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Additional Disney FASTPASS Locations and New Disney MaxPass Coming to Disneyland Resort

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Many guests already know that Disney FASTPASS is one of the best ways to make the most of their time at Disney Parks. This landmark innovation was first introduced at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World in 1999 as a way to provide guests with faster access to the fun. Over the years, Disney FASTPASS has evolved and expanded and is used at our theme parks differently, based on the unique ways our guests enjoy our sites around the world.

Today, I’m excited to announce further expansion of Disney FASTPASS coming to two of our most popular attractions — Toy Story Mania in Disney California Adventure park and Matterhorn Bobsleds in Disneyland park! When Disney FASTPASS first launched at Disneyland Resort it was available at four locations, and over the years the number has expanded to a total of 16 attractions with these two new additions.

Later this year, we will launch Disney MaxPass, which will allow guests to maximize their experience by providing unlimited downloads of their high-resolution PhotoPass images and by enabling the convenience of mobile booking and redemption of Disney FASTPASS return times – all by using the Disneyland App. Disney MaxPass will be available for an introductory price of $10 a day. Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders also will have the opportunity to purchase Disney MaxPass on a daily or yearly basis.

Guests will continue to have the option of Disney FASTPASS service at no cost by obtaining FASTPASSES at attraction FASTPASS kiosks, just as they do today.

The addition of these two new Disney FASTPASS locations and the introduction of Disney MaxPass is part of our ongoing commitment to providing guests with opportunities to customize their experiences and make it even easier than ever to create unforgettable memories.

We’ll have more information to share on these updates soon — including details and launch dates — so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog.

Comments

  • Hi Erin – this sounds great – for $10 a day I’d do buy that – thanks for letting us know!

  • Matterhorn and Toy Story Mania already have long queue lines as it is. And now they’re going to be longer…gee thanks!

  • That is great news, especially for TSM!

    Hi Erin – hope all is well ☺

    • Hi Sarah 🙂

  • I am cautiously optimistic about this, but I really hope this doesn’t turn into the mess that FastPass+ is at WDW (i.e. some very popular rides have completely “sold out” FastPasses months in advance, making it impossible for most people to ever obtain a FastPass for that ride). I hope you reserve at least some FastPasses for each ride to be obtained the day of.

  • So the only way to book these new Fastpasses will be to pay $10 a day? I get that you’ll get picture downloads as well, but just to be clear, you can’t book these fastpasses unless you pay for them, right?

    • These new locations, as well as all existing locations, will continue to offer Disney FASTPASS service at no cost, just as they do today. If a guest chooses to use Disney MaxPass to make Disney FASTPASS reservations on their mobile device through the Disneyland App, that digital bundle (which includes unlimited downloads of high-resolution PhotoPass images) will be available for an introductory price of $10 a day.

  • So will the new locations be kiosks with paper fast passes? And will guests have to pay for photopass plus on top of MAXPass?

    • These new locations, as well as all existing locations, will continue to offer Disney FASTPASS service at no cost, just as they do today. And guests may still purchase PhotoPass on its own if they opt not to use Disney MaxPass.

  • Are fastpasses still free to get in the traditional way? Just want to confirm the $10 a day is for convenience and not necessarily additional fastpasses.

    • Yes – Guests will continue to have the option of Disney FASTPASS service at no cost by obtaining FASTPASSES at attraction FASTPASS kiosks, just as they do today.

  • The line at Hollywood Studios Midway Mania was always ridiculous BECAUSE it has FastPass. I wish they would not add it here. Matterhorn does not need it either and I guarantee it will make the wait times much worse there too. We need less FastPass, not more. 🙁

  • Sounds great Erin! I am so happy to be able to use the app for everything.

  • Does this mean that unlimited downloads will be removed as a perk for Signature and Signature Plus passes, if they are asking $$ for Disney MaxPass from Annual Passholders?

    • We’ll have more information to share soon on how Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders will be able to take advantage of Disney MaxPass.

  • What other attractions are also getting Disney Fastpass?
    And what official date will Disney max pass start?
    Can they make a Annual Disney max pass?

    • At this time Toy Story Mania and Matterhorn Bobsleds are the only additional Disneyland Resort attractions that will be adding Disney FASTPASS. We’ll have more information to share soon on launch timing as well as how Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders will be able to take advantage of Disney MaxPass.

