They say patience is a virtue and I agree. I just don’t happen to have that virtue. I do things to try to practice patience – I meditate when I’m in the doctor’s waiting room, I play loud music and avoid looking at the clock when I’m in traffic and running late. One place where most people (either patient or impatient) can get a little frazzled is in a long line – couple that with a few cranky kids, cranky husband, hunger, heat stroke, and fatigue – and you have a perfect storm for a meltdown. This perfect storm is almost guaranteed at some point when you’re at Disneyworld.
However, there are some attractions where the lines are part of the fun – I’m disappointed if we happen to get right through with no wait! Here are the best along with the worst lines – but luckily all of the worst have Fast Pass availability, so I’d highly recommend taking advantage unless you have a surplus of patience that day!
Here are the best and worst lines to wait in at Disneyworld:
Best Line – Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid (New Fantasyland)
The path to this ride leads through a coral-like rock formation that looks like it was just pulled from the seas. There is an animatronic show that sings every few minutes, keeping people entertained. But the most captivating part is the interactive hologram in the fish tank windows. Guests’ actions in front of the windows cause sea creatures to appear and react – it was pretty entertaining and made the line go by fast.
Worst Line – Big Thunder Mountain
This line is pretty barren – just up and back, up and back until you zig zag your way to the front. The worst part is the lack of fresh air, especially in the summer. There’s just a lot of humid air and unpleasant odors at times on a hot day. Wrangle yourself up a Fast Past, partner!
Best Line – Expedition Everest
This line is pretty cool from the get go. The theme is a mountain expedition with detailed displays of the supplies, artifacts and anything else that the Sherpas have left behind from their journeys. In the middle of the line there is a wishing well structure, except instead of water there is a monkey sculpture in the middle, representing the sacred status of monkeys in the area. Once inside the last room before you get to the ride there are books, documents, masks, and even a giant Yeti footprint cast that makes you question if it’s really real…
Worst Line – Kilimanjaro Safaris
The part I hate most about this line is that it’s very wide and there are several sections where the cast members direct you to ‘fill in all available space’ even if that means you’re coming up beside (what seems like cutting) the people in front of you. I just don’t like doing that, and there’s not much interesting to look at in this line. Say ‘Jambo’ to a Fast Pass!
Best Line – Toy Story Midway Mania
This line puts you right into the Toy Story movies. There are giant crayons leaning against the walls, a game board on the ceiling, barrel o’monkeys strung from side to side. But the best is the interactive Mr. Potato Head at the front of the line who talks to the guests. This line has so much to look at and is so recognizable from the movies that it can keep you entertained for a while. I guess with 240 minute wait times they had to come up with something to keep people occupied!
Worst Line – Tower of Terror
Until you get up to the entrance of the Hollywood Tower Hotel there’s not much other than a cement path with walls that kids can’t help but want to climb all over, to parents’ dismay. I’d suggest you take the Fast Pass!
Best Line – Test Track
This line was pretty interesting under the old design but with the newly re-imagineered design it’s a look into the future. The first section has prototype futuristic cars that lend themselves to conversations about what the future will be like, how these cars would work (the car below would run on tracks in big cities – no driving required!) There’s a little lull in the line when you’re getting into the design room, but then you’re back in action designing your car. The surprising part about this ride is that after the ride is over, we probably stayed for another 30 minutes in the exit rooms – driving the car we designed around a virtual racetrack, picking a soundtrack for our car, and getting our picture with some of the model Chevrolet cars (all of our car info was on a swipecard that we kept throughout the ride.)
Worst Line – Soarin’
This line reminds me of a long hallway corridor in a hospital. It’s drab, there’s nothing on the walls and it seems to go on forever. Disney attempted to make this interactive by having giant screens on the wall that you’re supposed to be able to wave at and make plants grow, fly birds around… but the only person who can reach high enough to activate it is my 6 foot 3 husband, not 5 foot 2 me and certainly not a kid! Upgrade to first class and get a Fast Pass!
I guess we can all take comfort in knowing that in the bubble, even at the end of a bad line is a magical fun time!
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