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Disney in a Minute: What is a Single Rider Line?

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Some attractions at Walt Disney World have one type of guest queuing system, a standby line. Most have two queues, the standby line and a Lightning Lane entrance. And then there are a handful of rides that have a third entry point: a single rider line.

Single rider lines are available at Test Track at EPCOT, Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom, and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, both at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Test Track has standby, lightning lane, and single rider lines.

Single rider lines are what they sound like, lines for parties of one. Cast members at the ride loading point pull individuals out of the single rider line to send attraction vehicles out completely full. For example, Test Track vehicles seat six guests. A cast member might load a car with a party of three plus a party of two from the regular line, and then fill in the remaining seat with someone from the single rider line.

You’re welcome to wait in the single rider line with a companion, but you will be separated on the attraction. The main benefit of the single rider line is that wait times at there are often much shorter than the standby line. If you don’t have a Genie+ reservation for the attraction, opting to go single rider could be a good way to cut down your wait time.

Some reasons why the single might not be for you are: you’re riding with a young child, you want everyone in your party in the same ride photo, or a member of your party is afraid and needs moral support during the ride (common at Everest and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster). You should also be aware that single rider lines may bypass some of an attraction’s pre-show elements. Also note that at less busy times the single rider line may not be open because circumstances do not require vehicles to go out completely full.

For more information on single rider lines, check out our full post on this topic.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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