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Disneyland upgrades Fastpass system: Disney MaxPass puts passes on your phone

HISTORIC TRIO  Three of the most popular attractions at Disneyland  the Disneyland Monorail, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage  all debuted on the same day, June 14, 1959.  (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)MICKEYÕS SOUNDSATIONAL PARADE Ð The sound of dynamic rhythms and bold percussion will accompany beloved Disney characters as they stomp and strut along Main Street, U.S.A., in the new ÒMickeyÕs Soundsational Parade,Ó premiering Friday, May 27. The parade brings to life characters and melodies from Disney films with more than 90 performers, as Mickey Mouse and his pals get the Disneyland crowd into the beat of this giant jam session. ÒMickeyÕs Soundsational ParadeÓ features nine parade floats, each designed in the style of a childrenÕs Òpop-upÓ story book with eye-catching visuals and whimsical details. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)MATTERHORN BOBSLEDS AT NIGHT — The first tubular steel roller coaster opened in 1959 at Disneyland adjacent to the Submarine Voyage Lagoon. Guests on the Matterhorn Bobsleds scale the snowy summit in a racing toboggan and speed down the slopes to a sensational splashdown in an Apine pond, while the Abominable Snowman is rumored to be lurking around every turn. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)AROUND AND AROUND – The King Arthur Carrousel attracts guests of all ages to take a spin in the heart of Disneyland Park. Located in Fantasyland, just inside Sleeping Beauty Castle, the carrousel has 85 beautiful, antique horses that are carefully maintained year-round. The wooden steeds on this timeless attraction were hand-carved, and many have intricate details created by craftsmen of the late 1800s. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort)DROID DUO — “Star Wars” droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are two of the famous characters guests encounter in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, a 3-D attraction at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS — No matter what time of year, no visit to the Disneyland Resort is complete without seeing fireworks bursting high above Sleeping Beauty Castle. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland)CORUSCANT — The bustling metropolis of Coruscant is one of the “Star Wars” destinations Disney Parks guests can visit in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, the new 3-D thrill attraction at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney Enterprises, Inc./Lucasfilm Ltd.)DARTH VADER — Pictured in a scene from the attraction, “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader is one of the famous characters guests encounter in “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, a new 3-D attraction at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. The attraction also is thrilling guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney Enterprises, Inc./Lucasfilm Ltd.)CARTHAY CIRCLE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE — Celebrating “opening night at the movies” during the Golden Age of Hollywood, Carthay Circle Theatre is a spectacular landmark at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. The historic design will draw guests inside to discover Carthay Circle Restaurant upstairs, with a menu created by award-winning Executive Chef Andrew Sutton, and a lounge downstairs, with each telling the story of Disney movie-making through the years. The interior evokes the grand elegance of a classic movie premiere, as historic photographs and artifacts create a sense of place and tell the story of the Walt Disney Studios. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)RED CAR TROLLEY — Inspired by the transportation system that once served Southern California, the Red Car Trolley at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. will transport guests along Buena Vista Street and through Hollywood Land. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)WELCOME TO GRIZZLY PEAK AIRFIELD (ANAHEIM, Calif.) Ð The recently reimagined Grizzly Peak Airfield features new building exteriors and landscapes inspired by the lush environment of California’s High Sierras. The area features Smokejumpers Grill, Humphrey’s Service Supplies and Soarin’ Over California. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)FUEL UP AT SMOKEJUMPERS GRILL (ANAHEIM, Calif.) Ð The new quick-service location in Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure park pays tribute to the brave men and women who fight wildfires in California forests. Smokejumpers Grill features burgers, sandwiches, salads and tasty sides. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)WELCOME TO GRIZZLY PEAK AIRFIELD (ANAHEIM, Calif.) Ð The recently reimagined Grizzly Peak Airfield features new building exteriors and landscapes inspired by the lush environment of California’s High Sierras. The area features Smokejumpers Grill, Humphrey’s Service Supplies and Soarin’ Over California. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)ICONIC ENTRANCE – Inspired by the iconic Pan Pacific Auditorium, turnstiles set the stage for the entrance to Disney California Adventure park. Buena Vista Street transports guests to Los Angeles as Walt Disney found it when he first arrived in California, with buildings inspired by structures that existed during the 1920s and ’30s – including the Pan Pacific Auditorium. A landmark structure in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, the auditorium was the premiere location for indoor public events until it closed after almost 40 years in 1972.. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)MARK TWAIN RIVERBOAT — While visiting Frontierland, Disneyland park guests can cruise back in time on a 14-minute sightseeing voyage aboard a recreation of the glorious 19th-century steam-powered paddlewheel riverboats that carried people and cargo up and down the mighty Mississippi. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)MICKEY’S TOONTOWN — The land that Toons built is an interactive metropolis full of topsy turvy architecture and whimsical sculptures that some of your favorite Disney characters call home. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)JUNGLE CRUISE — Disneyland park guests board a trusty tramp steamer for a 7-minute guided tour of jungles from around the world, brimming with exotic animals and lush tropical foliage.MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU — Skilled Jedi Masters will select young Padawans to train in the ways of the Force. During this exciting and fast-paced live Star Wars experience, children will be taught how to handle special “training” lightsabers . . . and then face the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader — every day at the Tomorrowland Terrace stage. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)LOVELY LANDMARK — Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is the centerpiece of Fantasyland, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Surrounded by beautiful flowers and whimsical topiary, the Disneyland landmark beckons park visitors to explore the different realms of the place “Where Dreams Come True.” Walt Disney wanted this castle to be a friendly and welcoming presence in his park so it was built on a smaller scale than its European counterparts.MICKEY MINNIE — Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, where magical storybooks come alive, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome visitors from all over the world. Combining classic favorites and exciting additions, Disneyland park is an essential part of a Southern California vacation. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)SPACE MOUNTAIN — Rocket into the outer reaches of darkest space on this high-speed thrill ride that hurtles you into the final fun frontier as your space craft dips and careens at supersonic speeds.MR. PRESIDENT — President Abraham Lincoln returns to the Main Street Opera House in Disneyland with stunning new Audio-Animatronics technology that makes this the most lifelike and expressive Lincoln figure yet. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, a beloved Disneyland attraction for nearly 45 years and a historic landmark in the development of Audio-Animatronics technology, reopens Dec. 18 on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)AROUND AND AROUND – The King Arthur Carrousel attracts guests of all ages to take a spin in the heart of Disneyland Park. Located in Fantasyland, just inside Sleeping Beauty Castle, the carrousel has 85 beautiful, antique horses that are carefully maintained year-round. The wooden steeds on this timeless attraction were hand-carved, and many have intricate details created by craftsmen of the late 1800s. