The Walt Disney World Resort has a multitude of attractions for all ages. Walt always envisioned his parks as places where the entire family could enjoy their visit. From relaxing and whimsical family experiences to hair-raising thrill rides, there’s truly something for everyone. In certain circumstances, you may still find yourself the lone party member that wants to ride an attraction, or you may be by yourself on a solo trip. These would be great opportunities to use Walt Disney World’s Single Rider lines.
As part of Disney’s mission to allow families to experience as much as possible together, they go out of their way to seat groups collectively. With the occasional odd number of party members, this can leave empty spaces in some ride vehicles. A selection of headliner attractions at Walt Disney World utilize a line system separate from the standby and FastPass queues to fill these spots. These single rider lines allow lone guests to ride an attraction at lower wait times by filling in empty seats left by parties of odd numbers. These lines can also be utilized by a full party, as long as everyone in your group is fine being broken up and not riding together. Currently, there are four attractions at the resort that use Single Rider lines. Those attractions are:
- Expedition Everest (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
- Test Track (Epcot)
- Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
- Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
While these are the only attractions at the resort offering a dedicated Single Rider line, there are others like Soarin’ in Epcot and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the Magic Kingdom that often will ask for guests from the standard queue willing to ride alone, to fill in empty spaces.
Single Rider lines are indicated by signs at the attraction’s entrance and basically work just like any other queue in the parks. These lines are usually separated from the normal standby and FastPass queues. After a rider enters the line, they will be instructed by a Cast Member when and where to board. Although your wait time is dependant on the number of empty spaces left by odd-numbered parties, you can usually count on a relatively quick boarding process. The Professor once entered the Single Rider line and rode Smuggler’s Run in under 10 minutes with a posted standby time of over an hour!
There is a downside to these lines as they tend to skip many of the fun and interactive features that have been added to attractions in the recent past. If you take the Single Rider line on Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, you’ll miss the pre-show featuring the impressive Hondo Ohnaka animatronic explaining the story behind your adventure. At Test Track, you’ll have to skip the virtual car building experience. This doesn’t mean that your ride will be ruined, but it can diminish the experience a bit if it’s your first time riding. While there are very few restrictions in place for the line, guests must be at least 7 years old to be a Single Rider and as we mentioned before, if you enter as a group, you will most likely be split up at the ride vehicle.
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