Matt and Elena's
Disney Park Guide
Here are a few secrets that could help you maximize your ability to
ride and re-rider your favorite attractions without waiting in line.
Rider Bonus #1: Fastpass and
Child Swap Combination
If you are visiting the parks with one or more children that are not
tall enough to ride every attraction, you get a bonus! Here's how
it works. You first get your fastpass tickets for the attraction
as you would normally. Make sure you use all your park tickets,
even for the children that cannot ride the attraction. Next, wait
for your fastpass return time. Now, before using your current
fastpass, make sure you have picked up your next fastpasses. So,
you return to the attraction and show up at the line entrance.
Ask the cast member for a child swap pass. Now, everyone pull
back for a moment while you decide who will stay behind with the
children and who will ride. Now, use your fastpasses for those
that will ride. Once, they have ridden, you can now switch riders
and use the rest of the fastpasses and if you need to, use the child
swap pass for two people. You will find, depending on how many
park tickets you have and how many do not qualify to ride, most will be
able to ride two maybe three times in a row without having to wait in
Rider Bonus #2: Fastpass Disconnect
The fastpass system prevents abuse by networking all fastpass ticket
machines to make sure you do not receive your next fastpass before it
is time. This makes sense otherwise what would prevent you from
standing in front of a fastpass ticket machine and just emptying it of
all fastpass tickets for the day.
The Disneyland Disconnect:
At Disneyland, not all fastpass ticket machines are connected to the
fastpass network. There doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason
as to why the machines are not all connected.
At Disneyland, all fastpass attractions are networked except for:
At California Adventure, all fastpass attractions are networked except
- Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin
You can take advantage of this disconnect. It means when you get
a fastpass from Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin (for example) it won't
you from immediately walking over to Splash Mountain and getting
another fastpass. In short, fastpasses for a 'disconnected'
attraction do not count against you for the other fastpass
attractions. The individual attractions do monitor themselves so,
in this example, you could not get another Roger fastpass until
your return time or two hours, which ever comes first.
Also, fastpass machines are not connected across the parks. If
you park hop during the day, you can get fastpasses in park one and
then immediately go to park two and get more fastpasses. And
remember, save any unused fastpasses they are good anytime that day,
even if their 'use by' time has passed. Cast members ignore the
Rider Bonus #3:
Single Riders Unite!
Finally, some attractions have a single-rider line. Single rider
lines are typically only found on fastpass attractions that have finite
seating capacity on the attraction vehicles, like Splash
Mountain. A single-rider line is a separate line where you wait
until there is an opening in an attraction vehicle. Guests
waiting in the single-rider line fill the empty seats. Disney is
careful to never allow you to ride with someone you know. Often,
the single-rider line will be as quick if not quicker than the fastpass
line. The only downside to the single-rider line is you will not
be riding with anyone you know.
Not all attraction offer a single-rider line. The easiest way to
find out is ask the cast member at the entrance to the lines.
Usually the park map given to you when you entered the park will tell
you when attractions have single rider lines.
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Last updated: 31 July 2006