When I think of Disneyland, happy images of Cinderella’s castle, Mickey, and big smiles gradually fade into long lines and whiny, tired kids. Last October, when our family visited Disneyland, we had just ONE day at the “Happiest Place on Earth”. For a whooping $68 per adult, spending over an hour waiting with young children to enjoy Splash Mountain and the Matterhorn was not our idea of fun.
After some research, we found RideMax – a software that promises “More Magic, Less Wait”. With a little help from Ridemax, our three kids went on 25 rides (including all the popular ones) and even managed to catch two shows and some street entertainment with ample time for meals. At 8 o’clock that night, our kids fell asleep in the car on the way home dreaming about all the happy memories from the day.
How to RideMax to the Max
Ridemax ( www.ridemax.com) is a powerful tool that generates custom itineraries for the Disney parks which minimize waiting times based on 6 years of historical wait time data. You tell the program which rides you would like to visit on a particular date, input your start time and leaving times and even a specific rest period if desired and viola! The program generates a custom itinerary based on the rides chosen and your criteria. The reviews for this product have been overwhelmingly positive. In the 25 rides we were on, our party of 7 (4 adults, 3 kids ages 4, 5 and 8) never waited longer than 25 minutes for the most popular rides and mostly not more than 15.
Disneyland California Adventure A 90-day subscription costs $14.95 (at the time of publication) for both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. A separate subscription of $18.95 is also available for Walt Disney World. The cost is a worthwhile investment in reducing your entire family’s time in line so you can do more or save by possibly visiting for fewer days.
A side benefit for us being first time visitors to Disneyland was having a detailed plan. It took the guesswork out of what to do next which was especially valuable since we had only one day to see the park. Ridemax also provides a lot of useful tips that would have required a lot more trawling on the internet to dig up. This is not a tool for families who are frequent visitors or prefer more spontaneity.
Should you decide to invest in a Ridemax subscription, here are 5 tips to make full use of it.
List out the rides your family wants
Prioritize these rides into Have Tos, Nice-to-Haves and Take- It-Or-Leave-It. Take note of the height restrictions on some of the wilder rides. Detailed ride reviews of each ride written with the toddlers and pre-schoolers in mind are available at www.disneymouselinks.com