Right from the offset, queuing is an integral part of any Disney trip. You queue to get into the park, you queue for rides, you queue for food; its inevitable, but it definitely doesn’t have to be a chore!
So cut down and brighten up your queue times with these top tips:
1. Get a queue time app!
The My Disney Experience app, as well as a few other queue time apps, can save so much unnecessary queue time; say goodbye to trekking from one side of the park to the other only to find the ride you want to go on has a 90 minute wait.
2. Prepare yourself, and, more importantly, the kids!
If your kids aren’t used to long waits, throwing them in the deep end will only end in tears. Speak to your little ones and explain to them that there are lots of other people at the parks, and its something everyone has to do.
3. Make queuing fun!
Prepare some activities to make queue times fly by, whether its something as simple as Eye Spy or bringing along entertainment. Although normally I can’t stand families sticking a phone or tablet in front of a child, in this case it can be for the best. There are loads of great Disney game apps, from my favourite Tsum Tsums to Disney Trivia quizzes.
4. Set your queue limit.
As a group, decide the maximum time you’d ideally want to wait for a ride. That way you can make quick decisions when you get to each attractions as to whether you join the queue, or try again later.
5. Fuel yourself.
At all times, make sure you’ve got a full bottle of water and something to snack on. If travelling with little ones, this is no doubt something you’ll do anyway, but you’d be amazed how peckish a long wait can make you. Similarly, in Florida heat, you’ll need to stay well hydrated.
6. Some rides have good queues!
There are some rides that have interactive queues, so even if there’s a long queue time it might be worth joining. The Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train has a great queue, as does The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Dumbo the Flying Elephant has a unique system where you’re given a pager, and you can go into a large indoor play area until you are buzzed for your turn!
7. Make the most of Extra Magic
If you’re staying on site, be sure to check which parks have Extra Magic hours (either an hour early, or up to 3 hours late), and use this time wisely; it gives you a great chance to ride when the park is quieter. That being said, however, you’ll normally find that parks that had extra magic the night before will be quieter the following day, as most people were there yesterday!
8. Queue right up until park closing
Provided you entered the queue before the park closing time, you will still be allowed to ride!