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Beat the Line for the Dumbo Ride

by Melissa
(South Gate, CA)

My daughter loves Dumbo! We watch the fireworks right in front of the Dumbo ride and we are usually one of the first ones in line right after fireworks.

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Avoiding the long line at Space Mountain

by Holly
(San Ramon, California, USA)

Space Mountain is everyone's favorite and gets extremely crowded during the day.

To spend the least time in line for this ride, walk briskly to the ride first thing in the morning when the park opens. In my experience, the wait has only been 10 or 15 minutes at that time. Then as you are leaving the ride, get a Fastpass for it so you can go on it a couple hours later again.

Space Mountain is definitely a ride you'll want to go on more than once.

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A Whole Day of Fastpasses

by Caty
(California)

They definitely do not enforce the end time on the Fastpasses.

What I usually do is get a Fastpass for of the big rides such as Space Mountain early in the day, then go do other rides, but don't return to Space Mountain until much later. Along the way you can gather other Fastpasses to other big rides. This means that you can hold a Fastpass to Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and California Screamin all at once, and use them when you please.

It is a good feeling to know that you have a whole day of Fastpasses in your pocket!

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Get Mickey's ToonTown done early!

by Gabby
(Northern California )

Go to Mickey's ToonTown early in the day if you plan on spending time there. It closes much earlier then the park itself due to the fact that they set off fireworks from there. So I believe they close it about an hour before the fireworks start! I learned that the last time I went!

More about ToonTown from the Disneyland website:


Attractions


There's so much to climb, ride and run around, it could even make a toon doggone dizzy! Hop into Lenny the Cab in Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin for a madcap ride through the streets of Toontown. Meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse at their adorable houses. While you're there, tour the entertaining homes of other classic Toons. Zip around on Gadget's Go Coaster, the ingenius invention of a very clever mouse. And don't forget to talk to the mailbox — you never know which one might talk back.


Shopping


Laugh it up at the Gag Factory, chock full o' hilarious goodies featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. If your sides don't ache too much, spend some time next door at Toontown Five & Dime for fanciful Toon merchandise.


Dining


The Toons work up quite an appetite from all those gags and laughs, so they've made sure there are plenty of quick bites to grab. If pizzas and salads are your taste, have a delicious meal as you sit outside at Daisy's Diner. The hotdogs at Pluto's Dog House are also barking good! And for dessert, there's nothing mooo-re refreshing than a swirly chocolate and vanilla treat from Clarabelle's.

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Combine fast pass and "stroller" pass

by Jen
(Seattle, WA)

I don't think it was meant to work this way but it does! My husband and I go with our 3 year old frequently, and here is what we do...

get your fast pass for a ride, just one (then the other person get a fast pass for something else) as you exit the ride ask the attendent for a stroller pass, it will be a colored piece of paper that allows you (and another person) to wait in the fast pass line.

So now we've both ridden the big ride, and niether of us has waited in a long line and it's on to the other fast pass ride!

works just fine at Disney and Cal Adv, although, again, I still don't think they are technically meant to be combined.

another tip: my daughter gets an amazing amount of attention when she's dressed as a princess- I think it's going to her 3 year old head!


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Line tip

by Joy and Ruth
(Los Angeles)

Many rides have a long line, such as Indiana Jones, Space Mountain, and Splash Mountain. A good way to stay relaxed is to take some snacks to munch on while the wait also a drink.

Also, always use the restroom before getting in a big line! It is awful when you are in line for 60 minutes and all of the sudden you realize you have to go to the restroom.

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Take the line to the right for Pirates

by Miss Anderton
(California)

The two lines for Pirates of the Carribbean may look the same, but the one to the left is longer.





Additional DisneylandVacationTips.com Notes:



  • The best time to ride this is within the first 2-3 hours after the park opens.
  • The ride takes 14-1/2 minutes.
  • There is no height requirement to ride.
  • The darkness and skeletons may frighten some
    children.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Go Right

Use the right line even if the left is shorter. The left one goes around the left side of the building then back then inside. The right one is more direct.

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Single parent with one child can get some extras

by Kari
(Santa Monica)

If you are a single parent with one child, ask cast member(s) very nicely for help/assistance and you may get special perks like seating in or near VIP areas for shows and parades, switch pass to get on the other ride side of the Matterhorn without waiting in line, free stickers and buttons.

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Beating the lines with an injured guest

by Sarah
(California)

If you have a member of your group who is injured and can walk but doesn't want to be on their feet all day at Disneyland and is skipping out on the trip to avoid the embarrassment of a wheelchair, bring them along!

