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?