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How to Take Disney MaxPass to the Max!

by Leap on July 20, 2017 88 Los Angeles

Disney MaxPassAlright everyone. Take everything you know about theme park lines and just throw it away. Just kidding ... well, kinda. Disney MaxPass is here to shake things up. We have spent several days literally hopping from one ride to the next without standing in line or running all over the park to collect FASTPASSes. While our daily step count is down, our ride numbers are way up. Disneyland recently revamped its free FASTPASS system, which is still in place, and introduced an optional paid service called Disney MaxPass. The wait is over.

This optional paid program allows guests to book Disney FASTPASS reservations through the Disneyland Resort mobile app and allows unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads for the day. The initial price for Disney MaxPass is $10 per person, per ticket, per day. Guests may purchase Disney MaxPass when they purchase their ticket or as an add-on through the Disneyland mobile App once they enter either theme park. Annual Passholders may purchase just a day through the app after entering the park, or purchase an annual plan for $75 that expires when their current pass expires. Guests still have the option to scan their park tickets at individual FASTPASS attractions with no additional charge.

We’ve hopped between both parks to review how this program affects a family's visit. Here are our thoughts on how to take Disney MaxPass to the max to maximize your time in the park and explain how it works.

Disney MaxPass - PhotoPass at Disney California Adventure

We've tried to anticipate the questions you have and played around with Disney MaxPass (and its accompanying Disney PhotoPass) to see what works, what doesn’t and most importantly how to conserve phone battery in the park. We will keep investigating MaxPass and updating this post with all the information as we sleuth it out.

Disney MaxPass - What You Need To Know

What is Disney MaxPass?

From the Disney Parks Blog: "Disney MaxPass provides unlimited downloads of high-resolution PhotoPass images along with mobile booking and redemption of Disney FASTPASS return times through the Disneyland App. Disney MaxPass will be available for an introductory price of $10 a day." It isn't replacing the existing FASTPASS, it will be used concurrently with it and with existing FASTPASS queues.

It is important to understand that all FASTPASS reservations — whether they are made through MaxPass or obtained through the paper FASTPASS distribution kiosks — are now linked to a guest’s park admission ticket (or annual pass). Everything is electronically linked. This has some positive benefits that you will learn about as you read down.

Does the $10 cover my whole family? 

Disney Maxpass - Toy Story Midway Mania

Disney MaxPass is $10 per ticket, per person. Each member of your group will connect his or her park admission ticket to MaxPass. You may do that ahead of the day you're visiting, but it won't be active until the day you visit. Everyone in your party needs an individual FASTPASS, so everyone will need Disney MaxPass. Party of 4 x $10 = $40. If someone in your party does not enjoy most of the attractions that offer FASTPASS or is too short, you might avoid buying them a MaxPass and use the Rider Switch service as well.

Keep in mind that the Rider Switch service has changed to a new digital system as well. When the first riders are ready to ride, the entire party must check in at the FASTPASS return line. You'll be divided into the first riders and the supervisors (the people staying with the small child). A maximum of three people can make up the supervising party. A Cast Member will scan the tickets of the supervisors, giving them a return time window to use after the first party has returned to take their turn in supervising the child.

One of the good things about MaxPass is that it offers flexibility. Some but not all members of a group may have MaxPass. People can manage themselves or a parent can manage everyone or even a little of both can occur. If you are managing a group, each time you reserve an attraction you can specifically select which party members want to go on each ride. You might all want to ride Soarin’, but then a smaller group might feel like braving California Screamin’. Some park hopping party members might want to break off and visit attractions in the other park. Disney MaxPass allows for that flexibility. You can even have party members in your profile who do not have benefits that day. If some members of the group are using the free FASTPASS paper ticket service, you can still link their ticket to your phone, and once they collect a FASTPASS you can see their plans show up in the app (As a mom I like that it helps me keep tabs on everyone and stay on schedule—it can be hard to remember so many return times, so I like that everyone’s reservations appear in one place). As long as everyone’s pass is synced to their device, one parent can manage the family, but the same information can appear on the group member’s app

If some members of the group are using the free FASTPASS paper ticket service, you can still link their ticket to your phone, and once they collect a FASTPASS you can see their plans show up in the app. As a mom, I like that it helps me keep tabs on everyone and stay on schedule. It can be hard to remember so many return times. I love that everyone’s reservations appear in one place. As long as everyone’s pass is synced to their device, one parent can manage the family, but the same information can appear on the group member’s app on their smartphone. Having the information on multiple devices makes it easy to adjust if group members decide to split off from the main group for a while or one of the devices runs out of battery.

How can I prepare for Disney MaxPass? 

Before your trip, download the free Disneyland Mobile App to your smartphone and anyone else’s smartphone if they plan to break off from the group. Play with it so you can get familiar with how it works and to research the ride times, where to find characters, make dining reservations, or see the types of parades and shows in the park. You can purchase single day tickets with Disney MaxPass through the app or load your pre-purchased tickets or annual passes by scanning the bar code. If you buy in advance, then scan the tickets in advance and set up your profile. Note your user name and password — sometimes you are asked to log back in. Put your credit card into the app. If you are purchasing Disneyland's new MaxPass in the app once you have entered the park, you will be glad to have had all the legwork done in advance for a smooth process. Then you can get to reserving FASTPASSES right away.

How do I purchase Disney MaxPass?

There are a couple of ways to purchase Disney MaxPass: You can get it when you purchase your tickets or through the Disneyland app once you are in the park. If you are buying your tickets online, you can choose to add Disney MaxPass to your ticket. Note that if you choose MaxPass for a multi-day ticket, it will charge you an extra $10 per day. So a 3-day ticket would have an extra $30 added to it (per person). If you do not want to buy MaxPass for all three days, do not select the option to upgrade. You can just wait to add one day to your ticket once you enter the park if, say, you do not want to pay for it every day or you just want to try it out first. There is not discount for reserving in advance so there is not risk in waiting.

Making the purchase in the park:

  1. Open the Disneyland Mobile App
  2. You’ll see the MaxPass opening screen and select Get Started
  3. Click Get FASTPASS
  4. Create a FASTPASS Party
  5. Scan Barcodes from tickets or annual passes to add party members (If you bought your tickets in advance or have annual passes, you may add your party members in advance to save time in the park)
  6. Select the members you want to purchase for (you can have party members who are not buying that day but might buy another day) and select Continue to Purchase
  7. It will confirm which party members you are and are not buying for. Click Continue to Purchase
  8. Sign in to your account (again, it is easier if you have already set up the account at home)
  9. Then Confirm & Purchase and select Purchase
  10. You should get a Confirmation. Congratulations! You may now start reserving rides.

