Something I rarely mention here is my Disneyland eBook, which is appropriately titled, The RideMax Book of Tips for Disneyland. It’s basically a short “how-to” guide containing time-saving tips for Disneyland and DCA, as well as my favorite viewing locations for the parade, fireworks, World of Color, and more. These are illustrated with pictures to help convey details which are otherwise hard to describe with just text.
I mention all of this because I’ve just published the latest version of the eBook, which contains updates for MaxPass, as well as a general “refresh” of many of the other tips in the book.
The eBook is currently only available as an add-on to the Disneyland RideMax subscription, but if you have a current subscription which includes the eBook, you can update to the latest version for free by following the eBook download link in your original subscription email.
With all of the construction going on at Hollywood Studios to make way for the new Pixar and Star Wars areas, Disney has closed down half of the capacity at Toy Story Midway Mania.
I mentioned this on Twitter a couple of days ago, but just in case you missed it, we’ve made some major adjustments to our standby estimates for TSMM at Hollywood Studios. If prior to Tuesday, January 16th you created RideMax plans for Hollywood Studios which included riding TSMM in the standby line, I’d strongly encourage you to make new plans instead.
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.
The 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicked of this past Friday, and runs through February 19th. I’m hoping this post will give you a “flavor” of what you can expect should you be visiting Walt Disney World soon.
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.