Just a few weeks ago the Disneyland Resort launched their new MaxPass system to “enhance” their current Fastpass system. If you don’t know what it is we’ll explain in just a moment. What we’re really getting at though is this: Is MaxPass worth the extra cost to you?
MaxPass allows you to plan your Fastpasses via your mobile phone without having to physically walk to any Fastpass machine and enter your park ticket. Let’s say you’re over in DCA Park in line for Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s hot and you’re thinking either Grizzly River Run or Splash Mountain would be a great way to cool off. You don’t want to wait in a long line once you’ve gotten to the ride so you want a Fastpass. We’ll, you’re not leaving Guardians just to go get a Fastpass neither are you willing to walk all the way over to Splash or Grizzly to get the FP and wait till your return comes up. Enter MaxPass.
MaxPass will let you pull up Grizzly or Splash, see when the next available FP is for that ride and let you get one. Now you don’t have to walk anywhere to get the FP or leave the line you’re in.
What’s required for MaxPass is a valid ticket for that day and some monies. $10 per person, per day. You CAN’T buy it for one person in your party and use it for everyone. Each person has to pay to use the service including child tickets.
For a family of 4, that’s an additional $40 per day added to your vacation. For a 3 day ticket that’s $120! Does the service provided outweigh the cost? We’ve heard people claim the MaxPass helped them get more rides done during a day then just using the regular Fastpass system. We’ve also heard from others that it wasn’t worth the extra monies. We’ve even heard that people forget they have it because they’re so used to going to the machines.
What it comes down to is this: How much are you willing to pay for convenience? $10 now but what if it’s $15 in the future? $20?!
Keep in mind that even if you don’t purchase MaxPass you can still use the Fastpass system at Disneyland. You just have to walk to the machines and put your ticket in…something we’ve all be doing since the introduction of Fastpass at Disneyland.
One thing we know for sure is this: Whether you get MaxPass of not, you’re going to have a Magical time!