How to Take Disney MaxPass to the Max!

by Leap on August 10, 2019 382 Los Angeles

The Ins and Outs of Disney MaxPass - PinterestTake everything you know about theme park lines and throw it away. Just kidding ... well, kind of. Perhaps you are familiar with the Disneyland FASTPASS system, which allows you to skip the main queue by making a FASTPASS reservation and returning to the ride within a one-hour window to skip most of the line. That free system is still in place, but Disneyland has another option, a paid service called Disney MaxPass. MaxPass allows you to make FASTPASS reservations for rides and some shows from your smartphone. Since its debut, our frog squad has spent our days 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. Ribbit!

While Disney MaxPass is hard to explain, it’s actually pretty easy to use. This post outlines the basics of what you need to know, followed by more advanced tips, so you can maximize your investment in this service. We've tried to answer common questions and have played around with Disney MaxPass to see what works, what doesn’t and — most importantly — how to conserve cell phone battery in the park!

MaxPass Basics | Cost & How to Purchase | Using MaxPass in the Parks | Using MaxPass with PhotoPass | Is MaxPass Worth It? | Tips for Large Groups | Advanced MaxPass Tips

Basic Disney MaxPass Information You Need to Know

  • The price is per ticket, per day (one-year option for annual passholders). We now offer discount Disneyland Base and Park Hopper tickets preloaded with MaxPass!
  • You must download the Disneyland Mobile App and link park tickets to use MaxPass.
  • All FASTPASSes (traditional paper or through MaxPass) are electronically linked to the user’s park ticket.
  • You cannot use MaxPass or start making reservations until you have entered a theme park for the day — all riders in the party must have entered a park that day to be included in the reservation.
  • You can make reservations for anyone whose ticket is linked to your account in the app.
  • Once you have entered a park, you can be anywhere inside or outside the parks when you make reservations.
  • MaxPass includes unlimited downloads of PhotoPass photos taken any day MaxPass is active.
  • You can hold more than one FASTPASS reservation at a time, but there are waiting periods during which you will be temporarily ineligible to make a ride reservation (more on that in detail below).
  • Shows like Fantasmic! and World of Color are now available on MaxPass (shows do not have any waiting periods after booking and do not affect your ability to reserve rides).
  • Bring or buy an external charger to keep your phone powered all day.

Cost of Disney MaxPass

The price for Disney MaxPass is $15 per person, per ticket, per day. (Be sure to get a hop on your discount Disneyland tickets by purchasing through us! As a bonus, you can now purchase discount Disneyland Base and Park Hopper Ticket with MaxPass from us too!) Guests can purchase Disney MaxPass 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 $100 that expires when their current pass expires (there is no pro-rating if you buy mid-year, so it’s best to buy MaxPass when you renew). All guests still have the option to scan their park tickets at individual FASTPASS attractions at no additional charge.

Tips for Purchasing

The app will walk you through the steps of linking park tickets and purchasing MaxPass after you have entered the park. Just be sure to name each ticket with the appropriate guest’s name when you add them because you can’t change it. Trust us, it makes your life much easier if you can see the names (as opposed to ticket number when choosing who wants to ride). You may link tickets ahead of time if you have a barcode or ticket number, but MaxPass won't be active until the day you visit. Also, be aware that a multi-day MaxPass ticket will charge you for the cost of MaxPass for every day of the ticket. A 3-day MaxPass ticket will add $45 per person. If you aren’t sure you want all three days of MaxPass, wait to purchase MaxPass each individual day when you get to the park.

You’ll make life easier if you arrive prepared for Disney MaxPass. Before your trip, download the free Disneyland Mobile App to your smartphone. Play with it so you can get familiar with how it works and to research the wait times, see where to find characters, make dining reservations, find Wi-Fi hotspots or see the types of parades and shows in the park. Load your credit card into the app. Share the login and password with family members who also want to log in and use Disney MaxPass on their device. They may also choose to set up their own accounts. We recommend that people from other households set up their own accounts. Just link all of the tickets to at least one manager and you will be good to go. If you are purchasing Disney MaxPass in the app once you have entered the park, this will make for a smoother and faster process, allowing you to reserve FASTPASSes right away. If you have a barcode on your tickets, you can scan tickets in advance. Just open the app, click My Tickets and click the + at the top. Click Link Tickets & Passes and center the barcode on the screen.

Disney MaxPass - Toy Story Midway Mania

Using Disney MaxPass in the Parks

How to Use MaxPass to Reserve Rides

Disney MaxPass - Guardians of the Galaxy MaxPassOpen the app and click + at the bottom of the home screen. Select Get FASTPASS with Disney MaxPass. Under Create a FASTPASS Party, it will automatically select all tickets linked to the account. Deselect any guests who do not wish to get a FASTPASS for that ride. Continue and select the park (if park hopping). Scroll through the selection of attractions and choose a ride and return time that works for you. Follow the prompts and confirm.

You can make a new selection even if you have not used the other FASTPASSes yet, as long as you are not in a waiting period. Scanning in at a ride erases any waiting period for that FASTPASS, so you can immediately book the next ride after scanning in. Each ride may have different FASTPASS party members. You may bring your park ticket to scan in at the FASTPASS return line during the one-hour window you selected, or you can scan in from your phone. Keep in mind: You can arrive up to 5 minutes early and up to 10 minutes late.

There are several strategies for maximizing your MaxPass. Our best tips are to start using MaxPass early in the day. Select a few rides that are available within a short timeframe before choosing a return time that is several hours away. See more advanced tips below!

Now You Can Use MaxPass to Reserve Shows

We are hoppy to announce that Disneyland recently added World of Color and Fantasmic! to MaxPass. You can find the shows the same way you book rides — at the bottom of the list of rides under Nighttime Extravaganzas in their respective parks. The shows are disconnected from the ride FASTPASS system and are not subject to waiting periods. You can reserve shows for both World of Color and Fantasmic!, but you can hold only one FASTPASS per show, per day. You can get a 9 p.m. OR a 10:30 p.m. Fantasmic! but not both, so choose wisely. If you change your mind and won’t see the show after all, be sure to cancel your FASTPASS so another guest can use it.

Using PhotoPass with MaxPass

Disney MaxPass - PhotoPass at Disney California Adventure

Right now you're familiar with PhotoPass and the friendly cast members who take your picture in front of iconic locations, such as Sleeping Beauty Castle. With Disney MaxPass, you're allowed unlimited downloads of the pictures taken 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, especially since MaxPass for one person is about the same price of one photo download without MaxPass. If you have three days of MaxPass, then you can enjoy three days of downloads. However, any PhotoPass photos taken the day before or after your MaxPass will not be free to download.