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort)PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN — Disneyland park guests visiting New Orleans Square set forth on a swashbuckling voyage as they are transported back to the days when pirates and privateers wrought havoc on the high seas, discovering a pirate’s curse, the plundering of a Caribbean village and the elusive exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow.INDIANA JONES ADVENTURE — In addition to the special events offered throughout the ‘Indiana Jones Summer of Hidden Mysteries,’ the Disneyland attraction that redefined the ‘E-ticket’ experience, the ‘Indiana Jones Adventure Ð Temple of the Forbidden Eye’ continues to thrill guests daily – more than 95 million of them since its opening in 1995.INDIANA JONES ADVENTURE — In addition to the special events offered throughout the ‘Indiana Jones Summer of Hidden Mysteries,’ the Disneyland attraction that redefined the ‘E-ticket’ experience, the ‘Indiana Jones Adventure Ð Temple of the Forbidden Eye’ continues to thrill guests daily – more than 95 million of them since its opening in 1995.BUZZ LIGHTYEAR ASTRO BLASTERS — Guests pilot their very own Star Cruiser through an interactive space mission where they twist, turn and fire personal laser cannons for points at Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)LAND OF ADVENTURE — Intrepid explorers pass underneath a large sign, welcoming guests to Adventureland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Adventureland harkens back to a time when explorers ventured into unknown realms full of natural wonders. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD — A train zips through Big Thunder Mountain and past the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a popular roller coaster attraction, is located in Frontierland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)STORYTELLERS — As part of the entryway to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif., “Storytellers,” a new bronze statue of a young Walt Disney and his most famous creation, Mickey Mouse, can be found where Carthay Circle meets Buena Vista Street. The stunning statue reflects the optimistic outlook of Walt Disney upon his arrival in California in 1923. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)MEET LIGHTNING MCQUEEN — Cars Land, located in Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif., features three immersive family attractions showcasing characters and settings from the Disney•Pixar film, “Cars,” including one of the largest and most elaborate themed environments ever created for a Disney park. McQueen and Mater will be greeting park guests daily outside the Cozy Cone Motel on Route 66. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)SPLASH MOUNTAIN — Guests hurtle down a five story drop at the Splash Mountain attraction, which can be found in Critter Country at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)HAUNTED MANSION -Ð This New Orleans Square attraction opened August 9, 1969 and is the home of 999 happy haunts Ð but there is Òalways room for one moreÓ as DIsneyland park guests take a spirited tour aboad their doom-buggy.MAD TEA PARTY — Inspired by the classic Disney animated movie, “Alice in Wonderland,” the Mad Tea Party attraction at Disneyland Park recreates the film’s madcap “unbirthday” sequence featuring the Mad Hatter and March Hare’s chaotic tea party. The Mad Tea Party is located in Fantasyland in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)FRONTIERLAND — The Mark Twain Riverboat and Big Thunder Mountain are reflected in the Rivers of America in Frontierland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Frontierland brings to life the natural beauty, excitement and promise of the American West in the 1800s. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)GRIZZLY RIVER RUN — Guests splash down the roaring rapids of Grizzly River Run, a thrilling white-water raft adventure in Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. Free-floating rafts take brave explorers on a ride over tranquil and raging waters that run through the iconic Grizzly Peak. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)HOLLYWOOD TOWER HOTEL — The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror® looms above Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)JUNGLE CRUISE — Disneyland park guests board a trusty tramp steamer for a 7-minute guided tour of jungles from around the world, brimming with exotic animals and lush tropical foliage.SMALL-TOWN CHARM — Main Street, U.S.A. bustles with activity as guests flood into Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS — The Haunted Mansion glows ominously at night in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. This attraction is the home of 999 “happy haunts” but there is “always room for one more” as guests take a spirited tour aboard their doom-buggy. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)PACIFIC WHARF — The water near Pacific Wharf reflects Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill at sunset at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)PARADISE PIER — At Paradise Pier, located at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif., attractions such as Mickey’s Fun Wheel, California Screamin’, and Toy Story Mania! pay homage to classic seaside amusement piers. When night falls, Paradise Pier comes to life with the dazzling spectacular, “World of Color.” For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney)ANOTHER DIMENSION OF FUN Ð Guests visiting ÒThe Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorªÓ at Disneyland Resort in California find themselves in a lost episode of ÒThe Twilight Zone¨Ó taking a spine-tingling tour of an abandoned Hollywood hotel. The tour concludes with a literally hair-raising ride on the hotelÕs haunted service elevator, including a Òfaster-than-the-speed-of-gravityÓ plunge from the 13th floor. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) The Twilight Zone¨ is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc., and is used with permission pursuant to a license from CBS, Inc.TOMORROWLAND — The bright neon lights of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue light up the night at Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)TOON THRILLS — Guests zoom along the winding track of Gadget’s Go Coaster, a colorful and zany roller coaster inspired by “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)LET’S BOOGIE — Guests boogie at Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, part of Flik’s Fun Fair. Guests shrink down to the size of Flik and his insect friends from Disney•Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life” at “a bug’s land” at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only. (Glen Miller/Disneyland)Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, where magical storybooks come alive, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Minnie Mouse welcome visitors from all over the world. Combining classic favorites and exciting additions, Disneyland park is an essential part of a Southern California vacation. (Disneyland)THE FINALE SCENE — Guests will enjoy riding ÒitÕs a small worldÓ again and again at Disneyland as they search for the Disney and Disney¥Pixar characters now represented in the attraction as well as a restored “finale scene.” (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)LOVELY LANDMARK — Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is the centerpiece of Fantasyland, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Surrounded by beautiful flowers and whimsical topiary, the Disneyland landmark beckons park visitors to explore the different realms of “The Happiest Place on Earth.” (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)THE FAB 5 — The classic Disney characters welcome visitors outside Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. (L-R) Pluto, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland)DISNEYLAND RAILROAD AT MAIN STREET STATION — With its turn-of-the-century architecture and lush gardens, the Main Street station offers the first point of entry for those who wish to soak up the scenery on a grand circuit tour of Disneyland park aboard one of the trains of the Disneyland Railroad which run on bio-diesel fuel created from recycled cooking oil used throughout the Resort. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland)

