So on July 19th, Disneyland launched a new program called the “Max Pass” for the introductory price of $10. For this $10 you can link your park admission to the Disneyland App on your phone allowing you to request Fast Passes and make reservations through the app. You can request the Fast Passes for one, some, or all members of your group at one go. However, park rules of “one request every 30 minutes” still applies. You also can’t request Fantasmic tickets through the app.
It also allows grants you access to the Photo Pass option which allows you to download, for free, all photos taken by park photographers and all ride photos.
So is it worth it?
The answer is: it depends.
It depends on when you go.
If you’re going in the off-season (i.e. on a weekday when schools are in session), I’m not sure that you do. Since you can only get a pass every thirty minutes, the ability to get them at a touch of a button (as opposed to having to go to the attraction) is going to stop being helpful because you can literally walk to the ride and get on it before you request the next pass. I only see this being worth it if you’re going to use it for the Photo Pass feature.
If you’re going when the park is packed, I definitely think it’s worth it – the ability to get Fast Passes without having to go over means that you can ensure that you’ll at least get on two or three big rides which can easily help save the day. Now granted, you may be going on those rides at 1:00, 4:30 and 9:00 at night, but at least you’ll know you’ll be able to do it without a three hour wait.
If you go on a day like I went (aka a moderately busy day), the answer is going to be maybe and based on what you’re trying to do. The attractions that have Fast Passes available are:
- Space Mountain
- Thunder Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Indiana Jones
- Haunted Mansion
- Roger Rabbit
- Buzz Lightyear
When I went, the only rides that I know hit 60 minute waits were Space Mountain and Indiana Jones. Roger Rabbit hit 50 minutes later in the day. Thunder and Splash stayed about 30 minutes or less and I think the Matterhorn was in between. Buzz and Haunted were 20 minutes or less. That means that at least half of these rides had wait times where you could argue that a Fastpass isn’t really necessary. It’s just something to keep in mind.
It also depends on where the final price point lands.
At $10, it’s hard to argue against. One or two Fast Passes and a photo and it’s well worth. At $20, I think it’d be worth it at busier park days only. If they want to charge more than that, I’d say it’d only be worth it if you are from out of town and are only going one day so you really want to make sure you can do every last thing you want to do on that one day. If you go multiple days, or you’re local so you know you’ll go back at some point, I’d say skip it. The limits of the Fast Pass system are very real and the park candid photos are nice, but often not so great that you’d pay for it anyway – especially since you can so often get help getting a pic on your cellphone instead.
Ultimately, this is a nice little convenience perk and I can see it appealing to a lot of people. Just consider your circumstances before committing to the extra cash.