If the PhotoPass benefit is your motivation for getting MaxPass, you can save money by having just one person in your party purchase MaxPass. Make sure that that the MaxPass holder presents his or her phone (or scans any PhotoPass cards into the account) so all of the photos are in that account. The MaxPass holder can share photos via social media, text or email right from the app. Download the images within 45 days before they disappear. You can choose to print the photos for free at home or at a discount location. The photo stores inside the parks can print photos (for a premium fee). You can print through the app if you want to take advantage of some customized souvenir features and photo gifts.

If you have character dining reservations, your PhotoPass photos from that event will be included in your Disney MaxPass benefits. But, you must have paid for MaxPass and entered a park with your ticket the same day as the dining event — benefits only kick in once you have activated that park ticket!

How to Use Disney MaxPass for PhotoPass

To use PhotoPass with MaxPass, tap + at the bottom of the home screen. Tap Link PhotoPass Photos and you can choose to link attraction photos, link a PhotoPass card or Show PhotoPass Code to show to a photographer. Annual passholders can link their pass so that the photographer can scan the pass each time. Photos should appear under My Photos in about 60 minutes, although it can take longer. Magic Shots may take a few days to load. For an extra speedy experience, take a screenshot of your code to show to the cast member rather than waiting on the app to load each time.

You should confirm while you are in the park that the photos have appeared without watermarks. If you have any trouble, hop into the photo shops in either park for assistance. They have helped us track down missing photos and assisted in linking our passes to the account!

Disney Maxpass PhotoPass - Magic Show with Pascal

Advantages of Disney MaxPass & Is It Worth It?

For most people, the biggest advantages are convenience and time. While we stick to our park plans, MaxPass allows us to see all of the available return times without walking anywhere. We're big on hopping between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on our visits. We like to make FASTPASS reservations in the other park and use the wait time to walk over. We are hoppin' excited that guests can now obtain FASTPASSes for shows like Fantasmic! and World of Color through Disney MaxPass instead of having to pick up a paper ticket. Time-saver! That also means if people cancel their plans, other guests who missed the distribution window may be able to hop in and grab the reservation even after tickets are gone for the day!

There Are Several Advantages to Disney MaxPass Over Traditional FASTPASS:

  • Some days, many return windows are just a short time away ... as in zero to a few minutes away. Reserve and ride — instant gratification!
  • You can see all available rides and return windows in one park at once — no walking involved.
  • You can reserve another ride in a much shorter time window. As soon as you scan your ticket at a ride, you can immediately reserve the next ride while you wait for your current ride — traditional FASTPASS users have to wait, ride the ride and then walk to a distribution machine.
  • The return windows offered through MaxPass are often sooner than the traditional FASTPASS windows that are being distributed at the same time.
  • The length of maximum waiting period is shorter with MaxPass (90 minutes vs. 120 minutes with traditional paper FASTPASS).

How to Take Disney MaxPass to the Max! - FASTPASS Roger Rabbit

  • It saves paper. The traditional free FASTPASS issues a paper reminder. People use their pass or park ticket to use FASTPASS, so the paper is not needed except to remind you of your return window.
  • MaxPass users have free PhotoPass photos available for download and sharing.
  • Replacement FASTPASS notifications in case of ride closures will keep you hopping from ride to ride without interruption.
  • You can make FASTPASS reservations from anywhere! In line, at a restaurant, on the Monorail, in a hotel room ... and park hoppers can make FASTPASS reservations from the other park, as long as you have entered a park for the day.
  • It makes reserving as a group much easier.
  • You can start making FASTPASS reservations before rope drop during early entry for Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour.
  • MaxPass users are able to pick up ride and show cancellations, gaining access to ride or shows that otherwise stopped distribution for the day.
  • The Monorail entrance at Downtown Disney counts as a park entrance, so you can start booking as soon as you enter that turnstile.

Is Disney MaxPass Worth It?

For most people, we think Disney MaxPass is worth it. It is worth it for our family on both crowded and uncrowded days. Guests who are making shorter visits — 1- or 2-day visits, especially during busier times — will benefit from the time-savings and ability to do more in a short time. MaxPass definitely saves time and allows users to ride more attractions than other guests. Many annual passholders, who make a big chunk of the Disneyland-going population, use the service, as well.

After using Disney MaxPass for more than a year, we can say the investment (especially since it comes with PhotoPass downloads) makes for a more fun experience with almost zero lines and less walking even on a busy peak day. Yes, a theme park ticket is already pretty pricey, but time is money. For $15, you can trade hours of wait time for riding more rides or getting to enjoy more aspects of the parks. Save the $15 somewhere else. Perhaps bring some snacks and only drink free water in the park instead of buying expensive soda or food in the park that day to break even. Plus, the cost of MaxPass for one person is about the same cost as downloading one PhotoPass photo without MaxPass, so you can break even or even save a lot of money if you enjoy PhotoPass photos.

Disney MaxPass is 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. MaxPass is a useful tool for people who like to park hop. If you are arriving late in the day, you might want to take a moment to look up some FASTPASS attractions and their distribution times to see if MaxPass is worth it to you. Click on the ride and the wait time to see the Now Distributing time. On less-crowded days, there are more options than very crowded days, when there may be none.

If you are not interested in riding the FASTPASS attractions (you can find a list of FASTPASS rides here), then Disney MaxPass will not be a great value. You can get it for some family members and not others. If someone in your party does not enjoy most of the attractions that offer FASTPASS or is too short to ride, you might avoid buying them a MaxPass and just use the Rider Switch service. There are a few rides on FASTPASS without a height requirement. Tadpoles under three do not need a park admission ticket or MaxPass to join their family on an attraction.

You can save money by purchasing MaxPass on just one day of a multi-day journey and then using traditional FASTPASS on the other days. You could also just focus on other rides and attractions in the parks the other days you do not have MaxPass.

What Doesn’t Work in Disney MaxPass?

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:

  • 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 Lightyear 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'd like.
  • 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.
  • FASTPASSes cannot be booked for future visits — they are same-day only.
  • You have to enter the park to start reserving.
  • You cannot add a Disney gift card into the app for payment. It must be a credit card.
  • You cannot get a refund if you aren’t happy with MaxPass.
  • You cannot book rides that are not on the FASTPASS system, although you might get a Replacement FASTPASS that works for many rides if there is a ride breakdown.

Tips for Managing a Large Group

If you have a large group, it’s easiest if all riders have MaxPass because MaxPass may offer different return times than the distribution machines. MaxPass users might reserve a ride that is across the park while standing in line for a different ride. The traditional FASTPASS users in the group cannot easily get to the distribution machines, so they become out of sync with the MaxPass users. Decide whether members of your group will each manage themselves or if one person will manage everyone. Even a little of both can occur! Keep in mind that individuals looking for FASTPASSes at the same moment may acquire slightly different return times. On the other hand, one person making a reservation for a group of 10 will definitely get one return time for all party members. The system looks for the earliest time that has space to accommodate your party size.

