There is no doubt that Disneyland possesses an endless amount of fun and attractions, but as with many theme parks, the frustration of long lines for the rides and attractions can spoil your vacation.
Countless hours can be spent queuing for popular attractions, but there are a number of ways that they can be avoided as much as possible.
Try to get to the park as early as possible. The lines are shorter in the morning when the park first opens, and understandably it becomes busier towards midday and the afternoon. It’s a good idea to plan out which rides and attractions you would most like to see, so that you can get to these rides whilst the lines are relatively short. It makes no sense to jump in line for the first ride that you see because they will more than likely have shorter queues than the most popular rides throughout the day.
Another option to avoid the long lines at Disneyland is to ride many of the popular rides later in the evening, whilst the majority of people are enjoying other entertainment. Disneyland provides entertainment from the moment the gates open until late into the evening so finding short lines for the rides you would most like to enjoy is possible. However, this of course means that you will miss the other entertainment that is put on in the evening, so it is probably best to keep this option as a last resort.
You could also consider purchasing FastPass tickets for the rides that offer them, but make sure you do this early. FastPass tickets can be obtained from machines located near the rides that accept them. The ticket doesn’t mean that you will be able to move to the front of the line immediately, but instead will schedule you an appointment for later in the day, at which time you will be able to avoid the queue and move to the front. In the mean time you are free to enjoy the rest of the entertainment and rides that the park offers.
The FastPass ticket will give you a one-hour time frame in which to enjoy the ride. For instance if your tickets says “1pm to 2pm”, then you will be able to show up at the ride at any point between this time and move to the front of the line. Remember to keep your Disneyland ticket with you as you will need this to obtain a FastPass ticket.
FastPass tickets are currently available for the following rides:
- Indiana Jones
- Splash Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Roger Rabbits Cartoon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear
With a bit of planning and by remember the tips I have provided above, you can make the most out of your visit to Disneyland. Your day does not have to be taken up by queuing in line after line!