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Updated Summer, 2018. All the details on the new Disneyland FASTPASS, Disney MaxPass program with digital options now live at Disneyland Resort.
New June 21, 2017: Paper FASTPASSES will no longer be distributed! FASTPASSES are now tied to your park ticket! Make sure you write names on the backs of tickets and keep them in a safe place for scanning at FASTPASS return lines. To secure a FASTPASS reservation just go to the kiosk as usual, it will print a reminder, but your FASTPASS info will be stored on your ticket instead.
In October 2015 Disneyland began quietly testing MagicBand and FastPass+ technology. Riders entering the Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy FASTPASS line were directed to scan their FASTPASS barcode upon entering the queue. When the light turns from red to green, indicating a valid FASTPASS, they are admitted to the FASTPASS line.
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Here’s everything you need to know for the new Disneyland FASTPASS system, Disney MaxPass. We’ll update you as new information becomes available, and as always, please comment with any questions you have— I’ll do my best to answer.
The following information for digital FASTPASS at Disneyland Resort has been CONFIRMED by Disney.
What is the New Disneyland FASTPASS?
Dubbed, Disney MaxPass—it is very similar to the paper FASTPASSES we’ve been using for years, allowing you to make a reservation for select attractions at the Disneyland Resort.
Disney MaxPass, your new FASTPASS reservations will be tied to your ticket via the Disneyland mobile app and/or your Disneyland Annual Pass.
So far, there’s no news that Disneyland will be using MagicBands for FastPass+ reservations like they do at Walt Disney World.
Disney MaxPass the New Disneyland FASTPASS
The first phase of Disneyland’s new digital FASTPASS is called Disney MaxPass. Here’s what you need to know:
- Disney MaxPass is $10 per person (ticket) per day at an introductory price
- You can purchase Disney MaxPass once you enter the parks for the day
- Disney MaxPass allows you to secure FASTPASS reservations through the Disneyland app
- With Disney MaxPass you will use your mobile device to book and redeem FASTPASSES (except World of Color and Fantasmic!)
- You may manage your entire group’s (we’ve heard reports of linking anywhere from 6-8 people per account) FASTPASSES on one mobile device
- Your Disney MaxPass does not activate until you enter the park
- There are no advance reservations allowed, only day of reservations
- You may reserve FASTPASSES while in Disneyland Park for an attraction at California Adventure and vise-versa
- The lines you enter when redeeming a Disney MaxPass FASTPASS is the same line as paper FASTPASS holders
- The one FASTPASS at a time rule still applies (entire resort, not per park)
- Disney MaxPass also allows you unlimited PhotoPass downloads (think ride photos and any pics taken by Disney photographers)
- If your phone runs out of battery, scan your park ticket instead
- Inside the MaxPass section of the app you can cancel a FASTPASS if your plans change
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Disneyland “Disney MaxPass” Q&A
1. Can I still use the old FASTPASS options? 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.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Haunted Mansion
- “it’s a small world”
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Pirates of the Caribbean (infrastructure installed in June, no open date for FP yet)
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours
At California Adventure:
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Toy Story Midway Mania
6. Are FASTPASS at each park linked? Yes! FASTPASSES at both parks are linked for both paper and MaxPass.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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