  • As a Signature passholder, my pass already comes with photo downloads. Not sure how that will make purchasing MaxPass worth it. Will Signature and Signature Plus holders receive a discount in that case?

    • We’ll have more information to share soon on how Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders will be able to take advantage of Disney MaxPass.

  • And why is there a cost to do it at Disneyland when it’s my understanding that it’s free at Disney World?

  • Would MaxPass work like Fastpass+ does over at Walt Disney World where some Fastpasses can be booked in advance, or do you need to be physically in the parks the day of in order to book a Fastpass? Would MaxPass enable you to have multiple Fastpasses active at the same time?

    • No – Disney MaxPass will operate similarly to the current Disney FASTPASS system at Disneyland Resort, meaning you will be able to reserve one FASTPASS at a time and you must be inside one of the theme parks to make Disney FASTPASS reservations.

  • Erin, does every person in your party need to pay for MaxPass on their phones individually to use the service, or can one person pay the $10/day and reserve Fastpass for all members of their party?

    • Disney MaxPass will be $10 per ticket (per person) and one person in the party may manage Disney FASTPASS reservations for the party via one device, if desired.

  • I hope this will be easy enough for us from the UK to purchase. We’re coming for 4 days this September but only have credit cards in GBP (£) not USD ($). If the $10 per day for the Maxpass is essentially for the Photopass and a digital Fastpass combined, this is fantastic value for money. I can’t wait to hear more!

  • But…why should reserving FASTPASS on mobile even be connected to PhotoPass downloads at the $10/day price? It should be very easy to separate the two when they already exist independently on the Walt Disney World app. Mobile FASTPASS booking is definitely the next step for The Disneyland Resort, but it will not be utilized often (or by Annual Passholders) at a price point.

  • Hello! I have a couple of questions about MaxPass. Perhaps you could point me in the right direction?
    1. We are a family of 4 and when we vacation at Disneyland, usually only 1 of us is using the Disneyland app. Can you link multiple tickets to 1 person’s Disneyland app so you all use MaxPass?

    2. Can MaxPass be purchased only through the Disneyland app or can you purchase online before your visit? Could guests also purchase in the parks? If so, at what locations?

    3. If you opt not to purchase MaxPass, can a guest still purchase PhotoPass+ online prior to his/her visit or at the parks in the photo shops?

    4. Will MaxPass users have to be inside the park in order to obtain a FastPass for an attraction?

    5. When a MaxPass user obtains a FastPass for an attraction, will it operate similarly to the existing Disneyland FastPass system, in which you can only get a FastPass for the current window at that attraction? Or will it operate similarly to WDW, in which the user makes a FastPass “reservation”?

    • Hi Stephanie – Hopefully this answers all of your questions …

      1. Disney MaxPass will be $10 per ticket (per person) and one person in the party may manage Disney FASTPASS reservations for the party via one device, if desired.
      2. Disney MaxPass is connected to your park ticket, so it can be purchased ahead of time when you buy your ticket, but it will not be activated until you are inside a theme park.
      3. Guests may still purchase PhotoPass on its own if they opt not to use Disney MaxPass.
      4. Yes, you must be inside a Disneyland Resort theme park to make Disney FASTPASS reservations through Disney MaxPass.
      5. Disney MaxPass will operate similarly to the current Disney FASTPASS system, meaning you will be able to reserve one FASTPASS at a time.
  • Would it be $10 per person or can 1 person in the party purchase it and make FP reservations for the other people traveling with them?

    • Disney MaxPass will be $10 per ticket (per person) and one person in the party may manage Disney FASTPASS reservations for the party via one device, if desired.

  • TSMM and Matterhorn do NOT need Fastpass. This is only going to create longer standby times and have more people jammed in the already tight walkways.

  • Surely there will be a discount for signature passholders right? I mean we already have photopass included in the ridiculous price we pay for our pass (which is a great perk, don’t get me wrong). If not, then the people who spend the most money on passes are then asked to, essentially, pay more for this new maxpass then the guests who spend less on ap?

    I certainly have concerns, and I hope my questions we’ll be answered soon.

