MaxPass and FastPass, what is the difference? First of all they sound the same, but one is free and one is not. Let’s dive right in and figure out the main differences between the MaxPass and FastPass. Above all, let’s find out what will serve your family best.
First things first…
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What is MaxPass and FastPass?
The FastPass is a FREE service offered at Disneyland allowing you to make a reservation on particular rides throughout the park. You make a reservation through a kiosk located in the park and get a ticket which allows you to visit the ride at a later time and skip the line.
The MaxPass is an paid add-on for Disneyland‘s FASTPASS ride reservation system. It will cost you $20 US per person, per day to gain the ability to make FASTPASS reservations on your mobile phone.
What’s the difference?
Most Importantly convenience is key, but it is not the only perk to the MaxPass. The MaxPass and FastPass has many MAJOR differences other than cost and convenience. Let me tell you the ones I know of:
- The MaxPass also gives you access to Disney’s PhotoPass. You can utilize this service by taking pictures in the park by a Disney Photographer, on the rides (saving your ride ID Number) and within character dining reservations. This is HUGE!
- The MaxPass gives you shorter waiting windows to book your next FastPass. For example, you book yourself into Radiator Springs on your phone with MaxPass and you will get a 90 minute waiting period before you can reserve your next FastPass. Book Radiator Springs through a FastPass kiosk and you will have a 120 minutes waiting period to book your next FastPass. Less time waiting, more time riding.
- If you have Park-Hopping abilities with your park pass, then the MaxPass allows you to book FastPasses for either park, no matter where you are. Saves you from running between parks all day to hit FastPass kiosks.
- Reservation windows; with the MaxPass you have access to see all the available reservation times and can choose accordingly. With FastPass you’re given the earliest time to ride.
- Booking more rides; with the MaxPass as soon as you scan in with your FastPass on the ride you can reserve your next FastPass. Without MaxPass you would need to get off the ride, find another kiosk and book your next FastPass. In theory, it allows you to ride more rides.
- If you have MaxPass, it allows you to pick-up ride and show cancellations which have stopped distribution for the day.
Above all I hope we have helped with making sense of both the MaxPass and FastPass. Deciding between the two should now be fairly easy. However, if you want to dig even deeper into the MaxPass, then check out this post we wrote last week. It all about Disney MaxPass, what rides are included and a few personal tips.
And, if you think the FastPass is the best option, then listen up. I found Undercover Tourist’s Blog Post about it the most thorough. Providing you locations for FastPass kiosks and their tips and tricks.