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  • MaxPass

    Screenshots of MaxPass App

    Pulled from Disney's official page for MaxPass.

    Disney recently added an awesome feature to their Disneyland Park app, the MaxPass. Another pass for the park, you ask? Why yes, but this one is a great addition to the team. The MaxPass allows for ticket holders to preselect FastPasses and purchase PhotoPass photos that were taken during the day.

    As you may recall, I wrote about DL's PhotoPass (here) earlier this year and talked about how it could cost about $70 to use the awesome feature. Well, I have amazing news! With DL's MaxPass, you can still purchase your PhotoPass photos, but for only $10! That's right! For each day you attend DL, you can spend only $10 to get every single photo that was taken during the day! That's quite the savings!

    I haven't tired it, as of writing this post, but when we attend again in March 2018, I am for sure purchasing it.

    In order to take advantage of this great feature, you have to have an activated ticket - aka you've been the main gates. Simply open the DL App and link your ticket to your profile and violá, you can now purchase the MaxPass.

    For the PhotoPass feature, you can still ask for a PhotoPass card from a photographer, and then link it to your account. Or, you can just use the app to scan the associated QR code. *(I'll need to check on that to make sure it's correct.)

    As I mentioned, the MaxPass also feature FastPasses! Just like with the PhotoPass, you need an activated ticket and you're good to reserve available FastPasses. This means you won't need to walk (or run) to the nearest kiosk to get your FastPass. There is a catch... you are only allowed to reserve one FastPass per ride per ticket holder. That means if you only connected the MaxPass to your Disney account, then you will only get one FastPass for the ride you're wanting to go on. In order to reserve FastPasses for every member of your party, you'll need to purchase a MaxPass for each one.

    For some people, that can easily rack up the charges. However, FastPass kiosks are still functioning, but they only issue a reminder slip instead of the actual FastPass. DL has now linked your FastPass to your admissions ticket. You'll scan your ticket at a kiosk and be issued a reminder slip. Since this means you'll be using your ticket more often than normal, take a picture of it. If your ticket is lost, or heaven-forbid stolen, you can easily show the picture to a cast member and they should be able to help you to get a new one.

    When arriving at your ride (during your return time), you'll want to have your DL App ready. Instead of handing the FastPass to a cast member, you'll scan your digital FastPass at a kiosk scanner and away you go! Another cool feature is that you can "easily cancel or change your selection on the My Plans screen." (Disney)

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    Oct 05, 2017
  • March 2017

    Did I mention that we went to DisneyLand in March? Well, we did and it was great. Hot, but great. We took our 8-month old with us and he seemed to enjoy it. We were also able to get a TON of photos with our PhotoPass.

    We asked one of the photographers for suggestions on where to go for great pictures, and he suggested the train stop in New Orlean's Square. Since the train wasn't running (due to construction), we were able to get some awesome pictures in the engine. Our photographer was great!

    I can't recommend Disney's Photopass enough! For more information about it, please visit this post.

    We only stayed for two days and at DL. We figured that California Adventures is more of an adult park, and with a baby, we decided to stay at DL for him. Both days were hot! Which was unexpected... We even had to buy L a new shirt (seen above) for one of the days. His Peter Pan outfit was too hot for him! In ways of merchandise, I think that was the only thing we bought, but he still wears it today. :)

    In our family, we have a tradition - the first DL ride must be Dumbo. And we successfully accomplished this goal on this trip. :) Sadly, it was hot and L didn't do too well in the line... He quickly learned how to drink from a camleback water bladder; which is a great thing to get him to drink water.

    Luckily, Dumbo is a quick ride that allows for wind and a cool-down. L even meet Captain Hook, before he had to change due to the heat.

    L even wanted Capt. Hook to hold him! How cute! P.S. my wife did make L's Peter Pan hat, in case you wanted one. ;) Wife also crocheted her Mickey ears, and she told me (later) that she heard people talking about her ears. One conversation she overheard went something like this;

    "Which ears do you want?"

    "I want ones like hers". (Probably pointing to Wife's ears.)

    "I don't think they sell those here..." Then I assume the person was disappointed and had a sad face because Wife's ears were awesome!

    Before L was born, we decided to have his nursey be Winnie the Pooh themed. We even got crib sheets, and pads to match! I think it was day two, when we were in Pooh's Corner and decided to wait in line to see Tigger, Eeyore, and Pooh Bear. We thought he'd be excited to see Tigger, since we thought that was his favorite toy. Nah. He saw Tigger and wasn't impressed... But when he saw Pooh Bear, he was super excited! It was the cutest thing!

    When you're planning on taking children to DL, be sure to plan around them. Since it was hot, we wanted to make sure L was hydrated and that he also had nap time. Luckily, we had a large blanket with us that we used to cover his stroller when he napped. During lunch one day, he was actually cooler than we were! I was jealous. Luckily our stroller can lay flat inside, which was perfect for him when he needed to nap. DL does offer strollers to rent, but we figured we'd save some money and take our own, and I'm glad we did!

    We also bought some noise cancellation earmuffs for fireworks and parades. You can get a pair on Amazon for about $26. They were perfect for when we stayed to watch the Electrical Parade.

    L had his earmuffs on and it helped to muffle the noise from the speaker we were standing next to. It also helped him to stay asleep for probably longer than if he wasn't wearing them. I recommend them if your child has a sensitivity to noise.

    We also bought a plastic rain cover for the stroller, but we didn't end up needing it. You can get one on Amazon for about $12.