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Important Changes Now in Effect for Popular Disney Add-Ons

Though all eyes have been on the massive ticket price hikes that went into effect earlier this week, Disney also quietly introduced some changes to their ticket add-ons for guests who are visiting both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. If you are looking to get a few extras on your next visit to the resort, here are some important changes you’ll want to know about. 

Introducing the new Water Park and Sports add-on at Walt Disney World

Earlier this week, the Walt Disney World Resort introduced a new Water Park and Sports Option (designed to replace the Park Hopper Plus and Water Park Fun and More options) that guests can add on to their theme park tickets to experience a number of add-on experiences during their visit to Walt Disney World, including the following:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • NBA Experience
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course (greens fees only)
  • FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course (one round prior to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (one round prior to 4:00 p.m.)

The cost of this Water Park and Sports Option is $70 plus tax per person and the total number of admissions you can get with this option is based on the length of your theme park ticket (so a 4-day ticket will allow someone with this add-on to have four admissions to the listed extras). This price is a flat rate, so this option is definitely worth considering if you are visiting the resort for multiple days and are planning on visiting at least two of these locations, especially the water parks, as the regular price just one visit to a water park is $69 . 

This add on can be purchased at Disney parks ticket windows or on the My Disney Experience app. 

MaxPass becomes more expensive for day guests and annual passholders at Disneyland

In addition to the price hikes on regular theme park tickets and annual passes, Disneyland has also made its West coast paid-for digital FastPass system, called MaxPass, more expensive as well.

Guests wanting to purchase the MaxPass service will now need to pay $20 a day (up from $15 a day), and for annual passholders, adding MaxPass will now cost $125 per year, up from $100.

Though the annual passholder price hike may sound pretty steep at first, guests who are purchasing multi-day MaxPass may find themselves paying a lot more, as the new $20 cost is per person, per day, which means a family of four spending three days at Disneyland who would have previously spent $180 on MaxPass would now spend $240, which is a massive difference. 

Paper FastPass will of course remain available for guests who do not want to purchase this add-on, but with the resort likely to see record crowds again this year, paper FastPass options may be slim, which is why Disney will likely be pushing guests towards using this new, paid-for system.