Top Ten Tips For Waiting In Long Queues At Walt Disney World

If there is one thing you can count on during your Walt Disney World vacation, it's that you're going to have to wait in line. You can be sure that if you're headed for newer attractions, such as those in Toy Story Land and Pandora: The World of Avatar, the standby wait times are going to be several hours long. That's quite a chunk of time. But as the meerkat says "Hakuna Matata," because we've got the Top Ten Tips For Waiting In Long Queues At Walt Disney World.


Top Ten Tips For Waiting In Long Queues At Walt Disney WorldTop Ten Tips For Waiting In Long Queues At Walt Disney World


1. Make friends with the people in line around you. Queues are great places to reach out and share your vacation experience with others around you. Strike up a conversation and make a new friend.

2. Waits can be long, so be sure to get in line with what you need. Queue times are great for having a drink and a snack on the go. However, not all Disney queues allow you to bring food and beverages into the line. Make sure you know what the rules are first.

3. Play Disney Parks App! Just launched with the opening of toy Story Land on June 30th, 2018 Play Disney Parks is a new mobile app only playable in Disney Theme Parks. The app includes games, music, trivia challenges, and more. This is available for iOS and Andriod, so download it now and Play Disney Parks.


Download The Play Disney Parks AppDownload The Play Disney Parks App


4. Play a social game. How about "Would You Rather," or "Eye Spy." You could even make a rule that says you have to give a special Disney spin to your questions and answers.

5. Find the Hidden Mickeys and explore other details in queue. Hidden Mickeys are clever representations of Mickey Mouse that has been inserted subtly by Imagineers into the design of a ride, attraction, or other location in a Disney theme park. You can even pick up a Hidden Mickey Field Guide to help you locate them.

6. Disney has gone to great lengths to keep its queues from being boring, and this makes them wonderful places to pull out your camera and take some pictures. From beautiful landscaping to hidden details, Disney queues can make for some truly magical photo backdrops. Pictures from the queues help you to tell your Disney story.


Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid QueueUnder the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid Queue


7. Update your social media. There's no reason not to share the wait, soInstagram/Facebook/Tweet your queue time. Post silly selfies, or hold an in queue Q&A for your friends and followers.

8. Explore the MyDisneyExperience App and figure out where you'll be going next. Heading to dinner after you get out of line? Check out the menu at the restaurant and decided what you want to order. Playing the day by ear? See what attractions are closest and figure out where you'll be going next.

9. Listen to a Disney themed audio book or guide. This is an especially great use or time if you're in queue solo. Upload your audio before you leave on vacation, and you'll never be alone while waiting. Here are a couple you may want to try.

10. Send video "post cards" or Facetime your family back home. Pull out your phone and shoot a quick video to text or email with the folks back home letting them know what you're up to. Grandma and Grandpa would love to see you, I'm sure of it.

What's your favorite way to kill some time in queue? Leave your ideas in the comments and make it easier for someone else.

JeffC wrote on Tue, 07/03/2018 - 14:23:

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I'm looking forward to trying the new Play Disney Parks app! That could be fun.

Usually we spend the time playing around in MDE checking wait times and planning our next attraction of trying to get FPs.

Some of the queues have great photo ops too so we're usually taking pics and sending to people or posting somewhere.

If someone in front of behind me has a cool or funny shirt or ears or pin(s) I'll comment, which sometimes leads to conversation.

Lines can also be good people watching opportunities. Haha.

Lisa B. wrote on Tue, 07/03/2018 - 17:55:

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Look, I get that we are in the 21st Century and kids are no longer amused by simple things but must be pull out our phones in line and have personal conversations about subjects I'd rather not hear about. Do you really need to make that conference call in the queue while you are supposed to be enjoying your Disney vacation and face time your family. UGH. Can't you do that when you get back to the hotel or at dinner around the table. So much sensory overload!!!!! Unplug and take in the very detailed elements at each queue! Everyone is in line trying to enjoy that expensive Disney vacation as well...Don't even get me started about the kids on the shoulders at fireworks, parades and etc. while holding up the big tablets trying to video every moment instead of being "IN" the moment.......

wdwizbest wrote on Wed, 07/04/2018 - 15:11:

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We like looking for tattoos prominently displayed on folks around. We try to decide which tats are professionally done or homemade "prison" tats. We also like to guesstimate how much alcohol was on board based on how large/horrendous the tattoo is. Judgmental? Yes. Fun way to pass time? Definitely.

JeffC wrote on Wed, 07/04/2018 - 21:16:

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Haha - now I'm adding these to my list of things to do while in line, wdwizbest.

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 00:03:

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Oh my god Wiz! Hahahaha! That's totally going in my people watching rotation, right along with stupid shoes.

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