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Everything You Need to Know About the Disneyland MaxPass

By Kimberly Fidler 01/29/2020
UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020 We have everything you need to know about the Disneyland MaxPass. We can hardly believe that it debuted in 2017, and it just keeps getting better. Find out what it is and how to use it on your Disneyland vacation.

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We’ve gathered all available details about the Disneyland MaxPass for you. Keep checking back as we are continually making updates to this article as we learn more about the ins and outs of using MaxPass.

Everything You Need to Know About the Disneyland MaxPass

Disney's MaxPass service has been immensely popular since its debut in summer 2017 and since that time, there have been a few updates that have made its offerings even better. Consider this your most up-to-date guide on what MaxPass is, what it includes and how to use it. 

What is the Disneyland MaxPass?

The Disneyland MaxPass is an additional service for Disneyland guests that has two great perks. The first is unlimited downloads of your PhotoPass pictures. The second is the ability to book and redeem FastPass reservations on your mobile device using the Disneyland app. It can now be prepurchased with Get Away Today discount Disneyland tickets in addition to being purchased by the day through the Disneyland App.

How do I buy Disneyland MaxPass?

You can purchase Get Away Today Disneyland tickets with or without Disney MaxPass. If you choose to pre-purchase the service, the per day cost of the MaxPass will be included in the ticket type you choose. So if you purchase 3-Day Disneyland tickets with Disney MaxPass with Get Away Today, the MaxPass option will automatically be added to each of your three days. There is added convenience of already having MaxPass loaded on your ticket; you will not have to download MaxPass when you arrive at the park.

Disneyland MaxPass App

If you don't want to pre-purchase MaxPass, you can easily add MaxPass on a day by day basis once you're at Disneyland. You'll just scan your group's tickets into the Disneyland app and select any that you'd like to add MaxPass to.

When you purchase Get Away Today Disneyland tickets with or without Disney MaxPass, you will receive the tickets via email seven days before your vacation. That gives you flexibility if you need to make any changes before you travel. Keep in mind that changes may have fees associated with them. You will then take those electronic ticket vouchers (whether you've printed them or you have a Cast Member scan the barcode directly on your phone) straight to the Disneyland gate. From there, the Cast Member will take your picture and give you a hard copy of your tickets. The MaxPass will then automatically be enabled so you can use it right away to start electronically requesting FastPasses for eligible attractions.

What rides can I use the Disneyland MaxPass with?

The Disney MaxPass is good for all rides that allow FastPass tickets.

What rides include FastPass tickets?

Disneyland Park Rides and Shows with FastPass:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Fantasmic!
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

It's a Small World Ride

Disney California Adventure Park Rides and Shows with FastPass:

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster 
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • World of Color

Disneyland MaxPass Toy Story

Can I use MaxPass in Star Wars Land?

When Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opened in summer 2019 it did not include any FastPass options. This means that MaxPass will not be available for use in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. However, although you won't be able to use MaxPass to get FastPasses for the new land, you can use the official Disneyland app to check wait times. And although completely separate from the Disneyland MaxPass System, you must join a Boaring Group in order to ride Rise of the Resistance, which opened in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on January 17, 2020. Click here to learn all about How to Ride Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland.

Star Wars Land

Disney may revisit this in the future and we will be sure to keep you updated. Although you can't use MaxPass to make FastPass reservations for this land, you will find PhotoPass photographers in Galaxy's Edge. That means that you can get professional photos taken while exploring the new land, and download them with your MaxPass. So, in a way, you can use one of the MaxPass features in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. 

What rides include PhotoPass? 

The rides that currently include PhotoPass are Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Incredicoaster and Radiator Springs Racers. PhotoPass photographers are also located throughout each park. When you purchase Get Away Today discount Disneyland tickets with Disney MaxPass, you will have PhotoPass for each day you have valid admission to the Disneyland Park. This is a convenient and fun way to capture memories that you likely wouldn't be able to capture otherwise in the Resort.

Disneyland MaxPass Splash Mountain

When can I start using the Disneyland MaxPass?