How do I Reserve a FASTPASS with Disney MaxPass?

Disney MaxPass - Guardians of the Galaxy MaxPassIt will work much like the current FASTPASS ticketing system, except you won't need to walk to a physical FASTPASS station. Instead, you can reserve your ride time in the Disneyland Mobile App on your phone from anywhere in or near the parks (once activated). You get your FASTPASS reservation and can reserve the next reservation after a (usually) short waiting period. With MaxPass, you may reserve a FASTPASS for Disneyland if you're in Disney California Adventure, and vice versa. Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Open the Disneyland App
  2. Slide the Mickey head up
  3. Under My Plans Click Get FastPass
  4. Create FASTPASS Party—that means to select the people who want to ride on the selection you are about to make. The whole party you manage will be selected, so deselect anyone who does not want a Fastpass for that ride or does not even have a valid MaxPass for the day (if members do not have a valid pass and you select them it will take you to purchase, which can be confusing. Don’t re-purchase anything unless you want to add them on to MaxPass)
  5. Hit Continue
  6. Select a Theme Park
  7. Choose an Experience by browsing through the available attractions and times to find the ride and time that works for you.
  8. Select the timeframe
  9. Review and Confirm—hit Confirm
  10. It will say, “Congratulations! Your selection is confirmed. This party can make a new FASTPASS selection at such and such time.” Note that time. You can make a new selection even if you have not used the other Fastpasses yet. Each ride may have different FASTPASS party members.
  11. Click View my Sections and you should see the ride and the return window. Just like regular FASTPASS the window is an hour with about 5 to 10 minutes of padding on either side
  12. Click Redeem FASTPASS. It may also just pop up on your device when the pass is ready. Take your device to the FASTPASS Return entrance
  13. Take a screen shot of the reservation just in case you have trouble accessing the app or you need to check what time you can reserve your next FASTPASS

How will I use the FASTPASS at the attraction? 

Both MaxPass FASTPASSes and other FASTPASSes are scanned at the FASTPASS Return near the ride entrance. Cast Members will have you scan either your park ticket or your mobile phone at the FASTPASS Return line. We recommend scanning the theme park ticket/annual pass instead of your phone to save battery life. This works because all reservations are linked to the park ticket. Another option is to click Redeem FASTPASS and take a screen shot of the digital FASTPASS, which also works with the scanners. That helps in case of a bad signal preventing you from accessing your information during your return window and can be faster and easier to access. You can even text this screen shot of the FASTPASS to your party members if you are separated from them come ride time.

You will usually scan your phone or ticket at the ride entrance to check you in and confirm you are returning in your correct return window. Then you might scan a second time in line to erase your FASTPASS from the system (usually where the standby line and FASTPASS lines merge). It varies per ride.

How long is the waiting period between making FASTPASS Reservations?

The waiting period can vary depending on how far off your return window is from when you booked it. If a ride’s return window is less than 30 minutes away, then the waiting period is 30 minutes (unless you activate the FASTPASS within that 30 minutes—once you use it, you are free to make another reservation). If the return window begins between 30 and 90 minutes from when you booked it, then the waiting period end as soon as the return window begins (If at 2 p.m. you reserve a ride that has a return window of 3:15 to 4:15, you can make your next reservation as early as 3:15). If you choose a ride that has return time that begins more than 90 minutes from booking, then your waiting period is 90 minutes. Being able to see all the available choices can help you plan and make decisions to best manage your day.

What if I change my mind?

How many times have we gotten a FASTPASS and then were frustrated when we were barred from picking up another FASTPASS for two hours or changed our minds and didn’t want to ride that ride anymore? With Disney MaxPass, you can exercise your prerogative to change your mind by simply canceling the FASTPASS. Under My Plans, tap the name of the ride. On the bottom left you can click the x that says Cancel under it. Don’t worry. There are a few steps so you can’t accidentally delete it. It will ask you which guests want to cancel. Check the guest(s) who wants to cancel then select Cancel Selections. It will disappear for that member. We love the flexibility of this feature, especially because you can cancel for some party members but not all if some still wish to ride. This cancellation feature is another good reason to link the park tickets of people who might be using the paper FASTPASS system. If they are using the app they can cancel a reservation and make a different one.

What if the ride breaks down or closes during my return window?

This is our favorite part of using MaxPass. In the past, if a ride broke down during your FASTPASS return window, you could hold on to your FASTPASS and hope that the ride reopens before you leave so you could so you could try to ride it later. But with the new MaxPass it is like a fairy godmother has waved her wand over your smartphone and turned your FASTPASS into a Multiple Experiences pass. If you see this pass with balloons pop up in your phone, you can take this FASTPASS to ANY RIDE that offers FASTPASS in that park. You can even use it on rides that have completed FASTPASS distribution for the day. If you open the pass and scroll down, you can see a list of available ride choices.

This new system is better because if your last ride of the day breaks down, you can go on something else with this pass. This benefit is not limited to MaxPass users, but the notice with balloons only comes up in the app for MaxPass users (at least in our experience). Traditional FASTPASS users can also take their park ticket to any attraction if their ride breaks down, but unless a Cast Member shares this detail with them, they may not even know about this great benefit. MaxPass users have the advantage of the notice.

Disney MaxPass - Toy Story FASTPASS

What Are the Advantages of Disney MaxPass? 

For some people, the big one will be time. We're big on hopping between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on our visits. While we stick to our park plans, occasionally we'll wing it. We'll be in Mickey's Toontown, and suddenly the desire to go on California Screamin' will bite. FASTPASS! Under the current system, we'd be going from the back of Disneyland to the back of Disney California Adventure just to get our paper tickets! And perhaps the return time window doesn’t work for us after all. Instead of making the haul through the exits, across the esplanade, and all the way to Paradise Pier (only to find out that the return time is too late for us), we can simply open the Disneyland App and reserve a ride time. Then part of our wait time is included in the walk over.

There are several advantages to Disney MaxPass over traditional FASTPASS.

  1. You can cancel a MaxPass FASTPASS through the app.
  2. Many return windows are just a short time away, as in zero to a few minutes away. Reserve and ride—instant gratification.
  3. You can see all available rides and return windows in one park at once.
  4. You can reserve another ride in a much shorter time window. Many times we could reserve a ride and then a second ride 30 minutes later and a third a short period of time after that. We were in Disney California Adventure and were able to reserve our next three rides over in Disneyland all within short windows of each other. We hopped over to Disneyland midday and did not have to wait for any rides.
  5. The longest period of time between making reservations is an hour an a half instead of two hours with traditional paper FASTPASS.
  6. The return time windows are sometimes sooner than the traditional FASTPASS windows that are being distributed at the same time.
  7. It saves paper. The traditional free FASTPASS issues a paper reminder ticket. People use their pass or park ticket to use FASTPASS, so the paper is not needed except to remind you of your return window.
  8. All PhotoPass photos taken on a day you have MaxPass are available for free download and sharing.
  9. Multiple Experience notification in case of ride closure

Is Disney MaxPass worth it?

