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Best MaxPass Tips for Disneyland

posted by Kimberly Fidler
Thursday Sep. 07, 2017
Everyone who has tried the MaxPass in Disneyland has loved it. If you're trying to decide if it's right for you, check out our best MaxPass tips for Disneyland. 

Maxpass Tips for Disneyland

Since the MaxPass debuted at Disneyland, the number one question we get is, "Is it worth it?" We definitely think so, if it's done the right way. Now that it's been out for awhile, we've put together our best MaxPass tips for Disneyland.

By using our best MaxPass tips for Disneyland, you'll take your vacation to the next level. We'll teach you all of the tips and tricks to make MaxPass work for you.

The BEST MaxPass Tips for Disneyland

Wait to add MaxPass until you're on your vacation. There are are two major reasons for this tip. First of all, at an extra $10 per person per day, the cost can add up. If you purchase ahead of time on, you can add MaxPass before your vacation. BUT, you'll not only pay full price for your tickets, you'll ALSO have to pay for MaxPass for each day of your ticket. It's an all-or-nothing add-on if you pre-purchase it with Disney.

Second, if you're visiting during a less busy time, you may not need it every day of your stay. You can easily navigate days with 20 minute or less wait times without adding on the MaxPass. Which is why it's best to add it on when you're at the park. You'll be able to measure the crowd level and potentially save the money to use on food or souvenir purchases instead. 

Maxpass Tips for Disneyland App

MaxPass is more than just an easy way to reserve FastPass return times. It also includes your PhotoPass downloads each day that you have an active MaxPass. If you're only using  the MaxPass service one day of your vacation, reserve that to be your picture day. That means stopping for a minute each time you see a PhotoPass photographer.

It also means that you'll want to make your FastPass reservations for all of the rides that have a PhotoPass on the attraction. Currently, rides that include a PhotoPass at Disneyland are Splash Mountain and Space Mountain. In Disney California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission - BREAKOUT, California Screamin' and Radiator Springs Racers all have PhotoPass.

Use your FastPasses strategically. This may seem obvious, but it's one of the best MaxPass tips for Disneyland. Just like with the standard digital FastPass system, you'll want to strategically schedule your attraction return times. That means reserving the most popular attractions first. In Disney California Adventure Park, the FastPasses that go first are Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! and Radiator Springs Racers. In Disneyland, Space Mountain and Indiana Jones are typically among the first FastPass reservations to go. You'll want to make sure you reserve Splash Mountain FastPasses first thing in the summer when the temperatures are at their highest.

Maxpass Tips for Disneyland FastPass

Keep in mind, when you use the MaxPass system to reserve FastPass tickets, you won't receive a FastPass reminder. These are only given if you choose to reserve your FastPass times from the FastPass machines outside of the attractions. Either way, you can scan your physical ticket or smartphone that is tied to your ticket to redeem FastPass return times.

Use the unlimited PhotoPass downloads strategically. While the REAL value of MaxPass is the FastPass option, the other huge perk we mentioned above is that it includes your PhotoPass images for the day. If you're using it for pictures only, you can save on cost and only purchase the MaxPass service for one person in your party.

If you go that route, only the selected person will be able to make FastPass reservations on their phone. They will also need to make sure they are with everyone in the group when taking pictures as the MaxPass QR code within their Disneyland app will need to be scanned. Another tip is to screenshot the MaxPass QR code so you can have it ready without opening the app at each PhotoPass photographer. 

Maxpass Tips for Disneyland PhotoPass

Bring a charger. This may be one of the most important MaxPass tips for Disneyland. When you use Disney's MaxPass service, you'll be using your phone more than normal and will need to keep your phone charged. There are a couple of options for portable chargers. The first is to use Disneyland's portable chargers available at kiosks throughout the park. You'll pick your first fully charged one up for $30 and be able to recharge it or exchange for a new one at any of the kiosks for no cost. If you remember to always bring this portable charger with you, it may not be a bad investment. 

The second option is to purchase a portable charger before you go. We recommend this Anker PowerCore+ model from Amazon. It's highly rated and is only $15, half of what you would pay when purchasing Disneyland's portable chargers. 

