Review of Disneyland Single Rider Lines

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Matterhorn Bobsleds Single Rider Pass

Matterhorn Bobsleds Single Rider Pass

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

Grizzly River Run. Photo copyright Tom Bricker.

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 MountainHere 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!

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Posted on June 26, 2014

11 Responses to “Review of Disneyland Single Rider Lines”

  • by David Davies on June 26, 2014, at 11:57 am EST

    Riding Indiana Jones as a single rider is one of the most confusing experience I’ve had at a Disney Park. That said, after walking through the exit, riding elevators, and asking Cast Members where to go, I ultimately figured it all out and saved some time.

    I’ll also note that single rider is NOT always operational. I tried to ride Indy about 60 minutes before closing last month, and — despite the permanent sign that says, “Single Rider Option Available. Inquire within!” — single rider wasn’t being offered, despite a standby line of over 60 minutes.

    • You’re right, David. Single Rider at Indiana Jones can be a little frustrating. Not only is the navigation probably the most confusing of any single rider line offered, but I’ve also experienced the issue of having the line be closed during the last part of the operating day. As with pretty much anything at Disney parks, my best advice is always the earlier you arrive, the better off you are.

  • I did Single Rider at the Matterhorn a year ago. I had to wait almost 15 minutes as it seemed the CM forgot about me. Then I was placed in a ride vehicle with the single rider behind me and the 3rd seat was empty. It sounds like you’ve had more positive experiences so perhaps I just had a new CM:)

    • I typically don’t really do the Single Rider line at Matterhorn much. As I mentioned above, the line can actually take some time even if it is pretty short. The Cast Members at that attraction are usually pretty persistent about filling vehicles with standby guests as much as they can, and only use a single rider when absolutely necessary.

  • The amount of single rider lines at DLR makes it great for a solo trip. Unlike WDW, it’s great to see so many of the big rides having that option. I agree that they are confusing (especially Indy), but it was great for me when I went in 2012 and saved so much time.

  • I am curious as to why you have to get a pass for the single rider lines, and don’t just enter them. What is Disney’s reason for this? Just seems like an unnecessary step.

  • This is great, sometimes it helps to know how the single rider lines work, not just that they have them. Glad I know about the Matterhorn now since its not advertised. We’re going to Disneyland for the first time in september so I’ll have to remeber these.
    The single rider line for Rockin Roller coaster in WDW is painful! The two seats across plus having so many row makes the need for single riders minimal. I’ve waited in that line almost as long as regular stand by because they dont take people often enough. Numerous times I’ve been next in line and saw the car leave with empty seats. It doesnt sound like any at DL are quite like that.

    • Enjoy your first trip at Disneyland, Lauren! Although there are many similar attractions, the experience is completely different.

      I agree about Rockin’ Roller Coaster at WDW. I’ve done single rider there and also been frustrated at how many open seats they would leave when there were people waiting in the single rider line. I rarely see that happening at Disneyland.

  • Two quick notes:

    -The Soarin’ single rider queue does NOT merge with the standby line. You enter through the fastpass line, and are directed down side walkways when fastpass and standby merge. The wait is usually pretty short, and you are assigned to an empty single seat at the end of a row. You can usually expect 2-4 single riders to be pulled into each 7(ish) minute ride cycle.

    -Because of the operational need to funnel every passenger (Standby/Fastpass, DAS, and singles) through the movie room, using Single Rider at Indiana Jones is very time consuming. While your wait will be shorter than the standby line, it will be much longer than the other singles lines.