If you have several families traveling together, have each family set up their own family account in the app and load their own credit card for food and MaxPass purchases. Then, choose one or two people to manage the whole group (usually up to 10 people) so it is easier to get the same reservation windows.

People who are managed by others can use their own accounts and manage just themselves if they want to split up. For example, when we visit Disneyland with Flora's sister's family, Flora adds everyone to our family MaxPass so she can make FASTPASS reservations for the group. The other family also creates their own family account on their devices in case they want to purchase food through the new Mobile Order service, make their own restaurant reservations or split up and make their own FASTPASS reservations.

If you are managing a group, each time you reserve an attraction, you can specifically select which party members will go on each ride. You might all want to ride Soarin’. Then a smaller group might feel like braving Incredicoaster, while others would rather go on Goofy's Sky School. Some park hopping party members might want to break off and visit attractions in the other park. Disney MaxPass allows for that flexibility, but anyone who uses their device to log in to a managed account can reserve rides, view upcoming FASTPASS reservations and use PhotoPass. Having the information on multiple devices makes it easy to adjust if group members decide to split off for a while or one of the devices runs out of battery and someone needs to take over.

You might even have party members linked to your app who do not have MaxPass 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. You'll see their FASTPASS plans show up in the app. (Parents like keeping tabs on older children this way.) Just be sure to deselect the people without MaxPass benefits from the ride party or you will be asked to purchase MaxPass for them.

Tips for Maximizing MaxPass

You are investing a lot on your trip to Disneyland and paying extra for your MaxPass to help maximize your day. Here are some extra tips and tools to help you take your MaxPass experience to the max!

Reserve FASTPASS Through MaxPass During Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour

If you’re eligible for Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour, you can get a hop on your FASTPASS reservations once you have entered the park (even if it’s before regular park hours). This is true even if you do not have Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour privileges. Both Disneyland and California Adventure allow guests to enter the parks about a half an hour early up to the hub and Carthay Circle in preparation for rope drop. All guests in the parks can make FASTPASS reservations before rope drop. Once you’re past the turnstiles, you’re able to start reserving! While you can access the MaxPass system early, note that all of the return windows begin once each respective park is officially open to the public. If you have a Park Hopper ticket, you can make FASTPASS reservations for the other park, as well.

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

Understand the Waiting Periods

When you make a FASTPASS reservation for a ride (not a show), there is a waiting period before you are eligible to make the next reservation. That period can vary depending on how far off your return window is from when you booked it. That is why having a strategy can help you make the most of this system.

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 scan it at a ride, it erases the waiting period and you are then free to make another reservation). Let's say at 9 a.m. you book a FASTPASS that is from 9:05 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. and you scan in at the FASTPASS Return Immediately, then you can book a new ride right away, because that waiting period is lifted. But if you wait until 9:40 a.m. to ride, then you have to wait until 9:30 a.m. (when the 30 minute waiting period is over) to select the next FASTPASS.

If the return window begins between 30-90 minutes from when you booked it, then the waiting period ends as soon as the return window begins; so if at 2 p.m. you reserve a ride that has a return window of 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., you can make your next reservation as early as 3:15 p.m. when the return window opens.

When you choose a ride that has a return time that begins more than 90 minutes from booking, then your waiting period is 90 minutes. Being able to see all of the available rides and return window choices can help you plan and make decisions to best manage your day. You can have multiple FASTPASS reservations at a time. You just have to book the next one after the waiting period ends. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to book the next ride as soon as you are eligible.

Know the Return Window Limits

You can arrive up to 5 minutes early and up to 10 minutes late for a ride, meaning your return window is really an hour and 15 minutes.

Use the Cancel Feature

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 or show. On the bottom left, you can click the x that says Cancel under it. We love the flexibility of this feature because you can cancel for some party members but not all. 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 also cancel a reservation.

When you cancel a reservation for a ride or a show, you are making another guest’s day because the canceled FASTPASSes are released back into the system for others to claim. That’s why you’ll sometimes see a crazy early return window that seems too good to be true, or a show FASTPASS pops up after distribution has ended for the day. Jump on those ASAP before another frog gets that fly!

Maximize Replacement FASTPASSes

Disney Maxpass Replacement Pass for Disneyland ParkWhen you have a FASTPASS reservation for a ride and it breaks down, you will receive a Replacement FASTPASS. This is among our favorite parts of using Disney MaxPass! If the ride breaks down in your return window or has a long FASTPASS return line, you might get a notice that Disneyland has made changes to your FASTPASS reservation. It is like a fairy godmother waving her wand over your smartphone! The new replacement pass automatically pops up on your phone or app and allows you to take this FASTPASS to a different ride in that same park. You will receive a list of rides that you may use the FASTPASS for (including the original ride you held the FASTPASS for in case it reopens). You can even use it for rides that have run out of FASTPASSes for the day. This Replacement FASTPASS expires when the park closes, meaning you do not have to use it right away if you do not want to.

If you've been using MaxPass for a while, the Replacement FASTPASS is more limited than the former Multiple Experiences pass. With Replacement FASTPASS, you may have fewer ride choices. Keep in mind that the choices may vary based on the ride for which you originally held the FASTPASS.

The rides are now tiered, and that tiering affects which rides you can access. Consider Tier 1 rides the most popular rides. Most of the FASTPASS attractions fall in Tier 2.

Tier 1 Disney Maxpass Ride - Matterhorn Bobsleds

Tier 1 rides at Disneyland Park include:

  • Space Mountain
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Indiana Jones Adventure

Tier 1 rides at Disney California Adventure Park include:

  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

So how does the new tiering affect replacement rides when your ride breaks down? If you have a FASTPASS for a ride that breaks down, a notice will come up that tells you the ride that broke down and  "FASTPASS Update." You can then click to "See Replacement FASTPASS Options" for the rides you can use the pass on instead.

If your FASTPASS was for a Tier 1 ride, then your list of available rides will include all Tier 1 and Tier 2 FASTPASS rides in that park. If you have a FASTPASS for a Tier 2 ride, such as Splash Mountain, your ride choices will be the Tier 2 FASTPASS rides in that park. If Splash Mountain reopens later, you can use the FASTPASS to ride it if you haven’t already used it elsewhere or simply choose a different Tier 2 ride. At the bottom of the list, it will list any rides not included. When you get the Replacement FASTPASS, it seems to erase any current waiting periods associated with that FASTPASS ride, so go ahead and book another FASTPASS! Ribbit!

If you acquire multiple Replacement FASTPASSes throughout the day, you can keep track of them in the Replacement FASTPASS Plan that appears among your other FASTPASSes. At the bottom of the plan you'll see "Experiences RemainingTotal." That way you can't miss any!