No matter when you purchase your MaxPass, either before your vacation or once you're in the park, you cannot use MaxPass to begin making FastPass reservations until you are actually inside a park with an activated theme park ticket. If you aren't sure if you want to add MaxPass to your Disneyland tickets, the Disneyland MaxPass is available to purchase and use within the Disneyland app when you arrive in the Park. Waiting to purchase day of is the only way to pick and choose which days you will have MaxPass. If you purchase Get Away Today Disneyland tickets with Disney MaxPass, you are purchasing MaxPass for each day you have valid park admission.  

Can I reserve my FastPass tickets ahead of time with the Disneyland MaxPass?

No, the Disney MaxPass will only allow you to reserve a FastPass ticket if you are inside a Disneyland Resort theme park. However, once you have entered either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park for the day, you can continue to use MaxPass to make future FastPass reservations from your phone as long as they are available, even if you leave the parks for a brief break.

Disneyland MaxPass Entrance

How much is the Disneyland MaxPass?

The Disneyland MaxPass currently costs $20 per ticket, per day. This charge is per person for both adults and children, not per family. The price for MaxPass is the same whether you purchase Get Away Today Disneyland tickets with Disney MaxPass or purchase via the Disneyland app on a day-by-day basis. Although the cost of the MaxPass is the same through Get Away Today and Disneyland directly, you will save money on your Disneyland tickets by purchasing tickets with Get Away Today in advance.

Will I still be able to get the normal paper FastPass tickets in the park?

Yes, the physical FastPass tickets will still be available at the kiosks in the park for all FastPass enabled attractions for no additional charge. However, if you are using the Disneyland MaxPass, you won't be able to have a traditional FastPass at the same time.

Disneyland MaxPass FastPass Ticket

Can I use one device for multiple tickets that have the Disneyland MaxPass?

Yes, the Disneyland MaxPass will be able to link multiple tickets to one device, but you don't have to use it that way. If your group wants to split up and use your FastPass tickets for different attractions, you can easily do that by either using different devices, or just selecting a certain group of names for each attraction.

Can I have multiple FastPass tickets at a time with the Disneyland MaxPass?

No, the Disney MaxPass will only allow you to have the normal limit of one ticket at a time. The MaxPass will work exactly like the current FastPass system, but allows you to schedule and redeem your FastPass tickets with your mobile device via the Disneyland app. This is a HUGE perk since you won't have to run across the park or send someone to collect FastPass tickets for your group. Just do it with the touch of a button while you're in line for an attraction, waiting for a show to start or grabbing some lunch! It's an awesome way to maximize your time in the park.

Will Disneyland MaxPass be similar to the Magic Band at Disney World?

The Disney MaxPass and Magic Bands or My Magic+ program have some major differences. Disneyland MaxPass will not offer a band and does not allow you to book FastPass tickets ahead of time. It is also not tied to in-park charges or restaurant reservations.

How do I get the Disneyland MaxPass?

You can prepurchase the MaxPass for every day of your Disneyland Resort vacation when you purchase Get Away Today Disneyland tickets with Disney MaxPass. We offer our traditional discount Disneyland tickets without Disney MaxPass, so simply specify your choice when booking with one of our agents. When you book online, you will see different options for Disneyland tickets, with MaxPass options clearly displayed. You will need a Disney account on the Disneyland app to access MaxPass once you are in the Resort.

Disneyland MaxPass Ticket App

Another way to purchase MaxPass is through the Disneyland app once you arrive at the Resort. This is the option if you have not prepurchased the Get Away Today Disneyland tickets with Disney MaxPass. To purchase in the Resort, sign in to your Disney account. Next, scan your physical Disneyland tickets into the app. Once that is done and you are in the Disneyland Resort, you will be able to purchase the MaxPass directly from the Disneyland app. It's important to keep in mind that you cannot scan your Disneyland tickets into the Disneyland app for Disney MaxPass until you have physically entered one of the Parks.

