Virtual Queue: the new Fast Pass
There are 2 rides: Spider-Man WEB SLINGERS at California Adventure and Star Wars Rise of the Resistance in Disneyland. You can virtually “Join A Boarding Group” twice a day so make sure to download the Disneyland app and set two alarms at least a minute beforehand!
First check the app at 7am (HACK: Load the page for the other theme park at 6:59am and watch the minute go by using another clock, preferably manual, then load the actual page as soon as 7:00am hits. This worked faster for me than refreshing the page!). Don’t worry if you don’t get it the first time. It’s near impossible to get a 7am time slot—I’m guessing those who book a Disney hotel have priority access—but do the same exact method at 11:59am and it’s much easier to get a spot.
We had 2-day park hopper tickets so on the first day, I was able to book Star Wars at 12pm, and on the second day I booked SpiderMan at 12pm. We tried booking one of each ride on separate phones but it’s not allowed. If you made the reservations as a group, only one booking at a time is allowed on the app. So make sure your whole group is selected (it’s automatically checked for you) and click through as fast as you can. That means if you’re only there for 1 day, you may have to pick between the two rides so prioritize which one you want to go on more.
The Star Wars ride has a height requirement while the SpiderMan does not. If I had to pick one, I would say I like the Star Wars ride more. It lasts longer and it has more twists/turns with drops (think: Indiana Jones). I liked that the SpiderMan was baby-friendly though. It does turn quite a bit so make sure your baby or toddler is secure. They give you 3D glasses and you shoot webs from your arms—very similar set up to the Buzz Lightyear Astro blasters ride. It seats four to a pod so there are four competing scores as well as a team score.
Once you get a spot, you can check your boarding time under “My Queues” in the app. When your boarding group is called you have an hour to get in line. Yes, that’s right, you waited in a virtual line to get in another line. 😂 There’s no stand-by wait allowed for these rides so you can only ride them if you get a spot on the app.
The wait time for us on the Star Wars line was faster. It said 25 minutes once you get in line and show your entry passes. I don’t remember seeing a wait time for the Spider-Man line but we waited over an hour for that one. Overall I do think both rides are worth the wait, just make sure you plan your day around it so you don’t spend too much time waiting.
I’ll share our 2-day itinerary below. Our goal was to check out the new rides, mainly on Avengers Campus and Star Wars land, and to go on a few baby-friendly rides for the little one. My parents went with us so we could take turns watching her, and we went on the rides with a height requirement during her nap.
Day 1: Sunday June 20th (Father’s Day)
For the Park Hopper tickets, you get to choose which one you go to when the park first opens and at 1:00pm you get to go to the other park. We chose California Adventure first.
On this day the parks were open from 9am to 9pm. They just stopped enforcing masks so most people were not wearing one, but a good amount of people still were. With the delta variant going around, we would get nervous while we were in lines so we packed a mask just in case.
We paid preferred parking both days, ended up at the Goofy lot. We got there around 8:30am. There are restrooms at the bottom of the parking lot. I suggest emptying bladders and putting whatever you need in a stroller since after you go through the metal detectors/bag checks, you will be in for quite a long walk. The trams aren’t running yet.
It was past 9am when we got inside California Adventure. The line going into the park was short at that time, and it was still pretty empty. Most people went into Disneyland first so those lines were longer. I highly recommend going to California Adventure first to maximize time.
We went into Avengers Campus first. There was a line set up during the weekend which we didn’t see on our 2nd day (a weekday). I heard it was really difficult to get into Campus just a few weeks back, but it looks like the wait is already improving.
Once you walk into the campus, there’s a free Spider-Man show right outside the Spider-Man ride. He does some pretty cool stunts and it’s outside so you don’t need to get into line for it. You can check show times on the app.
We saw different Avengers characters waving from above. We saw Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Falcon/Captain America, and Thor. Would have been cool to see Bucky and Loki too (not sure if they make an appearance, it seemed a bit random). There are two shows outside like the Spider-Man one, with the Avengers and the Dora Milaje (check times on the app). You can take photos at the Ancient Sanctum but the Dr. Strange show—Thor made an appearance too—doesn’t start until later in the afternoon.
The Guardians of the Galaxy ride (previously Tower of Terror) was our last stop before leaving the Campus. The Fast Pass booths no longer work, some of the Fast Pass areas now have tables in their place. Other than the two Virtual Queue rides I mentioned earlier, everything else is stand-by wait only. Originally it was a 25-minute wait but it jumped up to an hour when we got in line. Most of wait was indoors though so the heat wasn’t a problem. You can check wait times on the app as well.
Food-wise we tried some shawarma on the Avengers Campus and also Terran Treats where they have the green churro. It was a pretty small portion and the food coloring will turn your whole mouth green. So unless you want to have green teeth, might be better to skip it. We didn’t like the shawarma either. The Pym Test Kitchen also had options but you can only order through the app. Try to do this ahead of time in case your reservation window ends up being an hour away.
We walked around Cars Land and towards Pacific Wharf where the Pixar rides are. There you’ll find Poultry Palace which has jumbo Turkey legs, chicken boxes, and corn on the cob. This place we liked. That area of the park has kid-friendly rides as well, like the Inside Out ride or Carousel.
After checking out the Little Mermaid ride, we headed back towards the front and hopped over to Disneyland.
