Disney World Single Rider Lines – Which Rides Have It, Tips, Save Time

Walt Disney World’s single rider lines are a great trick to know when trying to beat the crowds. The perk of using a single rider line is it lets you pass the standard queue if you’re willing to be split up from your party to fill empty spots.

Keep reading to see which rides at Walt Disney World use single rider and how to use single rider at Disney World. We share all the info on single rider at Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. There are no Single Rider lines at Magic Kingdom.

What is a single rider line at Disney World?

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Disney World Single rider lines are separate lines from the regular queue that serve the purpose to fill empty seats on attractions. So when you decide to use single rider lines you accept that you will not be seated with your group as the purpose of these lines are to fill empty ride seats so the lines move more efficiently. Disney never wants to send ride vehicles off with empty seats that could be filled with guests!

For example, the ride vehicle for Test Track sits five people. If there is a family of four in line they will seat that family and then take one person from the single rider line to fill the empty seat. There’s always the chance you could end up being seated next to your group but this is never guaranteed. Many guests misunderstand that purpose of single rider and are surpised when they get to the front of the line to find out they need to separate.

The reason single rider is such a benefit is the short wait time you receive by using an alternate line than the standard ride queue but the reason this is offered is you are then split up from your group during the ride.

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Which Disney World rides have single rider lines?

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There are four rides at Walt Disney World that offer single rider lines:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster- Hollywood Studios
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run- Hollywood Studios
  • Expedition Everest- Animal Kingdom
  • Test Track- EPCOT

Unfortunately, there’s no single rider lines offered at Magic Kingdom.

Disney World Single Rider Age Limit

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The minimum age to use single rider is 7 years old. You want to make sure that your child is comfortable not being seated with their parent as your party will not be seated together so this is not always a good choice for some families. Your child needs to be mature enough to follow direction from the cast member and be secure enough to be left alone for a few moments when they exit the attraction since you will be departing at different times depending on which ride vehicle you’re put in. Plan on picking a place to meet after you exit so you don’t get separated.

For groups that have kids that are comfortable with this option or families with tween/teens this is a great way to beat the lines. And originally, single rider lines were designed for those traveling solo so this option works great for those that are enjoying a solo trip at Walt Disney World.

How to use single rider at Disney World?

To use single rider at Walt Disney World all you need to do is enter the single rider line for each attraction and wait for an empty seat to be filled. It’s that easy! Here is where you can find each entrance to the single rider lines:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster- Hollywood Studios
    • The single rider line is marked at the entrance to the attraction
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run- Hollywood Studios
    • The single rider line is marked at the entrance to the attraction
  • Test Track– EPCOT
    • The single rider line is marked at the entrance to the attraction
  • Expedition Everest- Animal Kingdom
    • This single rider line is off to the side of the attraction. Look for a sign to the left of the entrance of the Serka Zong Bazaar that says Single Rider Entrance. You can always ask the cast member too if you have a hard time finding it.

Walt Disney World Single Rider Wait Times

Walt Disney World single rider wait times can vary depending on how busy the parks on your visit which is impacted by the time of year, holiday season, etc. You can expect a busier day a the parks to yield a longer single rider line!

Although Walt Disney World has the benefit of not as many guests utilizing single rider as their counterpart over at Disneyland, especially for Expedition Everest with a single rider line that is a bit more hidden. You will usually wait half the time of the posted standby wait using single rider and even far less than that! That’s a large time saver. You will find this true especially for the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run as this ride is often targeted towards the group experience so guests will not want to split up for this ride like the others. We have often walked right on to this attraction using single rider!

Are the Disney World single rider times worth it?

There are some pros and cons to using Disney World single rider lines. One of the biggest cons is missing out on the interactive queue options that some of these rides offer. For Test Track you’ll miss most of the queue and won’t be able to design your own car which is a part of the experience for that ride. Expedition Everest’s queue for single rider is entirely separate from the main queue so you skip the entirety of the Yeti Museum which leads up to the ride. Similar with Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run you will also bypass the pre-show that is a big part of the storytelling of the attraction.

Another con largely applies to Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run because of the roles you are assigned when riding. Single riders are typically always assigned the role of engineer. There are three roles on the falcon: pilot, gunner and engineer. Since single riders just fill empty seats you can’t request a specific spot or role so the role of engineer (as being the least popular) goes to the single rider. The engineer sits in the back row of the ride and is tasked with pushing buttons to fix the damage to the ship. This is probably the least interactive role out of the three while the pilot controls much more of the action and the gunner has a better view of the show. I always recommend you at least ride this attraction through the regular queue too to get the full expereince!

Now the biggest pro for Disney World single rider lines are the time it can save you! Instead of waiting in a 90 minute standby line for Test Track, you can opt to use the single rider line and wait half that time or less.

Another pro is now you can also use this trick to save money with the introduction of Genie+ at Walt Disney World if you want to opt not to purchase it for the day. You can use single rider for some of these more popular rides instead to save money and time.

So… is Walt Disney World single rider lines worth it? Absolutely, you can’t beat the advantage of saving time when you’re trying to do so much in a day. Especially at Walt Disney World when there are four theme parks filled with attractions, shows, experiences, dining, shopping, etc. so it’s easy to pack your day full of must dos.

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the content director of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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