Disneyland Shortcuts That Save Time, Energy & Money!

Going to Disneyland is a big deal for most families. It’s special time together that you’ve planned and saved for.  Every moment is precious and you want to make the most of it.  You’ve probably already downloaded an app or two, and you’re planning on using fastpasses.  You may have even planned your route through the parks, making lists of what rides you want to go on, and where you might stop for lunch.

But I’ve got a few more “local” tips that could save you some time, money and frustration, and make your visit to the Disneyland Resort even more magical.  I’m talking about Disneyland Shortcuts.


We’ve been Annual Passholders for the better part of a decade and we’ve learned a few tricks. Nothing radical, illegal or  even slightly immoral. Just plain old fashioned strategy and planning.

It’s the sort of stuff we tell our friends when they visit our neighborhood. “C’mon, I know a shortcut!”

Yes there are Disneyland Shortcuts too.

Try some or all of these tips to preserve your energy, avoid parade crowds, get a Dole Whip without standing in a long line and be first in line to ride Dumbo when the park opens.

  • Best Disneyland Shortcuts 1 of 11
    Best Disneyland Shortcuts
    Ready to save time and energy in the parks? Here's how you can preserve your strength and have more fun!
  • Take the Monorail 2 of 11
    Take the Monorail
    The Monorail departs from Downtown Disney and takes you into the heart of the park. This is useful for early mornings when you want to beat the rush to popular rides. It's also a great way to get in and out of the park quickly for shorter visits if you are a pass holder and plan to stay for a couple of hours only. Park in Downtown Disney.
  • Bypass Main St 3 of 11
    Bypass Main St
    Main Street is tons of fun if/when you're in the mood to shop. But if you really want to get to the rides and shows further back in the park, it can slow you down and sap your energy. Take advantage of the various forms of transportation and take a ride!
  • Your Carriage Awaits 4 of 11
    Your Carriage Awaits
    Our favorite way to get from the park entrance to Fantasyland without stress or exhaustion? A relaxing horse drawn carriage ride.
  • Dole Whip Tip 5 of 11
    Dole Whip Tip
    If you plan to take in the show at the Tiki room, time your Dole Whip treat for the waiting area. There are actually two lines for Dole Whip and the one in the waiting area for the show is much shorter.
  • Eat Local in Adventureland 6 of 11
    Eat Local in Adventureland
    Skip the restaurant lines and stop at this shack to pick up an assortment of fresh fruits and healthy snack packs, water and juice
  • Plan a Picnic 7 of 11
    Plan a Picnic
    Stock up on these goods at Tropical Imports, and take them over to the benches near Alladin's place. It's a perfect picnic spot.
  • Single Rider Tip 8 of 11
    Single Rider Tip
    If riding certain rides is more important than riding them together, or if only some of your party wants to ride, you can save lots of time and energy using the single rider lines. Rides that offer these options include: California Screaming, Soarin over California, Grizzly River Run, Goofy's Sky School, Radiator Racers, Indiana Jones and Splash Mountain
  • Refresh and Refuel in Tomorrowland 9 of 11
    Refresh and Refuel in Tomorrowland
    If you are feeling peckish - there's a place to stock up on healthy snacks, just past Buzz Lightyears Astro blasters. Take in the Jedi Training while you relax, rehydrate & refuel.
  • Take the Train 10 of 11
    Take the Train
    The Disneyland Train runs in a loop from the park entrance on Main Street, to New Orleans Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland and back to Main Street, all day long. It's a great way to get from Fantasyland to the exit, and avoid parade crowds. It's also a great way to save energy and preserve patience when your crew starts to tire.
  • Leave your Package at the Door 11 of 11
    Leave your Package at the Door
    Why schlep your purchases around all day long? Select locations will hold your purchases while you enjoy the Parks. Guests staying at Disneyland Resort Hotels are even eligible to have purchases delivered to their hotel room — free of charge.

Do you have any other Disneyland Shortcuts to share? I love to collect ideas! Leave me a comment.

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