The last option is a solar powered portable charger. These can be more expensive than normal portable chargers, but don't require you to recharge each night at the hotel or during the day at the parks. Instead, you'll just need to expose it to the sun while you're in the parks. We recommend this Dizual model from Amazon. It's the best seller and only $29, although other models can reach the $40-$50 range. Whichever option you choose, just make sure you have a plan for keeping your phone charged when you go to Disneyland. 

Set an alarm on your phone. Use your phone's alarm to your advantage during your Disneyland vacation. On top of being perfect for setting water and food break reminders, your phone's alarm can help you remember your FastPass return times. This is a great thing to do because, even if you're a few minutes from the attraction, you can set up your next FastPass as soon as the return time has hit.

The only caveat to this is if you've made a FastPass reservation that can be redeemed within the next few minutes. Your next FastPass reservation won't be available for another 30 miutes OR until you redeem the FastPass at the attraction, whichever occurs first. By using the alarm on your phone, you'll maximize your time and be able to use as many FastPasses as possible. It's one of our favorite MaxPass tips for Disneyland that not everybody thinks about. 

There you have it, our best MaxPass tips for Disneyland. Have you used MaxPass? Do you think it's worth it? Are there any other tips you would add? Let us know in the comments below! 

MaxPass Tips for Disneyland

The best way to learn about MaxPass is to actually use it in the parks. Luckily, we can help with that. From discount Disneyland tickets and reduced hotel rates to great customer service and the best tips, Get Away Today can help you have the best vacation ever. Book any of our Disneyland packages online or give our Disney experts a call at 855-GET-AWAY. 

