3 must use systems – Single Rider

Now that you know how to utilize Disney’s Fastpass and Priority Seating, lets move on to Single Rider. Single Rider is currently available on 3 attractions in TDR. The system is available on Splash Mountain in TDL, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull and Raging Spirits in TDS.

This system is the most straightforward, compared with the previous two that have been discussed. You walk up to the attraction with this facility, inform the cast member that you want to take the Single Rider line and he/she will direct you to a line that will have very few people in it. This will save you and your party a lot of time if the attraction has a significant wait time.

This is how the system works. Cast members will allow the normal queue onto the rides first and if there is a single seat available, Single Riders will be given that seat. For example, on Raging Spirits, riders are paired up in the ride vehicle with a maximum of 6 in a vehicle. If there is a party of multiples of 2, you most likely will have to wait a little longer. If a party of 1 or 3 or 5 comes along from the regular line, you most likely will get a seat from the Single Rider line.

Roman Tarassov aka K-9, guitarist for Moochie Mac & Superfriends, on Raging Spirits with a bunch of strangers after utilizing the Single Rider line

Another thing to take note about Single Rider lines is that there is no definite waiting time when it comes to this system. It could go real fast or it could be a little wait. I would recommend using this system only if you are comfortable with riding alone, don’t mind your party splitting up to ride an attraction, do not want to purchase a ride photo (Available on Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull and Splash Mountain) and if the waiting time for the normal queue is more than 30 minutes.

Indiana Jones Adventure queue. The left lane is the normal queue. The one on the right is the Single Rider queue. I like the one on the right better.
Special thanks to Peter E. Lee for the picture
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Now that you know more about Disney’s Fastpass, Priority Seating and Single Rider, it would be way easier to plan and try to get the most out of your TDR experience. These are tools to help you see and experience more of the 2 parks. If you plan your day properly, fully utilizing these 3 systems, I am very sure that you will have a more enjoyable day at the parks.

Tip: You could use Fastpass and Single Rider hand in hand to experience more attractions. You could get Fastpasses for the attractions without a Single Rider line and be a Single Rider for those with the Single Rider facility. You could see more attractions with minimal wait times that way.

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3 must use systems – Priority Seating

Part 2 of our 3 must use systems blog entry will focus on Priority Seating. I am really excited to share more about this system with you guys because it involves a topic that I love, love, love. FOOD!!!

An entree at S.S.Columbia in Tokyo Disneysea
Special thanks to Nagi for the picture
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So, what is Priority Seating? I would describe Priority Seating as Disney’s Fastpass‘s fat and happy uncle. It’s like a Fastpass for restaurants. It is the most amazing system Disney has ever come up with!!! IT IS GENIUS!!! It is……………….. a restaurant reservation. I can hear the birds chirping in my head now. All jokes aside, Priority Seating will definitely help your party have minimal wait times at some of the restaurants in the parks. It’s also a little different than your typical restaurant reservation. Here’s a step by step of how it works.

1) You head to the restaurant of choice with this facility and tell the restaurant staff at the entrance that you want to make a Priority Seating reservation for later on in the day. You choose the time that you want to return for lunch or dinner. This is one difference it has from Disney’s Fastpass. You actually get to pick a time.

2) The nice man or lady handling your Priority Seating will give you a ticket to acknowledge your request.

3) Return to the restaurant at your chosen time with your Priority Seating ticket and you will have little to no wait before you get seated. I’ve used this system loads of times and have never once waited for more than 15 minutes for a table.

Blue Bayou. One of the many restaurants that provides Priority Seating in TDR.
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It’s a very simple and effective system. Here are a few tips you can keep in mind regarding Priority Seating.

1) Make your Priority Seating reservation early on in the day. They run out really fast. I’ve tried making one at 11am for dinner once at Eastside Cafe and there were no more slots available. These run out faster than Disney’s Fastpasses.

2) Be on time when you return for your reservation. The staff has the right to give your table away if you are not present.

3) I am going to let you guys in on a piece of information that is really close to my heart. There is this one restaurant that is my favorite in the entire resort. Whenever I head to TDS with my loved ones, I will make a Priority Seating reservation for dinner at this restaurant. The atmosphere and the food is amazing there. I would recommend that you head to make a Priority Seating reservation at Ristorante Di Canaletto for dinner once you enter the park. Pick a time that doesn’t clash with Fantasmic. Ask for an outdoor seat by the canal. It is beautiful. I am sure that you won’t regret it.

IMHO, the best restaurant in both parks, Ristorante Di Canaletto
Special thanks to dai-kon for the picture
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Below is a list of restaurants that provide the Priority Seating facility

TDL

1) Eastside Cafe

2) Restaurant Hokusai

3) Blue Bayou Restaurant

TDS

1) Ristorante Di Canaletto

2) Magellan’s

3) S.S. Columbia Dining Room

4) Restaurant Sakura

5) Sailing Day Buffet

3 must use systems – Disney’s Fastpass

Fastpass, Priority Seating and Single Rider. Three must know systems to make your visit to TDR that much easier to manoeuver and their all free of charge. Lets get a little more in depth about Disney’s Fastpass for this blog entry.

Disney’s Fastpass is basically a virtual queuing system. You have your park ticket in hand, head to an attraction which has this facility, scan your park ticket at the Fastpass machine and get a ticket with an allotted time. With that ticket, you can return later on in the day to experience the attraction with minimal wait time. For example, taking this picture below as reference, one can return anytime between 12:35 to 13:35 and practically walk on Raging Spirits!!! Pretty neat system.

Left: Fastpass for JTTCOTE, Middle: Fastpass for Raging Spirits, Right: Park Ticket
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Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek! Fastpass machine
Special thanks to Peter E.Lee for this picture
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There’s a few limitations about this system that you should take note of.

1) TDR is rather strict when it comes to sticking with the allotted time on your Fastpass. If for any reason, you return to the attraction before or after your allotted time, they have all the right to not allow you on the Fastpass line for that attraction.

2) You cannot pick the time that you wanna return for your Fastpass. The system does that for you. For example, taking the picture below as reference, if you choose to get a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain and the Fastpass distribution board says 12:00 to 13:00, your Fastpass will be printed as such.

Fastpass Distribution Board
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3) After getting your Fastpass, you can only get another Fastpass for any attraction after the start of your allotted return time or 2 hours after you got the Fastpass, whichever is earlier.

4) FASTPASSES, DO RUN OUT!!! So, prioritize the attractions that you really want to see and go collect em passes, arrrrrggggghhhhh. That was me pirate accent. If only you guys could have seen and heard that. You would have been in awe of my amazing talent.

Fastpass distribution finished for the day
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On that note, I would like to leave all you guys with the attractions that support this facility.

TDL

1) Pooh’s Hunny Hunt

2) Big Thunder Mountain

3) Space Mountain

4) Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!

5) Splash Mountain (This attraction also has a single rider line)

6) Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters

7) Haunted Mansion

8) Captain EO

TDS

1) Tower of Terror

2) Journey to The Center of The Earth

3) Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of The Crystal Skull (This attraction also has a single rider line)

4) Raging Spirits (This attraction also has a single rider line)

5) Stormrider

6) The Magic Lamp Theater

7) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

8) Toy Story Mania