Disneyland is releasing a new update to its Fastpass system that allows parkgoers to hold a spot in line for a later time. “Disney MaxPass” will allow guests to use the Disneyland app to obtain Fastpasses over their phones instead of jumping back and forth across the parks. Users will be able to get one Fastpass at a time, on a first-come, first-served queue.

The new Disney MaxPass will cost $10 per ticket, which includes Photopass, a photography service. Disney MaxPass/Fastpass will be available on 16 attractions across Disneyland Disney California Adventure parks, including Matterhorn Bobsleds and Toy Story Midway Mania are being added to the Fastpass fold.

“The introduction of the new Disney Fastpass locations and the new Disney MaxPass is part of the Disneyland Resort’s ongoing commitment to providing guests opportunities to further customize their experiences,” Melissa Britt, Disneyland Resort spokesperson told the Orange County Register.

Disney MaxPass will roll out later this year across the 16 attractions, once the necessary infrastructure is installed. Apparently, digital readers must be installed to read a code from your phone’s app.

Disney’s Fastpass gets faster

Disney’s Fastpass, when used effectively, can help park guests maximize their time by taking in as many rides/attractions as possible.  Though one of the biggest drawbacks to this system was having to trek across the theme parks to get a pass, only to turn back around at a later time to gain admission. A lot of backtracking if you think about it.  Though, the excitement of Disneyland and the smell of churros usually helps forgive the extra walking.

Disney MaxPass is not to be mistaken for Fastpass+, a system that’s used in Walt Disney World, where users can book ride and dining reservations months in advance and triggered by use of a wearable (MagicBand). Check out our review of the MyMagic+ system below.

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