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    Trip Report: The joy of Single Rider option.

    I took a solo trip to the park on Sunday morning in hopes that the Matterhorn might be starting "soft openings".
    I said hi to the Chairman of the Board before heading to the hub and everything is done up with red, white, & blue for the 4th.
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    The crowds were very low as they always seem to be, at rope drop on Sunday mornings.
    I can see my target in the distance, now just drop the rope!
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    Sadly, not only was there no soft opening, there was no water fall or testing of the ride. I'm hoping they were inside working on details. I will have to try another day.
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    So I hopped on Alice, Peter, Mr. Toad, Snow and Pinnochio. That took about an hour. Peter Pan was the longest wait of my whole trip, about 20min. Can I say one thing: Put down your phones and pay attention to the line! A big gap between you and the ride vehicle because "it seemed like the best time to tweet someone" slows it down for everyone.

    I went on Pirates and there was no line at all. I tried taking some non-flash photos with my little pocket camera using tips I read on the photo threads here. Some worked, some didn't.
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    The HM had no line so I went for a quick ride. Next I went on Splash. The single rider option is great, but that early in the morning, there's not much of a wait anyways. Now when I went for a second trip on Splash at noon, the wait was 60min. I went on in about 3min using single rider. Even the handicaped line was 30min wait!
    Next it was on to BTMRR. Wait time was 5min and no-one in line.
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    It was 10:00, so I went to DCA to ride a few things. I have no pix from DCA because the first thing I did was Grizzly River and put my stuff in a locker so it wouldn't get wet. I have seen the locker outside GRR before, but I never knew they were free for the first 2 hours. Yes FREE! (Someone at corporate must be asleep) I guess if you go over the time, you would need to put in $ or a credit card to get your stuff back. It worked great for me, because I got soaked! The ride was walk right on, but I don't know if they have a single rider option or not.
    Since I was already wet, I did the next logical thing... Little Mermaid. The new changes are really nice. I like this ride and go on it evry time. Oh, and there was no one in line.
    I next went to Goofy Sky School. I thought if the line was short I would go, but otherwise it's not worth the wait to me. But what do I see when I get there...a single rider gate. I walked right on and had no wait at all. Yeah!
    I then went on Soaring using the single rider option. There was a short wait because there were a few other single riders before me, but nothing like having to wait in that line outside in the sun! I was getting hungry, so I grabed a burger from the Pilots Grill next door. Not much of a wait here either, and I like that you can add your own tomato, lettuce, pickles etc. at the condiment bar. I pile a little extra on my burger so I can say I had a salad today.
    I then went back to Disneyland. I had a FP for Indy, but it was down. I had a FP for BTMRR, but it was down. So I went for a cruise on the Rivers of America. What a great way to check out the park and relax.
    So much for that empty POTC line!
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    It was starting to get crowded eveywhere else with both Indy and BTMRR dow at the same time, so I walked past the 60 min line at Splash into the single rider line and was on within minutes.
    I decided it was time to hit the road for the drive back to Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs, but I stooped to watch Chip and Dale doing "Me and My Shadow" It was cute!
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    Sadly,I think with the new opening of DCA in 12 days, my early Sundays mornings of a quite un-crowded pak, may come to an end.
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    Re: Trip Report: The joy of Single Rider option.

    Thanks for sharing!
    I actually went in April with some friends, but often went off and utilized the single-rider option when they were on the more extreme rides. It was really handy, and I enjoyed it!

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    Re: Trip Report: The joy of Single Rider option.

    Nice report! I would love to go once by myself and just ride everything quickly!

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    Re: Trip Report: The joy of Single Rider option.

    Sounds like you had a fun day and got to ride quite a bit! I have used the single rider option on Indy a few times as hubby can't ride it. Didn't know it was so quick on Splash...

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    Re: Trip Report: The joy of Single Rider option.

    Love those singe rider lines! I wish Space Mountain had one.

    Sounds like a nice Sunday morning. And you are probably right about your un-crowded Sunday mornings going away, at least for a while. Glad you got enjoy it one more time!
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    Re: Trip Report: The joy of Single Rider option.

    Thanks for this TR. I did not know that DL could be so quiet on a Sunday. It must not be a fluke, b/c I just read your mid-April TR and saw the same thing.
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    Re: Trip Report: The joy of Single Rider option.

    I went to the AP preview of Carsland Sat from 8-12 and 6-11 and used the single rider all day. Worked great. I timed it once. Got out of the car on RSR at 10:21 , got back in the single rider line and was sitting down for another ride at 10:28.Did this back to back. I was lapping everyone in the standby line with a 25-35 min wait

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    Re: Trip Report: The joy of Single Rider option.

    Quote Originally Posted by HiddenMickeyBook View Post
    Didn't know it was so quick on Splash...

    It isn't always, sometimes a couple groups will get in it and will increase it to over 30 mins on busy days. :-/

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    Re: Trip Report: The joy of Single Rider option.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryp49 View Post
    I went to the AP preview of Carsland Sat from 8-12 and 6-11 and used the single rider all day. Worked great. I timed it once. Got out of the car on RSR at 10:21 , got back in the single rider line and was sitting down for another ride at 10:28.Did this back to back. I was lapping everyone in the standby line with a 25-35 min wait
    Great! I can't wait to try it myself!

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