This is the hardest question to answer. For certain people, we think it will be worth it. Guests who are making shorter visits—1- or 2-day visits, especially during busier times—will most benefit from the service. For these people it mostly will save time and allow them to ride more rides. Annual passholders, who make a big chunk of the Disneyland-going population and have the luxury of visiting any time, are less likely feel the pressure to get it all in. Passholders do get good at maximizing their time, so if the annual fee is in their budget they may start using the service more and more. After using Disney MaxPass for one day, we can say that the $10 per person investment (especially since it comes with PhotoPass downloads) made for a fun day with zero lines on a busy summer day. Yes, a theme park ticket is already pretty pricey, but time is money. For $10 you can take hours of standing in line and apply that saved time to riding more rides or getting to enjoy more aspects of the parks.

After using Disney MaxPass for one day, we can say that the $10 per person investment (especially since it comes with PhotoPass downloads) makes for a more fun experience with zero lines on a busy summer day. Yes, a theme park ticket is already pretty pricey, but time is money. For $10 you can take hours of standing in line and apply that saved time to riding more rides or getting to enjoy more aspects of the parks.

Disney MaxPass will be the best investment for someone who plans to arrive early in the day (especially if visiting Disney California Adventure) and stay most of the day, comes prepared with external phone chargers and who loves thrills rides, since most of the FASTPASS rides are the more exciting rides. MaxPass is a great tool for people who like to park hop If you are not interested in the FASTPASS attractions (you can find a list of FASTPASS rides here), then MaxPass is not a great value for you. You can get it for some family members and not others. If you reserve a return time for three party members, you can bring three people in—in our experience nobody checks to make sure they are the same three people who purchased Disney MaxPass. So you could play with the app when traveling with a group and substitute people if you need to here and there. Technically speaking though, MaxPass is not transferable. Another way to save money is to use MaxPass on just one day of a multiday journey and then use traditional FastPass the other days or focus on other rides and attractions in the parks.

There are a few quirks still being worked out while Disney MaxPass is new. Disneyland Resort wi-fi is spottier than a speckled frog. The app does not connect well inside buildings, so choose your selections when you are outside. There were 10-minute windows where we could not access the reservations or book any new ones no matter where we stood. Disneyland was very apologetic, as this was happening to a lot of guests. We expect them to continue to streamline that process. The good news is that if you experience app trouble, you do not need to open the app to use the FastPass because your park ticket will work, as will a screenshot of the FASTPASS if you took one.

.How much does Disney MaxPass affect phone battery?

Disney MaxPass Portable Chargers

The biggest downside to Disney MaxPass is that it drains your phone battery because you are constantly going in and out of the app or searching for a signal. Do not MaxPass without a portable charger. They sell them in the park for $30 and they come with unlimited cartridge exchanges. You can also buy one elsewhere. MaxPass can take you from 100% to 5% in 3 to 4 hours! There are a few electrical outlets in the parks. You can find some near some restrooms, but sitting outside a restroom to charge your phone for an hour is not why you pay for an app that helps you save time. We played with a few ideas to help conserve phone battery.

  1. Put your phone on low-power mode and turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're not using them.
  2. Use a portable battery charger or battery phone charging case.
  3. Take advantage of charging lockers, which can charge your phone in a secure locker for $2 per hour.
  4. Take a screen shot of the FASTPASS and use the photo, which saves you from opening the app (this is useful if you have a period in which you cannot operate the app or get a signal in your ride return window).
  5. Scan your park admission ticket or annual pass at FASTPASS return instead of the app. It is linked to the app so once you reserve on your phone you can use the ticket instead of turning on the phone to scan the code for entry.
  6. Avoid using your phone for miscellaneous uses while in the park. Check to see that photos have made it into PhotoPass but don’t edit and dwell on them. If you want to add an on-ride photo to PhotoPass, snap a photo of the photo number and add it in later. Enjoy the photos later from your hotel room.
  7. Put your phone in airplane mode when you go underground in Pirates of the Caribbean or Indiana Jones, Soarin’, or deep in a building like Guardians of the Galaxy. This way, your phone is not burning battery trying to find a signal.

Where can I be to reserve a FASTPASS?

You cannot reserve any rides until you have entered a park and activated Disney MaxPass. Pro Tip: the Monorail turnstile is an official entrance to the park, so once you activate your park ticket to ride the Monorail from Downtown Disney, you can start reserving your first FASTPASS while waiting for the Monorail. After you have activated your park ticket, you can be anywhere that has a strong enough signal to make a reservation. You can be in either park, the esplanade between the parks, Downtown Disney, your hotel room or really anywhere. We checked the app from 40 miles away from the park and we could still reserve ride times and cancel them from afar. The key is activating the ticket at any park entrance

How many reservations can I have at a time?

There does not seem to be a limit to the number of FASTPASS reservations you can have at a time or in a day. As long as you reserve your rides as soon as you can, you can keep adding rides. You should note the return times and choose rides that are realistic so you can arrive inside your return window. We find that reserving rides that have earlier return windows allows us to get in more reservations. A later return window works well if we have a meal or a show or a ride that does not offer FASTPASS to keep us busy in the meantime.

What doesn’t work in Disney MaxPass?

So we played around with Disney MaxPass, trying to think of every scenario that might come up. There are a few things you cannot do with MaxPass:

  1. You may not reserve World of Color or Fantasmic! You have to pick up the paper tickets in person.
  2. You cannot book the same ride twice in a row until you have used the first FASTPASS for the ride. So no going on Thunder Mountain or Buzz Lighyear Astro Blasters 10 times in a row, Tad! At least not without using the previous FASTPASSes first. Once you scan your ticket at a ride, you can book a new reservation for that ride if you like.
  3. You cannot cheat the system by using your park ticket to get a traditional FASTPASS while you are in a waiting period for your next selection window. ALL FASTPASS reservations are linked to your park ticket.

Can I Book FASTPASS for future visits, similar to FastPass+ in Walt Disney World?

Disney MaxPass will only allow you to book day-of FASTPASS. There is no advanced booking option. You have to have entered the park to start reserving. We think this is a very fair system and leaves many FASTPASS options available for guests who are actually in the parks.

