How To Avoid Lines At Disney
Contrary to popular belief, you can go to all, if not most attractions at Disneyland in one day. It just takes a little planning and knowledge. I can spend 6 hours at Disneyland, barely wait in line, and ride anything I want.
Have a designated runner whose job is to get fast passes. They can do this while you get in a ride or food line and join you after they get the passes. The official Disneyland app will tell you which attractions are offering Fast Passes.
The best way to avoid lines is to go to the Disney Vacation Club in Downtown Disney. Do the presentation that is roughly an hour, and they will give you three fast passes for every person in your party. You can use these at any attraction. Peter Pan does not offer a fast pass so consider using one there. Radiator Springs Racers is another option if you do not want to go in the single rider line. Guardians of the Galaxy fast passes run out early. You will recover that hour easily with the three passes per person.
Do not waste your time on getting fast passes for rides that have a single rider line. Maximize your time if you, for example, get a fast pass for Big Thunder Mountain, and then while you are waiting for your fast pass you wait in the single rider entrance to ride the Matterhorn and Indiana Jones. You might not sit with your party, but you are still going to get on the ride faster.
Single Rider attractions are:
· Indiana Jones
· California Screamin
· Radiator Springs Racers
· Splash Mountain
· Grizzly River Run
Goofy’s Sky School
Space Mountain and Radiator Springs Racers are the hardest to get Fast Passes for due to their availability. Get there early. Space Mountain does not run out, but your return time could be hours later, and in the mean time, you cannot get any more fast passes. The Radiator Springs Racers' fast passes go very quickly, as do Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fantasyland lines are a huge time waster. The only attraction that has a fast pass is the Matterhorn. Skip Fantasyland during the day if you can, as lines usually are twenty minutes or more. They close most of the attractions during the fireworks. Go during the second parade. Half of the time, the wait times are about five minutes, and sometimes you can walk straight on the rides.
Cars Land is much like Fantasyland. Radiator Spring Racers fast passes run out early and Luigi's and Junkyard Jamboree's wait times are about 10-20 minutes each, but usually, during World of Color, they are about 5-10.
Know where to go. Some rides (like The Little Mermaid in DCA, or all the rides in Bugs Land) have no lines or short wait times. The Enchanted Tiki Room, Tarzans Tree House, Sleeping Beauty Castle, or Red Wood Creek trail can keep you entertained while waiting for a fast pass.
If you have small children, ask for a rider switch pass when entering the line. That way, no one has to miss out. Once the first rider has finished the ride, the next person gets on.
Use the Disneyland App to find the rides with the shortest wait times.
Get there early, or come late. The first few hours after the park opens, and the last few before it closes, are the best time to get on rides.
If all else fails, you could just pay $10 a day per ticket/pass for the Max Pass, which allows you to get fast passes via the Disneyland app.
World of Color and Fantasmic do offer fast passes as well, and should not interfere with your ability to get more for the attractions. Do not spend hours claiming your spot. There are also dining packages, which include Fantasmic or World of Color passes with better views. There are also dining packages for the Main Street Electrical Parade. In my opinion, it is not worth staking out a spot hours before. Stay for the second parade, as it is easier to find a place to sit.
Main Street and Buena Vista Street gift shops stay open an hour after closing. Do not buy anything until it's time to go home.
If you have any new, tips, please comment below.