Single Rider Line

Single Rider Line

Expedition Everest, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, and Test Track are three of the most thrilling attractions in all of Walt Disney World.  These attractions whisk you through exciting environments at speeds up to 65 mph!  Thrill seekers live for inversions, loops, and 80 foot drops, however, chances are you will be visiting Walt Disney World with someone that isn’t quite ready to face the menacing Yeti, or have Aerosmith music pumping into their ears while racing through the dark.  Or, maybe you have a little one that feels the need for speed, but doesn’t yet measure up to the height requirement.

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Whatever the scenario, there is a way to satisfy the thrill seeker without sacrificing an hour separated from your group.  Say hello to the Single Rider Line!  This a way for one or several riders in your group to experience these 3 attractions with a shorter wait.  Here is how it works:

Step 1: Enter the queue designated Single Rider Line.

Step 2: Wave as you pass the poor souls in the standby queue!

Step 3: Proceed to the next Cast Member.

Step 4: Wait to fill a seat created by an odd number group in the standby queue.

The Single Rider Line offers varying degrees of time savings across the 3 attractions. Let’s break down each one.  

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Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is an amazing indoor roller coaster that sends you screaming past the neon signs of LA.  With a 48” height requirement, it is no surprise that this is the most intense of the Disney coasters.  Rock ’n’ Roller starts by going from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds and includes 3 inversions.

On average the Single Rider Line saves the least amount of time here because most riders want to sit with someone they know, therefore you won’t find as many oddly numbered parties.  Signs outside the ride warn that the Single Rider Line may take just as long as the standby queue.  If you are using the My Disney Experience App you won’t be able to see the Single Rider Line wait times.  My app of choice for wait times is the Touring Plans app, Lines.  Utilizing the app you can see how the standby line compares to the Single Rider Line.

Actual wait times (Wednesday in July, 2:45 pm)

Standby: 49 minutes

Single Rider: 21 minutes

Time Saved: 28 minutes

 

Expedition Everest_05For many, Expedition Everest is their favorite roller coaster in the parks.  Thrill seekers over 44” tall will likely want to face off with the Yeti more than once, making the Single Rider Line a great option for multiple treks up the snowy mountain.

When you arrive at the entrance to Expedition Everest you will see the standby queue and Fastpass+ entrance right next to each other.  However, you may not notice the Single Rider Line at first. While facing the main entrance, look for a sign on your right for the Single Rider Line posted on one of the nearby village walls.

With the new night time hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can take the trek up the mountain more than once.  I always have a Fastpass+ for Expedition Everest, but like to utilize the Single Rider Line for a second, third, or fourth ride!  If you are going to be here a full day, make your Fastpass+ reservation for peak times and use the Single Rider line early and late.  Do you have what it takes to face the Yeti in the cold black of night?

Actual wait times (Wednesday in July, 2:45 pm)

Standby: 32 minutes

Single Rider: 12 minutes

Time Saved: 20 minutes

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Test Track has the lowest height requirement of the 3 attractions, at just 40”.  This makes the 6-passenger simulation car test ride something that most groups can enjoy together.  Pair that with the interactive queue where you can design your own sim car and you will find few people think of the Single Rider Line at Test Track.

Here, the Single Rider Line moves pretty quickly as most parties will be in groups of 4 or 5, leaving 1-2 extra seats to be filled on many vehicles.  There is even a good chance you could enter the Single Rider Line with a party of 2 or more and end up in the same vehicle, although you will probably not sit next to each other.

Actual wait times (Wednesday in July, 2:45 pm)

Standby: 120 minutes

Single Rider: 21 minutes

Time Saved: 99 minutes

One final piece of strategy to consider with Test Track.  Now that Frozen Ever After is open and Soarin’ Around the World is up and running, Test Track may be the ideal spot for the Single Rider Line. Grab a Fastpass+ for Frozen, ride Soarin’ first thing, and utilize the Single Rider Line at Test Track for maximum touring efficiency.

When using the Single Rider Line, keep these things in mind:

  1. The Single Rider Line does not require a reservation like Fastpass+.
  2. You will bypass the majority of the queue, including most interactive elements.
  3. You don’t have to travel solo to use the Single Rider Line.
  4. Be prepared to ride with complete strangers. Consider this a thrilling photo bomb opportunity!
  5. Check the Lines app for Single Rider Line availability and expected wait times.

As you can see, utilizing of the Single Rider Line on just these 3 rides could save you 2 1/2 hours of waiting!  Just think of all the other rides you could do over the course of your vacation with that kind of time!  Some are rather critical of Disney for not offering more rides with a Single Rider option.  After all, that other park down the street offers many, you know the one with the wizard, the one I like to call, “The Theme Park That Shall not be Named.”  Anyway, that park offers a lot of single rider lines, mostly because they don’t have a free Fastpass system and their wait times can be unbearable.  Because Disney does have the Fastpass+ system, there is less need for a Single Rider Line on all of their rides.  Sure, more would be nice, but utilizing these 3 will really add up.

Speaking of more, Disney did test a Single Rider Line on Kali River Rapids this July.  Whether or not this will stick around is not known at the this time.  Be sure to stay connected with us for updates on this and any other rides that may join the Single Rider family.

If you have any questions about the Single Rider Line that I haven’t covered today, I would love to hear from you!  Send us your thoughts on today’s rides by contacting us at www.facebook.com/wdwrideguide.  Have a great week and may each day be a ride worth taking!

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