Pokémon GO at Walt Disney World - Tips and Tricks

Pokemon Go game and app

The Pokémon GO invasion is in full force.  It has taken over sidewalks, parks, museums, restaurants, churches, and, now, the Walt Disney World Resort.  If you've noticed crowds of people that appear to be walking around aimlessly while staring into their cell phones, then the Pokémon GO invasion has affected you as well.  

So, what exactly is Pokémon GO?  It is an app for smart phones that uses "augmented reality".  This means that users will hold up their phone, and the app will use the phone's camera, allowing the user to see the same image as if they were taking a picture.  The difference is that the app then overlaps the picture with characters and game elements, immersing the player into a different reality.  Here is an example of what a user might see:

pokemon go game screen

Players follow a map around on their phone, which syncs with Google maps.  As an example, this is how Pokémon GO has taken over the city of Boston:

Pokemon GO invades Boston

So, the big question now is, how can Pokémon GO affect our experience within Walt Disney World.  Theme Park Tourist shared some great tips with us, such as where Pokémon characters might show up, that you need to accept that some game elements are in parts of the parks that aren't accessible, and more.  To read the full article, please click here.

Our major tip is to stay aware of your surroundings while playing Pokémon GO.  Don't go wandering into traffic, bumping into other Disney World guests, or, worst of all, lose track of time and miss your FastPass reservations.

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