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Three Unexpected Long Lines in Walt Disney World Every Guest Should Be Aware Of
There are plenty of things you can guarantee for a Disney vacation in Lake Buena Vista. You can count on immersive attractions and exhilarating rides to experience in every Disney Park. Excellent restaurants to dine at, inside and outside of the Disney Parks, are something to look forward to every time you visit the Walt Disney World Resort. You will undoubtedly return home with memories to last a lifetime. Your feet will need a rest after the miles they have walked during your Disney vacation. You’ll probably also be glad not to wait in long lines for a while!
You can expect to wait in line during a Disney vacation. Waiting in line is all part of the Disney experience for some attractions. Attractions like Avatar Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Frozen Ever After in EPCOT have queue lines that help to tell the story of the ride. Of course, Guests can reduce their time in attraction lines by purchasing Disney Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane passes.
In terms of dining, a couple of options are available to Guests to reduce their wait time. Advance dining reservations help secure a dining experience in a restaurant during your Disney vacation. Mobile ordering is also available at many Walt Disney World Resort quick-service restaurants. Using the Mobile Order service to your advantage can help to streamline your dining experience.
However, there are some locations in the Walt Disney World Resort where you may need help to avoid waiting in line. Good planning will help to reduce your queueing experience at the following locations during your next Disney vacation.
Located across the way from Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs, Gideon’s Bakehouse serves giant cookies and cake slices daily. It’s a must-visit, at least once, for every Disney Guest. You shouldn’t only visit for the treats but also for the experience. Gideon’s Bakehouse reminds us of an alternative Haunted Mansion. You’ll enter the grand doors and step inside to see floor-to-ceiling bookcases, large portraits of Gideon’s Bakehouse characters, and a counter full of sweet treats. Treat yourself to a limited-edition or classic cookie, and maybe even grab a Nitro Cold Brew.
Gideon’s Bakehouse is a hotspot in Disney Springs. You can expect a line throughout the day, even before the store opens. Once the line reaches a certain length, the virtual queue is opened. To enter the virtual queue, speak to a Gideon’s Bakehouse Cast Member who will take your details. Once it’s time to enter, you will receive a message on your cell phone. The line times can vary throughout the day. If you wish to purchase one of their limited edition goods, you’ll need to arrive early in the day, as they sell out quickly. Hot cookie hour happens twice daily, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., a popular time for Guests to visit.
If you wish to enjoy treats from Gideon’s Bakehouse, we recommend you get to Disney Springs before the store opens. When we entered the line around 9:30 a.m., we picked up our treats by 10:15 a.m. Mornings are a beautiful time to enjoy Disney Springs. If you wish to take advantage of hot cookie hour, plan to get in line at least 30 minutes before it begins to guarantee your order of a hot cookie served with ice cream.
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
Over in EPCOT theme park, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is where to get freshly baked French baguettes, sandwiches, pastries, and more. You’ll find it at the back of the France Pavilion in World Showcase, beyond the fountains in front of the Eiffel Tower. Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can sit inside while enjoying their order, taking a break from the sun and the Florida heat. Alternatively, seating is available on the quaint French street outside.
The food options available at the Disney quick-service restaurant are great, which is why there is often a long line for Les Halles. Generally, the line is contained inside the Disney restaurant. However, there are times when it can extend outside and down towards Monsieur Paul. In particular, mornings are a popular time for Guests to visit the Disney restaurant. If you see the line extending past L’Artisan des Glaces, expect at least a 60-minute wait. Therefore, you may want to wait until later to enjoy a French sandwich or pastry.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
There are plenty of bars and lounge areas in Walt Disney World. However, there is one particular place that Guests love to spend time at. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. While the Tiki Terrace is also available and serves the same menu, it’s inside the Grog Grotto, where you are guaranteed a unique experience.
The intimate bar is filled with quirky artifacts, providing an immersive lounge to sit in and enjoy a tropical concoction. Every drink is served with fun by Trader Sam’s Cast Members. The atmosphere, fun and intimate space is why Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is so popular with Disney Guests. Visiting earlier in the day is the best way to guarantee you a minimal wait. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is open from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily. Alternatively, we recommend joining the waiting list before an advance dining reservation at ‘Ohana or Kona Cafe. Should the estimated wait for a table be around 90 minutes, you have time to enjoy your dinner before retiring to the Grog Grotto for an after-dinner cocktail.
Have you waited in line for any of these Disney locations before? Do you plan on visiting them during your upcoming Disney vacation? Successful planning will keep your wait to enjoy these Disney experiences to a minimum.