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This is the Simple Guide to Disneyland MaxPass. Learn how MaxPass digital FASTPASS has changed how and what you ride at Disneyland Resort. Simple explanations so you can know before you go to Disneyland in 2019.
All the details on the new Disneyland FASTPASS, updated for 2019 Disneyland vacations. Learn the simple steps to buying Disneyland MaxPass, using it for the first time and getting the most out of this paid upgrade.
What is Disneyland MaxPass?
Disney MaxPass is a paid, digital FASTPASS system at Disneyland Resort which also allows unlimited PhotoPass downloads. Essentially, Disneyland MaxPass lets you skip longer waits for select attractions and enter a line set aside for MaxPass and FASTPASS users. This line is given priority access and you often wait in a much shorter line, with expedited boarding.
I use Disney MaxPass every time I go to Disneyland Resort. I purchased an Annual Pass that includes Disney MaxPass and have even been known to buy MaxPass for my friends and family when they’re with me so they can get hooked on this amazing tool too!
How is this different from the old FASTPASS system?
Disney MaxPass is very similar to the paper FASTPASS we’ve been using for years. MaxPass still allows you to return to select attractions at the Disneyland Resort for your appointed ride time, just like the old FASTPASS. But with Disney MaxPass, you select attractions through the Disneyland mobile app. This is a huge convenience factor. You no longer need to walk from place to place to secure a FASTPASS, making your plans totally streamlined. But there’s so much more to it than saving your tired feet—keep reading for all the details.
How much is Disneyland MaxPass?
Disneyland MaxPass is $15 per person (ticket) per day. This is an increase from the introductory price of $10. Compare this to other “front of the line” passes, like those offered at Universal Studios, which cost nearly 4xs the amount.
Should I Pre-Purchase Disney MaxPass with my ticket?
You should certainly purchase Disney MaxPass, but I suggest against pre-purchasing Disney MaxPass. Why? Because Disneyland is the only outlet to pre-purchase MaxPass and you’ll actually pay more for your Disneyland tickets. In addition, Disney cautions purchasing before your arrival date because selection can vary.
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Who needs Disney MaxPass?
Anyone ages 3+ in your group who wishes to ride the attractions associated with MaxPass. Those attractions are listed below, along with height requirements. If you have riders who aren’t interested in these rides or tall enough, you can definitely get MaxPass for just some members of your group. I’ve talked in detail about how to combine the popular Rider Switch program with Disney MaxPass here. There are also a few occasions when you might not need Disney MaxPass as outlined in this article written by a friend of mine, Why I Think Disneyland’s MaxPass Is A Waste Of Money.
When can I buy Disneyland MaxPass?
I suggest purchasing discount tickets here, then purchasing Disney MaxPass when you enter the parks on the morning of your first visit. You will then be given the option to buy for everyone in your party, or just the taller, more thrill-seeking guests in your party. You will need to buy MaxPass each morning of your trip, more info below.
Step by Step Guide to Buying Disney MaxPass
- Download the official Disneyland app. The icon looks like the image below, with blue surrounding a white castle. Create an account and enter credit card information for easier purchasing on the day of your arrival. Note you will need this credit card with you or the security code from the back to complete your purchase. At this time, Disney gift cards cannot be used for purchasing Disneyland MaxPass.
- Scan your park tickets into the Disneyland app. If you have e-tickets, simply scan the barcode from your e-ticket into the app. Assign each ticket a name for easier MaxPass selection during your trip.
- Enter Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park each morning and tap “Get FASTPASS with Disney MaxPass” and continue until you have purchased for everyone in your group. Children under 3 will not need to purchase Disney MaxPass and can simply enter the line with parents (as long as they meet the height requirements).
Simple Guide to Using Disneyland MaxPass
If you’ve followed the steps above, you now have the Disneyland app installed on your mobile device, loaded tickets into the app and have walked through the gates and purchased Disney MaxPass. Once your entire party enters the gates, you can select a Disney MaxPass to enjoy lower wait times and more attractions.
- Select “get FASTPASS with Disney MaxPass.”
- Choose Disneyland or California Adventure.
- Choose which attraction you’d like to experience and note the appointed time. You’ll also see here when you can secure another FASTPASS. Return to this screen by tapping on “my plans” at any time.
- Visit the attraction during your FASTPASS window and enter the FASTPASS line.
- Scan your park ticket or mobile app for entry and repeat the process.
Bonus MaxPass Tip What happens if I see this “Multiple Experiences” where my MaxPass selection was? The multiple experience means that the attraction you selected went down temporarily during your redemption period. You can now use this to enter any FASTPASS line (including your original ride, if it’s back up and running) in the designated park. I suggest saving it to redeem later in the day when FASTPASSES are harder to come by. Plus, if your original ride is now up and running, you might be able to grab a new reservation window and still keep this multiple experiences one.
Does this mean I can ride my original ride and other attraction? No, multiple experiences is misleading. It’s only for one attraction.
Must Read Simple Tips for Disney MaxPass
- Use multiple mobile devices. Your tickets can be scanned into more than one Disney account. For example, if a couple is taking their children to Disneyland, both Mom and Dad can have the Disneyland app, sign into their (separate or shared) Disney account, scan tickets into their respective accounts and still access all the same information. This means if Mom takes the toddler back to the hotel for a nap, Dad can stay with the older kids and utilize MaxPass too. This also works well for larger, extended family groups or friends.
