FASTPASS Changes Come to Disneyland!

Earlier this year, Disneyland announced that there were several FastPass changes coming this year, and since the first of those was rolled out in the park yesterday, I thought it worth mentioning how this might affect your RideMax plans.

So, just what are those FastPass changes? There are three of them:

  • FastPass will be added to Toy Story Midway Mania
  • FastPass will be added to the Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • A product called “MaxPass” will roll out sometime later this year

FASTPASS comes to Toy Story Midway Mania

The first of these changes was implemented yesterday, with Toy Story Midway Mania now offering FastPass.

The important thing to note here is that we sampled wait times and FastPass return windows yesterday during the rollout, and have now added FastPass support for this attraction in RideMax. Of course, we may change estimates as time goes on, but feel like we at least have a good starting point here.

As a result of this change, if you’ve previously created RideMax plans which include Toy Story Midway Mania, I strongly recommend creating new plans instead.

I expect a similar update to RideMax for the Matterhorn once it comes out of refurbishment later this month, so keep an eye out for those changes as well.

As for MaxPass (which you can read about on the Disney parks blog), I don’t see this having a huge impact on RideMax plans, since it basically adds a new layer of support to the existing FastPass system, rather than replacing it entirely, like FastPass+ did at Walt Disney World.

As usual, if you’re planning a visit to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland and want custom, wait-busting itineraries designed to save significant time in line, please subscribe to RideMax.

Oh, and have a great trip!

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My First Vlog! Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2017

Liesle & I stopped by Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival, and I decided to post my very first vlog episode on YouTube documenting our quick visit, which includes some advice for the folks running the Mexico kiosk.

You can enjoy this first episode in all its glory below. (I apologize in advance for some of the slightly shaky video, especially during some of my camera-facing moments. Hopefully I’ll get a better grip on this in episode two.  :-)  )

Enjoy!

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Walt Disney World Spring Break 2017? This ONE SIMPLE TIP Can Save You HOURS in Line!

 

Magic Kingdom Spring Break Crowds

OK, sorry for the sort of click-baity title this time, but if you’re visiting Walt Disney World for spring break this year, there is ONE THING I absolutely recommend doing to prepare for your visit.

As the author of RideMax (a planning tool designed to help people spend less time in line at Disneyland and Walt Disney World), I know you’re probably thinking, “Duhh… He’s going to tell me to buy RideMax.” And while I do recommend RideMax, you’d be wrong if you think that is my FIRST recommendation, as there is something else you absolutely have to do before leaving home if you don’t want to waste hours of your precious vacation time for nothing.

Continue reading Walt Disney World Spring Break 2017? This ONE…

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VIDEO REVIEW: Customer Tests RideMax at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

I received a tweet recently from Chad, a RideMax customer who had just returned from vacation using RideMax at Disneyland and California Adventure.

Chad recorded his visit for YouTube, and was kind enough to share links to his videos, which I thought would be fun to share here. After all, it’s one thing to see my own RideMax Roulette reports, but quite another to see a video report like this from a “real customer.”

Here are Chad’s YouTube reports:

Disneyland with RideMax

Disney California Adventure with RideMax

(Disclaimer: Chad has no relationship with RideMax, other than that of an apparently happy customer.)

Enjoy!

 

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Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2017 – Overview Plus Full Menus With Prices

Entrance - Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2017

Who’s ready for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts?!!

By way of introduction, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but my very first visit to Walt Disney World very early in our marriage occurred with a complete lack of preparation. On our first day we even showed up in the early evening at the Magic Kingdom only to learn it had already closed for the day. (We hadn’t even checked the park hours in advance!)

One my goals in creating RideMax is to help *you* be better prepared for a trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World than I was, as I’ve learned that the line between an *enjoyable* visit and a semi-miserable one can be fairly thin — and a little preparation can make all the difference between the two.

I’ve noted before that RideMax plans include some important tips to help you navigate the park, and sometimes these tips are critical to a successful plan (like if your RideMax plan has you visiting the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train first thing in the morning).

Sometimes though, the space for those tips in your RideMax plan just isn’t large enough to cover a given topic, and that’s where this blog comes in handy. It’s certainly the case with the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. The Festival is new this year, and just opened today, running Fridays through Mondays, from today through February 20th.

My goal here is to give you a quick overview of the festival so you’ll know what to expect, and to help you decide if you want to include the festival as part of your visit. I’ll also provide here a list of the unique food items available especially for the festival, complete with full menus and prices. I haven’t sampled all of the menu items, but will give a brief review of those that I have tried, along with pictures of several that I haven’t.

Continue reading Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2017…

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