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 😃

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?

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Fun Fact Friday- Take a Walk in the Park Day!

Today is Fun Fact Friday, but also a unique holiday!  Last week was “make up your holiday-day” and today is national- “Take a walk in the park day.”  Now to a “normal” non disney obsessed person… they would probably assume that taking a walk in the park would mean going to the park around the corner, or visiting your nearest national or metro park (we have a ton of GREAT parks near our home.) To this mouskaholic though, the words “Take a Walk in the Park” immediately makes me think DISNEY parks 🙂 . So for fun fact friday today we will look at the mileage involved in walking through each of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland parks.

Magic Kingdom- If you went all the way around the park with minimal doubling back you’re looking at a minimum of walking 1.85 miles.  That does not include the walk to and from the transportation areas, that is simply in the park-

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Walking map of Magic Kingdom park if you were to do a single loop of the park- 1.85 miles

Now Epcot is significantly larger than Magic Kingdom.  Just to walk around the World Showcase Lagoon in itself is 1.2 miles, and when you add Future World in you’re looking at a minimum of 2.64 miles.

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With all of the construction at Hollywood Studios, and it being one of the smaller parks anyway, you’re looking at a much shorter walking distance (again these are just if you were to walk to all the attractions, no going in, waiting in line, no doubling back) . So at Hollywood studios pre-toy story land and pre-Star Wars land you’re looking at approximately a 1.4 mile walk total.

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Your second to longest walk comes in around 2.45 miles at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  This is the largest park in square mileage at Disney, but luckily to explore some of the areas you get special transportation… like the safari area you need to be in the safari cars, and to get to Rafiki’s planet watch you take a train to get out there.  This has the potential to be a LOT of walking depending on how you’ve planned your day!

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Now let’s head to the park where it all started!  Disneyland in Anaheim California!

Disneyland is physically a smaller park, you’re looking at the same amount of walking at you would at Disney’s Magic Kingdom… 1.85 miles, and that is mostly because Toon Town is a little farther out of the way

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One of my favorite things that makes Disneyland different than WDW is that you can walk in between the two parks, where the WDW property is so spread out, it makes it nearly impossible (you can walk between Epcot and Hollywood Studios).  So let’s take a walk across the esplanade over to Disney’s California Adventure park 🙂

I’m always amazed at how many awesome things they can pack into 1.4 miles, but they’ve definitely managed at DCA 🙂 . Things to keep in mind about walking at Disneyland is the you can walk from your hotel, and you’ll walk through Disney Springs or the main gate to get to either park.  While the parks are a little one the smaller side in comparison to WDW, the walking potential is still quite high.

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While what I mapped above is just a simple route around each park, there is the potential of doing MANY more miles while you’re there.  Make sure you have good walking shoes!  Mr. Mouskaholic and I average around 7-9 miles per day when we go! So who is ready to take a walk in your favorite Disney parks?

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Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

So I’ve always been a fan of random and obscure holidays!  Over the next few months I will be looking at some obscure holidays, and how they can be celebrated in a very Disney and Mouskaholic sort of way 🙂   How fun 🙂

Today is national- “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day.”  So today the mouskaholic doth declare it “Favorite Disney Photo Day!”  So check out some of my all time favorite photos that my husband and I have taken from around Walt Disney World and Disneyland 🙂

 

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The mouskaholic after the 2012 Goofy Challenge

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Meeting Jack and Sally at Disneyland 2015

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Outside of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, all decorated for Halloween

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This woman was a custodian at Magic Kingdom. I was so excited to take my picture with “Elsa” and there wasn’t even a line! lol

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LOVE this picture that “Mr. Mouskaholic” took of the entrance to Tomorrowland

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Segway Tour- June 2011

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Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom

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The Villain Spooktacular at Magic Kingdom was one of my FAVORITE parts of the MNSSHP!

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Floating Islands in the brand new pandora section at Animal Kingdom!

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Even though it was a short trip, going to Disney in October was one of my all time favorite trips!

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This was from the flower and garden festival at Epcot!  Its my favorite time to go to Epcot because of the beautiful bright colors!

 

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Fun Fact Friday- Haunted Mansion: Up or Down?

