Customize, track times, order food and more with the Universal app (Photo: Universal Orlando)
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If you're planning a vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort the official app is the ultimate must-have. It can help you plan your day with helpful tools like up-to-the-minute wait times and interactive guide maps—but there's so much more to it than just wait times! Here are 5 reasons why the official Universal Orlando app can help you get more from your next trip.

Everything You Need at Your Fingertips
Once you download the official Universal Orlando app to your Apple or Android device you can start accessing interactive maps for the entire resort, including the theme parks, Universal CityWalk and the on-site hotels. During your stay you can see ride wait times, find showtimes and dining hours, and even filter searches to only show certain types of rides and more. A real handy tool is the bathroom locator. You can even set a parking reminder so you won't forget which section and row you parked in by the end of the day.

The App Can Be Your Virtual Wallet
Before you even arrive at the resort you can set up the app's Virtual Wallet feature. This convenient option allows you to purchase and redeem items like Universal Express passes and more, while keeping everything in one easy to access place. If you visit Universal's Volcano Bay water park this option will allow you to pay for food, merchandise and more using your wearable TapuTapu wristband. No more running back to the locker to grab your credit card! Just set a secret pin using the app before you arrive and then tap your TapuTapu to pay all day.

Create Your Family's Custom Favorites List
One of the best and most useful, yet often overlooked, features on the app allows you to add any attractions to a custom favorites list. Not only does this make it easier to see the rides you want to do most, sorted right at the top, but it also allows you to set push notification alerts to let you know when wait times for these rides are low. You can also set reminders for showtimes you don't want to miss and even view a map that's customized with only your favorites, making it easier to locate them in the park.

Don't Miss Out with Special Notifications
The app can keep also you up to date with everything happening at the park you're currently in. You can get helpful event reminders and the latest updates and schedule changes sent directly to your device. If you choose to turn on app notifications you could even receive special offers that aren't available to guests that aren't on the app, including location-based offers depending on where you are in the parks.

Order Meals On The Go and Skip the Line
One of the newest features for the mobile app can also save you a lot of time! Place your food and drink orders directly through the app for many of the restaurants in the parks. Then when the food is ready, you just pick it up from the window and find your seats. No need to wait in line to order and pay. For example: you can place an order while waiting in line for a ride, then after riding hit the "Prepare My Order" button and start walking that way. By the time you arrive your food may already be waiting for you! Now that's convenience.

The official Universal Orlando Resort app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android devices. It's completely free, and you can download it today to start planning your next vacation. Once you've arrived, you can connect to free Wi-Fi throughout the parks and Universal CityWalk. Isn't technology great?