We all want to maximize our time in the parks. We want to wait the least amount of time possible in lines. This is why making FastPass+ reservations can be so important for your Walt Disney World trip. Unfortunately, the number of FastPasses are limited and waiting in the standby lines for many Disney attractions is inevitable. Single Rider Lines are one way to cut down on that standby wait time for a few of the rides at Disney.
We’re going to answer all your questions about Single Rider Lines, tell you exactly how they work and why you should use them.
What is a Single Rider Line?
The single rider line is a separate standby line for single/solo riders only. Typically, when we wait in a line to ride an attraction, we’re waiting with family or friends and we all ride together. When you wait in the standby line together, you’ll end up sitting beside one another or filling a ride vehicle and sitting in front or behind one another.
But what happens if a group has an odd number in their party? It usually leaves an empty seat. Disney wants attractions to run as efficiently as possible. Part of that efficiency means leaving as few empty seats as they can. Cast members will take one person from the Single Rider Line to fill any empty seat on the attraction. This means the rides are always running at full capacity. More efficient attractions will cut down on the time guests have to wait in line, keeping everyone happy.
While you can wait in the Single Rider Line with your friends or family, you can’t expect to get onto the ride together. You won’t be able to sit beside each other, and you may not even be in the same ride vehicle.
Which Attractions Have Single Rider Lines?
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Rock ’N’ Rollercoaster
How Long is the Wait?
The Single Rider Line is still a standby line so expect to wait at least a little bit. However, the wait in the Single Rider Line is typically much shorter than the general standby line. I’ve personally waited 10 minutes in the Single Rider Line for Expedition Everest when the standby line was 50 minutes. I’ve waited 30 minutes in the Single Rider Line for Smuggler’s Run instead of waiting 75 minutes in the regular standby line.
It’s hard to tell how long the wait is for single riders. It’s not listed on the My Disney Experience app. Only Test Track has a wait time regularly posted for single riders. Expedition Everest will sometimes include a wait time for single riders.
You can always ask a cast member for an approximate wait time, but it would only be an approximation.
When is the Single Rider Line a Good Idea?
It’s always a good idea to use the Single Rider Line when you want to cut down on the time you wait in line. But remember, you won’t be on the ride with your friends or family. You will be sitting next to a stranger, so make sure you’re comfortable with that idea before getting into the line.
The Single Rider Line was a fantastic option on my solo Disney trip. I decided not to make any FastPass+ Selections for the attractions with this option. I was always riding alone, so why not take advantage of the shorter wait time for a solo trip?
If you’ve already been on these rides during your park day, but you want to get one more ride in, this is a great option. The Single Rider Line isn’t always ideal for your very first experience on these attractions. It may be perfect for your second or third time through, or when you want to squeeze just one more ride in before you leave the park at the end of the day.
The Downsides to Single Rider Lines
The obvious downside is that you will sit next to a stranger, although it’s not always that bad! There are lots of friendly guests at Disney.
For a couple of the rides, you will miss some of the pre-show by using the Single Rider Line. It’s a trade-off for a shorter wait time. On Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, don’t expect to see the Hondo Ohnaka Audio Animatronic. Over at Test Track, you likely will not be able to design your own sim car. Only you will be able to decide whether these trade-offs are worth it for the shorter wait times.
Remember that on Expedition Everest, Test Track and Rock ’N’ Rollercoaster you will be in the on-ride PhotoPass photo. The majority of the people in that photo will be a group and you will be the one person they don’t know. I would encourage you to be courteous on your single rider ride-through. Keep in mind that this may be someone’s memorable photo of the time their family went on this ride together. Basically, don’t try to ruin the photo or pull all the focus.
We wish there were more rides that offered Single Rider Lines. They do cut down on time spent in line, which is always good. Ryan and I do enjoy going on attractions together, but if we wanted to ride one more time later in the day, we’d be okay with being in separate vehicles.
We don’t necessarily recommend using the Single Rider Lines until you’ve fully experienced the ride at least once with your friends and family. Seeing the entire pre-shows for these attractions are a part of the full experience and they offer the background story for the ride. That being said, once you’ve been on these rides once or twice, the Single Rider Lines are the perfect way to pack some more thrills into your park day!