Disney’s Haunted Mansion is a long time fan favorite.  It has received its fair share of updates and is slightly different in Disneyland and Disney World (not to mention it’s counter parts – Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris, and Mystic Manor at Disneyland Hong Kong).

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Haunted Mansion- Walt Disney World

One of the most obvious differences that I so enjoyed when I visited Disneyland this past November was the stretching room.

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I’ve rode the Disney World version dozens of times and in the stretching room the room stretches up, while in the Disneyland version, you descend.  It gives the same effect in both rides, but serves a different purpose!  With Disneyland, the stretching room physically transports you to the ride area with its descent.

Register Today for the Disneyland Half Marathon

Today is the big day to register for the Disneyland Half Marathon!  Registration opens at noon, so don’t miss your opportunity to run the “Happiest Race on Earth.”

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The Disneyland Half Marathon will take you through Disneyland, California Adventure Park, and through scenic Anaheim, including running through the Anaheim Angels Stadium!

Don’t miss your chance, RunDisney races tend to sell out quickly!

Never been to Disneyland?  Don’t fear, Ashley is here!  Ashley with Charming Travels can help you plan your trip for your RunDisney “race-cation”  She has run Disney races both at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, earning her Coast to Coast distinction twice!  She can help you plan your trip and book for you once you’ve registered for the race!  Contact her today- Ashley@Charmingtravelsllc.com

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California Here I Come- Day 1in review

Alright, after a long day at work for both my husband and myself we boarded a plan in Ohio and headed to Los Angeles for RunDisney’s Avenger’s Half Marathon Weekend!!!

The first thing that I learned on this trip is that flying after work is exhausting, especially when it is a 7 + hours in the air kind of trip. When I originally planned the trip in my mind it was going to be WAY better to fly out on a Thursday after work so that we could hit the race expo AND enjoy more park time on Friday.  I still think this was the right choice, but eeesh with the 3 hour time difference and waking up at my normal Ohio time, I’m pooped and the day hasn’t even begun.

All flights went smoothly AND we got a fun bonus… as we were eating our dinner waiting for our first flight, a man asked if anyone was flying southwest (which we were) and handed me 4 drink vouchers to use on the plane!!!  SCORE!  What a nice way to start the trip and take the edge off on a long trip!

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We got into LAX at 11:20pm California time, so 2:20am Ohio time… LONG day!!!  After getting our bags we were ready to hit the road by 11:45 or so.  When I booked our trip I had purchased round trip transport on the Disneyland Express.  Much to my dismay when our travel documents arrived I realized that our flight was coming in far to late to use this bus service and that it was non-refundable.  Lesson learned.  There are other shuttle services that run 24 hours, but after having so much fun and success with Uber on or Disney World trip we decided well in advance that we would just take Uber to our hotel in Anaheim.

I won’t call using Uber for our hotel ride a mistake per say, BUT at midnight there were absolutely no Uber X drivers at LAX (I don’t know if that was the time of day or if that is standard practice for Uber out here), so we had to take “Uber Select” which is considerably more expensive.  The reason that I won’t call it a mistake, is that after 7+ hours on a plan with VERY little leg room, riding in the back seat of a BMV 7 series with leather interior and dual climate control was a DREAM!!!  But for a nearly 40 minute car ride from LAX to anaheim it was WAY more expensive than I care to admit that I paid for a car ride.

We got checked into the beautiful Best Western Stovall’s Inn around 12:30 pm and hit the hay!  I am excited for Day 2 of our adventure because that’s where the fun is!!!  Day 2 will be in the parks, race expo at the Disneyland Hotel, (hopefully a nap), hanging out with friends that live out here, and a drink at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar!!!  Have a great Friday mouskaholics

Words of Walt- Disneyland

“I first saw the site for Disneland back in 1953.  In those days it was all flat land- no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocket ships- just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees.”

Disneyland has been around for 60 years now and the city of Anaheim sprung to life around it.  It’s hard to believe that where it used to be just orange groves!

The land where Disneyland was built

The land where Disneyland was built

Here’s a look at what Disneyland has become as we know it, as well as all that has been built up around it.

Satellite view of Disneyland and California Adventure

Satellite view of Disneyland and California Adventure

This quote was taken from Dave Smith’s Compilation book “The Quotable Walt Disney”

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

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