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Ways to Make Waiting in Disney Lines Fun

We all wish that we could skip all lines while on our Walt Disney World vacation.  It would be great to be able to walk onto every experience we wanted throughout the whole trip.  Although there are ways to skip the long lines (see our post here), lines are part of a Walt Disney World trip.

So because lines are going to be a part of your Disney experience, the next step is to have a plan on how to make waiting in these lines fun.  We have a few ways that we have found to make our time in line don’t boring or frustrating.  Take a look at these ideas and then use them while you are waiting in line during your Disney vacation.

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Heads Up! (app)

This is probably the most popular activity for passing the time in lines at Disney.  You will see a ton of Guests playing it throughout your Disney vacation.

Heads Up! Is a charades-style game that is an app on your phone.  You can choose your topic (like Disney characters or movies) and then one player will hold the hone on their forehead.  The rest of the team then tries to get that player to Guests what is on the screen by acting it out or giving clues.

This game is super fun and makes the time in line fly by.  We like that we can pick different categories making it easier for little ones and tougher for adults.

Make sure you download the app before you get to Walt Disney World so you are ready to go.

Play Now App
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Play Disney Parks App

Disney wouldn’t be left out of the app game.  They also have their very own way to keep you entertained while waiting in line.  The Play Disney Parks app allows Guests to play games that are connected to the area of the Disney Park they are visiting.

The app has both trivia about the area you are in as well as interactive games that connect to the rides.  The more you play, the more options you get in the game.

Play Disney is fun as it connects you to the ride and area of the Disney Park you are waiting in.  You also might learn something along the way.

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A new pass time that we have found while waiting in line is playing with different filters.  Disney now provides unique filters in the My Disney Experience app along with Genie+.  It can be entertaining to take pictures with all the different filters.

This also works if you are on any social media such as Snapchat, Instagram, or Tik Tok.  Your teens probably want to be on their phones anyways so why not make it a way to bond as a family?


Enjoy the Theming

Another way to stay entertained while waiting is to put those electronics down for a while and check out the amazing theming all around you.  Disney Imagineers take a great deal of time and effort into making the queues part of the story.  Take some time to really look at all the small details that are all around you.

Rides such as Peter Pan’s Flight have really updated the queue making you feel like you are actually entering the story.  Take time to enjoy it just as you will enjoy the ride.

Hidden Mickeys

Find Hidden Mickeys

Just like enjoying the theming as you step away from your phone, taking time to find hidden Mickeys does as well.  Imagineers have built-in little Mickey heads throughout all of Walt Disney World.  Some are super easy to find while others might be more difficult.

There are books out there you can get that will help you find those hidden Mickeys, or you can just enjoy searching for them on your own.

Hidden Mickey

Eye Spy

Because there is so much to see throughout a queue, another great game to play while waiting is eye spy.  This old-school game is classic and great for the whole family.  Take turns finding those hidden gems in the queue that you don’t think anyone else will be able to find.

Not only does this keep everyone busy, it also helps everyone find all the special touches throughout the queue.

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Make Plans

While waiting in line for a ride, it is a good time to discuss and update your plans.  Use this time in line to mobile order food, make your next Genie+ reservation, or talk through the next steps.

Take time to hop on the app and see if you can update or adjust any plans that you have been waiting on.  This is a good use of that time in line.

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Family Chats

As a parent, I like to use the time in the queue to just chat with my kids.  Let’s face it, I have them trapped so might as well use the time to talk.

Sometimes we reflect on our trip so far.  We look at our photos and talk about our favorites and most memorable parts so far.  We might talk about what else we want to do or even what rides we would change.

It is a fun way to have some conversations as a family that you might not have time for at home.

Waiting in lines is never fun even at Walt Disney World.  Since you are going to have to wait for some during your trip, use some of these suggestions to make the most out of the time.  Have fun as a family together and enjoy the moment.

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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