If you reserve a ride that is broken down or keeps breaking down, you increase the likelihood of getting a Replacement FASTPASS. If a ride like Space Mountain were to break down, you could use the Replacement FASTPASS later for Space Mountain (after it reopens). Or instead you could use it for another FASTPASS attraction. Sometimes this pass comes up, but your original ride is still open. You can use it on that or a different ride. Either way, the return window expiration has been lifted. That means you can save it for later when there might not be any other FASTPASSes available. Disney MaxPass users have the advantage of the notice over traditional FASTPASS users. That makes it easier to keep track of these replacement FASTPASSes. The screenshots can be shared via text with others in your group.

If you get stuck on a ride breakdown, depending on the situation and how long you are stuck, you might get a special pass (or two!) added to your plan that allows you to skip the lines for many of the rides in the park, including rides without FASTPASS. They are rare but especially frogtastic! There may be exceptions with the new system in place, so be sure to check to find out which rides are included if you are granted this most-coveted FASTPASS. It looks like Peter Pan's Flight has been removed as a ride option.

Use Rider Switch with MaxPass

If you have small tadpoles who do not measure up for many of the rides, ask a cast member about Rider Switch. Rider Switch has also changed to a new digital system. Take your whole party to the ride entrance. A cast member will scan the ticket of the parent who will supervise the child who is not riding (and usually up to two other guests) to add an extra FASTPASS return window to their tickets. The other guests can ride with the first group and ride again when the supervising parent takes a turn. If you have older kids, they will love getting that bonus ride!

Learn to Troubleshoot MaxPass

There are a few quirks still being worked out with MaxPass. Disneyland Resort Wi-Fi is spottier than a speckled frog. You can find Wi-Fi locations by tapping the map with the app. On the pull-down menu at the top of the screen, click on Guest Services and Show List. Scroll down to Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi). Click Find on Map. The app does not connect well inside buildings, so choose your selections when you are outside. You do not need to open the app to use the FASTPASS because your park ticket or a screenshot of the FASTPASS will work.

If you have technical difficulties, check to make sure you have the latest update. You can usually get help at an information kiosk, as well. The answer always seems to be to delete the Disneyland Mobile App, restart the phone and reinstall the app. Your information will be saved. If you cannot get a signal, sometimes it is easier to turn off Wi-Fi and use your data plan.

Disney MaxPass Portable Chargers

Keep Your Phone Powered

The biggest downside to Disney MaxPass is the drain on your phone battery! Do not use MaxPass without a portable charger. Disney sells them in the park for $30, and they come with unlimited cartridge exchanges. You can also buy chargers elsewhere for less money or even use a phone case that can charge your phone. There are a few electrical outlets in the parks, most often near restrooms. But sitting outside a restroom to charge your phone for an hour is not exactly an efficient way to maximize your time! Here are tips to conserve your battery:

    • Put your phone on low-power mode and turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you're not using them.
    • Use a portable battery charger or battery phone charging case.
    • Take a screenshot of the FASTPASS and use the photo, which saves you from opening the app.
    • Better yet, scan your park admission ticket or annual pass at FASTPASS Return instead of the app.
    • Avoid using your phone for other things while in the park. Check to see that photos have made it to PhotoPass, but don’t edit them. If you want to add an on-ride photo to PhotoPass, snap a photo of the photo number and add it in later.
    • Put your phone in airplane mode when you go underground in Pirates of the Caribbean, 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.
    • Lower your screen brightness. Be sure to brighten it if using it to scan in at a FASTPASS return entrance so the scanners can read it.

Maximize Your FASTPASS Reservations

There isn't a max number of reservations you can have in a day or at one time. The less crowded the park is, the more FASTPASSes you are likely to get! You will have a waiting period after reserving each ride. Book your next ride as soon as that period ends (even if you have not ridden the first rides yet). That means you can have several reservations in the lineup. You should note the return times and choose rides that are realistic so you can arrive inside your return window.

Choosing a return window several hours off works well if you have a meal, show or ride that does not offer FASTPASS to occupy you in the meantime. You cannot think linearly with MaxPass. On a recent trip, we booked our first few FASTPASS reservations that could be used within a half hour. Once we had a few reservations lined up, we chose Space Mountain, which was distributing six hours out. In the meantime, we used up our other FASTPASSes and had lunch. We set alarms to remind us to book the next FASTPASSes as soon as we were eligible. After 90 minutes, we booked and rode several more before we got to that long-awaited Space Mountain. Sometimes you can book rides that will be available before existing rides in your reservations. Just fit them in where you can.

Use MaxPass While Park Hopping

Disney MaxPass is an especially helpful tool when park hopping. If you have a Park Hopper ticket and MaxPass, you can reserve rides and shows in either park, starting during early entry. First, select the park you would like to make a reservation in. Then, 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 non-existent by afternoon and early evening. Disneyland usually has a lot more FASTPASS choices later in the day. The rides that run through their distribution the fastest are Radiator Springs Racers, Toy Story Midway Mania, Guardians of the Galaxy and Space Mountain.

Use Mobile Order to Skip the Food Lines, Too

MaxPass can help you skip the lines for rides, but you can also skip the lines at select quick service restaurants with Mobile Order service in the app. Click Order Now and you are on your way to selecting a return window and restaurant where you can pick up your food without having to wait in any lines. The app is turning out to be a handy tool to help you maximize your time at Disneyland! This new feature is why we recommend that different families each set up their own accounts since the food is charged to the credit card on the account. Anyone with your login information can order food and charge your credit card. You don't want to get stuck with everyone else's hefty food bill after the trip!

Use MaxPass if You Have Disabilities or Mobility Issues

MaxPass is much easier on people who can't walk long distances or want to avoid unnecessary walking or traveling because they do not have to go to a FASTPASS distribution machine to collect a physical FASTPASS. People who use DAS services (Disney Parks Disability Access Service) may also enjoy combining it with MaxPass. We think of MaxPass as another tool to help everyone maximize the day. This is especially true for families with special needs. You can view FASTPASS reservations and DAS reservations in the app, helping to keep your plans straight. Bonus tip: The Disneyland Electronic Convenience Vehicle rentals have USB ports. Bring your cable, plug in and charge up if you happen to be renting an ECV.

We're always staying on top of more details about Disney MaxPass and leaving no stone (or lily pad) unturned. Drop us a line in comments and let us know if you have questions we haven't answered!

Related: Guide To the Disneyland FASTPASS Service

Related: Guide to Disneyland Height Requirements 

Related: Getting the Scoop on Disneyland Mobile Ordering Service

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Dec 4, 2018 at 4:49 a.m. Marvela Says...

Hello! I'm sorry, I still don't really get it. Is the max pass can only be purchased once we enter the park, or can we purchase it from weeks before? I'm planning to be there on 31 December, can I purchase the max pass from now?

Thanks!

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Dec 5, 2018 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can purchase MaxPass when you purchase the ticket through Disney via app or online (select Upgrade to the disney MaxPass when purchasing online), but if you purchase from another source or have already purchased tickets without MaxPass, you can add MaxPass once you have entered the park quite easily through the app. You can add MaxPass at a ticket booth, but it is much faster to just add it after you have entered the park. Simply click Get FASTPASS with Disney MaxPass and it will walk you through it. To save time, download the Disneyland app in advance and get familiar with it. Link tickets in advance and set up your account if you are able to do that. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 20, 2018 at 6:21 p.m. Brooke Patterson Says...

