NEW: Starting Jan. 10, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT will drop the virtual queue and move to standby. This means no attractions at WDW will utilize virtual queue. Individual Lightning Lane will continue to be offered.
Gustin added in the comments:
With this announcement, we likely won’t see virtual queue offered again until the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Virtual Queues at Walt Disney World are either loved or hated, there does not seem to be much middle ground.
The same information was later shared on Disney Parks Blog.
For some Guests, getting a spot in the Virtual Queue is a way to ensure that they will be able to ride a new attraction. It means that they will not need to spend hours waiting in a line, they can do other things and wait to be called.
For others, the Virtual Queues have been a failure. They set an alarm to make sure that they are on the My Disney Experience App in plenty of time, only to have all the spots gone within seconds. A slow Internet connection will all but guarantee that they will miss out.
The first ride to use a Virtual Queue at Walt Disney World was Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The ride switched to Standby last September. When Disney Genie rolled out in October, Rise of the Resistance became an Individual Lightning Lane selection, meaning that Guests who wanted to skip the Standby Line had to pay extra.
Individual Lightning Lane spots are often gone as soon as they are available for Rise of the Resistance. It will be interesting to see what happens with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. For many people, it’s a one and done ride.
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