What you need to know about the Disney MaxPass

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Do you want to see Disney MaxPass in action? Here’s what to know to hit the ground running on your first day at Disneyland Resort using Disney MaxPass.

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What you need to know about Disney MaxPass: FASTPASS vs MaxPass

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What you need to know about Disney MaxPass: Download the Disneyland App

Now that you’re familiar with FASTPASS itself and Disney MaxPass, you must complete the first step for using Disney MaxPass.

  1. Download the official Disneyland App
  2. Create an account
  3. Add your discount ticket information (if available at this time)
  4. Add your credit card information

What you need to know about Disney MaxPass: Opening Disneyland

You won’t be able to play around with Disney MaxPass until you actually walk through the park gates, but this guide will help you get comfortable with the system before you arrive.

The first time I set out to use Disney MaxPass, I already had a pretty good understanding of the digital FASTPASS system. I had a few meetings sprinkled throughout my day but still wanted to get on some of my favorite attractions.

Here’s how my day with Disney MaxPass went down:

  • 7:40am Enter Disneyland Park for rope drop and official park opening at 8:00am. Once inside Disneyland Park, purchase Disney MaxPass via Disneyland app. 
  • 7:45am  Select “get FASTPASS with Disney MaxPass” and choose which park you’d like to secure a FASTPASS for. My first pick was Space Mountain. Disney MaxPass
  • 8:10am Ride Space Mountain with MaxPass, secure FASTPASS for Star Tours as soon as Space Mountain park ticket is scanned at FASTPASS entrance.
  • 8:20am Snap a picture of Space Mountain photo to attach to PhotoPass later on.
  • 8:30am Secure FASTPASS for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, walk around, take some pictures.
  • 8:50am Ride Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, secure FASTPASS for Star Tours as soon as park ticket is scanned at FASTPASS entrance.Disney MaxPass
  • 9:05 Ride Star Tours, secure FASTPASS for Indiana Jones Adventure as soon as park ticket is scanned at FASTPASS entrance. This is what it looks like when you choose a ride, the FASTPASS return time is displayed and you tap on the time to proceed. Disney MaxPass
  • Scan this or your park ticket at the FASTPASS entrance.Disney MaxPass
  • 9:25am Meet with Disney media team in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Small talk, some photos and moving on.
  • 9:25am Hike up Tarzan’s Treehouse for the awesome view of Disneyland Park and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • 9:40am Ride Indiana Jones Adventure
  • 10:00am Hop on Main Street Vehicle at Sleeping Beauty Castle for a trip to the main entrance.
  • 10:10am Walk to Grand Legacy At The Park Hotel for marketing meeting.
  • 10:30am Snack/breakfast at Jimboy’s Tacos. Tacos at this hour? Born and raised Californian, so I say why not?
  • 11:00am During my snack offsite, I secure FASTPASS for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. Since it’s for later in the afternoon, I can get another FASTPASS soon. Next on my list? Radiator Springs Racers.
  • 12:00noon Now for a real lunch with my friends from The Anaheim Hotel at Downtown Disney’s Jazz Kitchen.
  • 2:00pm Ride Radiator Spring Racers, wander around Cars Land.
  • 3:00pm Ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, secure FASTPASS for Soarin’ Around the World while in line.
  • 4:00pm Ride Soarin’ Around the World, secure FASTPASS for Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin while in line.
  • 5:00pm Enter Disneyland Park and take the Disneyland Railroad to Mickey’s Toon Town for my last ride of the night.
  • 5:30pm Ride Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin and hit the road for Friday night rush hour traffic home.

This example was a light version of using Disney MaxPass. Can you imagine what you could complete in one day if you didn’t have meetings and you didn’t have to leave a dinner? There’s some major advantages to using Disney MaxPass that’s for sure!

Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.

6 thoughts on “What you need to know about the Disney MaxPass

  • Leslie Schebler

    Hi Jessica,

    I will be visiting Disneyland for the first time in January 2019. There will be two adults and two children in our party. How does MaxPass work for groups? Is one adult in charge of all tickets on their app? Does everyone in the party have request the same fast pass?

    • Hi Leslie, you can have all your tickets loaded into the app on your phone. You can also have all your tickets loaded into the app on another person’s phone. I recommend having 2 devices with your tickets loaded. These will all sync up. When you select a MaxPass, you also check off which people in your group are using it. For example, say only you and one child want to ride Incredicoaster, you can select your two tickets and not everyone’s. Let me know if this clarifies things for you.

  • If you get there early and wait for Rope Drop are there any characters out on Main Street to take pictures with while you’re waiting? Can you get pictures taken in front of the castle during this time as well?

    • Hi Amy! There are characters on Main Street as you enter the park. Sometimes they are only there for a wave and no meet and greet, but they do begin meet and greets just after opening. Often times, they are near Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (check the Disneyland app for current locations). You can take your picture from a distance in front of the castle but the rope is set back a bit from the main castle photo spot. I hope this helps you plan your vacation!

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