Also, please let us know what you think in comments.

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Amy from NC on April 20th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I love it! Too bad we leave this friday for 10 magical days at Disney World. I guess I will have to start planning another trip so I can use this!


Mary on April 20th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Looks like it is going to be a great one stop experience! Can’t wait for it to launch!!!


Suzannah from FL on April 20th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

WHAT?! How cool is this?? You’ve really thought of every possible need in this widget. Excellent idea…can’t wait to see it in action.


Mike from FL on April 20th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

The widget looks awesome. The design is beautiful. However, I think it is displaying far too much information for a widget. The point of a widget is to give you quick “at a glance” information. This widget seems to be designed as something that would be used for a minimum of 5 minutes, and most likely 30+ minutes. It has practically your entire vacation crammed into it. I’m not saying that’s bad (in fact it’s totally awesome), but it’d probably be better to develop this a proper application or web-based application instead, considering how it will be used.


Eric from WI on April 20th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Very cool – would’ve loved to have it for our trip to WDW in a week?


Crystal from VA on April 20th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I can’t wait! I signed up a few weeks ago for the notification. Like we aren’t excited enough about our upcoming trip! 😉 I like the countdown feature and would love if we can access park hours and operational updates from the “connection”. We are always worried that one of our favorites will be down for refurbishment during our visit. It’s easier to prepare the kids ahead of time than to get to the ride and find out that day.


Kristi on April 20th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Just please remember that a lot of people use the web at libraries, school, etc., and aren’t allowed to download stuff; a lot of sites are forgeting that these days. So please don’t make this the only access to, well, anything.
(A Public Librarian)


Jayne on April 20th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

This is fantastic! As a loyal Disneyland lover, this will only add to the wonderful trips we plan! Thank you!!


Julia on April 20th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I think this is great I am looking forward to planning my families next disney vacation we hope to go with another family to disney world next year I can’t wait and neither can my 5 year old and almost 3 year old.


Barbara on April 20th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

This is great! I have been using the DVC one but this one looks more versitle. Can’t wait to download it! Thanks Disney!


Larry from OH on April 20th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

It looks both useful AND fun… I’m looking forward to having it on my desktop — and just in time for our December trip!


Saudade from FL on April 20th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Ooh! Nice! I can’t wait to try it out. Looks like loads of fun.
Just another way to help me look forward for our Disney vacations and cruises!


Penny on April 20th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

This looks like a blast! Will there be a way for me to add it to my blog?


robert on April 20th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

This is great!!! Thank you so much for creating this!


Joyanne from NJ on April 20th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

One word “AWESOME!!!!!


Lisa from IN on April 20th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

We’re planning a trip for next January, so this will be awesome. Thanks!!


Vickie from OH on April 20th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

This is adorable! You wouldn’t expect anything less from Disney!


Kelly on April 20th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Love it. As a DVC member I would love to see this on that site as well.


Shanell from NJ on April 20th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I can’t wait to try it! It looks better than the DVC one I use now.


Teresa on April 20th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I SOOO want one of these!! Our Disney vacation is in 127 days and I would LOVE a countdown!!


tammy on April 20th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

so wish to go back to Disney last time in 2008 while there Daddy passed away and had to leave. Want to see Mickie and all the gang. When are the specials posted? Like Nov 28-dec5 2010 2 adults with dining plan and magic your way NO water parks, transportation or air needed. Thanks


Robert on April 20th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

We leave in 25 days so we won’t be able to use this but it looks great! Disney is always coming up with something new and awesome! Our next trip will be with our little boy and I look forward to the countdown.
-Robert’s Wife, Tiffany <3


Jodi from CA on April 20th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Wow, that looks very cool. I hope they remember to make it available for Mac users too. All to often Mac users get left out in the cold (this has happened in the past with Disney computer applications, etc.).


Jennifer from IL on April 20th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

can’t wait to give it a try, looks great!! we are planning a trip in february and it seems that there is so much information hopefully this will help! Don’t tease us, lets get it up and running!


Jan from OH on April 20th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

make the calendar interactive. Let me put in my hotel reservation number and the pre-populate all the park hours for me…or better yet, let me choose which parks to add hrs for. Then let me add my dining reservations and even events or parade times so I can get rid of my excel spreadsheet I put together every year.


Jason on April 20th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Let’s hope that an iPhone app isn’t far behind!


Donna from NJ on April 20th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

can’t wait to utilize this new tool! I too, signed up when I first received news on it for our upcoming trip….love Disney!


Anna Marie on April 21st, 2010 at 9:41 am

This a wonderful idea! I hope it will be ready by this Christmas, that is when we will be planning our return to the Greatest Place on Earth. Can’t wait!


katie from NY on April 21st, 2010 at 12:31 pm

yay for planning a mac version in advance of its release!


Elizabeth on April 21st, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Will this replace Disney Link? That’s always been buggy for me…


michael on April 21st, 2010 at 4:32 pm

being a disney fan for many years i think this might be very useful.:)


Brian on April 22nd, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I can’t wait! This is going to be a great tool for planning!


Nancy on April 24th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Very cool – I like it!


Cynthia from VA on April 25th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

I am so excited to start using this for our summer trip! Thanks, Disney!


Arlene from FL on April 28th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

WOW! The Disney magic just keeps on coming. I can’t get enough, so looking forward to using it. It never gets tired!


Sherri from ID on April 28th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Excellent! Just booked a trip and can’t wait to use this new tool. Probably will never get any work done because I’ll be playing with this. Good thing I’m the boss!


Cherise on April 29th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

How exciting, we have just booked our trip so we can not wait to get to use this new tool!


Don from IL on April 30th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

This should be a lot fun to use. We are going in June so I hope we can use it.


Lacey from TX on April 30th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hoping we could use this for our trip in October. It looks like an awesome resource! Anyone know a launch date?


Kathleen on May 4th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

It looks like a fantastic idea, I hope it launches before I go on my Disney Vacation on May22nd,2010


Katherine from MN on May 4th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Great widget. Hope to use it for our next trip. Anything Disney is always a winner at our house


Shonda from AL on May 5th, 2010 at 12:40 am

I love planning our trips to Disney, this is going to make it that much better. Can’t wait!! I too hope that an IPhone app is in the works!!


jose from NL on May 6th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

It’s simple as Disney, the simple idea of Magic in my Desktop is “PRICELESS”. I can’t not wait to spread this pixie tool with family


Belinda on May 7th, 2010 at 7:21 am

This is wonderful! Wish I could have used it for our upcoming trip in 2 weeks. We can’t wait.


Daniel on May 7th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Looks great but I get an error message when clicking the download link. :-(


Sarah on May 7th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

When i click the download link nothing happens.. help please?


Brittany on May 7th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

The download button doesn’t work :(


Cynthia on May 7th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

yes i am having the same problem as Sarah! please help!


Debbie from NY on May 7th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

It doesn’t seem to work for me either. Is there any way to get some sort of notice when it actually is available so we can download it? We only get an error notice and no place to sign up for e-mail alerts.


PEGGY from NY on May 7th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I’m also having problems. I’ve been trying for the last 2 hours and nothing. I tried both Internet Explorer and Firefox and it doesn’t work on either one.


Thomas Smith on May 7th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Hi Peggy, please try now.

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