Recommendations from the California Department of Public Health and OSHA ask theme parks to think twice about offering single riders options when theme parks in California reopen.
Many attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure utilize a single rider line. Single Rider lines are a great way for some Guests to get onto attractions quickly, and the purpose is for Disney to fill in every empty seat on an attraction, thus allowing the maximum number of Guests to ride every time.
Guests use these lines, especially on busy days at the theme park. You have probably used a single rider line at Disneyland at Disney California Adventure! Here is how Disneyland describes its single rider offerings:
Single Rider is a service that allows groups to split up and embark on select attractions individually! A Cast Member can direct you to the designated queue, where your party will be separated to fill remaining seats that aren’t occupied by Guests utilizing Disney FASTPASS or stand-by lines.
The guidelines and recommendations for reopening California theme parks advise against using a single rider line for the time being:
“Consider eliminating single-rider lines as they are typically designed to help fill in every open seat, which is likely inconsistent with physical distancing”
Obviously, this is a recommendation and not a requirement; however, the recommendation makes total sense as it states the nature of a single rider line is not consistent with social distancing measures. As mentioned, single rider lines allow Disney Cast Members to fill every empty seat on an attraction, but the theme park reopening guidelines recommend that theme park employees should be separating parties when boarding attractions.
While this recommendation may hinder some Guests’ plans if they typically utilize the single rider lines during their park visit. However, other recommendations allow Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to bring back other popular offerings for Guests. We recently reported on how reopening guidelines could actually allow for face characters (such a Disney Princesses) to come back to the parks safely once they reopen.
Currently, some offerings that Disney has specifically confirmed will not be available when Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen are FASTPASS, Disney MaxPass, Magic Morning, and Extra Magic Hours. You can read the details of this announcement here.
If you can’t wait for the parks to reopen on April 30, you can still head to Downtown Disney to get a dose of pixie dust! Disney is also hosting a special limited-time event called, A Touch of Disney, which offers food and fun at Disney’s California Adventure.
Will your Disneyland plans be changed if you cannot use single rider lines? Let us know in the comments.