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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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.

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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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FOUR TIPS for Beating the Disneyland Crowds — Summer 2016 Edition

Disneyland Summer Crowds

As the author of RideMax for Disneyland, I sometimes have friends ask if I have any “tips” for visiting Disneyland. Sometimes these friends are using RideMax to plan their visit, and sometimes not.

With the busy summer season now upon us, I thought I’d share some of the same tips I give to these friends who are visiting Disneyland. Some of this is advice that I don’t think you’ll see in more “mainstream” publications, so I’m hoping these will make a difference for *you* if you plan to visit Disneyland this summer of 2016. (And if you’re visiting Walt Disney World this summer, stay tuned. I plan to do a separate post on that topic in the next few days.)

With that, here you go…

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Spring Break 2016 RideMax Test at the Magic Kingdom, Part II: FastPass+ Kiosk Insanity, Small World Letdown, Fort Langhorn, Pecos Bill’s Cafe Lunch Review

Welcome back to Part II of my spring break 2016 RideMax test at the Magic Kingdom. As you recall from Part I, I’m using the following RideMax plan on Tuesday, March 22nd, to visit the Magic Kingdom:

Spring Break 2016 Magic Kingdom RideMax Test - Walt Disney World

It’s now 9:52am, and so far in Part I we’ve already completed everything up to and including the Haunted Mansion, along with Madame Leota’s shrimp taco speech. Next up on today’s plan is “it’s a small world.”

it's a small world - Short Wait - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Our RideMax plan has allotted eight minutes for this, so taking a look at the wait time above, you might be encouraged…

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