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Top 9 Best Ride Queues at Disney World

The attractions in Walt Disney World are unique in that each has its own in-depth theme and details which support it. Guests who enjoy their time in the four theme parks can travel to other worlds and universes by merely entering into an attraction and becoming immersed in the theme. While the attractions are incredible experiences in themselves, the queues are equally important because they are the first glimpse guests experience that hints at the adventure to come. Attraction queues set the tone and location for the attraction, and guests can lose themselves in soaking in many details while moving closer and closer to the loading area. No Walt Disney World attraction is complete without its queue, and here are the nine best ones for guests to enjoy!


9 – Peter Pan’s Flight

The Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is home to an attraction that captures the hearts of guests of all ages. Peter Pan’s Flight brings guests on a beautiful flight over the night skies of London and the magical locations in Neverland. Before boarding pirate ships in the attraction’s loading area, guests move through a queue, which brings them directly into the Darling’s home. Guests who enjoy the standby queue for Peter Pan’s Flight can move through the house and enjoy personal details like portraits, toys, and the children’s nursery. One of the most magical portions of the queue is when guests are sprinkled with pixie dust, allowing them to take to the skies and fly with Peter once on board.

8 – Jungle Cruise

Guests who are looking for an exotic adventure down the rivers of the world should head over to the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland for the world-famous Jungle Cruise. The attraction brings guests on an adventure through lush jungles, temple ruins, and the backside of water for an experience that is both enjoyable and laughable thanks to the skippers’ corny jokes. Before boarding the boats and setting sail, guests who visit the Jungle Cruise move through a queue which is full of beautiful and hysterical details. A radio broadcast is continuously playing, making announcements about missing boats and other goings-on while guests move past artifacts, interesting signs, and a spider that might just surprise them. With so much detail, the queue of the Jungle Cruise perfectly sets the tone for the attraction that awaits.

7 – Pirates of the Caribbean 

Another classic attraction in the Magic Kingdom invites guests to take to the high seas to set sail with pirates. Pirates of the Caribbean can be found in Adventureland and brings guests on a thrilling journey through a burning seaside village that is being ransacked by the pirates. Before you get to spot Captain Jack Sparrow from the film series, you’ll be transported to the world of the pirates by entering a 17th-century Spanish fortress’ courtyard. You’ll twist and turn and see cannons, cannonballs, and two pirates who are at a stalemate in their chess game. All of this sets the tone for your fantastic pirate cruise.


6 – Toy Story Mania

Also found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is an attraction that allows guests to shrink down to the size of toys and hang out with the Toy Story gang. Toy Story Mania has guests compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by the Toy Story characters, where the high score definitely equals bragging rights. The queue of the attraction captures the imagination of every guest as it is full of larger-than-life toys like Chutes and Ladders, Checkers, crayons, playing cards, and Mr. Potato Head. With so many nostalgic toys at such a large scale, guests love enjoying the queue of Toy Story Mania each time.

5 – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one of the most ominous attractions in Walt Disney World. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is housed in the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel, which looms at the end of Sunset Boulevard. The attraction brings guests into an episode of The Twilight Zone, where they are the stars as they relive a fateful night that occurred many years ago. The queue for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of the most detailed in all of the four theme parks, and immediately immerses guests in the story. After passing through the gates of the attraction, guests wind their way through a foggy garden where screams and jazz music echo in the background. Once inside the lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, guests immediately can sense that something strange happened as there are personal items and luggage simply left behind covered in years’ worth of dust. With props from the television series and an incredible amount of detail everywhere one looks, the queue of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of the best in Walt Disney World.

4 – Haunted Mansion

Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom is home to one of the most beloved attractions in all of Walt Disney World, which invites guests to feel both spooked and entertained. The Haunted Mansion brings guests into a massive manor house, which is home to nine hundred and ninety-nine happy haunts who lurk in the many rooms waiting to scare guests. While guests encounter plenty of eerie happenings and spooks on the attraction, the queue of the Haunted Mansion introduces some of the characters found inside and sets the creepy tone. With the mansion looming at the top of the hill and the echoes of a dog howling, guests enter into an interactive graveyard that winds its way through the Haunted Mansion’s queue. Guests can figure out who killed who in a twisted family of six, help a deceased poet with her writer’s block, play instruments from regions beyond, and pay their respects to Master Gracey, owner of the home. Just before entering into the foyer of the mansion, guests can check out a tombstone for Madame Leota, who occasionally opens her eyes to check out what is happening in the physical world!

3 – Expedition Everest

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to an attraction that takes guests deep into the forbidden mountain where the Yeti is the fabled and robust protector. Expedition Everest’s queue is full of amazing details that make guests feel as though they really are moving through the offices of a base camp expedition company. The highlight of the queue is a Yeti Museum, which is full of props, photos, ancient artifacts, and artwork depicting the legend of the Yeti through the centuries. Guests can learn about the creature and also build suspense for the journey to come by finding out that a previous expedition mysteriously disappeared after their camp was ravaged. With so many beautiful details to absorb, guests will love waiting in line on Expedition Everest!

2 – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance places you in a climactic battle with the First Order. The queue sets the stage for your recruitment with the Resistance. You’ll find the Resistance’s temporary encampment in the forested area along the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost on Batuu. The gateway to the encampment is marked by a large turret. From there, a pathway leads deeper into the forest toward towering cliffs and the crumbling remains of an ancient civilization. While some of the queue is outside, most of it is inside, which will be welcome in the hot summer months. You’ll weave through low stone walls, timeworn pillars, and tight corridors as you progress farther into the base, hearing military communications chatter along the way. The first section of the queue is quite long, with many chambers. Be sure to look at all of the items along the way while you’re waiting!

1 – Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage, the newly opened land of Pandora – The World of Avatar, launches each guest on an exhilarating, wind-in-your-face experience on a winged mountain banshee over the awe-inspiring world of Pandora. Guests will actually feel the banshee breathe beneath them as they soar through the forest and past floating mountains. This simulation-type ride is thrilling, realistic, and very intense. But the excitement begins even before your flight. The journey begins in the queue as guests begin an uphill trek around a massive root structure, over a land bridge above waterfalls to an authentic totem garden. Meandering passageways lead to a cave-like structure where the great–winged banshees, or Ikran as the Na’vis call them, are celebrated in paintings and majestic totems. Next, guests enter an old, once abandoned RDA facility with a laboratory partially restored. Here, there are scientific experiments in progress with references to habitat restoration, the ecosystem, water purification, and the connection of all living things. Next, stop is the genetic matching room where explorers are scanned and genetic material is sampled to connect them to personal avatars in preparation for a flight experience. The queue experience is one you won’t mind waiting in!

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Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello is a huge fan of Walt Disney World and has been visiting yearly since she was an infant. With many trips under her belt, she loves to take her time in the parks and discover lots of small details and secrets in between attractions. When not learning about the history of Walt Disney World, Caitlin loves to eat and drink at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, sip on a Lapu Lapu at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and stroll through the streets of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. In between trips, Caitlin resides in New York working as a Teaching Assistant in a Pre-K classroom.
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