- Use FastPass on attractions that have long or slow moving lines... for example
Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Indy. Do not use it on Pirates
and Haunted these attractions have no line in the evening (especially
Single Rider lines when available: Indy has one sometimes
- The first hour and last couple hours the park is open is the
best time to ride the Fantasyland attractions. You can go through
the entire section in 45-60 minutes experiencing every attraction,
where as it would take you that long to get on Dumbo in the afternoon.
- If you can stay until the second Fantasmic it is usually fairly
easy to get a good location and you do not have to wait for several
hours like you do the first one.
the line board as a guide to where the crowds are and where you
should be heading. If you legs can take it, do not be afraid to
keep moving around the park... this does two things... it allows
you to take in quite a bit of live entertainment and you can pick
your attractions much more carefully to avoid long waits... The
line board is located near the hub as you would go to Advneturland
from Main Street. There are also Disneyland CMs at the board to
help you out if you have questions.
Disney California Adventure:
- FastPass -> Most of the major DCA attractions feature FastPass. Use
it wisely and you can save alot of time. Use it for the slow moving
lines like Screamin', GRR, and MM. Don't bother using it for Muppets
or Tough to Be a Bug becuase they are large theaters and you can
probably just make the next show.
Single Rider lines when available: Soarin' Over California and
Maliboomer have one most of the time and we highly recommend these.
GRR has one, but we recommend going on this with your group, the
experience is much better with people you know. Also be warned
that sometimes the single rider lines can back up. Or if you are
unlucky they may move slower than slow....
- Early Morning: Soarin' usually opens before the rest
of the park. It is usually open about 30 minutes before the scheduled
- If you just want to take pictures, or want to avoid a long
slow moving line, try the stationary (red) cars on the Sun Wheel.
Most of the time the line is much much shorter than the swinging
cars(or no line at all).
- On days when there is no Electrical parade, by early evening
DCA is usaully fairly empty... so if you can stick out the day
you will find comfortable waits later on...
- Take advantage of the free lockers out front of GRR. They are
available for the first couple hours at no cost(after that they
are really really expensive). This is a great way to keep your
things dry and secure while your on the ride. They are located
to the left as you are looking at the main entrance area.
- Soarin' -> For the best experience ask to be seated in row
B1, if it is taken they will usually let you wait a flight. Or
else ask for B2, C1 or A1, those are 2nd best in our opinion.
Also note if someone in your party might be afraid of heights
ask for a third row seat (they are the lowest seats, bottom row).
- Soarin' -> We really like the East Theater (right hand side
when you enter) better. The screen seems cleaner and there seems
to be less dust on the film.
- If you want McDonalds there is one right across the street from
the park. To get there exit DCA turn right (Lion King Tram Stop
direction) keep walking, cross Harbor, turn left and you can not
miss it, its down a couple blocks. You should see the "golden
arches" as soon as you clear the monorail beamway and the
Disney walls. Its a couple minute walk only and even their inflated
prices are cheaper than Disney's.
- If you want to get a booth at ESPN or avoid long waits to be
seated at the Downtown Disney sit down restaurants, try going
in mid afternoon or even for lunch. Also if you want to see a
specific game at ESPN be sure to allow plenty of time to get a
seat in the Screening Room.
- Downtown Disney restaurants have long lines throughout the evening.
To avoid waiting in these either eat earlier, or send someone
ahead to get your spot and then go explore Downtown Disney or
the Hotels while waiting.
- Rain Forest Cafe has a great club. If you are a frequent visitor
to Downtown Disney, or the Rain Forest Cafe you should look into
joining the Safari Club. It can really save you a lot of time
and money. For example last time I went they told me the wait
was 35-40min. I showed my Safari Club card and they sent me right
in and I was seated immediately with no wait at all. As for the
$$ it costs $10 to join. You immediately get a $10 certificate
good on your next visit. In the mail you will get another $10
certificate. Also for birthdays and anniversaries and other times
throughout the year you get specials and deals.
Visit our planning
section for more tips and information....