There has been a lot of buzz around the major changes to the Disneyland Resort’s FASTPASS system. While you still use your admission ticket or Annual Pass to visit a FASTPASS kiosk to retrieve a “return time” ticket, you no longer use that ticket to gain admission to the FASTPASS line. Instead, once you scan your admission ticket/AP into the kiosk, the FASTPASS is automatically linked to your ticket. That piece of paper? It’s now just a friendly reminder.
When you are ready to redeem your FASTPASS, using the barcode on your admission ticket/AP and scan the machine, where a light will turn green and a Cast Member will wave you into the queue.
The BIG NEWS, however, is Disneyland’s launch of a new, completely digital reservation system for FASTPASS called MaxPass (which officially launched June 19, 2017).
For an introductory rate of $10/day, Guests with a valid Disneyland.com account can purchase a MaxPass and get two features: Unlimited PhotoPass downloads (this includes ride images!) and FASTPASS registration directly from your mobile device (no need to pull a ticket!). You must purchase MaxPass for each member of your party in order to reserve FASTPASS for each person. You can link all of your party’s tickets to your account as well – no need for 5 different phones on 5 different accounts trying to reserve FP for individual people!
What does that mean for you?
Now, for example, you can enjoy your time in Disneyland Resort and reserve a FASTPASS ticket for Disney California Adventure directly from your mobile device – no more scrambling to collect everyone’s admission tickets and going on a full sprint mission to pull tickets for your entire family. While you still have the option to pull a paper FastPass reminder from the kiosks for free, this added benefit is meant to help streamline your day at the park.
The Disneyland Resort now features wi-fi hotspots in order to make sure you aren’t maxing out your data plan during your visit (be wary that this can get very spotty with many users in the park!)
Do Annual Passholders Get a Special Deal?
If you are an Annual Passholder, there is a special offer to add MaxPass to your AP for $75 for the whole year (but please note that this purchase is not pro-rated and will expire when your pass expires). You can add the MaxPass to your pass and include it in your monthly payments when you renew your pass as well.
A very important note for Signature Passholders: You may be wondering, “why am I paying a full $75 for FastPass & PhotoPass? Don’t I already get PhotoPass with my AP?“ Well, The Disneyland Resort has just issued letters to Signature Passholders, letting them know that they will be able to keep their PhotoPass download benefit if they renew their current pass. However, anyone who purchases a new Signature Annual Pass will no longer have the PhotoPass download benefit included as an AP perk.
** Signature Plus and Premier Passport holders will have the MaxPass service included as part of their AP benefit – no additional charge!**
A How-To Video on using MaxPass
The Disney Parks Blog has released a handy dandy “how-to” video to help you navigate the MaxPass system and answer any questions you might have.
Let us know – will YOU be paying for and using MaxPass on your next visit?