Though things have been starting a little slow at Walt Disney World thus far in 2017, it looks like on the west coast, the Disneyland Resort is wasting no time getting the new year going! From the long-awaited limited-time return of the Main Street Electrical Parade to a new pre-show for the World of Color nightly spectacular featuring Mulan and Mushu, plus the announcement of a new, upcharge digital FastPass coming later this year, here's all the news from the Disneyland Resort this month that all Disney fans definitely need to know about!
1. The Main Street Electrical Parade has officially returned to Disneyland
Late last year the Main Street Electrical Parade rolled down the Magic Kingdom's Main Street USA one last time and then hit the road on its way back home to Disneyland for a limited run at the park where it all began over 40 years ago. And now, as of this week, this classic parade is now being performed at Disneyland nightly, complete with the iconic Casey Jr. pulling the parade's classic drum that now once again features the “Disneyland Presents … Main Street Electrical Parade” lettering in bright lights.
Longtime fans are of course excited about the return of this classic nighttime parade to Disneyland, but those who want to make sure they see the Main Street Electrical Parade one more time at this park will need to plan their visit soon, as this parade will be officially "glowing away" for good (and this time, it looks like Disney REALLY means it) in just a few months on June 18, 2017.
To commemorate this special final run of the Main Street Electrical Parade, Disney will be releasing a number of commemorative items, including glowing ears, limited-edition pins, t-shirts and more, which can now be found all around the Disneyland Resort.
2. New MaxPass paid digital FastPass system coming later this year
Earlier this month the Disneyland Resort confirmed that it will (finally) begin to allow guests to start booking and managing digital FastPass reservations via the resort's official app later this year, a development that has been in the works for nearly two years. However, fans were stunned to find out that instead of offering free FastPass+ reservations for guests, Disney is attaching a $10 per person, per day fee to this digital service, and calling it MaxPass.
So, for instance, if you have a family of four visiting the Disneyland Resort for three days, if you want to use this new digital FastPass system, you’ll have to shell out an extra $120 for the privilege. Interestingly, Disney has confirmed that there will be an annual MaxPass option for passholders, but has not revealed pricing details on that just yet.
However, while the added cost for this new FastPass option is definitely a bit of a bummer, Disney has at least confirmed that for now paper FastPass service will continue to be available for all guests, free of charge. However, availability for popular FastPass attractions (we're thinking about Radiator Springs Racers and Frozen: Live at the Hyperion specifically here) may be increasingly limited due to the implementation of this new system as Disney tries to create value for this new upcharge.
And speaking of value, Disneyland’s MaxPass will also include unlimited PhotoPass downloads for every day that the MaxPass is used. Interestingly, unlimited PhotoPass downloads currently cost $39 per day at Disneyland, so if you are interested in this component of MaxPass, you might actually save some money by using this system purely for the photo perk.
No start date for MaxPass has been announced at this time, but we have a whole lot more details on this new offering (including some of the surprising limitations of this forthcoming upcharge)right here.