MaxPass / Digital Fastpass - Discussion Thread

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  1. smithfamilyof7

    smithfamilyof7 Mouseketeer

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    I'm sure this has been asked, probably repeatedly, but I'm going to be that person who asks it again. I love the concept of MaxPass. But having a large family, it's hard to swallow the cost of this on top of the crazy amount we pay to get into the park. On the other hand, if it's a huge time saver, maybe it's worth it. We're a family of 7 (5 kids, ages 7-16). Is this worth $70 a day??
     
  2. Niltiac

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    A big part (but not all) of the time it saves is the physically walking to pull FP. If you have people in your group who legitimately enjoy being the FP runner (maybe an older kid who likes the independence) it might not be that helpful, but I enjoy not having to split up. You can purchase it day-by-day so you can save some money by picking one day when you'll focus on FP rides and just buy it that day.
     
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  4. midnight star

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    Sorry if this has been asked, but I tried scrolling through to find my answer but can't.
    Max pass came with my annual pass. Does this mean I only can use max pass to obtain fast passes? If I go with someone who doesn't have the feature on their pass, can I still do paper ones?
     
  5. Kender

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    You can still pull from the kiosks. You're not required to use the app.

    You will still have MP rules applied (such as able to pull every 1h30m instead of every 2h), but there is no issue with going about things the "old fashioned way", so to speak.

    I have done this myself quite a bit as I am not always with people who have MP like I do on my pass.
     
  6. theluckyrabbit

    theluckyrabbit Moderator Moderator

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    While the answer to this question is ultimately subjective, I think part of the answer depends on your trip dates. As the pp said, you don't have to buy MP every day of your trip. So you can wait to see how crowded the parks are before deciding whether you'll benefit from MP or whether using paper FPs will be fine. (For example, this past weekend, the lower 3 APs were blocked and the parks weren't super crowded, so MP wasn't absolutely necessary for us. Sunday was a totally different story -- crowds! -- MP all the way.) If you have good FP skills, paper FP can still help you cover quite a bit of ground in a day. Get to the parks early, use those morning hours to get a lot done, then see whether you think you'll need MP that day. And remember, MP isn't good for all rides anyway, only rides that are actually on the FP system (which isn't that many rides overall). So if you'll be focusing on non-FP rides on a certain day, MP won't be any advantage unless one of you gets it for PP.
     
  7. 22Tink

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    I’ve used it as a party of 2 with myself and DD and I’ll continue to use it because it will probably continue to just be us 2 until the rest of the family decides they want to do Disney again. $20 a day is worth it to me not to have to drag my daughter around to the kiosks. If our whole family of 6 was there I might rethink it, especially if DH or one of the older kids are able to be a FP runner and can grab the FP for everyone. You can choose your days, as well. When we did our day focusing on the non FP rides in fantasyland I didn’t purchase it. Maybe you could just purchase it for a day or 2 when you want to knock out some of the bigger rides?
     
  8. DnA2010

    DnA2010 Rope Drop!

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    Are the Max Passes issued on the Ap completely aligned with the physical machines? One of the main advantages is that you can see everything available and their current return times right?
     
  9. DLRExpert

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    There are some instances when they are aligned or slightly later.
    Most of the time the MP will give you an earlier return time than what is shown on the app.
     
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  10. Niltiac

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    Even if you don't have MaxPass, you can still see FP return times on the app, you just have to look at the individual rides instead of having a nice consolidated list.

    My understanding of the return times is that the kiosks and the app will both be issuing the same return time, however people using MP on the app will be offered an earlier return time if it becomes available (which happens when someone who pulled a FP earlier in the day cancels it). So when you pull up MP you might initially be offered a time earlier than the kiosks are giving out, but if you refresh a couple of times it should go back to the current kiosk return time. If you're trying to match your return time with other people in your party who don't have MP, the easiest thing is probably just to pull from the kiosks.
     

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