Have you ever been to a Disney theme park? No? Well, let this serve as a warning to you:
It. Is. Packed!
It doesn't matter what time of year or which park that you are visiting, the lines at Disney parks are almost unbearable at times. And waiting hours on end to experience anything less than a mind-blowing ride can be infuriating. If you are going to Disney (or even if you're there right now) and you are trying to find at least five rides that are worth the hour-long wait, hopefully, this list can help you out.
Here are five Disney park rides that are actually worth waiting in line and five that you absolutely shouldn't even try.
10 Wait: Space Mountain
Space Mountain is one of Disney World and Disneyland's staple thrill rides. It is one of the few adult-centric rides out there, which makes it worth the wait. Space Mountain pilots their astronauts in single rider spaceships that launch Disney guests straight into outer space (okay, not really)!
This roller coaster is one-of-a-kind because riders are completely immersed in a pitch black cave, with no clues to where the track is headed next. The ride is exciting, the views are electrifying, and this ride is one to either use for your fast pace or actually wait out.
9 Leave: Astro Orbiter
The Astro Orbitor is probably classified by most veteran Disney park goers as a kid ride. Although it takes riders up twenty-five feet into the air to invoke a sense of exhilaration, that's about all there is to this ride.
The mini-space cruisers bounce up in down as it circles a central post. Although it gives excellent views of Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, its nothing worth waiting in line for, especially since the People Mover will probably have a shorter line for the same views.
8 Wait: Buzz Light-Year Space Ranger Spin
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Have you ever tried to get the highest score possible on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Spin? It takes a combination of practice, skill, and strategy to get the 999,999 points (which I have, not to brag). First, it is important to always be holding down the trigger so that you are constantly firing. Aim for the harder to hit targets. This will distinguish your laser from everyone else’s, and the targets that are smaller or farther away are generally worth more points. For example, the targets on the volcanoes in the second room are worth 50,000 points each. Some targets are worth as many as 100,000 points. The first of these is on your left in the first room, on the left hand of the large red robot. Another one is on the other side, on the big claw. The final 100,000 point target is on the very bottom of Zurg’s orange ship, shown in the picture. If you aim for these high-value targets, combined with a little practice, you should be able to get the 999,999 max score and earn the title of galactic hero. Have you ever gotten the high score on the Buzz Lightyear ride? Let us know, and be sure to follow us for more Disney World facts! #disneyland #disneyworld #disney #magickingdom #magic #kingdom #toystory #toystory2 #buzz #lightyear #buzzlightyear #buzzlightyearride #space #ranger #spaceranger #spin #spacerangerspin #buzzlightyearspacerangerspin #astro #blaster #blasters #astroblasters #buzzlightyearastroblasters #tips #tricks #highscore
Buzz Light-Year's Space Ranger Spin is a slow-moving dark ride that is perfect for the entire family. It's admittedly calm, but the rush for who can aim their laser beams at the most targets gives it that extra kick that adrenaline junkies need. It's tame enough for most young children, which is why there is no age or height requirement for this ride.
It's is reminiscent of Buzz's adventure in Toy Story 2 since he has to work once again to stop the evil Emperor Zurg from stealing batteries out of toys. XP-37 star cruisers then make their way through the Gamma Quadrant to help Buzz stop his nemesis.
7 Leave: Dumbo
Dumbo is another children ride very similar to the Astro Orbiter, minus the thrill. It could be a decent ride for small children, but even they might stifle a yawn or two during the ride. A better alternative for this slow ride in Fantasyland would be The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh or even Prince Charming Regal Carousel.
The Carousel is brightly lit and a tame ride that is relaxing and enjoyable for any age bracket. It's a better experience to indulge in with children, plus they can even pick which character they want to enjoy the ride with!
6 Wait: Pirates of the Caribbean
There probably isn't a single Dinsey vacationer that would advise you to skip the notorious Pirates of the Caribbean ride that is famous from Disney parks. It is obviously well known now that the popularity of the ride inspired the self-titled film starring Johnny Depp as the fictitious Captain Jack Sparrow. And the success from that made its way full circle because Disney actually added this character to the ride, even though he wasn't a part of the initial ride storyline. It just goes to show that even though this has been a mainstay in Disney parks, they still work to bring new and better experiences, even for those who have ridden it a thousand times.
5 Leave: Frozen Ever After
The Frozen Ever After Ride inside of EPCOT premiered in 2015, following the success of the 2013 Disney animated film. Although a story based on Anna and Elsa's icy adventures is probably something kids and adults alike are begging to see, it's really not worth the wait. The popularity of the movie and its characters attributes to this rides typical hour-long wait, and that's on a slow day!
The ride itself is a simple log flume attraction that as a couple of twists and turns. It's cute, but if you wait over an hour for this thing, you'll leave the ride somewhat disappointed.
4 Wait: Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is yet another classic Disney ride that was made into a blockbuster success--and it's easy to see why. Not only is the ride fascinating and thrilling, but even the queue line is fun. The tombstones tell stories of resident's past and its fun picking out the small Disney-themed easter eggs that are planted amongst the graveyard. The ride simply has an amazing storyline attached to it and it is equally balanced for those looking for a cozy yet exciting Disney ride.
3 Leave: Peter Pans Flight
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This one was tough, but out of all the ride within Fantasyland, Peter Pan's Flight is one that can be skipped. It usually draws a big crowd, making its wait time one of the highest inside the parks. If it were between Peter Pan and any of the other hour-long wait rides, then Peter Pan should not be at the top of your list.
Instead, you might find better enjoyment waiting for rides like Pirates of the Caribbean or the Haunted Mansion.
2 Wait: River Rapids
If you're looking for an outdoor-themed ride, then the Kali River Rapids is worth the wait. This water-based ride at the Animal Kingdom is sure to have a long line, especially on those unbearably hot days, but its a thrill you wouldn't expect. There is a chance you won't get too wet where you would be uncomfortable, but it will without a doubt cool you off!
1 Leave: Jungle Cruise
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“Before I came to the jungle, I worked in an orange juice factory, but I got canned because I couldn’t concentrate.” 🤣 • • These guys get me every time with the same jokes! Jungle cruise (while not my husbands) is one of my all time favorites. It reminds me of my dad-because I mean the whole ride is dad jokes-and it’s a vintage staple. The theming is on point ☝🏻What’s your favorite Jungle Cruise moment?
The Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom is a comedy-sketched scenic tour of the wilderness surrounding this Disney park. The boat tour takes sight-seers through the rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America. While it's a pretty view and a calming ride, it's nothing to write home about. The ride lasts about ten minutes, but if the wait time is anything over twenty minutes, don't waste your time.