Yesterday, Disney officially announced a semi-controversial new move that affects how you will be waiting in line (or at least, how LONG you’ll be waiting in line) at the Disneyland Resort with the announcement of Disney MaxPass.
No official launch date has yet been given for Disney MaxPass (only that it’s coming this year) but the new service will be offered for $10 a day. Yep, Disney MaxPass is going to be an up-charge feature. Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders also will have the opportunity to purchase Disney MaxPass on a daily or yearly basis.
So what does the Disney MaxPass service get you? You will now be able to book your FastPass return times digitally through the Disneyland app. Before you get too excited, this service does NOT work the way you might be used to in Florida.
Word on the street is that with Disney MaxPass, you can only book your FastPass tickets in the app on the day-of your visit and you must physically be on resort property to do so. Additionally, just like traditional FastPass, you can only book ONE attraction at a time meaning you cannot book another until you’ve used your current FastPass or two hours have passed.
As part of the expansion of the digital queue system, both Toy Story Mania at Disney California Adventure park and Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park will be receiving FastPass.
Guests still have the option of Disney FASTPASS paper ticket service at no cost by obtaining FASTPASSES at attraction FASTPASS kiosks, just as they do today.
To help sweeten the allure of Disney MaxPass, Disney is also lumping in free unlimited digital downloads of all PhotoPass images. Disney currently offers a PhotoPass unlimited digital download feature to guests for $39 a day so this is a significant savings even if you only purchase Disney MaxPass for the PhotoPass option.
What do you think about Disney MaxPass?