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Find out everything thing you NEED to know about Disney Max Pass at the Disneyland Resort! Things like what is included and the pros and cons to help you decide if Max Pass is right for you!

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Have you heard about the new Disney Max Pass at Disneyland yet? Disney Max Pass is a service you can purchase in addition to your admission ticket that will offer a few extra perks. It’s great to have on a busy day (and during the upcoming busy months after the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge).

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But, as I said, this service does come with a price tag. Currently Max Pass will cost you $15 per ticket per day. That means that for my family of 5, we will pay an extra $75 each day we decide to use Disneyland Max Pass. Hopefully this post will help you decide if Max Pass is right for you.

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Pros of Disney Max Pass

Purchasing Disney Max Pass at Disneyland does come with a few perks. You just have to decide if the perks are worth the price for you and your family. Here are some benefits:

You can make FASTPASS selections on your phone. 

This perk is SUPER convenient. One of the disadvantages of the current FASTPASS system at Disneyland, is that you have to go to a kiosk outside of each eligible attraction to receive your FASTPASS.

This is really inconvenient if you are in Tomorrowland and want to get a FASTPASS for Splash Mountain all the way across the park. Without Disneyland Max Pass, you would have to walk all the way over to Splash Mountain (or send a runner), insert your park ticket into the kiosk and receive your FASTPASS return time.

A boy and a monster character at Disneyland.

If you choose to purchase Disney Max Pass, the process is much more convenient. Just open the Disneyland app, go to the FASTPASS section, see what FASTPASS attractions are available, and make your selection.

You can do this from anywhere in the park, which is amazing! No more running around collecting your next FASTPASS.

If you have a Park Hopper Ticket, you can even make a FASTPASS reservation for an attraction in Disney California Adventure while you are inside Disneyland and vice versa! Awesome!

When your reservation time comes, head to the FASTPASS line and a cast member will scan the FASTPASS right on your phone.

Screenshots of the Disneyland app showing you how to make a FASTPASS reservation using Max Pass

Here are some MaxPass FASTPASS tips from disneyland.com:

-If you redeem your current FastPass, you can make another FP reservation immediately. If you have MaxPass, this means you could do this in line as soon as you use your FastPass.

-With MaxPass, if your current FastPass return time is more than 2 hours from when it was made, you will be able to reserve a second FP 90 minutes after making that reservation. If using the physical FastPass method, the wait is 2 hours.

Disney PhotoPass downloads are included.

I loved this perk! On the day you purchase Disneyland Max Pass, you will get unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads for the day. This includes photos taken by a Disney PhotoPass Photographer at select dining locations, attractions, character greetings, and even Magic Shots!

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To utilize this perk, open the Disneyland app, select PhotoPass and have your Disney PhotoPass Photographer scan the code. Your pictures will automatically be linked to your account and you can generally view them on the app immediately.

Besides the photos taken by the Disney PhotoPass Photographers, you are also able to download any photos taken on attractions. These are such fun photos! I love to see to see my family’s reactions to the ride. Such a great keepsake!

A family riding Space Mountain at Disneyland

To link attraction photos to your account, enter the ID code for attraction photos in the Disneyland app. You’ll find the 8-character code on the photo monitor near where you exit the attraction. Ask a Cast Member for help if you cannot locate your photo.

*Max Pass PhotoPass tip: Use your phone to take a picture of the monitor at the end of the attraction that has your photo and ID code. Later, when you are back at your hotel, enter the ID code into the Disneyland app to link your photo!

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*Max Pass Tip: If you are at Disneyland on a not so busy day, just purchase Max Pass for one person in your party. You will still be able to enjoy the benefit of unlimited PhotoPass downloads! Just have the photographer scan the code in your Disneyland app.

Screenshots of the Disneyland app showing you how to link PhotoPass photos to your account.

Cons of Disney Max Pass

Extra Cost

I’m not going to lie, I think it is annoying that Disney MaxPass is an extra charge. This is especially true when you compare MaxPass to the FastPass+ system at Disney World, which is completely free with your park admittance.

Because of this extra cost, you should definitely put some thought into whether or not it is worth it for your family.

On our last vacation, we planned to only spend one day at Disneyland and wanted to get the most out of our time in the park.

The front of Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

In this case, the $75 price tag we paid for MaxPass (family of 5) was worth every penny. If we had spent multiple days at the Disneyland Resort, I maybe would have purchased it for one day.

But, you to have to consider the value of the unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass pictures that are included with Disney MaxPass. It was so nice to have a lot of pictures where both my husband and I were in front of the camera instead of being the one to take pictures.

Disneyland Wi-Fi

I am so happy that Disneyland has finally followed the example of Disney World in providing park guests with free wi-fi to be able to use Disneyland MaxPass.

