Last month we visited Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. We had a chance to use the new Disney MaxPass, and we’ll never do Disneyland without it! We wanted to see how to use the Disneyland MaxPass at Disney. Thanks to Disney Parks for providing us two park hopper passes. for a day of fun. As always, all opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.
In the 13 hours we were at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, we were able to ride Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission Breakout four times, Radiator Springs Racers twice, California Screamin’ four times, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones twice, Haunted Mansion twice, Star Tours, Buzz Light Year Astro Blasters three times, and a slew of other rides that didn’t require FASTPASS reservations. Not bad for a day at the parks, considering we went back and forth between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park twice each.
For just $10 per person, the new Disney MaxPass is by far one of the best Disney Parks perks out there. You get Disney PhotoPass photos and Digital FASTPASS selections for FASTPASS rides. Here’s the scoop on how MaxPass works at Disneyland. It was worth the splurge for the extra $10 each to check out the MaxPass and get the deets on how it works.
How does the Disney MaxPass work?
Currently, the Disney MaxPass service is $10 per person per day, and that includes use of the park hopper ticket option.
You can add the Disney MaxPass to your digital ticket in the Disneyland app by using the Disney MaxPass feature within the Disneyland app. You can reserve your digital Disney FASTPASS selections right from your phone using the Disneyland app while in the parks. By using this option, you eliminate the paper FASTPASS option and the need to stop by the kiosks to get a new FASTPASS entitlement each time. When your return time comes, you scan your code on your phone at the ride entrance.
What are the benefits of the Disney MaxPass?
The Disney MaxPass combines two of the parks’ popular services to make the most of your Disneyland experience. You get unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads for the day, so you can share your photo memories with friends and families by accessing your photos from select attractions as well as any photos taken by photographers at Character dining experiences and by PhotoPass photographers. And you get digital Disney FASTPASS selections, saving you time in the parks maximizing your time and pixie dust fun.
Our family loves the photos that the Disney PhotoPass photographers take, so this is a great perk, especially if you aren’t an annual pass holder.
Does everyone in my party need a Disney MaxPass?
Yes, in order to use the FASTPASS service, everyone in your party needs a Disney MaxPass.
Do I need to download the Disneyland App to use the Disney MaxPass?
Yes. In order to use the new Disney MaxPass, you need to download the Disneyland app onto your phone or mobile device and create an account (or sign in if you already have one). Choose the park you wish to enter and tap “Get FASTPASS.” Select the guests who wish to use the Disney MaxPass feature for the day (if someone is not listed, link their ticket or pass so you can add them). Purchase the Disney MaxPass feature for anyone who does not already have it. Make your FASTPASS selections. Don’t forget to download your Disney PhotoPass images, too!
Using the Disneyland App is easy and saves time. In addition to the fact that you use it for the Disney MaxPass, it’s easy to navigate your way through the parks, check wait times for rides, and make dining reservations, too. Everything you need at your fingertips.
How do I use the Digital Disney FASTPASS with the Disney MaxPass?
In order to make a FASTPASS selection for one of 16 attractions with the Disney MaxPass (if they are available), these are the steps you take:
In the Disneyland app, tap “Get FASTPASS” to make your FASTPASS selection and receive your Return-Time window.
When it’s time to come back to enjoy the attraction you’ve chosen, go to the “FASTPASS Return Entrance” at the attraction and hold your phone or mobile device up to the scanner so it can scan your FASTPASS code.
What happens if my Disney MaxPass plans change?
Changes your plans? No problem! You can easily and quickly change or cancel your FASTPASS selection on the “My Plans” screen within the Disneyland app.
Can you use the digital Disney FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass in conjunction with the Disability Services Access?
At the time of this article, you can use you both. If you have a child or other person in your party eligible to use the Disability Services Access (DAS), you can use it in conjunction with the Disney MaxPass system. When your tickets are linked on the Disneyland app, you can see all of your available selections available in your app.
Can you use the Disney MaxPass if you are an Annual Passholder?
Bring on the Pixie Dust! Disneyland Annual Passholders may purchase the Disney MaxPass feature as a daily add-on for $10 through the Disneyland app the same as regular ticketed guests or they may choose to purchase it as an annual add-on for $75 at any Disneyland Resort Ticket Booth. The Disney MaxPass feature is an included benefit with the purchase of a Disney Signature Plus Passport or the Disney Premier Passport.
Pro Tips for the Disney MaxPass
Disneyland highly suggests that guests check the day’s FASTPASS ticket availability and other park details before they purchase the Disney MaxPass feature or before using a park ticket with Disney MaxPass. Because of the popularity of some of the attractions, FASTPASS tickets may not be available at the time of Disney MaxPass purchase. FASTPASS tickets are limited and availability is not guaranteed. Make sure to check out the Disneyland website for full terms and details. Please keep in mind FASTPASS availability is limited and not guaranteed.
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