Is there a benefit to pre-purchasing MaxPass with my Disneyland tickets or should I wait until I get to Disneyland?

The main benefit of pre-purchasing the MaxPass option is for the convenience of having it already tied to your ticket. If you know you will use MaxPass every day, you may want to have your entire ticket cost paid for before you go.

However, if you think you may only use MaxPass on a day or two of your vacation, you can save money by adding MaxPass as you go. It is incredibly easy to add MaxPass once you are in the park. We recommend making sure you have a Disney account and load your credit card information into the app before going to the park.

Can Disneyland MaxPass sell out?

No, the MaxPass service does not sell out. However, FastPass reservations can run out based on availability. If you are arriving to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park later in the day, you can check FastPass availability before purchasing MaxPass.

When is it most beneficial to have Disneyland MaxPass?

There are two very different lines of thought when it comes to deciding whether it's better to have MaxPass during a busy time or during a slower time. If you're going to Disneyland during a busy time, you'll definitely want MaxPass to optimize your time in the parks. However, you should be aware that FastPasses will typically run out earlier in the day during busier times. 

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In the past, we advised our guests that they don't "need" MaxPass if the parks aren't busy. However, the huge upside to having MaxPass when the park is slower is that you can pretty much have your pick of FastPasses all day long. Sure, you could wait in a 30 minute stand-by line for Space Mountain, but why would you want to if you could use the FastPass line instead? 

Overall, we don't think that there is a bad time to have Disneyland MaxPass. You'll always benefit from the flexibility of making FastPass reservations from your phone. And, you can always enjoy those PhotoPass images.

Can I book a MaxPass for an attraction in Disney California Adventure while in Disneyland Park? 

Yes! As long as your ticket has been scanned into either park, you will be able to add a FastPass reservation for either park. That means you can secure a FastPass for Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! while in Disneyland. Or, secure a FastPass for Space Mountain while in Disney California Adventure. Just remember that you must have a Park Hopper ticket to go between the parks and you can still reserve only one FastPass at a time. 

Disneyland MaxPass Guardians Ride

Can only one person in my party purchase the MaxPass? 

Everyone in your party must purchase the MaxPass to be able to book their FastPasses on the app. If only some members of your party will be riding the larger attractions, you can purchase it just for them. If you are only using MaxPass for photos, you can choose to have one person in your party purchase MaxPass for the day and you'll have access to the unlimited PhotoPass downloads for the day. 

Do I have to pay for the Disneyland MaxPass if I'm an annual passholder? 

One annual pass includes the MaxPass free of charge; the Signature Plus Passport. Other annual pass levels must purchase the MaxPass for the $20 per person per day rate. 

Can I cancel my MaxPass selections? 

Yes, if you are unable to make your FastPass, you can cancel it via the Disneyland app. You are able to do this both for your whole party or an individual. Once you either use or cancel a MaxPass selection, you can make a new FastPass selction. You have the ultimate flexibility with the Disneyland MaxPass!

Will I be able to select World of Color and Fantasmic! FastPasses with the Disneyland MaxPass? 

Yes! As of April 2019, you can reserve FastPass reservations for both World of Color and Fantasmic!. Additionally, paper FastPass tickets may still be collected at their respective kiosks. If you are using the MaxPass to get a FastPass for World of Color or Fantasmic!, you can still get a FastPass for any available attraction.

Disneyland MaxPass World of Color

Booking your Disneyland vacation with or without MaxPass 

We don’t know about you, but we’re are loving the Disneyland MaxPass and we are thrilled to be able to offer our discount Disneyland tickets now with Disney MaxPass! We’d love to know what you think about this change. Do you like it? Do you have more questions about the Disneyland MaxPass?

Make sure to get the best price on your Disneyland vacation by booking your Disneyland tickets now. You won’t have to worry about losing availability when you use our layaway plan to book your vacation with only $175 down, either. Book any of our Disneyland packages, with tickets and hotels near Disneyland online or give our travel experts a call at 855-GET-AWAY!

*All information has been verified through the Disney Parks Blog. 

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