However, the Disneyland implementation will offer some significant differences from the Fastpass+ system fans have gotten used to using in Florida. First, it will have a different name — MaxPass. And it won't be free. Visitors will have to pay $10 a day to use the service. (Annual passholders will have an opportunity at some point to pay an as-yet-unannounced upcharge to add it to their passes.) Visitors also won't be able to use it to book attraction return times in advance of their visit, either. MaxPass will be a same-day system. (Update: MaxPass also is one-at-a-time for Fastpass reservations, not the three-at-a-time that Fastpass+ allows.)
Finally, MaxPass won't be as expansive as Fastpass+ at Walt Disney World. Disneyland announced today that it will add Fastpass to Toy Story Midway Mania and Matterhorn Bobsleds, but that brings the total number of Fastpass attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to just 16.
MaxPass also will include unlimited PhotoPass downloads, so Disney can deny a straight apples-to-apples comparison to Disney World's Fastpass+ system. Disneyland had been charging $39 a day for PhotoPass at Disneyland, or $78 for one week, so $10 a day would represent a significant price cut for that service even if you forget about the mobile Fastpass reservations. Disneyland is saying that the $10 a day for MaxPass is an "introductory price," however.
So... would you use this on your next visit to the Disneyland Resort?
Can I still go to regular FastPass Distribution centers and pick up a paper FastPass in addition to my MaxPass, or will the system know I've already got a reservation made and I will be blocked out?
It sounds more like a discounted PhotoPass with a couple of electronic FastPass tickets tossed in for good measure.
Seems obvious that this is just a test and adjust step in getting the system up and running. Then they will offer advance and multiple reservations for a higher price. I also foresee including this in the price of a room at an onsite hotel as well. The more expensive the room, the better your access to MaxPass.
Curious - Will Goofy's son Max be the face of MaxPass?
And I cannot imagine that this wouldn't be bundled as a hotel benefit in some way at some point.
I do wonder how Disney can afford to keep around the photographers for PhotoPass if many aren't buying the expensive photos. Perhaps enough are buying them. I wouldn't mind buying them more if they are cheaper. This might just be the opportunity.
Is this $10 for the entire party, or per person? Basically, can I book fastpasses for everyone like Fastpass+ in WDW, or just for myself? Hoping it's the former!
This may be an opportunity for Disney to test some virtual queuing. Considering the machines to get a fast pass at RSR had a 30 minute line, image the line for SWL fast passes. For only $10/person (introductory price), you might be able to skip that line.
P.S. Robert, that might make an interesting future article...Where is Disney going to put the Fastpass machines for SW attractions? As Disney found out with RSR, Cars Land wasn't big enough to hold the fastpass queue.
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Also, given the way that Disneyland just is throwing in PhotoPass on the MaxPass and Signature passes, that makes me suspect that pretty much no one is actually paying for that service at the Disneyland Resort.