Will paper FASTPASS tickets continue to be distributed for free? 

Disney MaxPass - California Screamin' Fastpass Reminder

They still are and we expect them to continue to be, although they have evolved to an electronic system as well. Disney MaxPass is an optional way for you to get FASTPASS. The familiar, primary FASTPASS system remains free, but the system is changing. Now the paper ticket is just a reminder of your return window. You scan your pass or park ticket to enter the FASTPASS Return line. MaxPass and FASTPASS users use the same scanning system to enter. This electronic scanning process does lead to some longer FASTPASS Return lines at the ride entrance, but it’s usually just a minute longer than it used to be.

Will Disney MaxPass cause some attractions to sell out faster? 

In our experience with MaxPass, we have been pleasantly surprised to see that it has not really changed the speed at which FASTPASSes are distributed. We will continue to assess the situation. Guardians of the Galaxy and Radiator Springs Racers still run out the fastest, especially on days with Extra Magic Hour (because of higher crowds). But it’s possible that as more people start using MaxPass the FASTPASS distribution may speed up.

Let's assume that the same number of FASTPASS tickets per hour are distributed at each attraction under the new system. Theoretically, the person who walks up to Space Mountain AND the person who uses Disney MaxPass to book Space Mountain at the same exact time will each get a FASTPASS within the same booking window. That said, the person booking via the app isn't having to physically walk to get the FASTPASS. Plus MaxPass users enjoy somewhat shorter waiting periods before making their next reservation and can use FASTPASS for more rides than the traditional user due to being able to book from anywhere they happen to be. We do think the most popular attractions in the park could reach their max FASTPASS distribution for the day sooner, especially on crowded days.

FASTPASS sell-out depends on crowds, demand and attraction popularity. We've been at Disney California Adventure when Radiator Springs Racers was sold out for the day by 11 a.m. Expect Radiator Springs Racers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Space Mountain to sell out first.

Are there any attractions or entertainment that are exclusive to MaxPass? 

Nope. All attractions and entertainment will be available through paper FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass. In fact, two attractions—Matterhorn and Toy Story Midway Mania—recently joined the FASTPASS lineup. This is a benefit to all guests, not just those who are using Disney MaxPass. Shows are exclusive to the paper FASTPASS system.

Investigating Disney MaxPass - What You Need To Know - Matterhorn

So I can book my FASTPASS from my hotel room that day? Sweet. 

Sorry. You need to be inside a Disneyland Resort theme park to initiate FASTPASS reservations through Disney MaxPass. If you return to your hotel room for naptime, you may be able to reserve some later reservations from your room.

How will the PhotoPass of MaxPass work? 

Disney MaxPass - Photopass Unlimited Download - Guardians of the Galaxy

Right now you're familiar with PhotoPass and the friendly Cast Members who take your picture in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and such. With a MaxPass purchase, you'll be allowed unlimited downloads of those pictures taken that day (but you do not have to download them that day). You can also download your on-ride photos by typing the ID number into the app. For those of you who cherish those pics, Disney MaxPass may be a great purchase. If you have three days of MaxPass, then you can enjoy three days of downloads, but any PhotoPass photos taken the day before or after your MaxPass will not be free for downloading.

If getting PhotoPass benefits is your main motivation for getting MaxPass, you can save money by just having one person sign up for MaxPass. Just make sure that that the MaxPass holder presents his or her phone or park tickets so all the photos are in their account. The MaxPass holder can then share the photos via social media, text or email right from the app. You have 45 days to download the images before they disappear. You can choose to print the photos for free at home or at a discount location. You can also print photos inside the park (for a premium fee) if you want to take advantage of some customizing souvenir features.

If you are participating in a runDisney event or character dining experience, your PhotoPass photos from that event will be included in your MaxPass benefits as long as you have paid for MaxPass and have entered a park with your park ticket the same day as the race or dining event—benefits only kick in once you have activated that park ticket!

How does Park Hopping work with MaxPass?

MaxPass is an especially helpful tool when park hopping. If you have a Park Hopper ticket and MaxPass, you can reserve rides in either park. First you will select the park you would like to make a reservation in. Then you will choose a ride and return window that works for you. We recommend starting out in Disney California Adventure and then hopping over to Disneyland Park. There are plenty of FASTPASS reservations in Disney California Adventure early in the day, but the choices are much slimmer to nonexistent by early evening. Disneyland has a lot more FASTPASS choices later in the day. The rides that run through their distribution the fastest are Radiator Springs Racers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Space Mountain.

What does this mean for Annual Passholders? 

Annual Passholders can choose one day for $10 per day like any other guest (activated via the app in the park) or pay $75 per year (at ticket booth) that expires when the current pass expires. There is no pro-rating if you activate Disney MaxPass the week before your pass expires, so purchase wisely. Signatue Plus Passports and Disney Premier Passports get MaxPass for free. If you renew your annual pass a few weeks early and add MaxPass to the new year or upgrade to the a pass that offers MaxPass, the MaxPass benefits will not activate until your new year becomes active.

Can half of my party use Disney MaxPass and the other half use paper Fastpass on the same attraction? 

Yes you can, but the people getting paper FASTPASS will not necessarily get the same reservation times as the people using Disney MaxPass—the windows are generally close. Check that the return windows overlap before doing this option. You can use a paper ticket if you are within a selection window so you can ride with people using the paper tickets. You can link the park tickets of guests who do not have MaxPsss to the Disneyland Mobile App to manage those traditional FASTPASSes from the app (in case you want to cancel or want to scan the barcode from the app when entering a ride’s line).

My tadpoles or parents don't have their own phones!

No worries! One person in the party will be able to manage all Disney MaxPass FASTPASS tickets on his or her mobile device. You do not have to go on the same rides to do this. You can even go on different rides at the same time. They do not have to be with you as long as they know the return window. They can use their park ticket or annual pass to scan in at the FASTPASS return entrance. Children age two and under do not need a FASTPASS to ride (as long as they are tall enough). Make sure the parent riding with the kids has their park tickets handy or give your kids a safe place to keep their tickets, such as a lanyard or zippered pocket.

 

Investigating Disney MaxPass - What You Need To Know - Jungle Cruise

But, my data usage...

There is in-park free wifi, but it is not throughout the park and is slow. When you find a signal, you will need to sign in and accept the terms. After that, your phone should pick it up where it is available. It is not available in ride buildings. We are hoping Wi-Fi coverage improves.

Will I be able to have more FASTPASS tickets per day with Disney MaxPass over paper tickets?  

