Updated March 2019: I wanted to share some information about Maxpass in one location. I've been collecting a ton of FP-related data since May of 2018, and hopefully this helps some people out. First, an overview that assumes you are familiar with the overall FP concept: Fastpasses obtained from machines or via Maxpass work in fundamentally the same way. What's different? Maxpass will cost you $15 per ticket, per day (price increased on 1/6/19). Machine-based Fastpass is free. Maxpass means you can book with the app. No Maxpass means you need to physically go to the machine and insert your ticket/AP to load the FP. Either way, you can view and cancel your FPs using the app. You don't book any FPs until you are in the park at Disneyland (unlike WDW). Once your ticket is scanned into either park, you are eligible to pull your first FP (from either park). As soon as you're eligible, you'll book your next one. Rinse and repeat all day. When are you eligible to book that next FP? In general, it's as soon as a FP window opens (note: NOT when you use the FP! If the window opens at 9:20, you can book at 9:20 whether you've used it or not). There's also a 90 minute "maximum" wait for Maxpass (2 hours without Maxpass) and a 30 minute "minimum" wait (unless you use the FP first). For more detailed information, see this thread: https://www.disboards.com/threads/the-answer-to-when-can-i-pull-my-next-fp.3634984/ There is no rule about how many FPs you can have at once, or how many you can have in a day. A lot of people think you have to use one to get another one, or that you always have to wait 90 minutes/2 hours... these things are not true. When selecting a FP, you cannot pick a preferred time. The FP return times start in the morning (at or just after park opening: see below), and then they march forward. What you see is what you get. Some random information about FP/Maxpass: At this time (December 2018), you can book FPs during EMH/MM (at least on the app with Maxpass - I am not sure if the machines are open). The return times start at park opening for any ride that was open for EMH/MM, or 30 minutes after park opening for rides that weren't open. (So, if DL opens at 8 with a 7 EMH/MM, you'll see 8:00 return times for the Fantasyland/Tomorrowland rides, and 8:30 ones for the rest of the park). You can scan in approximately 5 minutes earlier and 15 minutes later than the times listed on your FP (so, a 9:20-10:20 FP is actually good from 9:15-10:35). (Note: Others have reported scanning in earlier than 5 minutes and getting a green acceptance scan. I have tried scanning in earlier than five minutes many times because of these reports and it has very rarely worked. YMMV.) People booking with Maxpass can book other people's cancelled FPs. You have to snap these up quickly! If you've been checking and Toy Story's been 8:00-9:00, 8:05-9:05, 8:10-9:10 and suddenly it's 2:00-3:00 - that's a cancellation! Grab it! If you’re using Maxpass, once you’ve scanned in for the day, you can book FPs from anywhere - your hotel, your home, people have even booked them in different states after a plane flight! This means you can easily take a mid-day break while still acquiring FPs, stacking them up for the time when you plan to return to the parks. Ride popularity: Here is where my data comes in. As mentioned above, all FP return times start at or just after park opening and march forward. They march forward at VERY different (but rather predictable) rates. Here are my groups of FP popularity, culled from literally hundreds of return time screenshots this year. Group One: Radiator Springs Racers Radiator Springs Racers is unequivocally the most popular FP at the Disneyland Resort. It runs out far before any other FP (this doesn't necessarily mean you should book it first: see below for thoughts on that). In 2019, RSR FPs have been running out faster and faster (even sometimes before 11am), and are rarely available into the afternoon. One thing to note about RSR is that due to its popularity "in the dark," you'll often notice it stall a bit, then disappear quickly once "after dark" times hit. Group Two: Space Mountain, Toy Story: Midway Mania These will run out. On crowded days, they'll run out by early afternoon. Group Three: Guardians of the Galaxy, Indiana Jones, Matterhorn, Soarin', **Splash during daytime hours when hot, Haunted Mansion Holiday (but only Holiday) These will likely run out, or at least will have really late return times by mid-afternoon. Group Four: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, **Grizzly River Rapids for afternoon times when HOT, Incredicoaster, *It's a Small World Holiday, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Star Tours (Star Tours is more of a Tier 3.5.) These are not as popular as the rides above, but if it's crowded, these will be gone (or really late) at some point. Group Five: Buzz Lightyear, Goofy's Sky School, **Grizzly River Rapids when not hot or for nighttime, Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World, **Splash Mountain when it's not hot or for nighttime These are often available "immediately" or fairly soon, even into the evening (of course, not if it's a highly crowded day, but more often than you might expect). *It's a Small World Holiday becomes a Group 2 as soon as it hits nighttime hours because everyone wants to ride when it's dark. **Grizzly and Splash behave VERY differently in hot weather than cold weather. Also, they don't get snapped up for the morning or