For people who have never been to Disneyland, this whole thing is confusing as hell. Specifically “How does fast pass/max pass work?”. Go to “rider return” blah blah blah. What does that mean? Return? So we check in at a “return” area of the ride with our “fast/max” pass but can’t ride until the designated time so we walk there? Stroll around and come back in an hour? Is this where the “return” comes in? The whole article was jumbled with insignificant details and no laymen’s explanations. Your article is geared for Disney veterans and not first time visitors. It was no help.

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Jan 12, 2019 at 5 a.m. Kayla Says...

Brooke, it sounds like you should do more research yourself, then. Our first trip to Disneyland is next week and just through a quick Google search I was able to understand how the Fastpast system works. This article is meant to outline how the Maxpass has changed the typical Fastpass process... Its not an introduction to the ins and outs of Disneyland as a whole.

Thanks Mommy Frog for your well written, very helpful post!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 3:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brooke!

We really appreciate your feedback, and want to do everything we can to make our blogs more user-friendly! Thanks for letting us know that this might seem overwhelming to someone who is new to Disney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 9, 2018 at 6:47 a.m. Arma Says...

Hi Mommy Frog,

Thanks for sharing your knoweledge with us!!! Very useful and informative!!!

Is there any limitation on how many Max Passes are sold per day? We will be the Disneyland during the Christmas holidays with two young kids (which mean the parks will be very busy) and I am concerned about what if we will not be able to purchased Max Pass on the Christmas day to compliment our already discounted pickets of 4 Days for the Price of 2 purchased from Expedia.

Do they have a limit on the number of Max Passes sold per day? Please share your wisdom :))))

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Nov 12, 2018 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mommy Frog!

The number of MaxPasses sold IS limited in order to make the system effective, but they only typically sell out on VERY busy days. We recommend arriving early on Christmas and hopping on your MaxPass ASAP!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 29, 2018 at 4:36 a.m. Lacey Journey Says...

This has been the most informative, well written thing I've read regarding the Max Pass! Thank you so much!! After our last trip, with a child, a set of grandparents, my husband and I, and me basically running from fp kiosk to ride to fp kiosk, rushing through everything to minimize the walking time for kiddo and grandparents, collecting tickets to scan at kiosks, passing them back out to everyone, I cannot tell you enough how much of a value you have made me see that this service is! We have only been to Disneyland 2 times in 20 years, and this would have made that last trip so much more enjoyable all around. You answered all of my questions about what if the party wants to part ways throughout the day, using passes for different attractions, etc. I feel so informed and excited about trying it out!! Thanks for all of the time, money and research that went in to this A+ article!! ❤❤❤

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Oct 29, 2018 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lacey!

Well, you've absolutely warmed our froggy hearts this morning. Helping lovely people like YOU have awesome vacations is exactly what we're here for. We're so hoppy to hear you had the perfect trip. Always reach out if you have any questions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2018 at 7:07 p.m. Lauren Says...

If the Fastpasses for an attraction run out for the day, will the Maxpasses run out as well?

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Sep 27, 2018 at 5:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

Yes, that is correct.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2018 at 5:56 a.m. Maria Says...

Hi. We are going to orlando with our 6 year old and have 2 questions.

1. How many rides can a person use with Max pass for a day ? Do you have a limit per day?

2. We bought the Max pass for the 3 of us. Can we use the left ones for our daughter, or only the person with name in the ticket can use it?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Sorry for the confusion here - MaxPass is only available at Disneyland Resort in California. In Florida, Walt Disney World uses FastPass+.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 5:55 a.m. Erica Clark Says...

Can I link my tickets purchased through Undercover Tourist in the app before entering the park to save time? There is a place to enter the barcode numbers and I just want to make sure they don’t get counted as used before I enter the park. Thanks!

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica!

Yes, of course! You can go ahead and link your tickets, but they won't be activated or marked as used until you use them to enter the park :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2018 at 9:15 p.m. Mary Says...

Does max pass and fast pass work during Mickeys Disneyland Halloween Party? The Halloween party will be the only day we will be at Disneyland.

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

Fast Pass is not available during the party, but wait times are typically much shorter.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2018 at 5:49 p.m. Chrys Says...

Thank you for this valuable information! Am I understanding correctly that, if I've already purchased park tickets, I cannot buy MaxPass until arriving inside one of the Disneyland parks?

What if I want to use MaxPass on all of the days of our vacation? Would I just purchase it each morning, after entering the park?

Would the photos from each day all be linked to my account together, even though MaxPass was purchased separately each day?

Thank you!

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chrys!

You can buy MaxPass ahead of time, but it will not be activated until you have entered the park with a valid ticket. You can link all of your photos together.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2018 at 7:49 p.m. Jenne Says...

Hi Momma Frog,

Excellent advice through and through!

Is it best to buy park-hooper tix at the park or online ahead of time? If onlne, where's the best source? And if we are also planning on going to Universal Studios, Sea World & San Diego Zoo what are your thoughts on the Go Pass or the Southern California City Pass?

Thanks in advance for your response!

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenne!

We recommend hopping on your park-hopper tickets ahead of time. Universal, Sea World and the zoo cannot be found together on either of the passes, as far as we can find. We recommend checking out our discounted tickets. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2018 at 8:23 a.m. Gill Says...

At Disney Orlando we were able to book 3 rides at a time on the app using our FastPass. We could also book before actually entering the park. Reading what you've written about Disney California, it doesn't seem to work the same. Am I understanding correctly - only 1 FastPass can be issued at a time, you cannot use the app and can only do it once you've entered the park? And if we buy a MaxPass, we can use the app to book and have the option to book for another ride before actually using the current one as soon as a certain amount of time has passed?

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gill!

That is correct. You're an expert!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2018 at 10:19 p.m. Marcus Says...

Thank you for the tips! We went last week and found all of your DL information super helpful! One of the keys to our successful trip was MaxPass, saved valuable time and energy!

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Aug 11, 2018 at 11:16 p.m. Kellie Says...

Hello!!

First time Disneyland goers! My question is.... Do we need to link everyones tickets on every app? Should I link mine, my mom, brother and dads? Or just have them link it on their phone? They are in my friends and family list already... does that matter? Guess I just want to know if I need to get everyone's tickets and link them on every device? So we can all make Maxpass fastpasses?

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Aug 14, 2018 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kellie!

Anyone who wishes to book FastPasses for themselves and other members of your party should download the Disneyland app and link everyone's accounts. In order to do this, you will need to get everyone's tickets and link them on every device.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 11, 2018 at 10:25 p.m. Lacie Says...

Hi there!

