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10 Disneyland rides in 2 hours, in the middle of summer. It’s possible and maybe a little bit crazy (you can read about more crazy stuff like when I did Disneyland and California Adventure in one day here).
We talk a lot over here about how to maximize your time at Disneyland. I’ve covered strategies like Single Rider Lines at Disneyland and California Adventure. We’ve talked about Rider Switch options at both parks. And of course we’ve discussed rope drop at California Adventure and Disneyland park.
If I haven’t said it enough, let me say it again: arrive at the gates at least 30 minutes before the park is scheduled to open. If you need to park your car and take a shuttle or tram, make sure you add that time onto the 30 minutes.
Bonus Tips: Buy your discount Disneyland tickets in advance from Get Away Today!
Reserve those 30 minutes for sitting in front of the gates, eat my favorite breakfast-type snacks and chat with the friendly cast members waiting to open the gates. Your patience will pay off big time, and I’m about to tell you how.
A couple years ago we stayed at the Red Lion near Disneyland. It was summer and the parks opened at 8 am. It was tough to wake my kids from their slumber at 6:00 am, but certainly worth it. By 6:30 am we were in the breakfast dining room all alone! This was a good sign. We walked to Disneyland about 5 minutes after 7, mostly alone. Another good sign.
We arrived at the gates with our discount Disneyland tickets in hand plenty early and this is how we rode 10 Disneyland rides in 2 hours— in the middle of summer break, during the busiest time of year.
This article was written before the new digital MaxPass. You can ride even more E-ticket attractions and others in 2 hours if you use Disney MaxPass to it’s fullest!
10 Disneyland Rides in 2 Hours
7:30-7:45 am The first guests lined up at the Disneyland park gates enter onto Main Street, U.S.A. Shops are open! Starbucks is open! We make our way toward the hub near Sleeping Beauty Castle.
7:55 am The park opening announcement is made and the rope officially drops!
8:00 am We are in line (with lots of other people) for the ever popular Peter Pan’s Flight. During other visits we’ve swapped our first ride out with Star Tours or Space Mountain. You can really choose any attraction you’d like or follow my suggestions on what to ride first.
8:20 am With Peter Pan’s Flight done in record time, our young kids eyes are drawn toward the fairytale elements in Fantasyland. We ride Dumbo, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Alice in Wonderland and Mad Tea Party in about an hour.
9:45 am While the girls are still visiting with their favorite Disney characters, the boys head to Casey Jr. Circus Train and King Arthur’s Carrousel where we meet up together just past 10:00 am.
10 Disneyland Rides in 2 Hours Recap
In just 2 hours, together we completed 7 rides, have FASTPASSES in hand for another attraction and when we broke up into groups we squeezed in another 3 rides and met with 5 different characters.
So is it worth getting up early to avoid lines? To me, the obvious answer is yes! Use that morning time wisely and you could conquer your favorites easily by noon. Then have an enjoyable, relaxing lunch and head to your hotel (like my favorite, Grand Legacy At The Park) for a nap or a swim.
Would You Do 10 Disneyland Rides in 2 Hours?
What do your mornings at the Disneyland Resort look like? Does this schedule make your head spin or does it sound like something you’d do? Our schedule is different every time, but those morning hours are golden opportunities to ride, ride, ride and make the most of your Disneyland tickets.
Tell us, could you do 10 Disneyland rides in 2 hours or is it just plain crazy?
Disneyland expert who loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.