evening; it's the afternoon times that fly. Keep in mind: This is generalized data, so if a ride has a breakdown during the day, has recently come back from a refurb or is scheduled to go down for one, is running at partial capacity, etc., things can change a lot. For instance, this past year, they ran Star Tours at half capacity for much of the year, and it behaved like the rides in Group 2 for that entire time. Strategy: For maximum FP efficiency, you want to minimize the time you wait between pulling FPs. Ideally, you want as few "90 minutes holds" as possible. Overall strategy obviously varies a lot depending what your priorities are, whether your group is single-rider eligible, etc. Also, if you're taking a hotel break or something and you want to come back to a bunch of "stacked" evening FPs, your planning will look different. Here's what I do on an average day with Maxpass: **Note: If you are in the parks early enough to grab a RSR FP that will not cause you to wait 60+ minutes to grab your next FP, I would absolutely book that first. I am usually not in that early, even if I rope drop, so that's why you see me grab it later. 1. First thing, I book a lot of Group 2 and 3 stuff. This is stuff that will cause 90 minute gaps if I book them later in the day, but in the morning, the return times will be much closer. So, if I enter the park at 8:05 and I see an 8:45 Space Mountain FP, I'm grabbing that. I'm also NOT wasting time on Group 4/5 stuff (unless it's so close and I'm nearby enough that I can book it, scan in, and book a new one immediately - I do this all the time for Buzz). 2. By mid-morning, I'm keeping an eye on RSR to make sure it's not disappearing. Once I see it getting too late for comfort, I make RSR my first "90 minute wait" FP of the day. 3. After my 90-minute RSR wait is up, I go back to any Group 2 and 3 stuff that I want. I fill in 4 and 5 stuff later when other stuff has run out or gotten too late for us. "Stacking" FPs: When people reference "stacking" FPs, they're talking about booking FPs so that you have a bunch ready to use at one time. This is especially nice if you're taking an afternoon break and want to have a bunch of FPs ready when you come back (just keep booking a new one every 90 minutes). Some examples of how this can work: Example A - stacking for the evening: Mid-morning, you book RSR for a 7:00-8:00pm return time. Throughout the day, you keep an eye on other DCA rides and book them when they get to evening returns - say, grab GOTG with a 6:30-7:30 return time, and later grab Incredicoaster with 7:15-8:15. Now, when you come back to DCA, all three of those are waiting for you. Example B - stacking by location: First thing in the morning, you book Space Mountain with an 8:45-9:45am return time. At 8:45, you book Star Tours with a 9:15-10:15 return time. At 9:15, you book Buzz Lightyear with a 9:20-10:20 return time. Now, head to Tomorrowland and ride all three. (Note: In this case, I'd actually ride Buzz first so you can grab your next FP immediately - keep in mind that your Space FP will scan until 10am, giving you plenty of time to hit Buzz on your way there.) Managing FPs on your phone(s) with Maxpass: As far as purchasing Maxpass goes, you can buy it with your ticket purchase for your entire trip, or if it's not purchased then, you can purchase after you scan in day-by-day (this will go fastest if you have all tickets and a credit card linked to your account before park entry, and make sure you know your CVV). Adding daily gives you flexibility in case you decide you don't need/want to pay for it every single day. Each time you book a FP, you select a "FP party" from the tickets loaded into your app. You can book different things for different people (for instance, say you're a family of four: you can pick two people and book GOTG for them, and then pick the other two and book Toy Story for them). You can scan tickets into multiple phones and manage FPs from multiple phones. Your ticket does not care how many phones/accounts it is linked to. I do not recommend trying to coordinate FPs by having each person book his/her own - because of cancellations, you can end up with different times. Load them all together and book a whole group at once. How to "redeem" FPs (whether you used Maxpass to book them or not): You scan your park ticket/AP, either your physical one or the version that shows up under "my tickets" in the app (the app will also pop up a FP code for each person during the FP return window). I always scan our physical APs instead of the app version; I find it much faster. You can have one person scan for your whole group, or you can have each person scan for him/herself. Other Maxpass FAQs: Can I check for cancelled FPs without cancelling my current FP? No, unfortunately not. How do I "refresh" to check for cancellations? You have to keep going back and selecting the park over and over again. Can I pull FPs from machines if I bought Maxpass? Yes, so if you bought Maxpass for one person for the photopass benefits, that person can ignore that they have it otherwise and just pull from the machines with the rest of your group. Just be careful not to check their FP for the time your next FP is available, since theirs will list 90 minutes away instead of two hours. I'm sure things will change or I missed something obvious and I'll have to edit this, but there's some information for now! I'll try to post a few useful pictures and link some other helpful threads in the comments.