“Ideas come from curiosity.”
~ Walt Disney
December 2019 - Ideas come from curiosity
Our family took our first Disneyland vacation since my partner was diagnosed with celiac disease. Disneyland Resort did an outstanding job accommodating our dietary needs, but the lack of a robust meal planning tool meant we still experienced a lot of food stress while and lost valuable park during our visit.
On the way home the initial concept was developed for a website to curate gluten-friendly dining information for the Disneyland Resort.
January 2020 - #100DaysOfCode
Glutenfree-Land began life as a #100DaysOfCode project to learn Ruby on Rails.
February 2020 - Glutenfree-Land becomes the Friendliest.app
The project scope increased...considerably. We quickly expanded from just gluten-friendly options to include all of the top 8 food allergens. And we started roadmapping additional functionality, like creating and sharing meal lists, the ability to like and comment on restaurants and meals and matching meals to your dietary needs.
The project also received a new name - The Friendliest.app, your allergy-friendly companion to the Happiest Place on Earth.
March 2020 - COVID 19
COVID-19 stopped the world, including the Disneyland Resort and active development on the Friendliest.app.
November 2020 - Welcome back Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney District reoponed with limited shopping and food options. The Friendliest.app development also resumed in a limited fashion.
March 2021 - Light at the end of the tunnel
California announced theme parks could reopen with restrictions starting April 1st. Development of the Friendliest.app ramped back up. Our goal was to have the app in public beta before Disneyland reopened on April 30th.
April 2021 - Public beta - we made it!
One week before the Disneyland Resort theme parks were set to reopen, the Friendliest.app launched its public beta, completely free to celebrate the occasion.
April 2022 - Out of beta and completely free!
After one year of running the Friendliest.app (and one year of Disneyland being reopen), we are offically out of Beta! Additionally, we have removed the paid subscription tier.
The Friendliest.app is now completely free, though some functions require creating an account (also completely free). We are also still entirely ad-free and affiliate-free.
If you would like to support the Friendliest.app, you can use the 'Buy us a Churro' button at the bottom of the app.
August 2022 - Introducing BINGO
Disney is raising their Magic Key renewal prices, so we're adding new free features to the Friendliest.app.
You can now go to the BINGO area to see randomly-generated, print-friendly Disneyland BINGO cards.
You can also use the filters to limit BINGO squares to specific parks and areas at the DL Resort or add seasonal squares. For users who have signed up for a free account, you can also share your BINGO cards and suggest new squares.