Disneyland MaxPass

If you’re a Disney World fan and have never been to Disneyland, one nuance that may throw you for a loop is the difference in their FastPass system.

You know that if you’re a guest staying on Walt Disney World property that you can begin scheduling your FastPasses up to 60 days in advance! I mean, this is some serious planning involved! You need to know what park you’re going to, on what day, and be ready to book those FastPasses, especially if you plan on riding some of the most popular attractions, like the new Flight of Passage in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you’re a guest not staying on Disney property, you are able to book your fast passes 30 days in advance, which still takes planning, and you go in knowing that some of the most popular experiences may already be completely booked. Disney World has had the “My Disney Experience” and the Magic Band system in place since 2013, this is not the case at the original – Disneyland.

Despite the success of the “My Disney Experience” and magic bands at Walt Disney World, Disneyland has stuck by the original paper FastPass system, where you have to go to a kiosk, insert your park ticket, and then it spits out a ticket with a return time. Disneyland has stuck to this more traditional experience because of their traffic. While Disneyland is a very busy attraction in Southern California, guests don’t plan for a trip to Disneyland in the same way that they do for a trip to Walt Disney World. Disneyland is a trip that many make in a day, and there are many annual pass holders. These day trippers, and annual pass holders may visit the park on a whim, or decide a week to a month in advance to travel, so booking FastPasses a month, or 2 months in advance just doesn’t make sense.

With that being said, let’s talk about the Disneyland MaxPass that was introduced in June of 2017. MaxPass is different than the WDW “My Disney Experience” in a few ways.

1) There is a cost associated with it. At WDW the MDE is included in your ticket price, Disneyland’s MaxPass is $10 per day per guest.

2) You cannot purchase the MaxPass until you’re in the park with your ticket scanned, where as with MDE as stated earlier you can begin scheduling your FastPasses 30 days in advance for off property guests, and 60 days for on property guests.

3) You are able to schedule one fast pass at a time. MDE allows you to schedule up to 3 FastPasses per day when you initially book.

4) MaxPass includes your PhotoPass photos, as well as the booking the FastPasses on the app. At WDW you’re able to purchase individual shots that are loaded onto your magic band, or you can purchase the Memory Maker plan for an additional $169.00 that includes all of your PhotoPass shots.

5) With MaxPass you can schedule FastPasses between the different parks if you have a park hopper ticket. If you’re at WDW you have to schedule your original 3 FastPasses all in the same park.

Those are some of the biggest differences, here is where it is similar

1) You use an app on your phone while in the park to schedule FastPasses. The app for both parks is very user friendly

2) After you’ve used your first FastPass on the app, you can immediately go in and schedule the next one, much in the same way as scheduling your next FastPass at WDW after using your original 3.

3) The app is very user friendly ūüėÉ

Would I recommend MaxPass?

DEFINITELY! To me it was absolutely worth the money. With that being said, there were only two of us, and we were there for one day, so it was only a $20 purchase. For a larger family planning a multi day stay, it would be more expensive, but I would absolutely plan on building it into your budget. It will save you time, and a lot of footsteps from traveling from paper FastPass kiosk to kiosk.

Have you used MaxPass? What do you think?

Planning a trip to WDW or DL? Be sure to contact Ashley at Charming Travels by texting the number above or emailing ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

She is a Disney expert, and her booking and planning services are free of charge to her clients!

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What Would I Fast Pass- Magic Kingdom

One of the questions that I am asked often is what 3 fast passes to select.  The Magic Kingdom has the widest selection of fast passes to choose from.  There are rides, attractions, and parades and the combinations are seemingly endless.

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So if my husband and I only have 1 day to spend at the Magic Kingdom our 3 fast passes are

  1. Space Mountain
  2. Splash Mountain
  3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

These selections are made based on rides that are not only our favorites, but ones that consistently have longer lines. ¬†I also choose these as my 3 because we don’t have children, all three of these have height restrictions that we don’t have to worry about as adults. (Next week I will follow up with suggestions if you do have littles!)

