Fast Pass, Rider Switch and Single Rider

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RIDER SWITCH PASS (pictured above)

You’re at the parks with your littles, & you want to go on a “big kid” ride. For the good of the group, you stifle the inner thrill-seeker, & continue on to yet another round of the Teacups. Well, NO LONGER. The “Rider Switch Pass” is your golden ticket to temporary freedom!

Attractions that offer Rider Switch in Disneyland:

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Hyperspace Mountain
  • Indiana Jones
  • The Matterhorn
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster

In California Adventure:

  • California Screamin’
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Tower of Terror
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Soarin’ over CA
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
  • Tuck & Roll’s Drive ’em Buggies
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

HOW IT WORKS:

  • At least one member of your party & anyone who will not be riding will be given a Rider Switch Pass & will wait in a designated area outside the ride (some rides allow the entire group to enter the line). This group is PARTY 2
  • The remaining party members, PARTY 1, ride the attraction
  • After riding the attraction, PARTY 1 locates PARTY 2. The non-rider is then “switched” to PARTY 1
  • PARTY 2 enters WITHOUT having to wait in the regular line a second time and boards the attraction. The Rider Switch Pass must be presented to a Cast Member at this time. If the person in PARTY 2 waited alone with the child, he or she may bring one guest back to ride the attraction with him or her (so one guest will get to ride twice in a row)!
  • Only THREE guests are allowed per Rider Switch Pass
  • A Rider Switch Pass does not have to be used right away (not like a Fast Pass that has a time limit)
  • You can use this pass in conjunction with a Fast Pass

FAST PASS

Fast Passes are a great way to avoid a 45-60+ minute wait on some of the most popular attractions! We highly recommend utilizing this system.

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Fast Passes are FREE.
  • Insert park ticket into a Fast Pass distribution machine to obtain a pass.
  • Fast Passes are stamped with a return time to ride (example: return anytime between 1:00 Pm and 2:00 PM – return times are always within an hour).
  • Fast Passes allow you to enter an express line instead of the standby line.
  • You can only hold 1 Fast Pass at a time with the exception of “disconnected” attractions like World of Color in California Adventure. Disconnected Fast Passes can be held all day while you pull other Fast Passes.
  • You can hold a fast pass from Disneyland & California Adventure at the same time as they are each on their own Fast Pass system.
  • You cannot pull another Fast Pass until the return time stated on the pass OR until 2 hours has passed since Fast Pass you currently hold was pulled.
  • If your Fast Pass return time isn’t for later in the day (ex: pulled a Fast Pass at 8:30 AM & return time isn’t until 4+ hours later), there will be a time noted at the bottom of the ticket that states when you can pull another Fast Pass.
  • One person from your party can get everyone’s Fast Pass (we think this is the best way to do it), but will need all park entry tickets to do so. Each person wanting a Fast Pass will have to have had their park entry ticket scanned (be IN the parks) before a Fast Pass can be pulled.
  • Fast Passes are only good for the day they are issued.
  • Kids under 3 do NOT need a Fast Pass since they don’t need a ticket to get into the park (kids under 3 are free), they won’t have a ticket to insert into a distribution machine.

Attractions that offer Fast Pass at Disneyland:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Star Tours (distributed across the walkway from the ride, next to Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters)
  • Hyperspace Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure (distributed between Indiana Jones and The Jungle Cruise)
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Splash Mountain
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds Fast Pass coming April 28th!
  • Fantasmic returns Summer 2017 will offer Fast Pass (it is “disconnected” so you can hold other Fast Passes throughout the day).

Attractions that offer Fast Pass at California Adventure:

  • World of Color (distribution by The Little Mermaid ride on Paradise Pier – disconnected Fast Pass)
  • California Screamin’
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Radiator Springs Racers (distribution next to A Bug’s Land entrance)
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

What FAST PASS to get first:

  • Starting your day in California Adventure? Get a Radiator Springs Racers OR Soarin’ Around the World Fast Pass, then World of Color. We recommend riding whichever attraction you DIDN’T get a Fast Pass for standby (in the regular line) right after you get the Fast Pass for the other attraction. ***If you have kiddos who do NOT meet the height requirement for Soarin’ or Radiator Springs Racers, then we suggest grabbing a Toy Story Midway Mania Fast Pass FIRST thing in the morning (no height requirement for this ride).
  • Starting your day at Disneyland? Get a Fast Pass for Star Tours, then ride Hyperspace Mountain (Star Tours Fast Pass distribution is on the way to Hyperspace Mountain, so it’s easiest to do it that way), if you don’t care for those 2 attractions, head to Indiana Jones to grab a Fast Pass first, then ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad standby.

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SINGLE RIDER

Cut your wait time down significantly & ride alone (must be 7 to ride alone)! Just ask a Cast Member at the attraction for a single rider pass, or enter through the single rider line. We do this often when lines get too backed up!

Attractions in Disneyland that offer Single Rider:

  • Splash Mountain (enter through the exit)
  • Indiana Jones (enter through the exit)
  • The Matterhorn (enter through the exit)

Attractions in California Adventure that offer Single Rider:

  • California Screamin’ (enter through the exit)
  • Radiator Springs Racers (enter through the single rider queue – separate than standby or fast pass)
  • Grizzly River Run (enter through the exit)
  • Goofy’s Sky School (enter a separate line from the standby & fast pass lines)

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MORE fun perks for attractions:

  • These cute cards are such an awesome FREEBIE! The day your little one hits the height requirement for an attraction is the day you can use this fast pass with up to SIX guests to ride MOST attractions with a height requirement. How amazing is that?! You can also write the date your kiddo was able to ride in the space provided. SO cute! All you have to do is ask the Cast Member at the ride entrance for one of these little gems & save it in your wallet for that glorious day when you can take your kiddos on a “big kid” ride!
  • Pictured below is the BUDDY PASS – a pass that will save you on the days when the wait for Monster’s, Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue is longer. This special pass is ONLY offered at this ride. The pass allows TWO people (or 3 if you & your littles can fit in the same row) to enter through the exit & fill in any empty seats that need two guests. Just ask the Cast Member standing at the entrance of the ride for a pass. This does not guarantee immediate boarding, but like we mentioned, it can cut down on your wait time.

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