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on September 9, 2017 at 1:44 PM
We used the Max Pass this week when we were in Disneyland. LOVED IT!!! But you do have to keep track of the times. Setting an alarm is a great idea! I hope they don't raise the price. We will definitely use it again.
Stephanie on September 9, 2017 at 2:05 PM
Can you only use the return time on your Fastpass, or can you go anytime after that first printed time? I.e. the card says return between 11 and 12. Can you go use it after 12?
Get Away Today on September 11, 2017 at 8:47 AM
Hi Stephanie! You will have to return to the attraction between the time listed. In this case, you would need to use the FastPass before it expired at 12. However, the system does usually allow a grace period of 3-5 minutes. Please let us know if you have any questions!
Erica on September 23, 2017 at 5:17 PM
I have a question. If I have a 2 year old who doesn't require a ticket and the adults in the group have a Maxpass/Fastpass for Haunted Mansion, would my 2 year old come in the Fastpass line with me or would we need to wait in the Stand by line?
Get Away Today on September 25, 2017 at 8:15 AM
Hi Erica, great question! Since your 2 year old does not require a ticket, they would not require a MaxPass or FastPass and would be able to ride with you in the FastPass line. Please let us know if you have any other questions! :)
Melissa on November 26, 2017 at 12:50 PM
Hi! We are headed to Disneyland next week and my 2 teens will be experiencing some time away from us doing the rides my younger kids do not like. I am only purchasing maxpass for the teens. My question is can I have the tickets all on my Disneyland app and have my kids download the app and sign into my account where the tickets are and be able to use there maxis from their phones without me being there? Im worry something will happen to their phones and I won't have there tickets and Id like to use the photopass with their maxpass...also can I use the photopass if they are not with me but I have access to there tickets in my app?
Kassie on November 26, 2017 at 7:29 PM
I bought my tickets from a ticket broker. Can I physically go to a DLR window to upgrade my tickets to ones with maxpass? Then I can link all my tickets the night before. When I enter the park in the morning all I want to do is start reserving fast passes. I heard there can be app/connectivity issues resulting in having to stand in the customer service line to resolve the issue. I would like to avoid wasting time doing that.
Get Away Today on November 27, 2017 at 11:14 AM
Hi Melissa, how fun! We're sure your teens will love being able to use the MaxPass during your trip. You can definitely have the app on all of the phones and only use one account, just know that if one person signs in from one device it will likely kick the previous person out of the account from the different device. It will still work, you'll probably just need to log in each time you access the app, though. As for PhotoPass, it should work as long as you are in the same park as your teens. Just show them the bar code on the app and you will be good to go! If you have any other questions, give us a call at 855-GET-AWAY. :)
Get Away Today on November 27, 2017 at 11:16 AM
Hi Kassie, you will want to check with the ticket broker directly for all ticket restrictions and limitations. Our tickets offer the ability to be upgraded, both to a different length of stay and to add on MaxPass. However, MaxPass can only be added the day of when you are physically inside the park. Once your ticket is scanned in, you'll simply go to the Disneyland app and purchase the MaxPass for that day. If you have any other questions, give us a call at 855-GET-AWAY.
Kurt on January 9, 2018 at 11:00 PM
hi! I’ve never been to Disneyland only World (until this May) so I’m only used to selecting all of my FastPasses at once for the day. So I was just wondering, say it’s 10am and I just got to the park. If I select a 12pm FastPass using MaxPass, do I have to wait until after I redeem my 12pm selection to choose another FastPass??
Get Away Today on January 13, 2018 at 12:39 PM
Hi Kurt! After you've selected your FastPass via the app with MaxPass, you'll have about a 90 minute wait until your next FastPass or until you redeem that FastPass, whichever comes first. In your example, you'd be able to make your next FastPass selection at 11:30am. Please let us know if you have any other questions and have a wonderful time in Disneyland! :)
Kai on March 28, 2018 at 6:55 PM
If I get MaxPass and enter Disneyland at 9:00am, am I able to reserve a fastpass for Radiator Springs Racers in California Adventures, even though California Adventures doesn't open to all guests until 10:00am? California Adventures will open at 9:00am that morning to resort guests (Magic Hour), but we are not resort guests. So then, can I make fast passes for California Adventures Radiator Springs Racers when I enter Disneyland at 9:00am?
Get Away Today on March 30, 2018 at 11:12 AM
Kai - that's a great question. Normally Fastpasses aren't available until the park opens to the general public, even on Magic Hour days. So while you can use MaxPass to make Fastpass reservations for Radiator Springs Racers from Disneyland, it won't be until they are available.
Karen on April 2, 2018 at 10:08 PM
Hi there. I'm interested in using MaxPass, but two of the four of us don't ride some of the faster rides. Can we use two phones to put two MaxPasses on each phone so that we have some flexibility? Or if you buy four MaxPasses do they all need to be on the same phone and so the whole family has to go together?
Get Away Today on April 3, 2018 at 8:29 AM
Hi Karen! You are able to purchase MaxPass with as many phones as you would like. Just make sure that you scan everyone's ticket onto each device - that way, one person will be able to make a FastPass reservation for everyone in the group if you ever wanted. But yes, using two phones will allow you even more flexibility with MaxPass. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
Joey on April 30, 2018 at 12:42 PM
We are planning to buy from y'all a three day park hopper pass. But, that said, we will not be able to get to the park, for the first day, until 8pm. Which park should we go to with those limited hours (DL closes at midnight that night and CAL I think at 11pm) and do we need a MaxPass at all that first night? Thanks!
Get Away Today on April 30, 2018 at 1:11 PM
Hi Joey - great questions! With only 3-4 hours of park time, there will likely not be any FastPass tickets left, so I would not recommend MaxPass for your first day. However, 3-4 hours of park time before park closing is a great time to go! Depending on your dates, you will want to check the entertainment schedule. If you're going during Paint the Night Parade or World of Color, you may want to do Disney California Adventure first and then head over to Disneyland. If you are mostly interested in Fantasmic! and/or the fireworks, then you can head straight to Disneyland and just spend your first evening there.
Bebe on June 15, 2018 at 4:30 PM
We are going to the parks tomorro.. can I just get one maxpass ? As for the fast pass are they already loaded on each ticket?
Get Away Today on June 15, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Hi Bebe, Have so much fun! Yes, you can purchase MaxPass for just one ticket to get the PhotoPass downloads. If you want to use the MaxPass for FastPass tickets, you'll need one MaxPass for each person who wants to make FastPass reservations using the app. Individual FastPasses are not loaded onto tickets, but the FastPass service is available on all tickets automatically. You'll just insert your ticket into a FastPass machine pr use the MaxPass service to make your FastPass reservations.
Amanda on July 9, 2018 at 3:25 PM
How many fast passes can you reserve at a time and is it the same using the max pass?
Get Away Today on July 10, 2018 at 9:59 AM
Hi Amanda! You can only reserve one FastPass at a time and that is the same when using the MaxPass. Please let us know if you have any other questions!
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