  • This is great except when the park is so busy that the app won’t load.

  • What if you already have photopass on your AP? I like the mobile option for Fastpass but if I’m already paying monthly for unlimited photopass, I’m not paying an extra $10 for photopass and the Max Fastpass. There should be another option for those with Signature and Up.

    • We’ll have more information to share soon on how Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders will be able to take advantage of Disney MaxPass.

  • Why would you post this information until you are ready to announce all the details?

    For instance, what is the price going to be for Annual Passholders?

    Some annual passes already include unlimited Photo Pass downloads…so how will the price be affected for those annual passholders who purchase MaxPass as well?

    Will there be any benefit to MaxPass Fastpass service besides “convenience?”

    Will people who purchase MaxPass be able to pre book Fastpasses?

    Can Fastpasses be booked in Disneyland when you are inside Disney California Adventure and vice versa?

    Will guests have to be physically inside a park to book Fastpasses?

  • Hi Erin. I am a tad confused. I have a signature pass and receive free photo downloads. I am hoping that is not being removed,as I pay a lot already for my passes. If it is not going away, are you telling me that I have to start paying for fast passes when they were free? I usually don’t use the fast pass system, but want to make sure I understand what is being communicated.

    • We’ll have more information to share soon on how Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders will be able to take advantage of Disney MaxPass.

  • Matterhorn does not need fastpass , I have signature plus AP, do I have to pay $10 more for that?? Even when I have the unlimited downloads??

    • We’ll have more information to share soon on how Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders will be able to take advantage of Disney MaxPass.

  • The Disney MaxPass sounds like a step in the right direction for guests at Disneyland. FASTPASSES for Toys Story Mania! and the Matterhorn Bobsleds is a great idea! I love our pictures that the PhotoPass photographers take so the unlimited downloads is great news. I’m a mega planner and I like having this level of planning at my finger tips within the Disneyland App.

  • Hey all, it clearly says that you are still able to get FPs without paying for the app capability. I personally think the additions are awesome! Now you don’t have to push your way through the crowds to get to the FP kiosks. Well worth $10!!!

  • Is there going to be a Wifi Network introduced so foreigners can use their smartphones for the app without incurring crazy data charges?

  • What’s a Maxpass?

    • Disney MaxPass provides unlimited downloads high-resolution PhotoPass images along with mobile booking and redemption of Disney FASTPASS return times through the Disneyland App. Disney MaxPass will be available for an introductory price of $10 a day.

  • Will the single rider line at Matterhorn remain?

  • Please clarify and respond to the questions above. My pass also includes photo pass plus I already pay a great deal for my pass so for the Maxpass would I average the number of days I go to the Park or be limited to a certain number of days? My pass has no blocked dates so would the Maxpass yearly fee be available during the holidays? In addition, at DWorld, locals have found they cannot get fast passes on the spur of the moment as the passes are sold out to those who can plan months in advance. Does the Maxpass guarantee there are fast passes available on the day I pay $10.00 for the day???

  • $10 a day ain’t too bad to save me from running back and forth across the park to get FastPasses for my family.

    Toy Story and Matterhorn could definitely use the FastPass option.

  • Why doesn’t Disneyland do the same thing that is done in Disneyworld? There a guest can book up to 3 attractions a day in advance and there is no $10 fee.

  • Will Autopia FastPass return?

  • I must say I’m very excited about fast passes being offered at these new locations. As far as this new fast pass option goes I don’t think that the AP Signature and Signature Plus passes should have to pay for this feature. It already costs a fortune. Also the photo option should definitely not be taken away from those passes as that is one of the only major perks to justify that price point. I’m also confused by asking people to pay more money for an option that seems to be free in Orlando on their Disney app. I’m curious to see how this all plays out but I really hope this is in favor of pass holders. We shouldn’t have to pay anymore than we already are. Especially signature. Love you Disney ?

  • My family has Signature plus AP we shouldn’t have to pay for maxpass, it should come as an added perk to our already ballooning cost for our passes. Our type of AP used to come with benefits like offers to experience new attractions prior to opening to public I haven’t received an offer since the little mermaid opening. Right now my daughter is not able to get on any of the big rides dies to head injury but I’m still paying and not going so really no benefit to pay for maxpass!

