The Disney Line Wait-Time Hack You NEED TO KNOW!

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There is no doubt that Disney Parks are the happiest and most magical places on Earth. There is simply nothing else in the world that can compare to the immersive experience that Disney provides. Getting to experience your favorite characters and movies in a live and immersive setting is something you can rarely find anywhere else.

However, with any good thing comes some major negatives. For most Disney fans, one of the worst things about the Parks is waiting in long lines. Lines can easily go for hours at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. With so many attractions and experiences to enjoy at these beloved theme parks, waiting in line can often become a source of stress and frustration for Guests.

Luckily, one Disney fan has come up with an incredible hack that is sure to blow the minds of many theme Park Guests.

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This Wait-Time Hack Will Blow Your Mind

If you’re planning a Disneyland Resort vacation, it’s essential to understand the wait times you might encounter at various attractions and how to navigate them best. While no one likes to wait in long lines, there are a few ways to make the most of your time in the Park. One Guest shared their incredible insight on how to navigate long lines best.

The most important thing to know before waiting in a line is that wait times are highly inaccurate. More likely than now, the posted wait time will be much less than what the actual time is. One Guest shared a hack for three popular Disneyland rides that will help you know the wait times before you go.


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The post reads;

“I have a Magic Key and have been going 2-3 times a month for a while now, and have noticed some big discrepancies in actual waiting times for stand-by lines for some rides and their published times on the app. I’ve set my watch to gauge waiting times several times now across different days of the week, different months, and times of day to get a feel for averages. Please remember that this is all heavily caveated by ride breakdowns and changing queuing strategies by cast members, like how many Lightning Lane guests they’ll prioritize over stand-by guests at any given time.

  • Indy: this ride seems to have the most inaccurate (overestimating) published stand-by queue wait times. If the stand-by line ends at the 4 snake pillars, the waiting time is about 30 minutes. If the stand-by queue ends in the overflow area next to the Jungle Cruise, the wait time will be over an hour. Don’t pay too much attention to what the app says about wait times: go look at the line yourself to gauge.

  • Rise: if the end stand-by line is inside the covered sections of the queue (i.e. not visible from the walking path outside the ride), the waiting time will only be about 30 minutes or less.

  • Space Mountain – single rider: averages about 10 minute wait, even if the regular stand-by line is over 40 minutes published waiting time.”

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What to Expect in a Disney Ride Line

This line “hack” could be a total lifesaver the next time you are in the Park. While lines can be a total bummer, they are also an unavoidable part of visiting any theme Park. Luckily, Disney does manage to add some incredible interactive elements to their line queue that makes them much more engaging to wait through.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.