I recently went with my dad and sister, and my dad had had surgery on his foot a year prior. He could walk but wasn't sure if he could make it all day. We got a note from the doctor and went to City Hall for a "Wheelchair Pass". This gives you the advantages of a wheelchair (walking up the exit of each line and skipping the wait) without actually having one!

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Avoiding Crowds

by Kari
(Santa Monica, CA)

Look up LAUSD and other local school district calendar school days. Furlough days and pupil free days can become crowded.

One day I found to be not crowded is Mother's day (Father's day is the opposite). Also, Jewish holidays seem to be less crowded (only if it is not a pupil free day and/or furlough day).

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FastPass Tip

by Gabriela
(Sacramento, CA)

The FastPass is only available in the daytime. In the evening most rides do not have a FastPass available.


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Ride Line Tip

by Amanda
(California)

Get the Hidden Mickey book and figure out where the Hidden Mickeys are in your area. They're not always on rides; sometimes they're scattered around the park. Looking for them distracts you from waiting.

If you make it a game to see who can find them all first, it's even more fun. I always try to do this and it often makes the wait time seem like 5 minutes when it's 25 :)

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SINGLES LINE

by Ally
(Tucson, AZ)

Great tip for families without small children:


The big rides, such as Splash Mountain or California Screamin', have singles lines where you can ride without your family or group. You don't get the pictures with your group, but it is amazingly short. I waited 5 minutes in the singles line while everyone else waited 3 hours.

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Enter Disneyland through Downtown Disney

by Lisa M.
(Clarksville, NY)

If you already have your ticket or you are an annual pass holder (like me), take a right instead of a left off of the parking tram and use the monorail entrance.


This is especially good if you'd like to go on Space Mountain first, before it gets crowded.

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Tips for Waiting in Line for Indiana Jones

by Brett Gwyn
(Fairview, OR)

As you are walking through or waiting in the line for Indiana Jones, you can pull on certain items to make them make sounds.

I forgot a couple of them but I do remember pulling on one of the bamboo rods that looks like it may be holding up the ceiling and it sounds like the ceiling is falling on top of you. Also in the room with the video playing there is a well with a rope in it, and if you pull it you'll hear a man say something.

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Dream Passes

by Kris
(Eureka, Ca, USA)

Even better than the FastPass is the "Dream Pass." It lets you go through the Fastpass lane anytime, with no specific time requirements. Watch for the Disney employee handing out the lanyards with the special cards.

I had one and it was awesome. No one-hour window to get back to a ride. Just use the Dream Pass and go. You have to be in the right place at the right time to get one, so be observant.

If some of your family gets one and the other half misses out, the Disney staff at customer relations are AWESOME and will give the rest of your family a Dream Pass so that all of you can stick together. The Disney employee who helped us said, "NOBODY should feel sad at the happiest place on Earth." They were very kind and helpful.

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Fireworks mean short or no line time

by Kevjn
(Utah)

I have been to Disneyland several times (every other year for 20 years) and have seen their outstanding fireworks show countless times as well.

Even though I enjoy the fireworks, it is also the best time to ride the rides since there are short waiting times or no lines at all for rides such as Indiana Jones,Splash Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion. For example, my kids and I rode Splash Mountain 3 times in a row without ever getting off the ride and that would never happen any other time. I was very shocked but it was a nice surprise. Plus, while at the top of Splash Mountain we could easily see the fireworks going off.

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Don't Hold Places in Line

by Anne
(Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Having half of your pack go for coffee while the other half holds their places in line is not polite and we have seen people get upset at this. Do you time in line and have fun. When the coffee pack comes back it can disappoint those behind (ah man bigger line!) or be deemed cutting in line. It's a big no no where I'm from and people I saw grumbled over this. I just grinned and carried on (different cultures I suppose).


Bring the game "Jacks" (the ball and little metal things), skipping rope when waiting in the outside line, "I Spy", etc.


I can understand washroom breaks or one person running off for something...


Tip: Try and do your "jail" time and have fun. You might meet someone nice in line!


Great site... I'm coming back here for more tips and ideas! :) Keep it up.


Cheers.

Anne from Canada.

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Fastpass Order!

by Ava Zorn
(California)

If you are going to both parks, the best order to get your Fastpasses is like this:

1. Radiator Springs Racers. (This ride is not connected to the other rides, so you can still get Fastpasses.)
2. World of Color (This one's not connected either.)
3. Space Mountain
4.Indiana Jones
5.Big Thunder
6. Splash Mountain
7. Star Tours
8. Soarin'
9 Tower of Terror
10. Screamin'

Hope it helps!!!!

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