10 Reasons You Should Be Using RideMax to Plan Your Disney Vacation

Magic Kingdom Monorail

If this is your first time visiting the RideMax website, you should know that RideMax is planning software designed to save you time in line at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. You enter the date you’ll be visiting the park, as well as the attractions you want to visit, along with your preferred touring options. RideMax takes these into account, crunches on our estimated wait times for the date of your visit (possibly comparing *millions* of potential itineraries), to create a custom, optimized game plan which you can then take to the park.

RideMax was initially released in the pre-smartphone days, when folks actually printed their RideMax plans on paper and took them to the park.

Although you could still follow this procedure today, a lot of technology has been introduced since those early days which can assist the visitor to Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Some of these innovations include smartphones in general, FastPass+ at Walt Disney World, MaxPass at Disneyland, and the parks’ own apps, which give users insight into current wait times in the park. Third-party apps also abound.

Given all of the tools available to theme park visitors these days, I thought it would be helpful to outline ten reasons why I STILL think you should be using RideMax to help plan your next Disney park visit.

Reason 1: It saves you time in line (and time is money!)

This may seem obvious, but the whole point of RideMax is to save you time standing in line, while also reducing the amount of walking you need to do to make this happen. (It’s optimization algorithm is specifically designed to minimize your estimated waiting AND walking time.)

Disney's Magic Kingdom - Crowds at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Crowds build early at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the Magic Kingdom. A little strategy here can go a long way.

So, how much is that time savings worth to you? Let’s assume for a moment that you are a family of four is planning a three-day visit to Disneyland, where you expect to spend an average of eight hours each day in the park, at a total cost of $2,000 for everything, including park tickets, hotel stay, and travel.

If you divide that $2,000 by the 24 total hours you expect to spend in the park, you’ll see that the cost per hour of park time is just north of $83. At that rate, RideMax will only need to save you eleven minutes(!) in line before you break even on your $14.95 RideMax investment. And that’s not eleven minutes per day, but eleven minutes TOTAL for your entire vacation.

We’ve had customers report saving HOURS of time in line thanks to RideMax, so this advantage seems pretty clear.

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Video Report: How to NOT Wait in Line at Walt Disney World

OK, so I’ll warn you in advance that this post is pretty self-serving, but long-time customer Karin recently posted a video overview of RideMax, including how she uses RideMax to map out her day at Walt Disney World.

If anyone reading this still happens to be on the fence as to whether you might find RideMax useful, I hope Karin’s video helps!

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10 Reasons Why Disneyland’s MaxPass is Superior to Walt Disney World’s FastPass+

While visiting Disneyland recently I posted something on Twitter that seemed to cause something of a stir:

MaxPass is better than FastPass+

I tweeted the above as I was making my way through Disneyland actually using the MaxPass system. The tweet came from my own emotional response to the new Disneyland system after using the WDW FastPass+ system for a long time now. And I really liked what I was seeing at Disneyland.

And yes, several weeks later I still stand by the statement that the MaxPass system at Disneyland is superior to Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ system in almost every possible way. Here are 10 reasons why:

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DCA UPDATE: Soarin’ Running both Theaters Again – RideMax Plan Update Recommended

Soarin' Around the World at DCA

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that Soarin’ at DCA has apparently finished its refurbishment, and is back to running both theaters now, instead of just one.

As a result of this change, FastPasses for Soarin’ should be available later into the day than they have been over the last month or so.

RideMax has been updated accordingly, as of the afternoon of September 30th. If you have a RideMax plan for DCA which includes Soarin’, I strongly suggest creating a new plan instead!

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Re-Run Those RideMax Plans for DCA! Soarin’ Running at VERY Reduced Capacity

Disney California Adventure

This is something of an urgent post for those of you planning a visit to DCA in the near future — especially if your plans include a ride on Soarin’ Around the World. In fact, if prior to 9:00am PDT today you’ve created RideMax plans for DCA which include Soarin’, I strongly suggest you create new plans instead!

Disney has begun refurbishments on Soarin’, but rather than close the ride completely, they’re closing one of the two theaters, which effectively cuts the ride’s capacity in half. Rumors are that the refurbishment could run for several weeks.

As you can imagine, the reduced capacity has resulted in some very long waits for Soarin’ recently, as well as extremely reduced FastPass distribution.

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the FastPass return times at Soarin’ over the last several days. To illustrate just how much the refurbishment has impacted FastPass availability, take a look at the chart below, which indicates the latest time at which you could have pulled a FastPass for the three most popular rides in the park — Soarin’, Radiator Springs Racers, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The chart covers Thursday through Saturday of last week, as well as yesterday (Monday):

Latest FP Availability Soarin’ Radiator Springs Racers Guardians of the Galaxy
Thursday, 8/24 12:40pm 2:35pm 2:50pm
Friday, 8/25 12:55pm 2:30pm 5:25pm
Saturday, 8/26 1:25pm 2:50pm 5:00pm
Monday, 8/28 1:05pm 1:50pm 3:35pm

As you can see, FastPasses for Soarin’ are now running out earlier in the day than they are for either of the other two rides. (Contrast this with earlier in the month, when despite higher crowds, FastPasses for Soarin’ were typically available until early evening.)

As a result of these drastic changes to the wait times and FastPass availability, it’s very likely that once you re-run your RideMax plan, RideMax will have you either visiting Soarin’ earlier in the day, or getting that FastPass sooner than you might have otherwise.

Of course, we do plan to keep a close eye on the situation and adjust the RideMax estimates back to “normal” once the ride comes out of refurbishment.

So for now, re-run those RideMax plans — and stay tuned here for any updates as the refurbishment continues!

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