We will keep our eye on this. We visited the first day of Disney MaxPass (July with summer crowds), and we used five FASTPASSes in less than two hours across two parks. We were very happy with skipping the lines. We have used MaxPass several more times and we are finding that it is definitely helping us to ride more rides in a shorter amount of time. That frees up our time to ride more rides, to take advantage of other rides without FASTPASS and to allow us the time to see parades or shows. Many of the return windows offered are very close to the time you are selecting them, which means reserving and using and then quickly reserving the next FASTPASS in a shorter period of time. That may change as more and more people catch on to Disney MaxPass. Busy days and big crowds usually mean more people will be grabbing FASTPASS tickets. Less crowded days mean less demand for FASTPASS. We did not have trouble getting any FASTPASSes, but we decided to wait in the relatively short standby line for Guardians of the Galaxy because the return window was a long way off.

Do I need to purchase MaxPass in order to enjoy a day at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure? 

You can certainly enjoy the parks without Disney MaxPass—we’ve all been doing that for years! But you will get a lot more done if you use MaxPass because the periods of time between making reservations are much shorter and the return times are a little earlier than the standard FASTPASS tickets. You also save a lot of walking time, being able to make reservations while standing in line for another ride or while eating a meal. We happen to love the convenience! If you are leaving Disney California Adventure with your next few ride reservations set in Disneyland, you can accomplish a lot more in your day. That said, we know people are hesitant about any kind of premium add-ons such as preferred parking, additional checked bag charges, premium viewing areas and more.

Right now, we see this as a time-saving option. If you have little ones or restless tadpoles, the convenience of not running between FASTPASS machines could be a plus. The same with those of us who can't walk long distances—take Flora's dad for example. He loves visiting the park but can't always keep up with the kids. Giving him some down time while we go online to get passes can give him a breather and avoid unnecessary walking. Families with other special needs or who already require DAS services may really appreciate having one more tool to help them maximize their day. On the other hand, if you are taking a group of people who do not enjoy those thrilling “e-ticket” rides, then you can most likely get by without MaxPass and rely on traditional FASTPASS for the few rides that are more your speed that offer FASTPASS.

By now, you've probably come up with your own Disneyland FASTPASS retrieval system. One member of the family takes the tickets and heads to Space Mountain while the others move to Haunted Mansion. This divide-and-conquer strategy will still work.

We're still trying to find more details about Disney MaxPass and leaving no stone (or lily pad) unturned. So be sure and drop us a line in comments and let us know what you think or if you have questions we haven't answered. 

Related: Guide To the Disneyland Fastpass Service

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Tiffany Jan 16, 2017 at 2:48 a.m.

Disney MaxPass: Will it be available for a "full day" during Run Disney events? Currently the Run Disney photos CAN be included in the cost of the daily Photopass services in Disneyland. Wondering if they would be included for the $10 per day with MaxPass... if so that will be a GREAT deal! Curious to see more details about it when they release more information later this year!

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Nayna Jun 30, 2017 at 2:37 a.m.

That's a great question to ask. Usually the RunDisney photos are included with a Disney photopass product. So, let's see what happens.

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Angie Jan 18, 2017 at 3:41 a.m.

We are visiting Disneyland in early March. Any indication if Maxpass will be available then?

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FrogBlog Jan 18, 2017 at 8:27 a.m.

Hi Angie,

Disneyland has not released a timetable for when MaxPAss will begin. Keep checking back. We'll post something when we know!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jennifer Apr 16, 2017 at 4:38 a.m.

Can't believe they haven't released a day yet for the max pass start!!

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FrogBlog Apr 16, 2017 at 7:27 a.m.

Hi Jennifer,

With Matterhorn returning from refurbishment on April 28, we expect MaxPass to begin soon after!

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Lisa May 20, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

Anxiously waiting to hear release date for max pass and also date fantastic returns. We are heading down Father's Day and are hoping to see fantastic and use max pass!

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Jay May 1, 2017 at 7:14 a.m.

Wow Disney! Without the addition of photo pass, this is basically the same thing that Disney World gives its patrons for free anytime they go to the park. I can't believe the price of cheese has gone up enough for the mouse to pilfur its customers to the point of $10 a head for something which is essentially free already. The photo pass is a nice touch that helps justify the expens and add value, but that's a bit of a stretch.

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Alma Aug 29, 2017 at 3:34 p.m.

The crowd at Disneyland is way bigger than WDW. The off peak season crowd is the regular crowd there. But I am with you, it should be free. Tried it yesterday but I felt it was a rip off because me and my 6 yr old daughter were only able to get a fastpass for one ride. Good thing we took so many pictures. But still I could have just gotten 1 masxpass and just got the other fastpasses manually. Live and learn.

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Linda May 18, 2017 at 9:09 p.m.

Terrible!!! Free at WDW. Can make fastpass reservation from my phone 60 days out for all days of my trip from my home. If they try this at WDW I hope people revolt. Constant upcharges are getting annoying. Bad as the airlines.

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Chuck Jun 8, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.

Actually, at WDW, if you're staying on Disney property, you can make fastpass reservations 180 days before your trip. 60 days if you stay off property. Already have fastpasses for October!

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FrogBlog Jun 8, 2017 at 9:31 a.m.

Hi Chuck,

That's really interesting, as the policy is 60-Days for on-site guests at Disney Resorts and 30-days for offsite guests. May we ask how you reserved Fastpasses for October?

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Kymberli Jun 24, 2017 at 1:50 a.m.

From the WDW site today:

Q. Can I make FastPass+ selections at the same time I book my vacation?

A. It depends on when you book your vacation. With the purchase of theme park admission, you can make FastPass+ selections for attractions, entertainment and Character Greetings up to 30 days in advance of each day of your theme park visit. If you also have a reservation at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can start making your FastPass+ selections as early as 60 days prior to your check-in date.

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Lila Jun 9, 2017 at 1:49 a.m.

I am at Disneyland today and a cast member told us they expect Maxpass to start around the end of summer. Not sure how much she knows but that is apparently what she has been hearing.

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FrogBlog Jun 9, 2017 at 7:35 a.m.

Hi Lila,

Thanks for the heads-up. We'll see what happens.

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Nayna Jun 30, 2017 at 2:35 a.m.

The photo Imaging department is going through training to more understand how this works and be able to answer more questions once it roles out.

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Tara Jun 24, 2017 at 12:06 a.m.

I am trying to plan out fast pass plans, is it possible to get fast passes after 5:30pm? Trying to make sure we get the ones that run out on our first day so we can take it less so aggressive on the 2nd..

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FrogBlog Jun 26, 2017 at 7:14 a.m.

Hi Tara,

Yes, there are FastPass+ reservations available after 5:30 p.m. for various attractions.

