The opening of Cars Land at DCA has significantly changed the park's traffic patterns. As soon as the park opens, most guests head straight for Radiator Springs Racers or the Racers FASTPASS machines. On days of lighter attendance, waits of more than an hour will form within a few minutes at Racers; waits of two hours and up appear on holidays and other days of peak attendance. FASTPASSes for Radiator Springs Racers will typically be gone within 60 to 90 minutes of park opening on any day.
Of the other attractions in Cars Land, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree's waits will be low for the first hour or two that DCA is open.
Cars Land's attractions' wait times will usually peak between 11 AM and 2 PM. Radiator Springs Racers will have consistent 75- to 120-minute waits throughout the day, possibly higher if the attraction has to shut down for unscheduled maintenance, a common occurrence. Waits for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree will start to drop by 4 PM.
Our advice for Cars Land is to obtain FASTPASSes for Radiator Springs as soon as the park opens. If possible, wait until the last two hours the park is open to try Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.
As crowded as Cars Land is, the good news is that traffic to the rest of DCA is relatively light for the first hour the park is open. When DCA opens before 10 AM, lines for Soarin' over California, the Tower of Terror, California Screamin' and Toy Story Midway Mania! are usually under 20 minutes, even during holidays.
At Condor Flats, Soarin's waits start to climb about an hour after the park opens and peak between 11 AM and 2 PM. Once the crowds are in the park, Soarin' will have waits of at least 30 to 35 minutes for the rest of the day during most times of year.
Next door, wait times at Grizzly River Run are relatively low for the first hour the park is open. During summer and warm holidays, lines grow quickly about an hour after the park opens, peaking at around noon. Waits grow more slowly when the weather is cooler, but still peak around noon. Expect waits to start dropping around 4 PM regardless of the time of year.
In Hollywood Land, waits at The Tower of Terror and Monsters, Inc. usually peak between 11 AM and noon. Tower of Terror's waits will drop off after 4 PM, while Monsters, Inc. will typicall drop off at 4 PM most days, and 6 PM on holidays.
Lines at a bug's land typically do not exceed 10 to 15 minutes at any time, except on the most crowded days of the year. It's possible to tour bug's land at almost any time of day with minimal wait.
Toward the back of the park, long waits develop fastest at Toy Story Midway Mania - still about an hour after the park opens - and peak by 11 AM. Like Soarin' Over California, Toy Story will remain popular for the rest of the day regardless of season. Secondary attractions including Goofy's Sky School and California Screamin' won't usually be too crowded until about two hours after the park opens. Like the attractions at Hollywood Land, most B-list Paradise Pier attractions' lines will start to drop after 4 PM. Lines at The Little Mermaid seem to be low throughout the day and on any day of the year.
World of Color FASTPASSes, once the most popular ticket in the park, are now generally available until 11 AM or noon most days.
Get Current and Future Wait Times with Lines
To get a complete view of the actual traffic patterns while you're in the park, use our mobile application, Lines. The app gives you current wait times and future estimates in half-hour increments for today and tomorrow. A quick glance shows how traffic patterns affect wait times throughout the day.