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Be Careful! These Disney Attractions Can Be A Total Waste Of Time

Waiting in line is part of a Disney vacation in the Walt Disney World Resort. While having Disney park tickets allows you to experience all of the attractions you can find in Lake Buena Vista, it also means you experience ride queues. Whenever you plan on taking a Disney vacation, knowing tips regarding attractions and wait times is helpful. Timing is crucial for four Disney attractions in the Walt Disney World Resort. Keep reading to find out more!

Walt Disney World Gate
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Living with the Land

The Land Pavilion in EPCOT theme park is home to a gentle boat ride. Living with the Land takes you behind the scenes of EPCOT as you tour the greenhouses where many different crops are grown and cared for. The Disney attraction is an excellent ride to experience when you need a rest. It generally has a short line, so you can spend less time standing before boarding. Living with the Land is also a reasonably lengthy Disney attraction, with a ride time of 15 minutes. However, this can cause some problems depending on the time you ride.

Living with the Land is underneath Garden Grill. It’s also across the Disney park from Space 220. A short walk away is World Showcase, where plenty of excellent Disney restaurants are located. Suppose you have an advance dining reservation in a restaurant in EPCOT, but you have a short time to wait beforehand. Living with the Land may be an attraction that you consider riding before your advanced dining reservation due to its short line. However, you should keep in mind the length of the Disney attraction. Even with a wait time of 5 minutes, you must allow at least 20 minutes to ride. Otherwise, you may find yourself arriving late to the restaurant. Doing so could result in you being charged or your reservation canceled.

Living with the Land, EPCOT
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Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is another lengthy attraction that gives you time to rest your legs. Generally, a safari on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve is around 22 minutes long. It’s your chance to see various animals, including giraffes, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos and more. You’re guaranteed a different experience every time you ride the Disney attraction. Your guide is likely to be different, as well as the activity of the animals. However, timing is vital when it comes to Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Pride Rock, Kilimanjaro Safaris
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You may be tempted to ride the Disney attraction in the middle of the day when the temperature is at its highest. It seems sensible to do so as it’ll provide shade from the sun and a possible breeze as you move through the reserve. However, the animals struggle with the hottest part of the day like we do. Therefore, you’re likely to see a lot of sleeping animals or few animals as many take shelter in the shade. Instead, you should consider riding in the morning when the animals head out to the reserve for the day. Alternatively, the late afternoon or evening are excellent times to ride when the temperature has lowered. Taking a Kilimanjaro Safari in the rain is also an excellent idea. You can take shelter while the animals enjoy cooling off in the rain.

So, avoid Kilimanjaro Safaris next time you need to escape the afternoon heat in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Instead, cool off by riding Kali River Rapids, waiting in line for Avatar Flight of Passage, or watching a show like Festival of the Lion King.

Festival of the Lion King, Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

We’re only just getting started!’ You’ll recognize this phrase from Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The thrill attraction launches guests from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds in a stretch limousine-inspired ride vehicle before completing three inversions, a corkscrew, and two rollover loops. Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park is known to attract long lines for most of its attractions. However, being aware of the best times of day to ride certain attractions can benefit your Disney vacation.

Generally, guests of the Disney Park head toward the back at park opening, and during Early Theme Park Entry for Disney resort hotel guests. Doing so allows them to experience shorter wait times for Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Therefore, early morning is an excellent time to head down Sunset Boulevard. In particular, we recommend joining the line for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. You can expect a short wait and may even get to skip the pre-show and approach the ride-loading area straight away. You’ll be glad you rode the Disney attraction during the early morning as you see the long line times as time goes by.

Rock 'N Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
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Spaceship Earth

Not only is Spaceship Earth the icon for EPCOT, but it’s also a beloved attraction among Walt Disney World Resort guests. The 16-minute Omnimover-style attraction takes guests on a journey through time to discover how we’ve progressed in communication over the years. We love to escape the midday sun and rest our legs by riding in the afternoon. Visiting the Disney attraction around this time is a great option.

Meanwhile, there are particular times to avoid riding Spaceship Earth. Generally, many guests head to the attraction at the park opening or around 2 p.m. when park hopping is permitted for guests with a Disney Park Hopper pass. At such times, you can expect the attraction to have wait times of at least 20 minutes. The reason for this is it’s the first attraction guests come to when entering EPCOT through the main entrance. Waiting to experience the attraction a little later in the day compared to such times will allow you to practically walk onto the ride.

Spaceship Earth Entrance, EPCOT
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Remember these tips during your next Disney vacation. Careful planning of when to experience these four attractions will benefit your Disney experience in the Walt Disney World Resort.

Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!

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