Some rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World offer single rider lines. For the single rider line, you have to be okay with being seated where-ever there is a space. You will not be seated with anyone else from your party. When there is an empty seat on a ride such as when there is a party of 3 on a ride with 2 seats per row, you are seated in the seat next to third member of that party. It is a great way to decrease wait time, if you don’t mind riding “alone.” The reason to do this is to cut your wait time. In general, I have found that you can usually cut your wait time compared to the stand-by line by 1/2 to 1/3.
The California parks employ this on more rides; so, we will start there.
- Splash Mountain
- Indiana Jones Adventures
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Soarin’ over California
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Grizzly River Rapids
- Goofy’s Fly School
- California Screamin’
Radiator Springs Racers has an obvious labeled line to enter. For the other rides, you will need to ask the cast member at the beginning of the queue. We have used it on each of these except Goophy’s Fly School. All were simple,except California Screamin’ which involved stairs and elevators and was confusing, but still cut our wait time drastically. Matterhorn Bobsleds was almost like walking to the front of the line. Roly wore swim trunks to Grizzly River Rapids and rode it 6 times in an hour. He had a wet blast.
Walt Disney World
In Walt Disney World, the single rider line is available on
- Test Track in Epcot
- Rock n’ Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios
- Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom.
The lines to Test Track and Rock n’ Roller Coaster are pretty obvious and easy to find. The Expedition Everest line is a little removed from the stand-by and fastpass queues. If you don’t see it, ask a cast member. We have used it on all of these several times. Since these are rides with some of the longest wait times, it really can save you quite a bit of time. Expedition Everest seems to cut the most time out of your wait.
The International Disney Parks have this option, too. Someday I hope to use these.
- Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris: Crush’s Coaster, Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, RC Racers, and Ratatouille.
- Tokyo Disneyland: Splash Mountain
- Tokyo DisneySea: Indiana Jones Adventures, and Raging Spirits.
- Hong Kong Disneyland: Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Car, Splash Mountain, and Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop.
Single Rider Line Tips
Here are some ideas of when this could be useful: If no one else in your group likes thrill rides, but you are busting for some excitement; if everyone else is tired; if younger members (or older ones I guess) are waiting in a long character meet and greet line; if you have already seen the parade or fireworks. The list could go on. I wish that this option was available on more rides with long waits, but I will take what I can get. So, if you don’t have a fastpass and you want to ride one of the above named attractions, but not spend the entire day waiting in line, then think “single rider line.”