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Jenny E Jul 5, 2017 at 7:44 a.m.

As of today they are running test to implement the new max pass (1week testing so far... Machines have been added tickets or passes are the ones being scanned, the fast pass is used as a receipt of your fast pass time).

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Karrie Jul 15, 2017 at 5:27 p.m.

Does it matter how you purchase your Disney ticket? Can you still purchase through Ares travel and be able to buy the Max pass when you get into the park?

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FrogBlog Jul 17, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.

Hi Karrie,

You can purchase the MaxPass as an add-on through the Disneyland App once you've entered either theme park.

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Ashley Jul 19, 2017 at 5:38 p.m.

The way the app states this is a bit confusing to me, can anyone clarify? If I purchase a 2 day ticket with maxpass in advance, I will receive unlimited downloads of photos for two days, not just one day, correct?

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FrogBlog Jul 20, 2017 at 11:43 a.m.

Hi Ashley,

If you purchase in advance, you'll be charged for your entire ticket length. So if you are purchasing a 2 day ticket with MaxPass in advance, you'll pay for a MaxPass on both of those days (so, $20 total for one ticket). However, if you do not want to have the MaxPass for both days, you can wait until you are at the park and purchase the MaxPass as an add-on. Hope this helps.

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Amy Jul 20, 2017 at 11:02 p.m.

I happened to be in the park and asked that same question. You get the PhotoPass benefit with each day you have MaxPass, so if you pay for two days, you get PhotoPass downloads those two days.

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Todd Volante Aug 1, 2017 at 5:06 p.m.

Do you have to claim your photos that day? Or is there a set amount of days from when you had the Maxpass to go download them?

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Amanda Jul 20, 2017 at 4:19 a.m.

Do you know if i would have to pay the $10 for my 16 month old? Free to get in the park,so I would hope free for this....

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FrogBlog Jul 20, 2017 at 11:40 a.m.

Hi Amanda,

No, you will not have to pay for the 16 month old.

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Rochelle Jul 20, 2017 at 6:39 p.m.

Do you know how this will work with runDisney events? Photopass photographers take the pics along the course, but it is before park open. I'm wondering if I'll be able to add my race photos to the max pass as long as it is used the same day.

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FrogBlog Jul 28, 2017 at 11:19 a.m.

Hi Rochelle,

RunDisney photos are included with MaxPass if you have MaxPass that day and enter a park that day.

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jennifer Jul 20, 2017 at 7:22 p.m.

My son and I have signature (not plus) passes because I wanted to picture downloads (and parking). Since one of the big benefits for Max Pass is the photo downloads is Disney giving any discounts for signature (non plus) pass holders who get the year Max Pass? I mean it seems like I am paying extra for a benefit I already have besides the convenience of digital fast pass.

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2017 at 10:18 a.m.

Hi Jennifer,

The MaxPass is only an included benefit with the Disney Signature Plus Passport and the Disney Premier Passport. For other annual passes, you'll have to either add-on daily for $10 in the park or you can get it as an annual add-on for $75 at a Disneyland Resort Ticket Booth.

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Nicolas Jul 20, 2017 at 9:36 p.m.

Is the Disney Maxpass will be available in Disney World Orlando?

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2017 at 10:20 a.m.

Hi Nicolas,

MaxPass is only available at Disneyland for now. We aren't sure if it'll become available in Disney World yet.

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Lisa Aug 29, 2017 at 8:16 p.m.

WDW already offers an equivalent (minus the Free PhotoPass Downloads) for free. Its called FastPass+. You can make reservations 30 (daytrippers) or 60 days (resort guests) out and they don't charge one red cent for it.

That said, $10 for Memory Maker/PhotoPass is a h*ll of a deal. A single photo at WDW costs $14.95 and a 1 Day Memory Maker is $59 (when available).

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Carole Jul 20, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

I agree. I wish there was some way to to comment to Disney that charging to use the app for a FASTPASS at the CA parks (on a smaller scale than WDW!) is archaic and ridiculous. Most apps REWARD users for downloading and using their app - that reflects what is expected now as far as customer service/services, especially for a premium product like Disney. (I am a frequent Dland/CA visitor and sometimes WDW visitor.)

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A Santos Jul 24, 2017 at 5:59 p.m.

The app is free. You pay for the convenience to get fast passes and unlimited photos in the Park which is like $39+ on its own. I think its worth it!

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Catherine Jul 21, 2017 at 3:54 a.m.

We went to Magic Kingdom yesterday7/19/17 and are going to Animal Kingdom tomorrow 7/21/17. Can we purchase the max pass for Disney World?

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2017 at 10:21 a.m.

Hi Catherine,

The MaxPass is only available at Disneyland for now.

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Wendy Jul 21, 2017 at 4:19 p.m.

If you renew your pass before the expiration date, then add the Maxpass, when does the Maxpass start? For example, if my pass ends in October, but I renew in September, does the Maxpass start in September and go through the next year? Thanks.

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FrogBlog Jul 26, 2017 at 1:28 p.m.

Hi Wendy,

The MaxPass will start when the new pass begins, so it would begin in October and last the entire year. (Note that if you upgrade your pass to a higher level pass then the new pass level becomes effective immediately (in September), but MaxPass is only good for 12 months, starting when the new pass year starts and expiring when that pass expires.)

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Melissa Becker Jul 21, 2017 at 9:41 p.m.

How will MaxPass work with rider switch? I'm assuming that all riders switching would need the MaxPass? Is it still same with the paper rider switch ticket?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jul 26, 2017 at 1:31 p.m.

Hi Melissa,

Ideally, all riders will have MaxPass. But, so far in our experience when using MaxPass with Rider Switch, we've been given a Rider Switch pass and were told the other rider does not need MaxPass or FASTPASS. However, since MaxPass is a paid option, it is possible that they will start monitoring this so that the people using the MaxPass line all have valid MaxPasses.

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Cyn Jul 21, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.

Would I be able to purchase the Disney Max Pass now eventhough I will not be going to Disneyland till the end of October??

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FrogBlog Jul 24, 2017 at 11:24 a.m.

Hi Cyn,

Yes, you can purchase MaxPass ahead of time.

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Felicia Santiago Jul 22, 2017 at 4:07 a.m.

How will maxpass work with rider switch? Would i be able to purchase for my husband and I and then allow a rider switch pass to be given to my parents who are coming with us? How has the digital fastpass ticket been working with riderswitch? Thank you!!

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FrogBlog Jul 26, 2017 at 1:33 p.m.

