|Fastpass @ the Disneyland Resort|
Disney FastPass & MaxPass Services were retired at the Disneyland Resort during the COVID 19 Pandemic. When the parks reopened in 2021 the service was no longer available and replaced by Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane.
What it is:
In 2017 Disney rolled out a Digital Version called MaxPass that bundles PhotoPass with a digital FastPass. This is an add on service. Here is some information and my first impressions.
|How it works:|
walk to the FastPass attraction of your choice. On arrival you will
see a FastPass distribution center. You will also see a board listing
the current stand-by time and the current FastPass return time.
After deciding to get a FastPass you must next walk to the distribution machines (shown in the picture below).
Once you select your machine insert your park ticket to receive the FastPass.
The machines are clearly marked on how to insert your ticket. If you are having problems, there is usually a cast member around to help you out or ask another guest.
|Rules to FastPass:|
Disney California Adventure:
* FastPasses for World of Color & Fantasmic do not count against any limits.
Discontinued Fastpass Offerings:
There is a never ending debate occurring about the value and effectiveness of FastPass. Like any other system with some careful planning and a little luck it can save you a substantial amount of time. But if you do not optimize it or are unlucky it may end up costing you more time. The reason for this is the system tends to drive up the stand-by times on attractions that feature it. A secondary problem with the system is it means less guests in lines which means more crowds in the walkways or elsewhere in the park including in line for other attractions. FastPass at Disneyland continues to evolve. In 2004 several attractions were pulled off the system. In 2017 some new ones were added on in preparations for a new variation on the system called MaxPlus.
|There are several strategies that people employ
while using FastPass.
The lazy approach: As you wonder around the park you come upon an attraction you wish to visit. The standby line is long and you see people getting FastPasses, and decide to go for it. You get your FastPass and then look at your group and say, "Now what??"
The two-for-one approach: You send a member of your group to get a FastPass for an attraction (ex. Splash Mountain), while the rest of your group heads to Space Mountain to get in line. Your other member joins you in line at Space Mountain with your FastPasses. You wait and go on Space Mountain together, then all walk over an use your FastPasses to go on Splash Mountain. You get to go on two rides with the wait time of one.
The Geek's approach: What I usually end up doing is getting a fastpass for an attraction and then either wander around the park and watch some entertainment, or go see a classic attraction that usually has a small line (like the Tiki Room, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, or even just ride the train around the park.
Optimization Thoughts: Keep an eye on return times for attractions. With the Disneyland App for your phone this is relatively easy to do and compare that to the stand by lines. Pick your FastPasses wisely based on what you really want to experience. Also take into account that after 2 hours the window opens and you can pick up another round of FastPasses in most cases. Also note you can pick up a new round of FastPasses as soon as your window opens, you do not have to wait until after you ride. So it is usually wise to get a new FastPass before visiting the attraction you hold the first for.