Welcome back for another Tip Tuesday!
This week, I want to begin sharing a few tips I picked up from my trip out west to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure over the July 4 weekend -- and I'm starting with the biggest tip of all - the single rider line (which is much more used in DL/DCA than at WDW).
Theme park experts know about the benefits of the single rider line, but for those of you who might not be aware, several (not all) Disney attractions offer a special line for single riders. Often this line will move much faster than the regular standby line, though, of course, not as fast as a FastPass line (if available).
The purpose of the single rider line is to fill up ride vehicles when a group doesn't have enough people to fill the ride vehicle, particularly those with higher capacities. So, for instance, a group of four comes up to Radiator Springs Racers. The ride vehicle can hold six, so the group of four boards the vehicle, then (assuming a party of two isn't readily available), two single riders are sent to fill up the remaining seats.
Most people like to ride with their party and that's the major drawback of the single rider line. As the name implies, you're riding on your own, most likely without your party. On the (big) plus side, the wait times can be a mere fraction of the standby line time. Case in point: during the busy July 4 weekend at Disney California Adventure, I took the single rider line while the standby line was at a whopping 150 minutes (Fastpasses were long gone). My total wait? Somewhere around 35 minutes, and that was with a 5-8 minute complete ride stoppage.
Sometimes the single rider line can be hard to find. For a couple of attractions at Disneyland, the single rider entrance actually was the exit, so if you're not sure if an attraction has a single rider line, just ask a cast member.
I wouldn't recommend the single rider line for young children because of some of the obvious safety concerns, but for teens and older, the single rider line can be a great way to quickly experience your favorite attractions again and again. I was able to ride Radiator Springs Racers three times - all on a busy day where the standby wait was at least 60 minutes and sometimes much longer and Fastpasses were already gone.
So if you're ok with splitting up - go single rider!! You'll get to do a lot more that you think!