This has been very helpful. We have already bought our tickets and want to purchase MaxPass. How do we purchase it? I cant find a link to buy it without it wanting me to buy disney tickets as well. Thanks!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 10:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lacie!

You must have your tickets activated before purchasing MaxPass - meaning you'll need to be in-park first. You can buy through the Disneyland app!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 11, 2018 at 4:29 a.m. Yulia Says...

Hi, we are visiting DL on September 15, just for one day. I read your advise regarding MaxPass and having Pictures with it. Do we need to purchase first Disney PhotoPass+ One Week ($78) and MaxPass for $10? Confused.

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Aug 14, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yulia!

PhotoPass+ is included with you MaxPass, so no need to purchase both.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2018 at 4:06 a.m. Alberto Says...

Hello! I keep reading in every website that you can only activate maxpass once inside the park, but what about BUYING it in advance? I bought my 117 dlls one day one person ticket plus 10 dlls fee for maxpass, how will this work once I enter the park? I really dont want to lose time putting my credit card info again... thanks!!!!!

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alberto!

You can purchase MaxPass in advance, but it will not be activated (so you are able to book FastPasses) until you have entered the park with a valid ticket.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 9, 2018 at 6:27 p.m. Steve Says...

Hello,

My family and I are going in September. Been over 30 years since I have been.

My question is, one adult will always be with our 2 year old, do we will utilized the rider switch option.

Can I just buy 3 Maxpasses rather than 4 because of the rider switch?

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Aug 9, 2018 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

If you are a party of four including the two-year-old, then you'll just need three MaxPasses as children under 3 do not have tickets and can just go in with parents or you could use Rider Switch to take turns!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 7, 2018 at 4:31 p.m. Yessie Says...

Hello, we will be going end of August. We have a one year od with us, I was wondering if we do riderswitch with rides that have maxpass available would I still need to get 3 max passes for that specific ride?

thank you!

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Aug 8, 2018 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yessie,

If you are a party of three, including the one-year-old, you would just need two MaxPasses as children under 3 do not have tickets and can just go in with parents. Or you could use Rider Switch to take turns. If you are a party of 4, including the one-year-old and an older child, then you should have three MaxPasses, because there are some rides that everyone can go on like Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world” or Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster, where you would not be using Rider Switch. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 22, 2018 at 6:36 p.m. DL Rookie Says...

Thanks for all of this - very helpful!! I read through the comments and did not see this answered - I apologize if its a duplicate question. My family (of 3) will be using MaxPass for our trip this week - we have another person joining us for one day - they will arrive at the parks after us and will have just a single ticket - When she arrives, I can take a picture/scan her paper ticket into the app and link it with ours. Then can I purchase MaxPass for her and be able to make reservations as a group? Our do we all need to swipe/activate at the same time? Thank you!

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Jul 24, 2018 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Once she arrives, scan her ticket, purchase MaxPass and you can all book rides together. Just make sure you are not in a waiting period from another ride when she arrives.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. Eric Says...

Hi, I have a quick question. I know with our ticket fast pass we were able to hold 3 fast passes at a time. Is it the same with the MaxPass?

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Jul 23, 2018 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

It is not the same in Disneyland. With MaxPass, you must wait an allotted amount of time before booking your next FastPass.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 21, 2018 at 1:43 a.m. Kristine Says...

If we have 4 day park hopper tickets, can we upgrade to Maxpass for 1 day and then if we like it add the other three?

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Jul 23, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristine!

Absolutely!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 9, 2018 at 12:42 a.m. Amy Says...

Hey, is there a limitation to how many guests purchase max pass per day? I.e. only a certain number of max pass upgrades per day, is there a chance that the max pass upgrades sell out? I guess I’m trying to figure out if there is any benefit to purchasing it ahead of time. We are coming from oz and only have 3 days to see DL and CA so I feel it will be be a necessary investment. Thanks in advance!

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Jul 10, 2018 at 9:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

There is not a maximum number of people who can purchase MaxPass in a day, but each ride only distributes a certain number of Fastpasses per day - meaning the most popular attractions usually run out by afternoon or evening. We recommend MaxPass if you are going to arrive early in the day to take the most advantage of it and start reserving rides as soon as you get in the park and plan to make the next one soon as your waiting period is up. If you buy it later in the day, you may be disappointed with the selection.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 19, 2018 at 3:42 p.m. Deborah S Says...

Can’t wait to visit again love all the tips we get from your newsletter and the site kept up the great work!

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Jun 6, 2018 at 2:28 a.m. annick Says...

Hello,

is mid august a really busy time at disneyland California ?

thanks

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Jun 6, 2018 at 11:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Most of August isn't too bad in terms of crowds. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details!

Keep hopping!

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May 30, 2018 at 5:45 a.m. Suzan Says...

Hi, I’m coming from Australia in July, only 1 day to go to Disneyland. I will buy a MaxPass for myself and daughter. I will have my Australian mobile phone with Australian Data using mobile roaming. You said in your article that oversees phones should use the free wifi, why is that? Is there a problem using my mobile data at Disneyland?

Thank you for all your great info, taking it all on board for my upcoming visit.

Suzan from Australia.

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May 30, 2018 at 9:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzan!

As long as it is compatible internationally, you shouldn't have any problem using your mobile data. We only recommend using Wi-fi because it tends to help save battery life.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 21, 2018 at 9:41 p.m. Rachel Witmer Says...

Can I reserve a FASTPASS for my party before everyone is in the park?

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May 22, 2018 at 7:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Unfortunately, no. All FASTPASS reservations are linked to a user’s park ticket and the park ticket needs to have been activated at a park entrance before it can be used to make any FASTPASS reservation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 20, 2018 at 1:32 a.m. Eric Says...

I have 2 questions and neither is really a MaxPass question (although we will be using it). Can one person act as a FP runner using the DL app with the tickets linked? In other words, can I run to the World of Color FP booth and get all 4 FP for my family while they go to Radiator Spring Racers

?

Second question is what is the shortest route from rope the entrance rope drop to the WoC FB kiosks?

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May 22, 2018 at 7:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

Yes, we totally recommend having a "FP Runner" for your family to save time!

The fastest route would be to head straight, past the fountains towards Cars Land and Pixar Pier, and then turn right in front of The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. The distribution area is on the left. Keep in mind that World of Color is undergoing refurbishment and returns June 22.

Keep hopping!

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May 16, 2018 at 3:32 p.m. Joanne Says...

I love your blog, it's so informative. I had never even heard of the MaxPass until now. Thanks!

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May 14, 2018 at 9:54 p.m. Kristina Says...

Great information! Forgive me if you've answered this but say, for instance, grandma purchases tickets for 10 people (6 adults, 4 kids). Does each adult get their own account and link to grandma or do we all log into the app under her account? Each adult will want to be reserving rides, since we might not stick together the entire time.

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May 14, 2018 at 5:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristina!

