Walt Disney World—will there be lines? Yes. Will those lines or queues provide a story line? Yes. Often the queues are so well themed and/or interactive they become just as fun as the attraction. Can you by pass lines? Yes, by using Fastpass—which is FREE to every guest.
One could go on and on about lines with incredible theming and we and others have. But what we discovered during an evening walk is that there are lines we have never seen or experienced.
Splash Mountain—we have yet to experience the stand-by queue which winds before going into the mountain. We have only experienced the Fastpass line which features various portraits of the characters guests will get to meet throughout the attraction.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad—while we haven’t been to the Magic Kingdom since the interactive queue has opened, we have yet to use the stand-by entrance for this attraction. It has only been Fastpass for us and will most likely continue. Do guests in the Fastpass queue get to use the interactive portions of the line too?
Soarin’—we have heard that there are interactive games and screens in the stand-by line, but we have yet to see or experience them. Our entrance to this attraction has always been through the Fastpass lane.
Expedition Everest—as of this writing we have only ridden once but it was through the Fastpass line that we entered the attraction which was still incredibly themed.
Kali River Rapids—we have seen the stand-by queue wind throughout the sheltered area from the Fastpass line which has been our only way into this wet ride.
Then there are some attractions that we have used both the Stand-bye queue and the Fastpass entrance depending on time of day, wait time posted on the attraction, and availability of Fastpasses. Those include Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan’s Flight, Dinosaur, Maelstrom, and Living With the Land.
When the husband and I were discussing this subject, he said Astro Orbiter. Huh? Astro Orbiter does not have Fastpass. It is one of the slowest loading rides and we only ride it early in the morning before the line begins to build. Then he said, “ What about pirates?” I think he was referring to Pirates of the Caribbean, so I again reminded him that there isn’t Fastpass at Pirates of the Caribbean and that is one of the fastest loading and unloading rides (It’s a Small World is one of the fastest loading, but not so fast in unloading).
Will we EVER see the stand-bye queues of those attractions listed previously? Maybe. In the meantime, we will use Fastpass to our advantage, even if it means missing a themed queue or two.