  • I knew this was coming, but it is still disappointing. Just another way to add on to the already high price. We are from the old school, if you planned ahead, picked the right times, used your fast passes correctly you could avoid all the people who didn’t. Now you don’t have to work for it, you just buy it?

  • The term introductory price continues to be used. Will there be a 5 day option cheaper than $50? Will there be family pricing?

  • Hi Erin, thank you for the information! To clarify, will the MaxPass users be in the same queue as the paper FastPass users? Meaning, will the only differences be in the obtaining and remitting of the FastPasses (and, the cost of the Max option, of course)?

    • Yes – Disney MaxPass is the digital option for reserving Disney FASTPASS, so no additional queues will be utilized.

  • I think Disneyland needs to consider providing free wifi in parks if they are developing App capabilities . It’s one of the biggest inconeniences for international guests in comparison to WDW.

  • None of the rides need fastpass. Haunted mansion from the gate, is a 10-15 minute wait tops without fastpass most of the year. With fastpass during the holidays, same length of wait from the gate now doubles, at least!
    Space mountain used to be a 30 minute wait with the line outside on the 2nd floor. Now that wait is an hour because of fastpass.

  • With the Maxxpass, would you have to download it for $10 everytime?

    • Yes – Disney MaxPass will be available for an introductory price of $10 a day.

  • I hate this idea. It means that people who can pay an extra $10 will have priority access to FastPasses. One thing I’ve always liked about the FastPass system was that it was “equal access” for all guests. I’m relatively well-to-do and could afford another $10 per day but I hate to see a family who has saved for ages to afford a trip have their experience diminished because they can’t pay the extra $10 per person. The system works the way it is. Don’t mess with it and especially don’t charge more for it. Yes, I understand you can still get them free, but let’s be real, they will go way faster when people can stand and clog Main Street first thing in the morning instead of having to actually walk to the kiosk.

  • Hi Erin. I share some of the concerns of others here. The lack of wifi in the parks makes this an expensive proposition for those of us coming from Canada (& other places) as the data charges are expensive. I was just in the parks in November & there is not free wifi. You don’t mention this in your post, so I presume this isn’t coming hand in hand with the Maxpass? Also, while I see that Disney is trying to add value by offering the free downloads, not everyone in the party needs that, so there is little value added after the first person in the group. To be clear, is this just downloads of the ride photos, or all photographers in the parks? I am also concerned about the split between the free & paid fast passes. Presumably there can’t be as many free ones each day as some of that allotment will now go to the paid ones, correct? And I fear that the term “introductory” price is definitely a red flag. While I may be keen about the addition of the fast passes at these two rides (?), I am certainly not keen on the precedent set by charging for booking fast passes. Feeling fairly wary at the moment. But I hope you have a good day, as I don’t envy you being the messenger of “controversial” & incomplete news! Cheers! 🙂

  • I am happy to see fast pass for toy story and Matterhorn rides. In the past wE have waited forever to ride. We are from out of state so it is very discouraging to see hour long wait times since we cannot come to Disneyland at any time.

  • So if I purchase max pass and I’m in disneyland can I book a fast pass for a ride inside California adventure? Or would I have to leave disneyland and enter California adventure to do so?

    • If a guest is within the FASTPASS window (meaning able to reserve their next one), they can reserve a FASTPASS for Disneyland park if they are in Disney California Adventure and vice versa.

  • 1. Will there be a new line for MaxPass or will you go to the same FastPass line?
    2. I read that one person can manage a group’s fast passes on one device. What if the group starts in one park and then splits up so half are in one park and half in the other? Will one person still be able to manage all fast passes or does the entire party need to be in one park to get the same fast passes?

    • Hi Lisa –

      1. Disney MaxPass is the digital option for reserving Disney FASTPASS, so no additional queues will be utilized.
      2. If a guest is within the FASTPASS window (meaning able to reserve their next one), they can reserve a FASTPASS for Disneyland park if they are in Disney California Adventure and vice versa.
  • This is great news! Any idea when this will start? I’m heading in 38 days…

    • Hi Brian – We’ll have timing details to share soon.

  • Why should I pay $10 per day when this is available at Walt Disney World for free?

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