FastPass, PhotoPass and other Services

The Disney resort is practically in my backyard. My family and I love to spend a whole day or just a few hours at the Disney parks. Throughout the years we learned a lot about the parks and attractions that we like to share with you.

In this article, I would like to share info about Fastpass, Maxpass, Single riders, rider switch, and Photopass.

Disneyland FASTPASS Attractions

Disneyland - Big Thunder Mountain Fastpass - By Michael Gray - WikimediaFastPass is a way to avoid long lines at some rides. For example, if you go to space mountain and find out that the wait time is too long, get a FastPass. It will specify an appointment time for you to come back. When you come back, you go through a different line, which is usually very short. Be aware that you can only have one FastPass at a time (per rider), with one exception: If 2 hours passed since you received your last FastPass, you could get another one.

If you download the Disneyland App here, you can use the MaxPass feature to order several Fastpasses ahead of time – once you are inside the park.

Rides that offer FastPass:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Fantasmic!
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones™ Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. 

Disneyland Single Rider Lines

Another way to beat the lines and Disney parks are the single rider lines. If you are traveling alone (or willing to split from your group when you reach the ride) you can go to the single rider line, which goes faster than the standby line. On a recent visit, the standby line for my ride was 75 minutes. I was able to get in within 5 minutes through the single rider line.

Rides that offer single rider line:

  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Splash Mountain
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.  

Rider Switch (Swap) Rides

Do you have small children, but you don't want to miss out on the thrilling rides? Line up with the whole group, and when you reach the attendants let them know you would like to swap. One adult will stay with the young children, and the other adults can go on the ride. When the first ride is done, the adult that remained with the children can now enjoy the ride while the others wait.

Rides that offer rider swapping: 

  • Autopia  
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad  
  • Gadget's Go Coaster  
  • Indiana Jones Adventure  
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds 
  • Space Mountain  
  • Splash Mountain 
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Disneyland Photopass Photographer - by Loren Javier - FlickrPhoto Pass

As you ride your favorite attractions or just walk around the park, you will get a lot of photo opportunities. With Photopass, you can view those photos online and decide if you want to purchase or download. 

Some annual passes include free downloads from the Photopass website

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