You’ve got a friend in me! Thanks, Woody, but were riding solo today to talk about the single rider lines at Disney World. At Disney World, there’s more than one way to experience an attraction. The two most notable ways are the FastPass line and the standard queue, or as Disney calls it standby. Beyond the traditional options on certain attractions, Disney offers a single rider option. In this DVC Duo guide, we’re buzzing around the parks to discuss everything about single rider lines at Disney World!
What Are They?
No, this is not a Disney’s variation of a dating show. However, you never know who you may meet! Once again we veer off track. Alright, we’re back! Single rider lines at Disney World are just like they sound, it’s a queue for guests looking to experience an attraction solo. Whether you’re traveling by yourself or with a group, if you’re willing to ride by yourself on an attraction there is a line for you.
Passholder Insights: Currently the Magic Kingdom is the only park at Walt Disney World without a single rider line attraction.
The Good To Know
Rules, everything has rules and single rider lines at Disney World are not different. Before stepping into a single rider it’s definitely good to know the basics. It’s like understanding My Disney Experience, don’t head to Disney World without knowing about it. First and foremost is the age minimum for the single rider lines. All guests in the single rider have to at least 7 years old to ride the attraction.
Piggybacking on the age minimum is the group policy. Disney has the age minimum in place as all groups within the single rider lines will be split up for the attraction, and more than likely you’ll be on different ride vehicles. One of the things we like to do is pick up a meet up place for after the attraction for the times that we get split up.
The last good thing to know is about ride photos. When you experience an attraction via the single rider line be prepared to a guest of a family’s photo, as well as, not have a photo with your group.
Passholder Insights: Many of the single rider lines at Disney World do not have the same experience as the traditional queue, and it some instances you skip the pre-show.
The good stuff. It’s why we are all here. Below is a summary of the attractions currently offering a single rider option and a brief summary of the different experience:
- Test Track – With the Test Track single rider you skip the car building experience as part of the pre-show. You are able to select from a variety of pre-built cars. If you previously built a car in the standard queue, you are able to use it as well.
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – On Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster you have the same experience as the regular queue, the only major difference is you’re not able to choose where you sit.
- Expedition Everest – Similar to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster you have a very similar experience in the single rider line on Expedition Everest as the regular queue, you’re just not able to select the front row or our favorite back row.
- Millennium Falcon – In the Millennium Falcon single rider line you skip over the pre-show with Hondo, as well as missing all details within the ship cargo area. Most importantly on you’re more than likely end up as an engineer. If you would like to pilot the Millennium Falcon we highly recommend the standard queue.
Currently, there are only four attractions with single rider lines at Walt Disney World. We would expect this number to increase with the openings of the Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and Rise of the Resistance. There is nothing confirmed at the moment for any of theses attraction, so we will have to wait and see.
Passholder Insights: At Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom when you arrive at the merger of the FastPass and standby lines we recommend mentioning the cast member if you’re a single rider, as more often than not there is a separate queue for single riders.
Worth The Wait
Single rider lines at Disney World overall work great. The one thing to note is not all lines are created equal. In our experience, the best options for the single rider are definitely Expedition Everest and Test Track. More often than not the single rider waits for these two attractions tend to be below 20 minutes, except for the extremely busy day.
When it comes to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster we’ve noticed the single rider wait time is always equal to the regular queue. For us, we prefer to either wait in the queue or use a FastPass when possible. The wild card of the group is the Millennium Falcon. With the pilot seats the most desirable spot, we recommend the single rider line for those additional Kessel Runs. However, on a busy or a half-day at the Hollywood Studios, it may be worth the time savings to jump into the single rider line.
Passholder Insights: Keep an ear out if you’re traveling by yourself, many times cast members to call out for single riders on the attractions that don’t have a single rider line.
It’s all about strategy when it comes to the single rider lines at Disney World. For us, we love being able to experience attractions together, especially for the memory maker videos and pictures on the ride. We tend to use the single rider lines when we’re looking to sneak in an additional ride or on the really busy days at the park. They are a great way to fit in more attractions. One last ride on Expedition Everest? Definitely. Single rider line here we come!