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Disneyland Queuing Tips

Disney's Unique Queues

Probably the most disliked thing about Disneyland is the queuing for rides. Disneyland is famous for it! While queuing at Disneyland is not the reason anyone visit's Disneyland they have mastered the art and do it better than anyone.

  1. Themed & decorated
    Some attractions line up areas are so well decorated that they become part of the attractions and are genuinely exciting to stand it. All designed to make your wait les tedious
    eg. Star Tours, Indian Jones, Roger Rabbit cartoon spin

  2. 'Wiggly' lines
    By curving the line up area around multiple corners makes it psychologically shorter. You can't see the end of the line meaning you don't know how far you really have to travel and by the time you figure it out you're there! Sound's mean, but it works! 
    eg. Indian Jones, Roger Rabbit cartoon spin

  3. Fast moving
    Lines move quickly due to their well organised dispatch method in the loading area of each attraction. This means you don't stand in the one spot without moving forward usually for any more than 20 seconds. Unlike a large grocery store line.
    eg. most attractions

Avoiding Queues

There are a few things you can do to minimise your waiting time in lines:

  1. Do your park research, find out when the park will be less busy

  2. Do your attraction research, find out when attractions have shorter lines

  3. Arrive early in the morning

  4. Stay right up until closing time

  5. Go on attractions during parade times,

  6. Visit on a rainy day.

  7. There are such things as Single Rider Lines on some attractions which move much faster; available on  Splash Mtn and Indiana Jones. DCA has Ca Soarin', Maliboomer, Mullholland Madness and GRR.

  8. Use FastPass...


Disneyland (and WDW) has a system which is designed to cut back on your waiting times in long lines. It's called FastPass. Basically, a machine gives you a ticket with a time frame to return on it that allows you to ride an attraction without waiting in a long line.

FastPass machines are currently located at:


Disney's California Adventure

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours
  • California Screamin'
  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Soarin' Over California
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • World of Color
  • Radiator Spring Racers

How to use a FastPass machine

  1. Look for those major rides that have a FASTPASS sign and use the system.

  2. Check the posted wait time for the Standby line. If it's short, you might as well just go on in and not bother with FASTPASS.

  3. Look at the FASTPASS return time on the display. It will show a range such as "Return between 12:30 and 1:30" if you have a FASTPASS.

  4. If the return time is convenient for you, find the FASTPASS ticket dispenser machine.

  5. Insert your park admission ticket into the slot.

  6. Take the special FASTPASS ticket it prints out, and retrieve your admission ticket.

  7. Go have fun. Ride, shop, have lunch, do whatever you want until the return time on your FASTPASS.

  8. Some time within the time range on the ticket return to that attraction.

  9. Enter by the special FASTPASS line and go right in with little wait.

  10. Have your FASTPASS ready -- it will be collected at the front of the line.

  11. Enjoy the ride.


  1. The system is programmed to only issue one FASTPASS per person, so every member of your group will have to have their tickets scanned by the FASTPASS dispenser.

  2. You can only get a FASTPASS for one ride at a time and won't be issued a pass at another ride until the first one has expired.

  3. Don't wait too long to get a FASTPASS at your favourite ride on a busy day -- only a limited number are issued.

(from About .com)


Guests can only hold one FastPass per admission ticket at a time. Guests can not receive a FastPass for more than one attraction at a time and can't get multiple tickets for the same attraction. To get another FastPass for the same or a different attraction a Guest must wait for their current FastPass to expire.

Things to do while queuing in Disneyland

Sometimes you have no choice on the time of year you can visit and you may have just discovered that you're planing to visit during a high attendance time. If this is the case, you will inevitably end up waiting over an hour for some attractions. If you are taking younger children it will feel like even longer! (also to those next to you in line). The way to make the waiting a little less tedious is to play some games or do some activities. Here's an innovative product designed for theme park queuing.

Visit ThemeParkQueues.com


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