Standing in line like some sort of peasant
If you’re spending half your day at Disneyland waiting in queues, then you’re doing it wrong. Ever heard of a FASTPASS? This free service cuts your wait time in half by allowing you to secure “appointment times” for the most popular rides, like Haunted Mansion. That way, you can use the hour you would have spent in line ticking off other attractions on your list instead.
Just grab a FASTPASS ticket at a distribution point to secure your return time; go on a less-popular ride or two; maybe scarf a corn dog or churro or whatever; then come back when it’s almost time for your appointment. You’ll get quick access via the FASTPASS Return entrance. When you’re done, simply rinse and repeat.
What’s more: if the return time on your FASTPASS isn’t for several hours (which does happen, especially for Radiator Springs Racers at California Adventure), you can secure a second one for a different ride two hours after you obtained that first one. Got $10 to spare? Get the MaxPass. Same concept, except electronically through the Disneyland app.