You can arrange it either way. One (or a few) people in charge can manage plans by getting their own accounts - or each person can have their own account on the app. Just make sure to link everyone!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. expatsandbegats Says...

To further confirm.

At WDW everyone creates an account and link your ticket to the account and then link the accounts. This way any individual can book their fastpass or a parent account can do it for all. Is it the same for MaxPass?

We will have a group of adults and most of the time will want one person booking them all but there will be times where a couple will want to book their own...and since the first day will likely be the one we use MaxPass for, it will be DCA an hour or so after rope drop and so we will want to have all details ironed out.

Thanks for the post and any further information. This is great!

-Garrett

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May 23, 2018 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Garrett!

That is correct! You can link accounts and one person can manage plans and FastPasses for the entire group. The whole party just must be physically in the park before you can start making plans for the day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 12, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. Beni Says...

Great article it helped a lot! Thank you...

I am wondering with everyone complaining about WiFi how bad it really is...? I am from Europe so I won’t have any data oplans so I can only use the park’s WiFi for maxpass. It is possible? My question is if the internet close to the hotspots found at the map is reliable? So I’d only have to walk close to the hotspots instead of to the FP machines. Or doesn’t the WiFi work close to the hotspots either cause so many people are trying to use it?

Without WiFi the maxpass would be pretty pointless for me :(

Any ideas?

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May 11, 2018 at 2:42 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi,

We are visiting Disneyland over the 4th, and I am wondering if the MaxPass ever sells out? We are purchasing military 3 day tickets for our party of 6 and will not be able to activate the park tickets until we are on park. Unfortunately that will make us unable to pre purchase the MaxPass until the day of. I know the 4th will be at max capacity and riding the rides we want might be impossible without the Maxpass.

Thanks,

Sarah

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May 17, 2018 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

As far as we know, MaxPass does not sell out and we don’t think you will have ant problems getting MaxPass! However, if you are visiting on a busy day, some of the rides can reach their FASTPASS distribution earlier in the day than on other days. You’ll want to arrive early and start reserving rides as soon as you enter the parks in the morning. Priority rides to get to early at Disneyland are Space Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Indiana Jones (plus Splash Mountain if it is a hot day). Priority rides at Disney California Adventure are Guardians of the Galaxy, Radiator Springs Racers and the new Incredicoaster (opening in June). You’ll want to stay on top of your reservation windows so you can book the next ride as soon as you can, and try to ride rides that don’t offer FASTPASS early in the day for the shortest waits!

Keep hopping!

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May 8, 2018 at 6:41 p.m. Melissa Says...

Sorry if this has already been answered, but can you book attractions via Maxpass and also obtain paper FastPasses for different attractions? Or would everything have to be done on the app if you purchase MaxPass?

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May 15, 2018 at 1:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

You can still acquire paper FASTPASS when using MaxPass, however you are still subject to the same waiting periods. If you get a MaxPass FASTPASS for Radiator Springs and you have an hour to wait before you acquire the next FASTPASS, you will have to wait that hour whether you reserve with MaxPass or collect a ticket. You will even see the FASTPASSes you acquire via paper show up in your app, since all the reservations are linked to your ticket. You can still cancel them and manage them through the app no matter how you acquire them!

Keep hopping!

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May 8, 2018 at 4:11 p.m. caro Says...

Hi! I'm going with a large group and I don't want to screw up. If I purchase max pass for my pass, the rest of the group can go around and get their photo cards and hand them to me and I can upload them all under my account? Is there no limit to photopass cards? I don't have to be there at every photo op do I? If it's better to just get the photopass then I will, but I think it's cheaper doing the max pass if only going for 4 days?

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May 15, 2018 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caro,

You can definitely scan everyone’s PhotoPass cards into your account pretty easily and manage them from there. There is no limit to PhotoPass cards and they can be reused!

Keep hopping!

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May 7, 2018 at 8:24 p.m. Shannon Says...

Hi, this is a great article. I just want to verify, if I purchase the maxpass for a couple people in my party of 10, I can VIEW fastpasses in the app for the other members, but I can NOT actually sign up for fastpasses for the non maxpass customers. Is that correct?

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May 8, 2018 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

That is correct - you'll just have to link your accounts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 7, 2018 at 3:22 p.m. Beni Says...

Hi, this is a great source of information! Thank you!

I was wondering if doing maxpass with Park WiFi only , is advisable. I am from Europe and I just have internet via the park‘s WiFi. I know I probably can’t access it in waiting lines but does the WiFi work if I am just close enough to the hotspot? If I run around the park looking for a working WiFi connection I could just as well go for a paper fastpass instead so I am not sure if maxpass will really help me...because I don’t know how „bad“ the park WiFi really is... ;)

And about the Photo option... do the photographers still hand out those plastic cards? If I get one of those cards I can link that card to the maxpass account to access it, right? And in order to save phone battery I can give that card to the other photographers making photos of me instead of my phone with the open app, correct?

Thanks again!

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May 15, 2018 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beni,

There are spots where you can get Wi-Fi in the park! If you go to the Disneyland app and scroll across the top bar to Guest Services, the map will show you with a symbol where all the Wi-Fi hotspots are. Even with all of those hotspots, we have still encountered some struggles. Talk to Cast Members at an information kiosk if you do struggle and they should be able to help you out. If you have a multi-day trip, try MaxPass on the first day, and if it works well, then you can buy it for the other days. If the Wi-Fi is too spotty to be a good deal, then stick with paper FASTPASS the rest of the trip. The photographers can still hand you a plastic card, which you can scan into your app, so yes, your party members can be elsewhere in the park and bring the PhotoPass card back to you for scanning and downloads! You can keep using that card.

Keep hopping!

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May 1, 2018 at 4:31 p.m. Christina Says...

Arriving next week, purchased a package with 3 day hoppers. Can I got to ticket booth day of arrival and purchase maxpass for all three days of the pass paying with Disney gift card or cash? Thanks WDW pro taking on DL :)

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May 3, 2018 at 12:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

You can purchase MaxPass at the ticket booth if you want to pay cash or with a gift card. You can only purchase with a credit card through the app.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 6, 2018 at 7:43 p.m. Chistina Says...

Thank u

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Apr 14, 2018 at 5:32 p.m. Jim Says...

Hi, can I set up several fastpasses for various rides as soon as I enter the park? Essentially plan out the whole day like WDWs system, or is it a hour by hour type of system with maxpass? Thank you, great article.

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Apr 19, 2018 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jim!

There is no maximum number of FastPasses you can book at a time or in a day at Disneyland. There is, however, a waiting period between making each reservation, and that varies based on several factors covered in the post (such as how far out your reservation is and how quickly you redeem the FastPass.) You do not have to use the first FastPass to reserve another, and it is possible to have 3 reservations pending in your plans if you are efficient at reserving as soon as your waiting period has ended. If you redeem the FastPass before your waiting period ends, it removes the waiting period and you can immediately book the next ride.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 12, 2018 at 4:49 a.m. Natalie Says...

