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Don’t Want to Wait in Line? Head to These Disney Experiences

No one wants to spend much time waiting in line during their Walt Disney World vacation. Unfortunately, the Parks get busy, so that popular attractions can see long wait times. This doesn’t mean you are stuck waiting in those lines to have fun.

Luckily there are rides in each of the Parks that typically don’t see long wait times no matter what the overall crowd looks like in the Park. Consider these rides when the wait times increase and you still want to enjoy fun rides.

Journey into Imagination with Figment
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Journey into Imagination with Figment- EPCOT

When visiting EPCOT, head over to the Imagination area for a ride on Journey into Imagination with Figment. This ride takes Guests into the Imagination Institute, where they travel through sensory labs. During the ride, our adorable purple dragon Figment helps Guests understand how exciting and fun imagination can be.

Guests often overlook this ride as they rush to Soarin’ or back to the World Showcase to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. When these rides start to get longer waits, take a quick stop over to visit Figment. The loading of this ride is fast, making it easy to accommodate many Guests, and therefore, the wait time remains low.

Journey into Imagination with Figment might not be the most thrilling attraction in EPCOT, but it is an excellent option when wait times build throughout the Park. It is also a classic EPCOT attraction, so visiting it at least once is a must-do.

Seas with Nemo and Friends
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The Seas with Nemo and Friends- EPCOT

Another excellent option in EPCOT for when wait times increase throughout the Park is The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Like Journey into Imagination with Figment, the sidewalk keeps everyone moving quickly into their clamshells. This helps keep the wait time down, and Guests are constantly loading into the ride.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is an adorable ride that retells the story of Nemo. It uses the live aquarium and great large sets to bring Guests right into the story. This ride is cute and entertaining. We also like that the exit takes us right into the fantastic aquarium, where we can explore.


Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover- Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom, crowds can build quickly throughout the day. Having some rides you can enjoy is good, but it won’t require long wait times. One of our favorites is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. This ride takes Guests high above Tomorrowland, and they explore all this land has to offer.

Since the ride constantly moves, even when the line looks long, it moves quickly. Guests can enjoy a nice relaxing ride as they see some of the best of Tomorrowland. See Tron: Lightcycle Run, the inside of Space Mountain, and watch Buzz Lightyear hard at work.

We also enjoy the views of the castle from high above on the PeopleMover. This is a must-do ride for us when the Parks get busy during the day. It gets us out of the crowd but allows us to see still the magic in the Park.

Related: Top Rides at Magic Kingdom with Low Waits

Carousel of Progress, Tomorrowland
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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress- Magic Kingdom

Another must-do attraction at Magic Kingdom to avoid long waits is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. This iconic Disney attraction takes Guests through four decades of history. Guests learn how communication and technology have changed over time as they rotate through time.

Since the theatre is constantly rotating, Guests typically don’t have to wait long to find a seat. We always take time to enjoy this ride because of the history but also because of the short wait it always has during the day.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room- Magic Kingdom

One of the first audio-animatronics introduced to Disney Park came from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in 1963 at Disneyland Park.  Now, Guests hanging out in the Magic Kingdom Park can enjoy this entertaining show.

Exotic birds, tiki statues, and flowers all work together to bring a South Sea musical to life in the middle of Magic Kingdom. Guests can sit back and relax as they enjoy the show of over 225 audio-animatronics performing various songs.

As a large theatre in the round, Guests don’t usually have to wait long before enjoying this show.  Grab Dole Whip and be ready for a great time.

Walt Disney Presents- Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A hidden gem in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Walt Disney Presents. This is a walk-through attraction that connects Guests with the history of Walt Disney World. The exhibit contains sketches, photos, models, costumes, artwork, and more. It is a great, self-paced experience that can be perfect for busy afternoons.
The Little Mermaid

Under the Sea- Journey of The Little Mermaid- Magic Kingdom

Travel underwater to enjoy the story of our favorite mermaid Ariel and how she found her happily ever after with Prince Eric. Guests can climb into their clam shells and then head down under, where they will find all their favorite moments from the movie.

See Ariel’s gadgets, hear Sebastian and friends sing, and watch out for Ursula.  For how good this ride is, we are always surprised that the wait time doesn’t typically get higher than 30 minutes on most days. We love relaxing and hanging out with Ariel and friends throughout the day.

No one wants to spend their whole vacation at Walt Disney World in long lines. Be aware of some of these incredible experiences in the Parks that typically don’t have long lines. Visit them during the busiest part of the day to continue to enjoy the magic in the Parks.

Related: Dos and Don’ts of Waiting In Line


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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