- Update your data plan before arrival. Disneyland wifi hotspots are listed here, but it’s even better if you have unlimited data and don’t need to rely on Disney’s wifi at all.
- Keep your phone charged. Yes, this will drain your battery. Disneyland Fuel Rods are the perfect solution. You can also purchase an external power pack to bring with you on your vacation.
- It’s ok if your plans change. Inside the MaxPass section of the app you can cancel a FASTPASS if your plans change.
- Want to take a break? You can secure MaxPass reservations from either park, and even from your hotel room, as long as you have previously entered one park that day. Making MaxPass reservations while your kids nap or swim is such a huge bonus! PS See all my Disneyland Hotel reviews here.
- See Mickey Balloons in your app? This “multiple experience” means that the attraction you selected went down temporarily during your redemption period. You can now use this to enter any FASTPASS line (including your original ride, if it’s back up and running) in the designated park listed. I suggest saving it to redeem later in the day when FASTPASSES are harder to come by. Plus, if your original ride is now up and running, you might be able to grab a new reservation window and still keep this multiple experiences one.
- Read even more tips on my Facebook page discussion about this very topic!
What rides have Disneyland MaxPass?
A variety of attractions allow you to “skip the line” while using Disney MaxPass. At Disneyland Park, Disney MaxPass includes:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40 inches or taller, Rider Switch available)
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (no minimum height requirement, Rider Switch available)
- Haunted Mansion (no minimum height requirement)Indiana Jones Adventure (46 inches or taller, Rider Switch available )
- “it’s a small world” (no minimum height requirement)Matterhorn Bobsleds (42 inches or taller, Rider Switch available)
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin (no minimum height requirement)Space Mountain (40 inches or taller, Rider Switch available, Single Rider available)
- Splash Mountain (40 inches or taller, Rider Switch available, Single Rider available)
- Star Tours-The Adventure Continues (40 inches or taller, Rider Switch available, Single Rider available)
Curious about the seating arrangements and who can sit by who at Disneyland? See seat photos and seating details here.
At California Adventure Park, Disney MaxPass includes:
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (40 inches or taller, Rider Switch available)
- Goofy’s Sky School (42 inches or taller, Rider Switch available, Single Rider available)
- Grizzly River Run (42 inches or taller, Rider Switch available, Single Rider available)
- Incredicoaster (48 inches or taller, Rider Switch available, Single Rider available)
- Radiator Springs Racers (40 inches or taller, Rider Switch available, Single Rider available)
- Soarin’ Around the World (40 inches or taller, Rider Switch available, Single Rider available)
- Toy Story Midway Mania (no minimum height requirement)
More Disney MaxPass Answers
How many tickets can I have stored in my Disneyland App? You may manage your entire group’s tickets. I have personally linked 11 tickets in my Disneyland account and have not heard of a limit. If you’re going with a large group for a family reunion or cheer competition, I suggest having each chaperone/parent manage a few tickets to keep the app running quick and smooth.
Can I still use the free FASTPASS option? Yes, you can still use the old, free FASTPASS option but instead of a paper FASTPASS being printed, the FASTPASS will be tied to your ticket.
Can I make MaxPass reservations in advance? Unlike FastPass+ at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort guests may NOT make advance reservations. Disney MaxPass reservations at Disneyland are only made on the day-of. You must walk in the park and have all tickets scanned at the gate to use and/or purchase MaxPass.
How many MaxPass reservations can I have at one time? Reservations work almost identically to the old paper FASTPASS. You get one reservation at a time and can reserve another at the appointed time. Yes, this does mean you can hold multiple FASTPASS return times, depending on the return time. Detailed in-use strategies here.
Are MaxPass options at each park linked? Yes! FASTPASSES at both parks are linked for traditional and MaxPass.
Can I get a MaxPass for a ride in California Adventure when I’m at Disneyland? Yes, you can secure reservations from either park, and even from your hotel room, as long as you have previously entered one park that day.
Is Disney MaxPass included in Disneyland Resort Hotel stay? No, MaxPass is not included for guests of Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or Paradise Pier Hotel. Certain level Annual Passholders have it included, but that’s it.
Can I get a FASTPASS via the MaxPass app for World of Color and Fantasmic? No, as of this update, you must physically go to the FASTPASS distribution kiosk and obtain a return ticket for World of Color and Fantasmic. They are still free and will not count against your rides.
Is there a limited allotment of FASTPASSES specifically for MaxPass users? The number of FASTPASSES for say, Radiator Springs Racers, is the same as it always has been. There is not a set amount reserved for MaxPass users or kiosk users. They are still first come, first serve. When they’re gone, they’re gone for everyone.
What People Say About Disney MaxPass
I love MaxPass!! It saves so much time! It got busier later on, especially once we went over to Disneyland, but we still did so much and the lines weren’t as horrible as I expected. I will say we’ve never seen it that busy, but we’ve always gone during slow times. MaxPass made it so we could still do everything we wanted.-Whitney E.
Want even more MaxPass resources? These are some of the best from trusted Disneyland focused travel writers:
- 21 Disneyland MaxPass Questions Answered from Trips with Tykes
- Tested Tips for Using MaxPass from Mom Rewritten
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