7 Questions (and answers) about: Disney MaxPass

What’s the new thing?

Disney MaxPass is a paid, mobile add-on to Disneyland’s existing FastPass System.  It allows unlimited downloads of PhotoPaass images and mobile booking and redemption of FastPass return times.

Where is it going to be?

It is available at both Disneyland and California Adventure.

When is it coming?

Today! It debuts July 19,2017.

What will it look like? Is there anything like it anywhere else?

It’s in the Disneyland App.  And while it has some similarity to Disney World’s FP+ rollout, there are some important differences.  For starters…

Am I losing my favorite riding sytem – paper fastpasses – so this new thing can exist?

NO. The paper fastpasses are not going away.  In fact, guests who don’t want to use the MaxPass system still benefit, because Matterhorn and Toy Story Mania are joining the FastPass lineup as part of the rollout.

Does it cost any extra money?

Yes.  MaxPass costs $10/ticket/day.  But, and I can’t stress this enough, it is an optional add on.

Do I have to plan or do, like, extra work to see it?

You just have to purchase the MaxPass. In theory, it should make reserving fastpasses easier, since you don’t have to physically walk to the location to retrieve the pass. But unlike the Disney World system, all fastpasses – mobile or paper – can only be obtained same day.

Anything else I need to know?

Not yet.  I’m hoping to report back once the system has been in place for a few weeks, with an update on whether it is worth the extra cost.  My hunch is, no.  But Disney has certainly surprised me before.

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