Mickey Mouse face on a Ferris wheel in front of a white roller coaster at Disneyland.

Having said that, Disneyland’s wi-fi is not very reliable. I found myself getting frustrated having to repeatedly find the connection. I gave up and just used my phone’s data plan.

This issue was definitely a con for me because using Max Pass drained my phone’s battery power very quickly. Luckily, I had remembered that from our last visit and brought 2 portable chargers into the park with me, and I ended up using both of them.

Here is what The Disney Parks Blog had to say about Disneyland’s wifi:

Currently, Disneyland has installed some WiFi access throughout both Parks, but it is still not as reliable as your cellular connection (and that can depend upon whether you are in a building, etc.) My advice is to use your mobile data plan and only use the Disneyland App with MaxPass to reserve FastPasses. Use your admission media/AP to scan in at FastPass return lines AND with PhotoPass photographers.

My Experience with MaxPass

A family standing outside Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Here is how our recent day at Disneyland using Max Pass went:

We arrived at Disneyland at 9:00 A.M. about an hour after the park opened. After passing through the entrance gate, I scanned all of our tickets into the Disneyland app and purchased Max Pass.

I immediately went to the FASTPASS section to reserve our first FASTPASS of the day. While we were on our recent Disneyland trip, Space Mountain was actually converted to  Hyperspace Mountain and was very popular.

I selected Hyperspace Mountain between 12:50-1:50 P.M. Luckily, the app informed me that we could make our next selection 90 minutes later. Instead of the usual 2 hour wait with the traditional FASTPASS.

Fastpasses for Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland

We decided to ride the Disneyland Railroad and made the complete trip around Disneyland. We then rode The Jungle Cruise and made a stop at The Enchanted Tiki Room.

By then, it was time to make our next FASTPASS reservation. I pulled out my phone and reserved a time for Thunder Mountain at 11:30. After checking the wait times on the Disneyland app, we decided to ride Splash Mountain. The wait was only 15 minutes!

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When we got off the ride, I had a message from the Disneyland app that Thunder Mountain was closed. It also said that our FASTPASS could still be used during the valid time on any FASTPASS attraction.

We were still by Splash Mountain, so we decided to ride it again. We rode it twice in less than 20 minutes! The rest of the day was great! We made FASTPASS reservations quickly and were able to ride all of the major attractions in that one day.

A family riding in a log on Splash Mountain at Disneyland

How to Purchase Disney Max Pass

If You Already Have Tickets (I recommend purchasing your tickets from Get Away Today to save money. More on that later.)

If You Don’t Yet Have Tickets

1. Purchase tickets on disneyland.com or get them at a discounted price fromwww.getawaytoday.com with the Disney MaxPass feature for your party Download the Disneyland app Enter the park you wish to visit using the tickets.

2. Open the Disneyland app.

3. Tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen.

4. Tap “Get FASTPASS with Disney MaxPass”.

5. Select all Guests in your party who wish to use the Disney MaxPass feature—if someone is not listed, link their ticket or pass.

6. Purchase the Disney MaxPass feature for any Guests who do not already have Disney MaxPass.

7. Make your FASTPASS selections and enjoy your Disney PhotoPass downloads.

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How to Save Money on Your Disneyland Vacation

As I mentioned earlier, I always purchase my Disneyland tickets from Get Away Today. Their ticket prices are always a few dollars cheaper than Disneyland gate prices.

They also offer deals like “Adults at Kid’s Prices” and “4th or 5th Day Free!” at the parks! You can always check getawaytoday.com for their current deals.

Aside from park tickets, Get Away Today can also save you money on hotels in the area, especially if you book your vacation as a package. They are my favorite travel company to book our vacations with, especially to Southern California.

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With 3rd or 4th night free specials at select hotels, and many hotels to choose from, you should be able to find something that is right for you and your family.

To save even more money, Get Away Today has offered my readers $10 off a 2-night or longer Southern California Vacation Package (hotel + tickets) when you use the coupon code: MommyMouse at checkout! How cool is that?

Another great thing about booking with them is their Layaway Plan. You can reserve your package for as little as $125 down and make payments leading up to your vacation. I love to use this option! That way I don’t have to see a big chunk of money leave my bank account at once!

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Is Disneyland MaxPass Worth the Money?

Having experienced Disney Max Pass, I would say the answer to this question is yes and no. If you have limited time at the Disneyland Resort, I would say that Max Pass is definitely worth the money. If you’ll be visiting for multiple days, save that extra $15 per day for more Churros and Dole Whips!

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But, I would still purchase it for one person in your party each day for the PhotoPass benefits. In that case $15 is totally worth it!

What is your experience with Disney Max Pass? If you haven’t tried it yet, do you think you will in the future? Let me know in the comments! Also, follow me on Instagram for more Disney tips and tricks!