Hi Felicia,

Rider Switch is a service for people who have a child or person in their party who cannot ride the ride and needs supervision. One person remains with the child while the rest of the party rides and then the riders bring a Rider Switch pass for the other person (and usually a companion or two) to ride without having to wait again. It is not meant to be used to swap out adults unless they are detained from riding the first time by watching a child. You didn't mention if your parents will be babysitting someone while you ride, but if not, then Rider Switch would not apply to your party. They often need to see the child that is not riding.

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Lee Jul 23, 2017 at 3:49 p.m.

MaxPass system is easy and saves a lot of time. A couple of issues to be worked out: 1) only MaxPass staff can now update wait times at rides, ride staff cannot change wait times. This means posted wait times can be way off (waited standby 60 minutes for posted 30 minute wait); 2) must take photo of FastPass - ride broke down, pass went off phone before we could return and use it later; 3) wifi is virtually non-existent making it slower to connect and get FastPasses.

I still give it a thumbs up. Will get better in time.

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Stacy Jul 23, 2017 at 5:36 p.m.

Thanks for all the information super helpful! If we have three adults going and two kids, one of which is 3, can I just purchase a max pass for the two of us and do ride switch for the other adults? Or would they still need mac pass while doing ride switch?

Thanks so much!

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FrogBlog Jul 26, 2017 at 1:35 p.m.

Hi Stacy,

You can definitely try; so far in our experience when using MaxPass with Rider Switch, we’ve been given a Rider Switch pass and were told the other rider does not need MaxPass or FASTPASS. However, since MaxPass is a paid option, it is possible that they will start monitoring this so that the people using the MaxPass line all have valid MaxPasses.

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Kelli Csrlberg Jul 24, 2017 at 2:18 p.m.

Do you know if there is a max pass to see electrical parade in a specific location if you eat there earlier in day like at Disney world? If you have reservations at Tonys you have a reserved spot later in the evening for electrical parada.

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FrogBlog Jul 26, 2017 at 1:35 p.m.

Hi Kelli,

There is no MaxPass service for any parades or shows. There are Disneyland dining packages that offer vouchers for reserved viewing areas for the Main Street Electrical Parade. Packages are for 3-course meals at Blue Bayou and on-the-go packages from Aladdin’s Oasis. Be sure to reserve in advance.

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A Santos Jul 24, 2017 at 5:55 p.m.

Am I able to add my sister's ticket that she purchased on her own separately to my fastpass party? That way just one of us can book the fast passes?

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FrogBlog Jul 26, 2017 at 1:36 p.m.

Hi there,

Yes. You can add people to your MaxPass party by simply scanning their park tickets into the app. Under Create a FASTPASS Party click “Link a ticket or pass,” then scan the barcode. If she decides she wants to manage her own reservations as well she can also add her own park ticket into her own app so your reservations for her also show up in her phone. All MaxPass reservations are tied to each person’s ticket no matter who manages them.

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Richard Jul 25, 2017 at 4:22 a.m.

We were at Disneyland last week (July 19-20) and utilized the MaxPass. With only 2 days at the parks, we wanted to get on as many rides as possible. It saved us so much time! We would be in line at one ride and choose a fastpass for another in seconds. No more running from one ride to another to get another fastpass. The only issue we had was with the WiFi. Most of the time we couldn't connect and had to use the LTE network that ate into our data. It still worked without a hitch. I definitely recommend getting the MaxPass!

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Lisa Jul 27, 2017 at 7:32 p.m.

I am only going to be hopping parks for one day (I know...sad). To get my photo downloads from that day, without any additional cost, do they need to be downloaded the same day?

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FrogBlog Jul 27, 2017 at 4:44 p.m.

Hi Lisa,

You have unlimited downloads of photos for the day you purchased your MaxPass for. So you can download as many times as you'd like for that specific day. Have fun!

Keep hopping!

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Cecilia Aug 1, 2017 at 9:41 p.m.

I think the question is whether he/she has to download the pictures on that day, or he/she can wait until later to download them. I think there is a 45-day time frame and he/she can download the pictures.

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Amber Jul 27, 2017 at 10:22 p.m.

My family is going to Disneyland August 17. I wanted to go ahead and setup our fastpass party to save time when we arrive. I have entered 2 of the tickets so far and now when I look under my tickets at the actual park ticket, it says valid thru 08/10/17. I am still in Houston, so have obviously not had my ticket scanned at the park. Do you know why it says this? Do I need to call and make sure that my tickets are still valid through the end of this year?

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FrogBlog Aug 1, 2017 at 2:16 p.m.

Hi Amber,

Yes, you should call to make sure.

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Canadian Disney Fan Aug 25, 2017 at 12:16 p.m.

I scanned tickets at home in order to play with app before I go. It says they're value for the next 13 days -- I will not be there until 30 days. Do you know if this is an issue?

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Disneyfan Aug 25, 2017 at 12:09 p.m.

Same thing has happened to me. Did your tickets work when you arrived? They say load it at home but my tickets say they expire before my visit!

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Helius Jul 29, 2017 at 7:45 p.m.

Will MAxPass be available for Mickey´s not so scary halloween party?

By the way, love the blog ;)

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FrogBlog Aug 4, 2017 at 4:56 p.m.

Hi Helius,

Thanks for loving our blog! We have not heard if MaxPass will be available for Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. Keep checking our post on Halloween at Disneyland. We'll update it when we know.

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Bob Jul 30, 2017 at 5:37 a.m.

If you are in Disneyland and have a park hopper, will you be able to book passes for California Adventure? Or will you have to be in the park you are booking? Also I'm a little confused on the timing of it all. So once you redeem one fp booking, you can imeadtly book a new one? And for wait times that are 2 or more hours out, you will be able to book a new fp in 2 hours or less? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 9, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

Hi Bob,

Yes.  If you have a parkhopper ticket, you can reserve a ride no matter where you are. The Redemption Window varies. There is a short waiting period that seems to be related to the distance your return window is from reserving. If you choose an immediate window you can reserve another in about 20 to 30 minutes. If you choose a ride window that is three hours away then you may have to wait an hour and a half before booking your next FP reservation

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John Jul 31, 2017 at 5:23 a.m.

Sorry if I missed it, but I was wondering about PhotoPasses. It said a MaxPass is good for one day of PhotoPass but if we have three people in our party can we use one MaxPass per person per day to get three days of PhotoPass? Thanks for the great info!

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FrogBlog Aug 2, 2017 at 10:43 a.m.

Hi John,

Yes, you could do that. So if one person per day has a MaxPass, then you will get the photos for that day.

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Deborah Jul 31, 2017 at 5:35 p.m.

This was VERY helpful. Everything I was trying to figure out, all in one article. Thanks so much!

