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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A QUICK NOTE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS!

Hurricane IrmaWe’re based in Central Florida, and expect to be impacted to some extent by Hurricane Irma. We’re not in the direct expected path of the storm, but may still lose power and/or need time to clean up after the hurricane.

If you’ve emailed us with a question or customer service request, please KNOW THAT WE WILL RESPOND. It just may take a bit longer than normal. :-)

Stay safe out there!

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MORE FastPass Changes at Disneyland… And MaxPass Coming Soon!

If you’ve created RideMax plans recently for an upcoming visit, this is a very important post, so please read at least the first paragraph below!

Disney has made some major changes to the FastPass sytem at Disneyland over the last few weeks. If you don’t have time to read this entire post and you’ve recently created Disneyland or DCA RideMax plans for an upcoming visit, let me cut right to the chase: I strongly encourage you to create new RideMax plans instead, as a “recalculation” will pick up on the most recent change to Disney’s FastPass system, and allow RideMax to take this change into account as it’s creating your new plans. (More on this specific change below.)

If you weren’t aware of the larger picture here, for several attractions, and especially early in the day, you’ll find that the “return time” for your FastPass ticket will begin as soon as you pull your FastPass reservation from the machine. This is a change Disney made a few weeks ago in mid-to-late June, and this change is still persisting now well into July.

StarTours FastPass - 30 Minute Rule Change

You can see this in the image above, which was sent to us just this past Friday by long-time RideMax customer Carrie. In Carrie’s case, she pulled the FastPass at 9:11am (per the timestamp in the lower-right corner), and was able to use it just four minutes later, at 9:15am. Under the old system, she would have been required to wait a minimum of 40 minutes before using the FastPass, and this is now cut down to four minutes.

This change makes it possible to get more from the FastPass system, as waiting just four minutes (or even zero minutes!) to use your FastPass is a much better deal.

One new tweak Disney made to the system was just introduced late last week. If you look closely at Carrie’s ticket above, you’ll see that even though the one-hour “ride window” on her FastPass ticket begins in just four minutes, she has to wait a minimum of 30 minutes, until 9:41am, before she can get her next FastPass. (Under the rules in place as recently as the middle of last week, she could have retrieved her next FastPass at 9:15am, at the same time her ride window for the first FastPass began.)

I stress all of this because we’ve just updated RideMax today (at around 2:00pm Disneyland time) to assume this 30-minute minimum wait between pulling FastPasses. So again, if you created Disneyland or DCA RideMax plans prior to this, I’d really suggest creating new plans instead.

Coming later this week (on Wednesday, the 19th, to be exact), Disneyland is expected to roll out the new MaxPass sytem. This is a $10-per-day add-on to your ticket which will allow you to get FastPass reservations from the comfort of your smartphone, rather than requiring you to walk across the park to an actual FastPass machine. It could be a time-saver for sure, but I’m still not convinced of the value at that price. Time will tell, I suppose.

And yes, once MaxPass has been rolled out you can expect to see a new “MaxPass” checkbox in RideMax coming sometime afterwards. In the meantime, you should be able to “simulate” it fairly well by using the FastPass Options tab in RideMax to specify that you’ll be using a FastPass Runner for your RideMax plan, and that your runner is willing to skip ANY attraction while off gathering FastPass tickets. (Even though you won’t really be using a runner. Or tickets.  :-)  )

Keep an eye here on the blog for possible future changes to Disneyland’s FastPass system, as well as for accompanying changes to RideMax as we move forward with these new FastPass rules.

If you have any thoughts on these recent changes or about the new MaxPass system — good, bad, or indifferent — please be sure to leave a comment below!

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