Single rider lines at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure park can be a very effective way to save time in your touring day at Disneyland Resort. Additionally, they offer another perspective of your favorite attractions through their designated queues. Being a single rider usually means you are placed with another group of guests, which can also lead to fun conversations and even potential new friends with a shared interest in Disney parks. Single rider lines are currently available at the following Disneyland Resort attractions:
- California Screamin’
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Soarin’ Over California
- Splash Mountain
For all of these attractions besides Radiator Springs Racers, you’ll need to ask a Cast Member at the front of the attraction queue for a single rider pass and then be instructed where to go. Below, I have broken down the experience using the single rider line at each of these attractions.
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Radiator Springs Racers: This attraction was built with an entirely separate single rider queue that goes all the way until the loading platform. This way, you’re in a separate line but you still get to experience the theming and magnificent views that the standby queue offers. Single riders are placed whenever one of the cars of six is not completely full, so you’re most likely to join a group of five or groups of two and three who have been placed together.
As you might expect, this is one of the most popular single rider lines. This is partly because many guests elect to break up their group into single riders in order to avoid the very long standby line. From my experience, the wait can range anywhere from 5-30 minutes on average. Just like with FASTPASS and standby for this attraction, the shortest waits are in the morning.
California Screamin’: After entering a separate queue to the left of the standby line, you’ll ride a series of elevators that will take you to the loading platform. Since rows are only two guests each, you’ll most likely encounter the need for a single rider when the standby queue has odd-numbered groups of guests. I personally find that this line only takes about 10 minutes on average, but I’ve waited at least 20 on rare occasions.
Goofy’s Sky School: For this attraction, you’ll enter a separate line to the left of the FASTPASS and standby lines. Cars seat four guests in this attraction, so as a single rider, a group of three will be your best friend.
Grizzly River Run: This attraction’s single rider line will actually have you walking through the exit queue in order to reach the loading platform. The rafts seat six to eight people, so multiple single riders might be placed with a medium sized group.
Soarin’ Over California: Instead of a separate queue or walking through the exit, you will enter through the FASTPASS queue of this attraction. You’ll then join the standby line before the Cast Member directs you to your ride vehicle. Since you’re merging in with the standby guests, you won’t need to wait until a single seat opens up. But you will need to wait in the same line as all other guests for the last portion of the queue. Because of this, Soarin’ is one of my least favorite single rider lines.
Matterhorn Bobsleds: The single rider line is placed near the Fantasyland exit for this ride. Because the design of the standby queue features a switchback right at the point where the Cast Member directing guests is standing, they often make an effort to search for parties of two or three to fill any gaps left by larger groups before asking a single rider to join.
You’ll likely only get to board the attraction when a group of five joins, or when the standby line is filled with larger parties. This can really make the wait for the single rider line longer than it may appear. However, it’s still a much shorter wait than in the standby line, especially because the single rider line for this attraction is poorly marked, and not even advertised on Disneyland.com’s list of attractions with single rider lines.
Indiana Jones Adventure: After getting your single rider pass for this attraction, you’ll walk through the exit until you find a Cast Member who you’ll hand your pass to, at which time you’ll be directed to a single rider queue. You’ll still watch the safety video with the rest of the guests, but then you can hand in your single rider pass and take a special elevator to the boarding area. Since rows in the vehicles accommodate four guests, groups of three will most likely open a seat for single riders.
Splash Mountain: Here you will also walk through the attraction’s exit until you reach the loading platform. Logs usually seat six to seven guests, so you should have no problem being added to a slightly smaller group.
There you have it! Single rider lines can be an excellent way to reduce attraction wait times by a large percent, or almost entirely if you use them at the right time of day or if crowds are low. And unlike the FASTPASS system, there is no time restriction placed on when you can board your next single rider attraction. So if you wanted, you could ride some of your favorite attractions over and over with minimal waits, or bounce between single rider attractions and experience many attractions in a short amount of time.
Which attraction do you most enjoy using single rider on? Or, is there an attraction at Disneyland Resort that you wish would add a single rider line? Let us know in the comments!