June 12, 2008 |
Top 10 ways to make the most of your next theme park visit: 1) Visit midweek. Take a day off from work (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday), when crowds thin considerably. 2) Avoid the peak tourist times. Stay away on major holidays, spring break and especially Christmas break. 3) Buy an annual pass. It'll pay for itself on the second or third visit. Then you can set your own pace and not feel as if you have to see everything in one visit. 4) Purchase a line-cutting ticket upgrade.
November 21, 2010
I was really annoyed by Christopher Reynolds' article on Disneyland ["Anaheim Made Easy," Nov. 14] until I read the article about Disney World by Mary McNamara ["An Overload in Orlando," Nov. 14]. If Reynolds is going to spend several hundred dollars on admission, it would behoove him to do a little research. If he had spent just 10 minutes on any of the blogs or Disney sites, he would have known about such things as Fastpass and meal reservations. And I don't understand paying the exorbitant prices for admission to Disneyland if he's only going to do about a third of the rides.
November 11, 1999 |
Disneyland's new FastPass system, which allows customers to bypass long lines at popular attractions, will be in place at four attractions by the end of the year, the Anaheim theme park said Wednesday. The first ride to get the system will be It's a Small World, the boat ride that is decorated with a Christmas theme during the holidays. FastPass begins Nov. 19 on Small World and will continue through Jan. 2. The system will also be in place at Space Mountain starting Nov.
May 26, 2000 |
Disneyland visitors helping to celebrate the Anaheim park's 45th birthday this summer can get a break amid the crowds and heat. The Magic Kingdom plans to expand its use of the FastPass ride-reservation system throughout the summer and fall, eventually covering up to 10 popular attractions, insiders say. FastPass, inaugurated last summer and now used on Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, gives patrons free cuts in line so long as they show up at an assigned time.
November 14, 1999
Disneyland this week is installing its Fastpass system, which it tested briefly at the Space Mountain roller coaster in August, to cut waiting times for popular rides. Under the system, park visitors can scan their park admission tickets into a machine that prints out a pass, stamped with a time to return to the ride.
August 8, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Passengers waiting to board the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Walt Disney World used to stand in long lines that snaked along the sun-baked pavement. Riders are now ushered into an air-conditioned tent, where kids can play on slides, a climbing tower and a toy fire engine while parents wait for the buzz of a pager telling them it's time to ride the attraction. "It's so much better this way," Russ Spence of Richmond, Va., said as he relaxed in the tent, waiting to take his 3-year-old grandson on the ride.