What is MaxPass and is it worth it?

Yes.  100% yes

MaxPass is the advanced FASTPASS system for the Disneyland parks.  MaxPass can only be used once your ticket has been scanned and you enter the park. If it’s not pre-purchased, open the Disneyland app and a green bar with MaxPass will be easy to spot on the homepage. Click on it and follow the instructions to purchase it.  It is currently $15 per person per day, and it allows you the ability to get a FASTPASS via the app instead of walking all the way to the attraction you’re interested in. It also gets you the PhotoPass for the day.

Don’t know what a FastPass is?  Go here to find out.

FASTPASS reservations for Disneyland can only be made on the day of by using MaxPass or physically walking over to the attraction.

What do you get?

  • An unlimited number of photos taken during your time at the parks.
  • Free downloads of any and all the photos you have taken at the parks during your stay.
  • All the photos from the rides!!  (Such a fun bonus to have these photos)
  • The photos are viewable on your Disneyland app almost immediately.  Some take a bit longer than others, but overall they are available in a very short amount of time
  • To experience all the magic first hand and not while looking at your phone screen or through a viewfinder 
  • Magic shots (magically adding in characters or other fun into your photos) that can only be taken/made by the PhotoPass photographers
  • Along with the photographers throughout the parks, they are also at character dining, character meet and greets, and at Bibbidy Boppity Boutique.
  • Everyone in the family, or group, gets to be in the photo and it’s more than just a selfie.  (This reason alone is worth it to me. My husband has so many photos of him and the kids because I think to take them.  He, however, doesn’t usually think to take photos of the kids and I, so it is wonderful to get so many entire family photos from one vacation.)

Note:  One person cannot purchase MaxPass and then make a FASTPASS for everyone in the group.  Whoever would like a FASTPASS needs to have the MaxPass on their ticket. If you are only interested in MaxPass for the photography portion, only one person in the group needs purchase it each day.

As far as the photography portion of MaxPass goes, I think it is what you make of it.

To make the most of your purchase, when you see a photographer, be sure to make the effort to stop and have them take some photos.  They will have you stand in the right spot and pose you.  

Often there might be a family or two in line for a photographer, but the lines move pretty darn quickly.  It’s worth it to take just a couple of minutes to wait for that photographer to take 3 or more photos of your family.  You can always request something specific if you have something in mind for that photo too!

I also feel like if you make the investment in the MaxPass, you will be more apt to take way more photos since you are paying for them. Which in turn just means you end up with even more photos and memories of your trip!

Lastly, you have 45 days from the time your photos are taken to download them, so don’t forget to download when you get home.

Now that you know how the FASTPASS service works, let me help you get to the parks, so you can use this FASTPASS knowledge firsthand.  Email me at Jill@ThinkTheHappiestThoughts.com or fill out the “Free Quote” form on homepage for a start to your next trip to Disney! 

Personal tip:  This is not an ad, I just honestly love having these to look back on.  Shutterfly has some really adorable Disney theme options for their photo books.  For only $9.99, if you upload all the photos you want to be used in your book, someone at Shutterfly will put the whole book together for you!  It is editable after you receive it as a proof, so you can move things around or add text if you want. But I know it used to take me hours (literally) to make a book from vacation, so this service is well worth only $10 to me

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