For most people, a great trip at Disneyland means experiencing as many rides and attractions as possible while you’re there! This means bypassing long lines whenever possibly by taking advantages of little tricks like using the Fastpass, Rider Switch, (I’ll cover both of these in another article in the near future), and Single Rider Lines whenever possible.
Single Rider Lines is exactly what the name describes – a line for single riders. And in case you didn’t figure it out yet – the wait in this line is WAY shorter. In my experience, the wait is generally very short be between 3 and 10 minutes (however, it does really depend on a lot of variables and sometimes I have waited a good 20 minutes).
If you don’t mind riding alone or sitting next to a stranger (I don’t, and you shouldn’t either!), you can save huge amounts of time on certain attractions that offer this line. I find that it is perfect for parents who want to go on “grown up” rides and take turns with other adults during nap-time (the Rider Switch is another option in this scenario but Single Rider is faster when available), and basically for anyone who doesn’t feel like waiting for an hour or more in the hot sun.
How the Single Rider System Works:
- Go to the front of the line of the ride (see below for a list of rides that have Single Rider lines – there is only a small handful) until you reach a Disneyland Cast Member
- Ask him/her for a Single Rider pass. It may not seem obvious to you, and you might feel like you are asking for tickets to an underground club but it’s totally legit, I promise!
- The Cast Member will give you a ticket and tell you where to stand in line.
- Once you are in line, another cast member will be assigning people from the “regular” line on to the ride. Usually the ask each party “how many?” and if there are (for example) 4 seats available in the ride and only 3 in the party, they will pull one person out of the Single Rider line to fill the space.
Keep in mind that you must meet the normal rider requirements for the attraction in order to ride.
Rides with Single Rider Lines at Disneyland Resort (in California)
- Indiana Jones
- Matterhorn Bobsleds (Yes, even though it’s not mentioned on the official website at the time of this writing… there is a single rider line here!)
- Splash Mountain
Rides with Single Rider Lines at Disney’s California Adventure (in California, obviously )
- California Screamin’
- Soarin’ Over California
- Grizzly River Run
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Radiator Springs Racers
Rides with Single Rider Lines at Disneyworld (in Florida)
- Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (Disney-MGM Studios)
- Test Track (Epcot)
For other rides, see if a Fastpass is available.