If we have a second day at the Magic Kingdom my fast pass combinations would be slightly different.

Day 1

  1. Space Mountain
  2. 7 Dwarf Mine Train
  3. Splash Mountain

Day 2

  1. Space Mountain
  2. Flight of Peter Pan
  3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Now I realize that Space Mountain is on there twice, but I REALLY love that ride ūüôā

With you “My Disney Experience” page you can begin to book your fast passes up to 60 days in advance when you’re staying on Disney Property or up to 30 days in advance when you’re staying off Disney property. ¬†All of your fast pass selections will be stored on your magic band, or your ticket.

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Tuesday’s Tip- Using a Disney Travel Planner

Planning a Disney vacation, whether it be to Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, or a Disney Cruise can be quite overwhelming. ¬†There is so much to consider as far as park tickets, how many days to stay, where and how to get dining reservations, fastpasses, magic bands, and transportation. ¬†If you’ve never been to Disney you can end up spending hours planning and still not knowing how to maximize your vacation.

When you finally decide to take the plunge and spend the money on a Disney vacation you want to make sure that you’re making the most out of your trip while also having fun and creating magical memories that will last a lifetime! ¬†Using a Disney travel planner can take the stress out of planning your Disney vacation! ¬†Disney vacation planners all go through a rather extensive “Knowledge College” and have to pass quizzes to make sure they know how to best plan a vacation for Disney guests. ¬†Travel planners are there to make planning your trip easier and they genuinely love Disney and planning Disney vacations!

So the first thing that I always assumed about going through a travel planner is that it would end up costing me more money to book through a planner… let’s debunk that myth right now- it costs ZERO extra dollars to book through a travel planner. ¬†Zero, zilch, nada, zip! ¬†So you’re paying nothing extra and you get the benefit of the knowledgable travel professional, sounds like the way to go to me!

If you’re like me you like to be involved in the planning process. So the travel planner can do as little as booking the trip for you, or as much as planning a detailed itinerary, dining reservations, and fast passes. ¬†It is up to the client how involved they want to be in the process and how much the travel planner can do for you.

With all that being said, I am SOOOOO excited and pleased to announce that I Ashley, your resident Mouskaholic, is now an official Disney travel planner through Charming Travels LLC. ¬†If you’re wanting to book a vacation at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or a Disney Cruise, I can help guide you through the process step by step!

Contact me today at Ashley@CharmingTravelsLLC.com and I can get you a quote and get you on your way to creating magical memories!

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Magic Bands

Magic Band Colors

Magic Band Colors

Okay, let’s start with the Magic Band basics…

What is a magic band??

A magic band is essentially an adjustable bracelet to be worn while you’re at Disney. ¬†It is available in children and adult sizes and in 7 colors.

What does a magic band do?

While you’re at Disney the magic band is your life source. ¬†At it’s most basic level, it serves as your room key and your park tickets. ¬†If you’re using the dining plan your dining plan information is also stored in the chip in the band. ¬†You can also set up your magic band to have charging privileges. ¬†In addition to these services the Magic Band chip also stores your fast pass reservations while in the parks. ¬†You simply tap and go! ¬†No longer do you need to rush around getting fast passes and carry them around all day. ¬†Reservations for fast passes can be made up to 60 days in advance (for guests staying on Disney property).

How can I customize my magic band?

You can select a color for your magic band on the Disney website when booking your vacation!  Each member of your party can select different colors, or even get matching bands!  You can also have your names put on the inside of your magic band to keep them straight!

Magic bands with names

Magic bands with names

 

You can also customize your magic bands further with decals from DVC coverbands.  Check out the blog on Wednesday for my product review and give away of coverbands!!

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My Personal Opinion of the Magic Band

Hubby and I had our first opportunity to use magic bands this summer on our vacation and we LOVED them! ¬†They really made things so much easier! ¬†I loved that everything was stored in one little chip on my wrist. ¬†It’s also water proof so no worries there! ¬†You can go swimming at the resort and not worry about it being damaged or losing it! ¬†I loved my magic band, and I loved customizing it with coverband!