I told you there were two things that set Disneyworld apart for me from any other theme park. One was the hunt for Hidden Mickeys. The other was the way Disneyworld turned standing in line into another fun activity.
You know the lines at Disneyworld are going to be huge. I mean, look at these crowds! Why else would they need Fast Passes and signs at the front of each line letting you know how long the wait is going to be? When you routinely see 50-, 60-, and 75- minute waits advertised for a ride, you start to think it’s how you will spend most of your day. Which makes you wonder whether the ride is even worth waiting for. (Most are.)
But after you’ve shelled out hundreds of dollars to get into the park, you don’t want to miss any rides, either, so you resign yourself to standing in line. Luckily, Disney has figured out how to make it less miserable. In fact, sometimes standing in line for the rides is actually fun!
Many of the more popular rides have interactive games to play as you shuffle slowly through the queues. There’s this space game, reminiscent of old Atari games, that you play against other people standing in line as you inch along toward Space Mountain.
The line for the Toy Story ride is a homage to games and toys that children have loved for years. You can answer trivia questions that appear on a gigantic Etch-a-Sketch, listen to Mr. Potato do a stand-up routine, and reminisce about all the toys you loved to play with as a kid.
The line for Expedition Everest was set up as a Yeti Museum with glass cases full of artifacts and articles about Yetis.
Even outdoor lines can be enjoyable. Most are shaded have things to look at and play with, or mist that cools you down. Disney’s Imagineers know how brutal the Florida sun can be in summer and they’ve managed to make you forget all about it. Standing in line is still hard on the feet, but not the spirit. It makes me wish the post office would come up with some kind of fun activity for the lines that I always encounter there.
What lines would you like to see Disney-fied?
Passport control would be good, especially for us suspicious non US passport holders, although the UK border agency can sometimes give your lot a run for the money
Yes! Passport lines. And security lines. Miserable.
Oh those Disney lines! Every time we go, I swear “Never again.” 🙂
I loved the fast passes — until I was on the other side, seeing all those people walk past me while we waited. And waited. And waited.
Julie you’d get a few coarse comments and laughs in Dublin if you went around talking about hidden Mickey’s 😉
We landed at Orlando with our daughter hobbling badly after turning her ankle. On Day 1 we grabbed a wheelchair and got promoted to the front of each queue – the staff were brilliant! On Day 2 she was much better and was mortified to be made to sit in the wheelchair again!
🙂 I won’t say it in Dublin.
Sorry to hear that your daughter needed a wheelchair, but glad it wasn’t anything serious and that you got to move to the head of the line!
Winnie the Pooh! The line for that ride tois so creative with drums and vegetables you can play with, and that honey paint wall. 🙂 I wish the Jungle Cruise had some things to play with in line…
We didn’t have any small children in our party so missed this ride. But I’d say especially for the smaller children, having something to occupy them while they wait in line is a MUST!
We didn’t have any small children (yet) eithers! Hee! It was just fun to draw on the honey wall, and for me, it just brought back so many good feelings and memories from when I was younger. 🙂
Who knew standing in line could be so much fun. All sorts of institutions could take a leaf from their book!
Yes. I just thought of another one. Our DMV– Dept. Of Motor Vehicles. Always a long, impatient line. They could add race car games or something to make it more fun. 😉
I haven’t been to Disneyland (the one in California) in a while but last time I was there, the lines definitely weren’t as fun as these ones in Disney World! I think any sort of special event lines could do with some Disney-fying. I was at a convention/concert last month and getting in took 3.5 hours (mainly due to too many people and bad organization). We definitely could’ve done with some entertainment of some sort (and shaders too!).
Wow. 3.5 hours? That’s insane. Definitely need entertainment for something like that. Maybe even someone passing out hors d’ouevres!
Ohh I remember that in the US fast pass really works! In the Eurodisney when there is the possibility of fast pass its not worth it, it simply doesnt work as in the US 😦 so I wish next time I go to the Eurodisney the fast pass really will be fast 😃
I’m so glad to hear that. The lines would be a real deal-breaker for us otherwise. To be honest, 75 minutes still sounds like a long time… but some of the shorter ones might at least be doable.