DCA Construction – Update those RideMax Plans!

Toy Story Midway Mania ride at Disney California Adventure

Just a quick note here to let you know that Disney is doing some major construction at DCA as part of a re-theme for the Paradise Pier area of the park. I’d recommend re-generating any DCA RideMax plans as a result.

In case you’re wondering about the details, the construction walls now block access to the circular route around the pier. You can walk from California Screamin’ to Toy Story Midway Mania, but at that point you’ll hit the walls and have to turn around if you want to visit the attractions on the other side of TSMM.

These temporary park changes affect the estimated walking times used by RideMax when it creates your custom plan. If prior to Tuesday, January 16th you created a RideMax plan for DCA, I’d recommend running that plan again.

Happy RideMaxing!


Disneyland’s MaxPass: Is It Worth It?

MaxPass at Disneyland
MaxPass at Disneyland: Is it worth the cost?

If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland in the near future, you may be asking yourself if MaxPass is worth it. It certainly is convenient to arrange all of your FastPass reservations directly from your phone, but it does cost $10 per-person, per-day, so this can add up, especially for larger groups.

I’ve analyzed this in detail below, but if you don’t want to read further, let me summarize my conclusions: MaxPass helps most on busy days, and it helps most those groups who can’t or won’t use a “FastPass runner.”

To be clear, as I posted previously, I think Disneyland’s MaxPass system is far superior to Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ system. But the intent of this post isn’t to compare parks, it’s to help you decide whether MaxPass is worth the cost for your own individual situation, given that you plan to visit Disneyland.

To help you decide, I ran four different RideMax plans for the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, which is one of the busiest days of the year.

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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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