Long lines are a common complaint when visiting Walt Disney World. One of the easiest way to reduce long waits is to make sure that you use the FastPass+, which if planned well can get you in a much quicker line to your favorite attractions. Just a few nights ago, I was able to wait a mere 5 minutes for Space Mountain when stand-by waits were at 70 minutes! Another way to cut down on your waits is to try to find the rides that notoriously have shorter lines! They may be your favorites, or not…but here are the best bets for shortest waits!
7. Pirates of the Caribbean, Magic Kingdom
It is certainly not a 5 minute wait every day like it was so often before the wildly popular movies came out, but it is a pretty good bet that you can get on this classic ride in less than 25 minutes on most days. The boats are filled and sent off pretty continuously and the boats hold quite a few people! I always make sure that I go on this attraction, it is cool and dark and even if you do get a slight wait, the queue is full of treasures!
6. Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Epcot
Join Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the science guy as you take a seat in Ellen’s brain and learn about prehistoric times and the Big Bang theory (the event, not the show!) This ride is a whopping 45 minutes long and it is cool and dark inside, making it a great place to cool down if you visit during the middle of summer! And, the lines are never long!
5. The Great Movie Ride, Hollywood Studios
Relive the classics and experience a little twist on your tour of movie magic on an opening day park classic! Along the way, you’ll see some movie collectables and possibly learn a something about a classic film that you never knew! Often, you can get on the Great Movie Ride in less than 20 minutes.
4. Primeval Whirl, Animal Kingdom
Maybe it’s the carnival games that require an additional fee that keeps people away from this area or perhaps it is that many people think this is a kid’s only ride, but I have had great luck getting on this mini coaster in less than 20 minutes most days. One piece of advice is that if you are an average to larger sized adult, you may want to ask for a seat for yourself, the spin will force you get to know the person sitting next to you very, very well. It was an awkward situation the last time I met up with my boss at Animal Kingdom and we decided to sit together!
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3. Spaceship Earth, Epcot
While it is a continuously moving ride, it is pretty slow which proves to amaze me when I am able to get on this attraction in less than 15 minutes pretty much every time I am at Epcot. If it is raining, just be patient! Rain is usually when the crowds gather to get inside the iconic Epcot Silver ball (gosh, it’s so much more than that, but that’s the best way I can explain it!) You’ll have the chance to witness the past of communication and have some fun creating a future of your own!
2. Gran Fiesta Tour, Epcot
The three caballeros take you through a whimsical tour of Mexico on this It’s a Small World inspired ride! Located in the back left of the pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion, I think the short lines are just because a lot of people just don’t know it’s there! Often, your wait will be less than 10 minutes for an adorable little dark boat ride! Kids seem to love this one, as Donald Duck is pretty silly throughout!
1. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Magic Kingdom
“Morrow, paging Tom Morrow!” I always smile when I hear those words while walking into Tomorrowland because I know that I am about to get on a moving attraction in less than 5 minutes on most days. While it is not a very exciting attraction, it is a great way to pass some time and enjoy being off your feet for a while! I can tell you that as far as timing is concerned, you will not be disappointed with your wait time on this ride. Most days, you don’t even have a wait at all!