Walt Disney World is where dreams come true, but even at “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” there can be some “unmagical moments.”
Disney World is home to four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These Disney Parks house plenty of iconic and unique attractions that set their theme differently than the others.
Since Disney World is a popular tourist location, they see thousands of Guests daily. With this amount of traffic, Guest tensions tend to rise, especially as the heat and temperatures rise in the Florida climate. Disney World Guests sometimes may rush to attractions to try and “beat the crowd.” This leads to line-jumping, split-up groups, and much more. Some attractions have pre-shows to help with the amount of Guests for the attractions to keep the lines moving.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Haunted Mansion, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and Star Wars Rise of the Resistance all have preshows for Guests to experience before boarding the attraction. These rooms change up the traditional line as Guests all file into one room and are told to “move forward and fill in all available space.”
In a social media post, A Disney Park Guest talks about how these attractions feel like “moshpits” to them because all Guests rush ahead and this leads to potentially “dangerous” situations, according to the Guest.
What’s with all these new rides having dump rooms in the middle of the queue?Rise of the Resistance, Runaway Railway, and Cosmic Rewind are the examples I can think of off the top of my head. I think they’re dangerous because everyone is so afraid of being cut by at most, 30 people, that they stampede in like it’s Black Friday. What are possible benefits to these queues that justify using them so much?
When Guests are in the other rooms normally a Disney Cast Member is very close or counting to allow a certain amount of Guests into the attraction. Another Guest talks about how they have a hard time seeing and these dark preshow rooms are a nightmare. Guests rush into the other rooms and can push, break up parties, and even knock other Guests down.
“As a person with low vision, that pitch dark area between the stretching room and the load area where everybody runs around like headless chickens is TREACHEROUS. I’ve been knocked to the floor in that area more than once.
If you have a disability, find your nearest Cast Member and they can place you and your party in a safe location. Disney Cast Members look to move Guests swiftly and safely.