Want a way to make the lines shorter on Disney World rides? Doesn’t everyone?
There is one very simple and underused way of considerably reducing the time you spend in line for select attractions at Walt Disney World.
Use the single rider line.
Thankfully all of the Disney World Single Rider Lines has reopened now that many physical and social distancing requirements have been relaxed at the parks.
Here is a complete guide to Single Riders Lines at Disney World so you can see if this is a good option for when you visit the parks.
And find out when the Single Rider Line really isn’t worth it.
- What Is A Single Rider Line?
- Where Can You Find The Single Rider Queues in Disney World?
- Can You Ride With Your Family, Friends, Or Other Members In Your Group?
- When Do Single Rider Lines Close?
- Is There Anything I’ll Miss Out On If I Use The Single Rider Line?
- Which Attractions Have Single Rider Lines?
- Test Track Single Rider Line (EPCOT)
- Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster (Hollywood Studios) Single Rider Line
- Millennium Falcon – Smuggler’s Run Single Rider Line (Hollywood Studios)
- Expedition Everest Single Rider (Animal Kingdom)
- Does Flight of Passage Have a Single Rider Line?
What Is A Single Rider Line?
A single rider line is a separate line from the standby line featured in a handful of Disney World attractions intended for people who don’t have a group with them, or who don’t mind that they will not ride with their group.
Most of the time, the single rider line is much shorter than the standby line.
For instance, once when Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith had a 120-minute wait, I managed to get on in less than 20 using the single rider line.
The wait times vary, but in almost every case, the single-rider line is much shorter than the standby.
If a single rider line is available, and you are fine splitting up your group, you will save time standing in line.
The time saved will be different depending on the ride and time of day – but a single rider line can be a useful tactic to save time at Disney World and experience more of the rides.
On some attractions, the Single Rider wait time is posted at the front of the attraction, just as it is for the Stand-By Line.
However, often it isn’t posted. Sometimes even if the wait time is posted it isn’t very accurate!
You can always find out the approximate wait time for any Walt Disney World attraction by asking the Cast Member at the entrance to the ride.
That is usually the best way to get the most accurate answer rather than rely on the posted wait time.
Most likely the Cast Member will advise you that you will save a lot of time if you use the Single Rider Line.
Where Can You Find The Single Rider Queues in Disney World?
Where can you find the Single Rider Lines at Disney World?
Here is a complete list of the attractions which have the Single Rider Option:
- Test Track at Epcot
- Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom
With the exception of Expedition Everest, the single rider line is always right next to the standby queue. Much in the same way that the Fastpass line often runs alongside the standby queue.
The single rider line for Expedition Everest is off to the side, next to the Serka Zong Bazaar gift shop.
If you can’t find the single rider line, just ask one of the Disney Cast Members at the entrance of the attraction. They’ll be happy to help!
As you will see, not many of the rides have the Single Rider Queue. There isn’t even one at all in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
It would be great if they were available at more attractions in Disney World, such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and
Can You Ride With Your Family, Friends, Or Other Members In Your Group?
You can wait in the single rider queue with your group, but you will be separated into different ride vehicles.
They only take one guest in the single rider line at a time. The whole benefit of the single rider line is that Cast Member can fill up what would otherwise be empty seats. This makes the line go more quickly.
Sometimes, if you’re very lucky, you can ride with one or two of your group members, if they have more than one empty seat left on the ride vehicle.
However, there’s no guarantee that this will happen. Most likely, you’ll have to sit next to a random guest or with a group of strangers.
Still, while you won’t be able to ride with your group, you don’t have to wait as long as you would in the standby line.
This option is of course perfect for solo travelers to Disney World. You will save a lot of time standing in line.
And for those of you who have never tried a solo visit to Disney World you really should not rule it out. Whilst I always prefer to visit with family and friends, a solo visit can be a lot of fun too. You don’t have to take into account anyone else but yourself!
When Do Single Rider Lines Close?
I have rarely seen Single Rider Lines to be closed or not available at Walt Disney World. I have seen this happen more often at Disneyland for some reason.
Although this seems unlikely at Disney World, Cast Members might close Single Rider Queues if the crowds are light or if there’s some issue with the line.
Is There Anything I’ll Miss Out On If I Use The Single Rider Line?
If you take the single rider lines at Disney World, you’ll most likely miss out on a lot of the theming in the standby queue. You might also miss out on some of the interactive elements of the attractions.
