As magical as a Walt Disney World vacation can be, guests simply must accept the fact that most of their time spent in one of the four Disney Parks will be waiting on line. Every single attraction and experience features some sort of line that guests must wait in, even when they have FastPasses. Instead of all this waiting feeling like forever, Disney has paid great attention to detail to make each line immersive and part of the attraction’s experience so that guests are occupied and the wait time seems shorter than it actually is. While each line draws guests into the story, there are some that are so amazing that sometimes guests visit the attraction or the experience just to enjoy the line! From interactive games and elements to incredible theming and details, some lines are simply incredible. Here are the top ten standby attraction lines for guests to enjoy on any vacation to Walt Disney World.
1. Haunted Mansion
Liberty Square in the Magic kingdom is home to the beloved Haunted Mansion which is the perfect combination of eerie and humorous. Before even entering into the attraction, guests pass through an interactive graveyard with lots of amazing details and fun moments. A series of busts present a murder mystery for guests to solve, an organ and other spooky instruments can be played by touching them, a poet with writer’s block communicates from beyond the grave, and a pickled sea captain sneezes at unexpected times. The Haunted Mansion’s interactive graveyard is only accessible via the standby line and is definitely worth the wait!
2. Peter Pan’s Flight
Another beloved attraction in the Magic Kingdom brings the story of Peter Pan to life in Fantasyland. Peter Pan’s Flight allows guests to soar high with Peter and the Darling children, but the line itself is equally amazing. Guests enter into the Darling’s home where the parents can be seen through the window before entering into the children’s nursery. There are toys scattered about, unique items by each child’s bed, and special effects and movement caused by Tinkerbell flying throughout the room. After leaving the nursery, guests are even sprinkled with pixie dust so that they are ready to fly!
3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Also found in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom is another attraction that brings an animated Disney classic to life. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train brings guests into the mines where the dwarfs work, but the standby queue is equally as entertaining. After passing through an outdoor wooded area, guests enter into the mines where they can engage in interactive elements such as making music by moving their hands through running water, spinning buckets of gems to make projections on the ceiling, and playing a game where they have to collect matching jewels.
4. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
One attraction in the Storybook Circus section of the Magic Kingdom has always been a classic for guests who can now enjoy a wonderful standby queue. Dumbo the Flying Elephant invites guests to soar high with the beloved character while also enjoying a non-traditional line. Guests can check in and receive a pager saving their spot in line before stepping into a large and cool circus tent. With seating areas for adults and a large circus themed play area for children complete with climbing elements and slides, there is something for everyone to enjoy while technically waiting in line for the attraction.
5. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
Epcot’s Future World is home to the interactive Test Track Presented by Chevrolet. This thrilling attraction begins with guests on the standby line stepping into the design studio and creating their own SIM cars. With control over everything including tire silhouette, tire size, color, and more, guests can create some truly unique vehicles. After the design studio, guests can then enjoy testing their creation on the track to see who excels most in power, responsiveness, capability, and efficiency.
6. Frozen Ever After
Also found in Epcot is another popular attraction in World Showcase’s Norway Pavilion. Frozen Ever After magically brings guests to the kingdom of Arendelle where Anna and Elsa are having a special celebration. The standby line is filled with wonderful details including the kingdom’s square, posters advertising the celebration, and even Oaken’s Tokens where the favorite character can be spotted talking to guests from his cozy sauna. Frozen Ever After’s standby line is so immersive that guests will definitely feel like part of the story before boarding their boats.
7. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror where thrills and eerie chills are brought to life. The standby line brings guests through the misty gardens of the Hollywood Tower Hotel before passing through the lobby, library, and basement. Each area of the line is perfectly themed with items from the famous television show and period appropriate pieces that are covered in cobwebs and debris. The crumbling and abandoned experience becomes more immersive as guests move further through the line, and the details are endless.
8. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
Also found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is an attraction that allows guests to be a part of the Star Wars universe. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues begins by bringing guests through a massive outdoor movie set based on the planet Endor. Once inside, guests are in a Star Tours terminal and can spot C3P0 and R2D2 working on a Star Tours ship. The following room features silhouettes of galactic individuals passing by overhead and a droid inspecting luggage and finding some humorous items along the way.
9. Avatar Flight of Passage
The newest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Pandora – The World of Avatar which features Avatar Flight of Passage. This attraction links guests to an Avatar and allows them to fly on the back of a banshee. Before the attraction itself, guests move through a beautiful outdoor line filled with many different views of the floating mountains and native Pandora vegetation. Once inside, the line brings guests through caves with Navi drawings, through a regenerating bioluminescent forest, and through laboratories where various discoveries and projects can be found.
10. Expedition Everest
The Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to another thrilling attraction that brings guests deep into the Forbidden Mountain. The standby line for Expedition Everest begins with guests moving through outdoor temples and prayer areas before passing through supply rooms and entering into a unique museum. The Yeti Museum is dedicated to the protector of the mountain and is filled with artwork, artifacts, and more that bring the massive creature to life.