13 Longest Lines At Disney World
13 Longest Lines At Disney World
Knowing which attractions have the longest lines at Disney World can help you to better plan your day in the parks. The length of the lines are going to be determined by how crowded the overall park is however, knowing which attractions have longer lines relative to others will allow you to make more educated decisions as to what a reasonable wait time is for that day.
The wait times are going to fluctuate throughout the day so it’s important to know what a reasonable wait time is so you do not end up waiting in a long line for an attraction that is just having a spike in guest traffic at the time you are there.
For example, Buzz Lightyear will almost never have a longer line than Space Mountain. If you were planning to go on Buzz Lightyear and it had a 45 minute wait and Space Mountain also had a 45 minute wait then that would tell me to go on Space Mountain because at the moment Buzz Lightyear is having a spike in guest traffic and more than likely the wait time will shorten soon enough relative to Space Mountain, not too mention 45 minutes for Space Mountain is not a bad wait time for that attraction.
As a good rule of thumb follow these general tips for getting on busier attractions in the shortest amount of time without having to use a fastpass.
- Go to busier attractions first thing in the morning when the park opens. For example Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom gets busy quickly but if you go there first when the park opens you can pretty much walk right on.
- Go on busier attractions during the parade. If you are not planning to watch the parade then use that time to go on a busier attraction as the line will shorten for the duration of the parade.
- At the end of the day the lines usually shorten. This is not always the case especially during peak season and nights with extra magic hours but usually towards the end of the night the lines do shorten. This is especially true at Magic Kingdom and Epcot due to people getting in place to watch the fireworks at the end of the night.If you plan to use this tactic though be sure you check what time the attraction of choice closes as some attractions close before the park closes. This is especially true at Disney’s Animal Kingdom because the animal attractions close around sundown.
- Download the Walt Disney World App. This will give you live wait times for all the attractions in the park.
And now without further ado here are the 12 Longest Lines At Disney World
Longest Lines at Magic Kingdom
Peter Pan’s Flight
As much as I love this attraction I’m not quite sure why it always has such a long line. I used to be a cast member at Peter Pan and it was actually one of my favorites to be at because it was so busy all the time. There would be a line all the way until park closing and even when we would close the line people would still try to hop over the chains to get in one last ride.
For thrill seekers at the Magic Kingdom Space Mountain is your number one attraction. The line at Space Mountain is usually around 45 minutes minimum on a slow to moderately busy day. On a slow day you can get lucky and only have about a ten to fifteen minute wait. I usually use Buzz Lightyear to gage how long Space mountain is going to be. If Buzz Lightyear is fifteen minutes or less than usually Space Mountain has a short line. If Buzz Lightyear is 20 minutes or over I usually find Space Mountain has around a 45 minute wait. This is not a perfect system but I find it to be a good general rule of thumb.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Being that this is one of the newest attractions at Magic Kingdom means that the line will automatically be longer. Another factor for this ride that makes the line longer is that it is a thrill ride at Magic Kingdom, which there are not very many of. Not only is it a thrill ride but it is a thrill ride that kids and adults alike can enjoy together. Expect to wait at least an hour for this attraction if you go the stand-by line route. You might find the line shorter if you go during the fireworks at the end of the night.
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Splash Mountain is a very well rounded attraction. It is over ten minutes in length, it has a great theme, it has catchy music, it has roller coaster like drops and is a water ride. On a hot day you can pretty much guarantee that Splash Mountain will have an hour and a half to two hour wait. Obviously since it is a water ride guests go here to cool down. Not to mention this is the only water ride at the Magic Kingdom. The line for Splash Mountain is very dependant on the weather since guests prefer not to get wet on colder days. Many guests will wear a poncho on a colder day so that they can still enjoy this wonderful attraction without getting soaked.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is another one of few thrill rides at the Magic Kingdom. While it is not looked at as more thrilling or scary than Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad does have a faster top speed. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is right next to Splash Mountain and at the far end of the Magic Kingdom so guests generally make the hike to that end of the park to do both attractions. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s line usually thins out towards the end of the night due to it being at the far end of the park and most make their way towards the castle to get a good spot for the fireworks.
Longest Lines at Epcot
Frozen Ever After
Since Frozen Ever After opened on June 21st, 2016 it has become the busiest attraction at Epcot. By the time the park opens Frozen Ever After already has a line due to those who get in the park early for breakfast dining reservations. If you can get a Fastpass for it this is a must FastPass attraction. If you are unable to get a Fastpass for it then you can get a dining reservation for breakfast early at Epcot or get to Epcot for rope drop and go straight to Frozen Ever After for your best chances of a managable line. I have seen this attractions have wait times of up to 5 hours during the busy season.
No matter when I go into the parks, Soarin’ always has at least a 45 minute wait. Even on days where all other attractions have about a five to ten minute wait, Soarin’ will still have a 45 minute wait or more.
Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet®
Test Track is another consistently busy attraction. Especially now that they just re-themed the attraction the line has been longer on average in the last couple years. It usually has a 30 to 45 minute wait even on a slow to moderate day. This is a great attraction to go to later in the evening before Illuminations.
Longest Lines at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Not only is Rock n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith for most, the number one thrill seekers choice at Hollywood Studios it is also for most the number one thrill seekers attraction of choice in all of Walt Disney World. This is the only coaster in all of Walt Disney World that goes upside down.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
While Tower of Terror does have a height requirement, it attracts all types of guests both young and old, brave and fearful. Unlike other thrill rides, Tower of Terror does not seem to have a more narrower audience. This general audience makes Tower of Terror another great attraction for all however causes it to have a longer line.
Toy Story Midway Mania!
The award for the longest wait in all of Disney World goes to Toy Story Midway Mania. Toy Story Mania always has a long wait. I would also give the award of attraction that runs out of FastPass the quickest to Toy Story Midway Mania.
Longest Lines at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of the most unique attractions in all of Disney World. It is a real Safari tour through the Kilimanjaro wildlife preserve. The line for this attraction will be the longest in all of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As far as rides go at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this is really the only one that anyone can ride because there is no height requirement and nothing that would prevent someone from riding it short of there own free will.
Expedition Everest is the thrill seekers attraction of choice at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Also next to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Hollywood Studios, Expedition Everest is the next most thrilling roller coaster in all of Walt Disney World.
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