More on this in the section below, where I cover each attraction in detail.
Which Attractions Have Single Rider Lines?
As we said above, unfortunately, there are only four attractions throughout Disney World that have single rider queues.
The number has declined considerably since 2020. Nonetheless, the ones that remain are still very useful!
Test Track Single Rider Line (EPCOT)
Test Track is one of the Best Epcot Rides
Design your dream car on a customizable computer system. Then, board it and put it to the test on a high-tech, futuristic driving course.
You’ll test its capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and finally, power, where you speed out the building at nearly 65 MPH over a banked turn.
You then compare your test scores with other riders and see who designed the best car.
The single rider line at Test Track is usually a good chunk shorter than the standby line.
As with all Single Rider Lines, don’t go with your group and hope that you will be seated with them. You won’t. The Cast Members use the Single Rider Queue to fill up empty seats. Each car on Test Track has 6 seats in two rows of three. You will most likely be seated on the right-hand side of the Test Track Vehicle.
The Single Rider option is a great opportunity to save time in line at Test Track.
However, single-riders don’t get to design their own car and they’ll miss out on some parts of the futuristic theming they have in the standby line.
If you don’t mind missing out on those though, this is a great way to cut the wait.
Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster (Hollywood Studios) Single Rider Line
The Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Single Rider Line can be a real time saver.
Enter a recording studio, G-Force Records, where you’ll spot Aerosmith recording a song. After a short moment though, they have to go because they’re running late for a concert across town.
Lead singer, Steven Tyler then suggests that the guests come with them and that they get backstage passes. But in order to get to the concert in time, the guests have to board a “really fast” super-stretch limo.
On goes a lightning-fast roller coaster in the dark, complete with special effects and onboard speakers blasting Aerosmith music in your ears.
You won’t miss much theming if you take the single rider line.
However, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster can sometimes have the same wait time as the standby line, as this is a very slow-moving line.
The best thing to do would be to ask the Cast Member at the entrance what the expected wait time will be for the single rider line, then decide for yourself if it’s the best option.
Millennium Falcon – Smuggler’s Run Single Rider Line (Hollywood Studios)
This is your chance to pilot the one and only Millennium Falcon. The cockpit holds six passengers, each of which can take one of three roles – pilot, gunner, and engineer.
Your Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run mission is to go to a First Order base and steal some coaxium for the Resistance. You’ll shoot down tie fighters, fly through a shipyard, and do much more, which I won’t spoil here.
This is a fast single-rider line, so your wait time should be considerably cut down.
This also means that if you use the Single Rider Queue you will miss pretty much all of the themed line. This won’t be so important if you have already seen this, but I certainly wouldn’t suggest missing out if you have never been on the ride.
The Single Rider Queue for this ride consists mainly of a choice of two separate stairwells. This may seem like an obvious point, but simply choose the one which seems the shortest at the time. Once you are at this point, your wait will be around 15 to 20 minutes.
However, this is the one Single Rider Line which I would not always use. The only thing is single riders can’t be pilots, which many say is the best position on the ride.
You are most likely to be an engineer. Whilst I am very happy to be an engineer as this is the least involved role, many would prefer not to be.
Honestly, even if the single rider line is shorter, I’d say it’s better to use standby, as you’re more likely to be a pilot and you get to fly with the rest of your group instead of a group of strangers.
A lot of the enjoyment of Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run is in enjoying it with others. So unless you have experienced this attraction multiple times before I would hesitate to recommend the Single Rider Queue.
Expedition Everest Single Rider (Animal Kingdom)
The tallest Disney mountain, Expedition Everest is a high-speed roller coaster where you have a number of close encounters with the Yeti.
Disney’s Expedition Everest reaches a top speed of 50 MPH, has an 80-foot drop, as well as some surprise elements which I won’t spoil here.
Again, you’ll miss some of the theming, but you’ll get on the attraction much faster.
Does Flight of Passage Have a Single Rider Line?
Unfortunately, Flight of Passage in Disney’s Animal Kingdom doesn’t have a dedicated single rider line.
The best that you can hope for is that you will get on the ride slightly quicker if you are prepared to go it alone. Cast Members often ask for a single rider when you are in the conventional line. This doesn’t make it very much faster though, and you can’t rely on being called forward anyway – it is the luck of the draw.
Do you use the Single Rider Lines at Disney World?