As we bring this week to a close the three of us are wishing we were heading to Disneyland again this week. Today, we wanted to share with you our review of the new FastPass system at Disneyland and California Adventure.
Though we were excited that Disney added FastPasses for Matterhorn Bobsleds and Toy Story Midway Mania, we will admit that we were a bit bummed when they started making changes to the FastPass system and we were definitely curious what that would mean for all of us moving forward.
With Walt Disney World utilizing the Magic Band to store all of their tickets as well as their FastPasses, it looks like Disneyland/ California Adventure may just be heading that direction.
The first big change that has taken place is that your FastPass is now stored directly on your Annual Pass, Single, or Multi-Day Ticket. You will still receive a paper print out but this is simply to remind you when your FastPass is available to use.
Once you have obtained your FastPass, you will not be able to add another FastPass to your que until the time it states on your FastPass.
Once the time has come, you will proceed to the FastPass entrance of your chosen ride and scan your ticket, once the light turns green, you’re ready to go. Be sure to keep your ticket out as you will need to scan it one more time towards the end of the line.
In addition to the FastPass being stored on your ticket or Annual Passport, Disney will launch MaxPass at Disneyland resort July 19th. Disney MaxPass can be accessed through the Disneyland App, this app inclusion allows unlimited Disney Photo Pass downloads and the ability to book and redeem Fast Passes on your mobile device. While the Disneyland app is free, MaxPass starts at $10 a day. You can buy MaxPass with your ticket or through the app once you’ve enter Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure. Annual Pass holders have the option of purchasing MaxPass as a lifetime commitment for $75. If you have a signature plus passport you get MaxPass for no added cost.
I will say that it takes a bit of getting used to but the line was definitely shorter and we were able to get a lot more FastPasses with them on our Annual Passes than with the previous system. As for MaxPass, we will have to try it out next time we go! We are excited about the changes and we hope that having these two new ways to obtain and redeem FastPasses will increase the amount of rides we go on and therefore increase the amount of fun we have! (If that’s even possible)
These are the rides which we were able to utilize the new FastPass System:
- The Haunted Mansion (Twice)
- Buzz Light-year Astro Blasters
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Star Tours
We definitely give this new system two (or three?) thumbs up! We’ll see if we can say the same about MaxPass!
We hope you enjoyed our review! Have you gotten a chance to try out the new FastPass system? If so, let us know what you thought about it in the comments!
Have a great weekend!