By Jennifer Stuart
We explain how to purchase and use Maxpass, Disneyland's new digital Fastpass system. This is our picture-heavy step-by-step guide.
How to Buy Maxpass
There are two different ways to purchase Maxpass. (1) You can purchase Maxpass in advance as an add-on when you buy your Disneyland park tickets directly through the Disneyland website, or (2) You can purchase Maxpass on the day you wish to use it after you have entered the park. If you purchase your Disneyland park tickets through an authorized third party dealer or just want to try it out for one or two days, you would need to use method. Maxpass currently costs $10/day per person (over aged 3). Each person in your party needs to have Maxpass added to their ticket in order to use Maxpass.
Note: if you have a child over age 3 who is not going to be riding on the rides that you will be using Fastpass for then I wouldn't purchase a Maxpass for their ticket. MOST Fastpass rides at Disneyland are the bigger thrill rides that younger kids MAY not be tall enough or brave enough to ride yet. Check out the list of Fastpass attractions here to see if you will want to purchase a Maxpass for your child.
Before You Leave Home
1) Sign up for a Disney Account here - create a profile for yourself and any other people in your party that will need a Maxpass. (If your friends already have a Disney account you can link them).
2)Download the Disneyland App to your smartphone.
Insider tip: you may be interested in our post on why you should download the Disneyland App to learn of more ways the Disneyland App can enhance your trip.
3) Buy your Disneyland Park tickets (we always recommend doing this in advance to save time). If you are buying Disneyland Park tickets directly from Disney then you can choose to add Maxpass to your tickets at time of purchase.
When You Arrive at the Park
Redeeming your Fastpass
Make another Fastpass selection
As soon as you have scanned the barcode at the entrance to the attraction you are eligible to make another Fastpass selection. Use the time in line to your advantage and book another as soon as possible.
What to do if you want to ride different things
If you run into big problems go see a cast member at City Hall or at the main information booths. (Near the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe in Disneyland or in Carthay Circle at Disney California Adventure). These cast members are so helpful -- and your best bet for help.
Important to know
Making the best use of the Maxpass system is easier if you have a solid understanding of the Fastpass system at Disneyland. Read our post of Fastpass for Beginners for more helpful information. It has been recently updated to include the most up to date information. This is the link to the Disneyland page with more information about Maxpass.
All photos by Jennifer Stuart
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