Even outside the year’s busiest vacation times, Disneyland Resort can be a crowded place, and lines for popular attractions will be long. If you’re waiting for a FastPass window to open, or are looking for something to do without waiting, here are some of our favorite low-wait Disneyland attractions.
Sleeping Beauty Castle Tour – Yes, you can absolutely go inside Sleeping Beauty Castle! Facing the back of the castle, go to the door on your right and up the stairs. The tour, at your own pace, tells the story of Sleeping Beauty with some beautiful effects.
The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln – This indoor show is inside a larger exhibit, and you’ll be able to sit and view the famous audio-animatronic Abraham Lincoln that premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair as he delivers lines from some of the president’s greatest speeches.
Monorail – At Disneyland, the monorail transports guests between Tomorrowland and a station in Downtown Disney, across the street from the Disneyland Hotel. Along the way, you’ll get to see inside parts of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.
Disneyland Railroad – The Disneyland Railroad runs continuously throughout the day for a grand circle tour of Disneyland Park, with stops at Main Street, New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown, and Tomorrowland. See if you spot any dinosaurs on your way to Main Street station.
Mad Tea Party – The classic spinning teacup ride is one of our favorites, and usually has one of the shortest waits in Fantasyland.
Sailing Ship Columbia – This full-scale replica of an 18th-century sailing vessel traverses the Rivers of America. Be sure to check a Times Guide, because this attraction is sometimes only open on weekends.
Mark Twain Riverboat – Another way to sail the Rivers of America is the Mark Twain Riverboat, one of Disneyland’s opening day attractions.
Disney California Adventure
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree – While Radiator Springs Racers commands long lines all day, this spinning Cars Land ride rarely sees a wait above 15 minutes.
Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – Similar to Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid at Walt Disney World, this indoor dark ride is also a good low-wait choice.
a bug’s land – This area of the park has many rides designed for younger children that rarely have a wait.
Disney Animation Building – This building in Hollywood Land hosts several exhibits, as well as the Animation Academy where you can learn to draw a Disney character. Also check out the neat interactive activities in the Sorcerer’s Workshop.
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