It was mid-afternoon at this point. We took the Disneyland railroad around the whole park so we could rest a little. You can bring strollers as long as you fold them up. We wanted to stay close to Star Wars land so we didn’t miss our boarding group. We walked over to Fantasyland (next to it) and Toontown next to that.
We prioritized Toontown because it used to closes early due to fireworks. But the fireworks still aren’t running (like the tram from the parking lot to the entrances isn’t running). So Toontown doesn’t close early anymore. We took a few pictures there.
Roger Rabbit is baby-friendly and had about a 20-minute wait which we decided against. Instead we went on It’s A Small World right next door which was only a 5-minute wait.
We headed to Star Wars land after to board the Rise of the Resistance ride. We tried the “blue milk” there—Ryan liked it but the rest of us didn’t, lol. For dinner we ate at Docking Bay 7 which was our favorite that day. Highly recommend! And that’s where we ended our day.
To recap… California Adventure: Avengers Campus to Pixar Pier. Disneyland: Toontown to Fantasyland to Star Wars. Or even switch the last two. This route seemed like a good way to maximize time.
If you have kiddos and are looking to skip the Star Wars rides completely, there are a few baby-friendly rides in Tomorrowland on the other side of the park (go there after Toontown instead). So I recommend doing Toontown to Tomorrowland to Fantasyland in Disneyland instead. So you get to be in more air-conditioned areas when the sun’s out and wait times at Fantasyland seem to get shorter the later that it gets.
Day 2: Thursday July 1st
The 2nd day had to be booked within 14 days, otherwise it was forfeited. You had to enter in the same order as the first one (California Adventure for us). Tried going into Disney first and it didn’t work, lol.
We thought it would be less busy since we went on a weekday this time and it wasn’t a holiday, but it was about the same. Our goal for this day was to try the rides we didn’t have time for last time, mainly the other Star Wars ride: Millennium Falcon and other virtual queue for Spider-Man.
The parks both opened an hour earlier at 8am. California Adventure closed at 9pm while Disneyland closed at 10pm. I wasn’t feeling well so we ended up with a late start (around 11am) but still got on everything that we wanted to.
At 12pm I joined the virtual queue for the Spider-Man ride. For lunch we went back to Pixar Pier to eat at the Poultry Palace again. While we ate, my daughter watched the rollercoaster pass us in amazement.
We stopped by Hollywood Land first, inside the building where Turtle Talk with Crush is at. Took a few photos. There’s also a Monsters Inc. ride for all ages/no height requirement that we skipped. In hindsight we should have just gone on because our boarding group for Spider-Man kept getting delayed (originally was at 2:30pm and it got pushed to 4pm).
Back at Avengers Campus, we finally watched the Dr. Strange show, which started later at 2:20pm and repeated every hour. You have to wait in line to watch it inside the Sanctum where they need more shade! It was only 10 minutes but felt longer while we roasted in the heat. I doubt I would watch that again. Other than that though, Avengers Campus was my favorite part! Especially the Dora Milaje show. The little one loved seeing the different characters pop up, too.
We hopped over to Disneyland after. Took the Disneyland train one stop over from the entrance to the New Orleans station, where the French Market is for a mid-afternoon snack. Their clam chowder and the mint julep drink are both tasty. They had kid-friendly meals too.
Walked over to Star Wars land after. The stand-by wait for Millennium Falcon was only 25 minutes then. I volunteered to be a “pilot” for the ride because I thought it means that I get to sit in front. Little did I know, there’s actual steering involved! It was hilarious but also deeply embarrassing. I apologized to the strangers who ended up being on my team for repeatedly crashing our ship (oops).
My little one took a nap during the Millennium Falcon fiasco and woke up as we headed to Fantasyland for her. There’s a height requirement on the tea cups, but she was able to go on the rest of the rides there. She enjoyed going on Dumbo, King Arthur Carousel, Casey Jr. Train, Pinocchio’s, and Peter Pan’s Flight. Most of the rides were only a 5-minute wait, with the longest being 25 minutes so not bad at all. We went into the Bibbidi Bobbidi store where she got a Raya outfit before heading home.
It got pretty chilly at night so make sure to pack sweaters with leggings or pants, especially in Star Wars land where there are less people and everything is more spaced out. I didn’t get as cold on Day 2 where we ended in Fantasyland because it was more crowded in that area.
Personally I didn’t think that Frontier Land, Adventureland, or Tomorrowland were worth walking to because there aren’t as many rides for her age right now. The Disneyland app also lets you filter the rides by height or age group which we found super useful.
We tried the PhotoPass ($20 for unlimited photos) on our first day but didn’t think it was worth it to get it again. There are only 5 PhotoPass locations and we had trouble finding them. My mom didn’t like the quality of the photos either. You also have to wait in line for each one and the photographers didn’t seem happy when I asked for multiple shots. Maybe it’s worth it if you’re going in a group and in the rides that take a photo because you can integrate the ride photos with the ones that the photographers take. We only went on one ride like this (the Guardians one) so it just wasn’t worth it for us.
What are your summer plans? Have you been to Disneyland lately or planning a trip? I’ll be posting Disney photos and videos on my Instagram soon. ❤️
It’s also my birthday month now, so we have a different family outing planned every week. Stay tuned on my Instagram for that and also check out my “Body Contourz” highlight to follow the weekly sessions I’m going through this month, plus keeping up a strict diet and being active daily.
Also my annual birthday giveaway is coming up, turn on Instagram notifications so you don’t miss it! Hope every one has a hot (insert however you identify) summer ☀️ you deserve it!