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I’ve even seen cute little Princess dresses for little girls. Just head to Jane and scroll through all of the deals, but be aware that their deals change daily. Make sure to check back often or follow me on Instagram to keep up on all of the amazing Disney-themed merchandise!

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16 Comments on Disney Max Pass (Everything You Need to Know)

  1. I’m a little confused. First you say you have to wait 90 minutes to make another reservation if your original fast pass is more than two hours out. But then the very next bullet point says you have to wait 30 minutes to make another reservation unless you redeem your current fast pass reservation first. So is it 30 minutes or 90 minutes?

  2. I was wondering if you can link accounts. Currently I have all the tickets/ MAX passes on my phone. Can my wife and our teenagers link to their tickets? That way if they go to different rides they can still use it.

    • You can definitely link your tickets to multiple Disneyland apps. When you link the ticket to the first app, be sure to give the ticket a name so you know to whom each ticket belongs. When that same ticket is scanned into the second app, that name will conveniently transfer over. Once all the tickets are scanned, you can use either app to make FASTPASS selections for the group. Have fun!

  3. Do you need to buy a Maxpass for every person in your party to use the FassPass feature or can you just buy it for one person if you will all be together the whole time. Since FassPass is free can you just reserve the ride online using one person’s ticket? Just thinking of a way to save a few dollars! Thanks!

    • Unfortunately, to use the FASTPASS feature with MaxPass, you will need to purchase MaxPass for everyone that wants to use the FASTPASS. Only the tickets with MaxPass added will show up on the Disneyland app under that section. I hope that helps!

  4. Hello, do you know if you can use Disney gift cards to purchase MaxPass? I am going to pick some up at a grocery store since the Chase Freedom card has 5X points at grocery stores this quarter. Thank you!

    • I think you can buy MaxPass with a Disney gift card if you buy your Disneyland tickets and add MaxPass directly from Disney. I don’t believe you can use gift cards to purchase MaxPass in the Disneyland app. I would probably contact Disney directly to find out for sure.

  5. I also found that if you have a baby you can use just one MaxPass for an attraction FastPass. When they scan your FastPass ask for a baby pass and you PLUS two additional riders will get in on the one FastPass. They will give you a paper FastPass for your spouse or friend who is staying with the baby and that person can get back in the FastPass line once you are done with two more riders!!!! I would book one attraction FastPass with my MaxPass and then book my husband for a different attraction FastPass with his MaxPass so we alternated and really took advantage of the MaxPass’s because we had a baby! 😉

    • This sounds amazing! We will be going to DisneyLand in October and will be taking our 10 mo old twins along with 2 older kids. So… you are saying, if we were to purchase just one max pass the person redeeming their fast pass through the reservation made on the MaxPass would be able to take the 2 kids with them through the fast pass line and then we can swap and do the same with the baby swap pass? There would be no need get more than one MaxPass (unless we wanted to book more than one fast pass at the same time?)

      Because if that is true that will save us A LOT of money! And might even be be worth someone just borrowing a baby to take to Disneyland with them if they didn’t have one haha

      • Hi Jessica! If you bought just one MaxPass, you could have one adult go through the FASTPASS line (the kids could not go unless they their own FASTPASS) while the other waits with the kids. Then the second adult could go ride with up to two kids using the Rider Switch pass. Hope that made sense 🙂

  6. I’m so glad to find you! We are traveling to Disneyland next week and I am exreamly confused about the whole photo pass deal…We all have purchased passes with max pass. I was told that when we encounter a photographer, to ask them for a photo card that we use for all photos, but, it sounds like we need to link the photo pass with our max pass so that we have the unlimited downloads. ? Are you saying that we do not need a photo card, but rather just have each photographer scan our max pass? I’m really confused. Will the phone app have a max pass # that we use? And to link the attraction photos, we do what? Can you walk a dummy thru this?

    • I’m so excited that you’re going to Disneyland!!! You can link your PhotoPass photos by getting a card from the photographer and linking it to your account later OR by having the photographer scan the code on your Disneyland App. Either way will work. If you use the code in the App, I recommend taking a screenshot of it to have them scan, to help save your phone’s battery.

      To link attraction photos, I snap a picture of the photo with my phone when you exit the ride (it will have a number at the top of it). Later that night when I have more time/battery life, you can get into the Disneyland app, scroll down to the PhotoPass section and it will say “Link Photos”. That is where you type in the number that was at the top of the attraction photo and it will appear with the rest of your photos.

      Hope that helped! Let me know if you have any more questions 🙂

  7. I purchased a ticket for myself, my husband, my 13 year old son and 5 year old son with Max pass but my daughter is 2 so I didn’t purchase a ticket for her can she still use the fast pass even though she doesn’t have a ticket?

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