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Laura Aug 1, 2017 at 10:12 p.m.

Are the FASTPASSES at DCA and Disneyland separate from each other, like in the past, or are they all connected to the same system now? I used to be able to hold a FASTPASS at each park simultaneously.

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FrogBlog Aug 6, 2017 at 2:18 p.m.

Hi Laura,

The FASTPASS systems for both parks are now connected.

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SkiBum Aug 2, 2017 at 6:38 p.m.

Used this yesterday, August 1, and skipped ALL the lines at both parks... Awesome program! I love the fact one has to physically be in a park to reserve fastpasses unlike at Disney World. This prohibits hotel guests from gobbling up all the passes days and months in advance. I thought the fastpass system in FL, my first time to WDW (and probably last), was useless as my family and I were staying with friends who lived in the area and not one of the mouse's hotels. Not to mention the weather is always better in CA compared to FL

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Stephanie Aug 9, 2017 at 1:54 a.m.

We are heading to Disneyland and we've never been on Radiator Springs Racers. We will have access to Magic Mornings at DCA. Using MaxPass, what would be your game plan for getting on this ride?! It seems so popular, I'm scared! :)

Great blog post about MaxPass; so helpful!

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FrogBlog Aug 9, 2017 at 7:52 a.m.

Hi Stephanie,

We're glad you like the post.

Radiator Springs Racers is very popular. Make that the first FASTPASS you get. It can run out quickly.

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Tammy Aug 11, 2017 at 4:19 p.m.

Thanks for the info! Does anyone know how the photopass downloads work through MaxPass though? I'm seeing conflicting information about it, some stating that you have 90 days to download your photos (which I think is actually 45 according to the photopass website) and others saying you have to download them within 24 hours. Can anyone confirm for sure which one it is? We've used photopass at WDW many times with different packages and never had a problem, but this will be our first time at Disneyland and we want to make sure we don't miss out on our photos. Also, do you get a license agreement (legal permission to order prints) with a MaxPass purchase like you do at WDW? Thanks so much for your help.

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FrogBlog Aug 14, 2017 at 8:21 a.m.

Hi Tammy,

The official Disneyland site lists it as 45 days from the date the photo was taken. You may purchase an extension, which allows for up to 60 days access. Yes, you receive the license agreement as well.

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Sue Aug 16, 2017 at 3:16 a.m.

Was at DLR on August 2. The wifi is still awful. Could only connect in the esplanade. Tried in several wide open spaces. No luck at either park. The best time to schedule your next attraction is when standing in line. Hope they improve this, especially since you have to pay for this. WDW managed to work through their wifi issues so not sure why DLR us having such problems. I used my own data and the system worked fine. It's just too bad I had to do it that way.

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Suzanne Aug 18, 2017 at 1:34 p.m.

We just visited Disneyland and DCA. We LOVED the Maxpass!! While we were walking in the fastpass line at SpaceMountain I literally was loading my next fastpass. The app saved us HOURS of waiting and HOURS of walking to and from fastpass kiosks. This is well worth it!! And getting the free photos of the kids on the "big rides" is just an added bonus. I would typically never buy those pictures but with the Maxpass they are included. 2 important tips: (1) bring a portable charger bc your phone battery will NOT last all day using Maxpass and (2) to get the ride pictures just take a picture of your picture at the end of the ride that includes the code. This saves lots of time and battery at the park. You can download those pics that night at your hotel using the hotel's free wifi. Or if you are not tech savvy you can stop at the Disneyland photo shop on Main Street and if you have the numbers of the ride photos you want the staff there can quickly download them to your phone. To be clear -- you just get the digital photos -- not printed. We live the Maxpass and it was well worth the $10 a person!!

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Eric Aug 24, 2017 at 12:53 a.m.

Hi! Thanks so much for the awesome site. I just signed up for the newsletter. I know you get these types of questions all the time, but...do you know if all of the shows (Fantasmic! Fireworks & World of Color) are running during the last week of February? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

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FrogBlog Aug 24, 2017 at 8:40 a.m.

Hi Eric,

During the winter months, the nighttime shows at the Disneyland Resort are usually only performed on weekends.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Becky Aug 25, 2017 at 1:10 a.m.

Thanks for ALL the useful info! My family will be going to DL in Oct. My son qualifies for a DAS pass and we are familiar with that system. Do you know how the new Maxpass works with DAS? Specifically, are they separate or now connected? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 25, 2017 at 8:33 a.m.

Hi Becky,

Yes. Our Overview of Disneyland DAS has info on how to use MaxPass with DAS!

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Sean Aug 25, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.

Hi

I have 3 kids (9 and 6 yes old). I paid maxpass. What are the best thing to do first at Disney. Any ride or first activity for kids that you recommend during the day? For picture, so we have 45 days to download or have to download at the end of the day? Thanks

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FrogBlog Aug 25, 2017 at 8:39 a.m.

Hi Sean,

Follow our Disneyland Park Plans. They list the priorities of the attractions you should hit first. You may need to adjust if one of your tadpoles don't meet the height requirements.

For the photos, you have 45 days to download them.

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Tina H Aug 26, 2017 at 3:21 p.m.

We just got back from Disneyland and California Adventure. Paying the money for the maxpass as was absolutely worth it. Keep in mind that the more sought-after attractions will run out of Max passes. Meaning they run out of fast passes for that attraction after so many have been redeemed. So if you want to do Guardians of the Galaxy or Radiator Springs get them early! You are also able to get a new fast pass before you have used the last one. The app will tell you when you can get your next pass. I don't think we waited in line for any rides longer than 30 minutes because of this maxpass. We also have a great amount of photos from all the rides and the photographers in the park.

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Cam Sep 9, 2017 at 8:11 a.m.

Thanks for all the great info. Question do you know if they have max passes for the world of color? If we can get a fast pass will we be able to get other fast passes during the day?

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FrogBlog Sep 10, 2017 at 8:46 p.m.

Hi Cam,

Disney MaxPass is not connected to World of Color. You may receive your WOC FASTPASS without interfering with the ones for the attractions.

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Heather Sep 18, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.

New to this...we're going to Disneyland for one day only! There will be 4 adults and 2 children (ages 4 & 5). One adult is pregnant and cannot ride the rides. Would it be beneficial for all the others to get MaxPass or should we skip the kids from getting it? What's the best way to do this?

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FrogBlog Sep 19, 2017 at 8:48 a.m.

Hi Heather,

In our experience, it's best if either everyone in the group has Disney Maxpass or nobody does. Look at our Crowd Calendar. If the day you are visiting is not crowded, you may be fine using regular FASTPASS.

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