Should Families Join the Single Rider Line? Fans Debate

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A select few Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure attractions offer single-rider lines. Guests can volunteer to fill in extra seats in exchange for a shorter wait time. If multiple Guests enter a single-rider line together, they must agree that they likely won’t ride together.

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However, some fans feel groups shouldn’t join single-rider lines at all. Many think the name “single” implies only solo riders should join the queue. u/ynsettle recently ignited debate on Reddit after stating, “Does anyone else have a problem with people bringing in their whole families into the line? I can understand maybe one or two people, okay, but six or seven people? I don’t know about that!”

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The Disneyland fan got a few supportive comments. “It drives me nuts, I hate it,” u/dumbname1000 agreed. “As someone who sometimes enjoys going to the park on my own for a day it’s really frustrating when groups of people fill up the single rider line. It makes the wait for ACTUAL single riders five times longer.”

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Most disagreed. “Nope, don’t care,” u/MoistWaterColor wrote. “Filling single seats doesn’t slow down the main line. If anything it means those people are not in front of you making the line longer.”

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There was an unspoken caveat among fans, though. Sometimes, families join the single-rider line because it’s shorter and then get angry at Cast Members when they’re split up – which fans unanimously agreed is unacceptable. “I think it’s fine but I’ve seen families panic when they get split up,” read a popular comment from u/nuggetsofchicken. “Like, what did you think this was? Some secret line that goes faster that the hundreds of other people in the regular line don’t know about or don’t have access to?”

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“Works for me. Especially if they don’t care about being split up,” u/Massive_March_6380 said. “My kids and I do it all the time for Radiator Springs Racers. Way better than waiting an hour or more.”

What does Disneyland Say?

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Disneyland Resort’s website states that Single Rider Services allow “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 stand-by lines.”

So there you have it! According to Disneyland Resort, groups are not only permitted but encouraged to join single-rider lines to “squeeze more magic into your stay by reducing wait times at popular park attractions.”

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Disneyland Park offers Single Rider Services at Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain, and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. At Disney California Adventure Park, join the single-rider line at Grizzly River Run, Incredicoaster, Goofy’s Sky School, Radiator Springs Racers, and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.

Before joining a single-rider line, please note the following:

  • Immediate boarding or choice of seat is not guaranteed.
  • Single Riders must meet all boarding requirements.
  • Special seating requests may not be accommodated.
  • Participating attractions and wait times may vary.
  • This service is subject to availability.

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