When it comes to visiting Walt Disney World Resort, many Guests are painfully aware of the fact that waiting in line will be a large part of their trip. While there are times of the year when crowd levels are lower, it seems that there is no longer a “slow season”. Popular rides frequently see wait times upwards of two hours. Some Guests will try to avoid long waits by purchasing Genie+, purchasing Lightning Lane access for individual attractions, and also by heading to the Single Rider line.
Not all rides and attractions have Single Rider lines, but some popular rides will. Getting in the Single Rider line means that Guests will be put in rows that cannot be filled. Groups can certainly join the Single Rider line, but they know upfront that they will most likely not ride together. The Single Rider line can be a really great time saver when the Parks are busy — at least they are supposed to be.
One Guest recently visited Walt Disney World and their experience with the Single Rider line was anything but magical. Redditor GROSSNAKEDLILGENTS shared that he decided to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They hopped into the Single Rider and were there for a lot longer than anticipated. In fact, it was hours longer than they anticipated.
Here’s what they say happened as they waited to ride the indoor coaster:
I had a terrible experience today. Do not make the same mistake I made by thinking the Singles line at Disneys Hollywood Studios Rock N Rollercoaster will be faster than the standby.
Standby line said 90 minutes, singles line time was not illuminated, I asked if it was open they said yes… but no further info. I waited 2 and a half hours in this line as a SINGLE today. The ride operators absolutly prioritize LL over everyone else. Singles are dirt. Watched as they went down the regular standby line picking out people who didn’t want to ride in the front, letting standby/ll choose thier seats; instead of just letting singles through. Also, had operators just barge through the singles line on multiple occasions (over 20 times easy) screaming at people to get out of the way.
Many people commented that they think the Redditor merely had a bit of bad luck. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster seats are rows of two, and many groups have even numbers. Some said that the waits on rides like that tend to be longer than rides that seat more Guests per row.
Others commented that Disney should prioritize Lightning Lane. Guests who use the Lightning Lane have paid to do so, so they get automatic preference. Even though Guests know about Lightning Lane getting priority, many have not been pleased with the new paid-for system replacing the incredibly popular FastPass system — which was free.
There are currently four rides at Walt Disney World with Single Rider lines. Those rides are Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Test Track, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, and Expedition Everest.
Do you think 3 hours is too long to wait in the Single Rider line?