Get on the Fast Track to Fun in Anaheim

The excitement’s been at fever pitch since long before the plane wheels touched down. Now it’s all happening, and Red Lion Anaheim is officially your home away from home as you embark on your Disneyland vacation with the entire family. Now that you’re here, though, everyone wants to know: which rides and attractions will you go to first? Second? Third? What about fourth, fifth, and… you get it. Never fear. We consider ourselves pros at prioritizing when it comes to Disneyland. Allow us to help you come up with a plan for getting around the park that will satisfy even the most difficult-to-please Disney-goers.

Disneyland offers tickets to the park that feature enhanced access, including Disneyland Parkhopper Passes and FASTPass tickets. After a good night’s sleep and a continental breakfast, use a Parkhopper Pass (offered in 2- and 3-day form at the front desk of Red Lion or online) and the FASTPass to plan accordingly, so you can skip as many lengthy lines as possible.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Look for the FASTPASS Distribution sign near the entrance of an attraction, and check the Return Time displayed on this sign. If the return time works for you, have everyone in your group insert their valid Disneyland Resort admission ticket, readmission ticket or Annual Passport into the FASTPASS machine. The machine will generate FASTPASS tickets printed with your return time.
  2. Return to the FASTPASS Return entrance at your Return Time, have everyone show their FASTPASS ticket, and enjoy the attraction with a minimal wait.

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You can hit the Matterhorn while waiting for Splash Mountain, enjoy the Jungle Cruise before Indiana Jones Adventure Temple of the Hidden Eye, or if you’re in California Adventure, go Soarin’ Over California before California Screamin’.  Keep some low-key walk-through attractions in mind for breaks between rides. Luckily for you and your family, Disneyland is a compact park, with many restaurants, bars and shops within short walking distance of the rides and attractions, so amenities are always mere moments away.