Such a great article! I just have one question - my family is spending 4 days in Disneyland this month and I would really like the photopass benefits, but $60/day for our family for maxpass isn't in the budget. If I purchase one maxpass per day for the photo benefits, will I still be able to use the paper Fastpass system with the rest of my family?

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Apr 12, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Yes! You can definitely still use the regular FASTPASS service. Many people do purchase MaxPass just for the photo benefits. Have a great time!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 11, 2018 at 7:23 a.m. Yan Says...

Such an awesome article! Thanks for the tips. How bad does MAXPASS drain phone battery? If I have two batteries for my cell phone, would it last a day without buying the portable charger? We certainly don't want to waste time waiting for it to charge or leaving the phone in a locker. Thanks!

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Apr 12, 2018 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yan!

The good news is, Disneyland has free Wi-fi that helps out. It can be pretty draining on your battery life, but the bigger problem is how much you'll use your phone otherwise! We constantly find ourselves taking photos and posting to Frogbook, as well as shooting photos to the grandparents, and so on. We're pretty confident your phone would last the day with two batteries, but we toad-ally recommend purchasing a portable charger. It's worth it just to avoid stress!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 6, 2018 at 6:13 p.m. reggie Says...

Awesome article. Thanks for putting this information online making a vacation a little more of a vacation. Disneyworld has been using a program like this for years and you can schedule rides ahead of time. Not just when you enter the park.

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Apr 5, 2018 at 5:31 p.m. James Says...

Hi, thanks for all the help. I have tried to find this information but I cannot find it anywhere. My question is: when is the earliest date I can book my maxpass / fastness tickets? Is it still a maximum of x3 attractions also?

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Apr 12, 2018 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James,

At Disneyland, you can only start booking your FastPasses when you have entered the park for the day. There is no maximum number of FastPasses you can book at a time or in a day at Disneyland. There is, however, a waiting period between making each reservation, and that varies based on several factors covered in the post (such as how far out your reservation is and how quickly you redeem the FastPass.) You do not have to use the first FastPass to reserve another, and it is possible to have 3 reservations pending in your plans if you are efficient at reserving as soon as your waiting period has ended. If you redeem the FastPass before your waiting period ends, it removes the waiting period and you can immediately book the next ride.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 23, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. Marko Says...

Awesome article, thank you! Is it possible for one person to manage FP’s for a group where some have AP’s and others tickets (and all have purchased MaxPass)?

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Mar 26, 2018 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marko!

Great question. Yes, it is! Just make sure to link everyone's accounts in the app.

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Jul 18, 2018 at 5:06 p.m. Blake Hill Says...

Commenting on an old post...

How do I link accounts in the Disneyland App? We're going next week with another family and I'd like to be linked up for FastPass management, etc.

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Jul 18, 2018 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blake!

We typically recommend using the Disneyland desktop site to easiest link accounts. Simply input the ticket number or e-mail address you'd like to connect, and the other party will accept so you can proceed with planning!

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Mar 20, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. Ron Hertz Says...

Question having dinner on the night of arrival at Goffys Kitchen not going to the parks until next day. After getting maxpasses can we then add the photo card from the night before to down load the pics or how does that work

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ron,

You'll only receive the PhotoPass photos taken on a day you have MaxPass!

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Mar 10, 2018 at 12:48 a.m. Person Says...

Can you have all the members of your group on one phone but have the other members still pay for their MaxPass? Also, can you add members to your group?

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Mar 15, 2018 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can link others to your account for ease of planning at any point.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 3, 2018 at 7:02 p.m. Dana Says...

If i am at emh at disneyland can i make a maxpass fp for dca before it opens?

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Mar 7, 2018 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

It depends! Some rides are available during early entry hours and some are not. It can vary each day. You can log in and see if any are available. Expect that they will be available in the other park closer to that park opening.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 3, 2018 at 9:42 a.m. Bea alcantara Says...

Is thia not available for Disneyworld Orlando?

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bea!

Correct. MaxPass is only available at Disneyland in California. FastPass+ is Disney World's system!

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Mar 1, 2018 at 3:29 a.m. D Turner Says...

Hi if i buy 4 tickets + 4 max pass with the app in my phone . Can 2 people arrive at the park hours before the other 2 people. Can they log into my account and use the max before i arrive. Also if i purchase the 4 tickets how does the 2 early arrivals get their tickets . I havevent exoerience turnstile tickets yet. How does it reconize they have tickets waiting for them .

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Mar 7, 2018 at 12:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The two people who have entered the park can log into the account through the app to access their tickets and enter the park and book rides for themselves, but they cannot book rides for people who have not yet entered the park. Once you arrive, you can start booking your rides. They should be able to log in to the app, slide the Mickey head up and view the tickets under “My Tickets.” They can scan them at the gate!

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Feb 27, 2018 at 9:03 p.m. Kimmy Says...

We are interested in getting the Max Pass but confused on when need to get a paper ticket fast Pass for a show example World of Color. So if we go get the fast pass in the morning after entering the park and we get the 9pm show. When are we able to schedule our Max passes, How long do we have wait the 90mins or 2 hours?

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Mar 7, 2018 at 12:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimmy,

The paper FASTPASSes for shows are disconnected from the rides, so you can immediately book a ride upon entering a park and go obtain a World of Color FASTPASS right away with no conflict or waiting period between the two!

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Apr 7, 2018 at 12:15 a.m. Nan Says...

Do you still have to take your paper ticket to grizzly river rapids upon entering the park and wait in line to FASTPASS world of color? Or have they changed that process?

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Apr 12, 2018 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nan,

You'll pick up World of Color FASTPASS between Ariel's Undersea Adventure and Grizzly River Rapids. However, World of Color does close for refurbishment after tonight! We aren't sure when it'll reopen yet.

Keap hopping!

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Feb 19, 2018 at 6:46 a.m. Teresa M Says...

If I already purchased a one day park ticket with MaxPass, but now I see that it could be possible to see both parks in one day with MaxPass....is it still possible to upgrade to a PARK HOPPER with Maxpass?

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Feb 21, 2018 at 11:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa!

Yes, it is! You can use both MaxPass and Park Hopper together :)

Keep hopping!

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Feb 16, 2018 at 4:25 a.m. Kayla Says...

I lost my debit card so I contact Disneyland and I’m going to the park over the weekend and I’m laying my payment at the booth since my debit card hasn’t arrived yet. How would I be able to buy the max pass if I don’t have my debit card yet ? Disneyland was great and told me to pay at the booth for my annual pass payment then when I get debit card I can call to put it in my account. I use the max pass in the past and loved it but kind of stressing how I’m going to do it over the weekend

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Feb 20, 2018 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kayla,

You can pay with cash at the ticket booth!

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