In our package for Disneyland, we took advantage of the MaxPass, which was amazing.
The Disneyland MaxPass utilizes the Disney app so that you can book times on rides without having to wait in line and without having to walk across the park with your entrance card. With the FastPass, you need to have your entrance card and get a slip of paper which tells you what time to return for your ride. Unfortunately, you need to walk back to the ride to get this slip of paper.
With the MaxPass, you can book your rides in the app once you check in t the park. Users can easily see the wait times of the most popular rides at Disneyland and plot out what ride they would like to book. The down side is that you can only reserve one ride at a time. The MaxPass also gives you the PhotoPass (2019), which allows you to download all photos taken by park personnel and on certain rides (listed below).
Rides with MaxPass (2019):
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Haunted Mansion
- Haunted Mansion Holiday
- Indiana Jones™ Adventure
- “it’s a small world”
- “it’s a small world” Holiday
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Disney California Adventure Park
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
- World of Color
At Disneyland Park the Photo Options:
At Disney California Adventure Park:
The FastPass/MaxPass window is one hour. However, you can get in 5 minutes earlier than your time. The scanners and staff will not let you in any earlier than five minutes. When we were in line for a ride, we usually checked out the wait times for other rides and booked our next one or decided what was close by that had a wait under half an hour. The app made it easy to check to see what the waits were, especially for kids who aren’t that patient!
After a ride, go to the end and take a picture of your code. Enter this code into the Disney app and you can download your picture. If you forget to look for your photo at the end of the ride, unfortunately it is a loss.
We also did a few character meals and met Mickey Mouse in ToonTown. Also, we were able to get our pictures downloaded instead of having to carry around photos and pay extra for that service.
I really felt that the MaxPass helped us get on the rides quickly and efficiently plus let us enjoy the parks more. There were other rides that we did wait a while, but I felt like the MaxPass was definitely worth it if you are going to Disneyland to check out the rides.
Disney MaxPass vs Fast Pass