If you've been to Disneyland in the past decade, you're probably familiar with the FastPass system.
Disneyland now offers a new paid add-on that "maximizes" your FastPass experience. MaxPass (available for an additional $10 per person per day) allows you to load Fastpasses directly to your phone without running around the park to do so.
Our family used MaxPass this past April and we all agreed firmly that the MaxPass is a worthwhile add-on for a Disneyland vacation. Here's the scoop.
With the traditional FastPass system, you have to sprint across the park to secure your FastPasses at the rides of your choice. This is often inconvenient and takes up precious ride minutes because many of the most popular rides are not in the same location.
With MaxPass, you can view all available Fastpasses on your phone and select the ones you are interested in without moving an inch. For example, you can be in line at Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland and reserve passes for Radiator Springs Racers in California Adventure. GAME-CHANGER!
Did someone in your party get cold feet about riding Guardians of the Galaxy? Are you second-guessing getting wet on Grizzly River Racers on a windy afternoon? No problem!
With the traditional Fast Pass system, you have to wait until your Fastpass expires before selecting a new one.
With MaxPass, you can cancel Fastpasses with the tap of a button. Then, select new ones right away!
You've probably noticed the Disney photographers stationed throughout the park? With MaxPass, you can stop and get your picture taken with any photographer as often as you like. At the end of the day, you'll have dozens of memories at your fingertips. Photos can be uploaded right to your phone or to your desktop computer.
Not sure where to find a photographer? Look for the men and women in blue pants and khaki vests with cameras around their necks. They are positioned strategically around the park in popular photo spots like Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland or the entrance to Cars Land in California Adventure, just to name a few.
If you are dining at Disney’s PCH Grill in Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, Goofy’s Kitchen in The Disneyland Hotel, or the Plaza Inn at Disneyland Park, you'll find photographers there too!
Priceless pictures with your child's favorite characters for an add-on of $10? Yes, please!
One more thing! You'll also have access to all RIDE PHOTOS! In Disneyland, the two rides with photos are Splash Mountain and Space Mountain. In California Adventure, there are three rides with photos: Radiator Springs Racers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and (brand new this summer!) the Incredicoaster!
Convinced? Getting MaxPass is a cinch! Simply download the Disneyland app and make the purchase there. Piece of cake!
If you have further questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I'm happy to help if I can. Feel free to also peruse my past Disneyland-related content for other tips about where to stay, how to navigate the parks with a baby, and much more.