3 Attractions That Are Totally Worth a Long Wait

Remember the early days at Disney — standing out in the sun, weaving back and forth between the chains, while waiting to get on your favorite attractions?

Well thanks to interactive queues and FastPass+, that’s hardly a concern anymore! Disney has certainly figured out how to help guests pack the most into their day, and we are ever so glad they did! Fastpass+ allows you to pre-book three experiences a day, so you can have guaranteed seating at a show or bypass the lengthy lines.

A very crowded day in the Magic Kingdom

However, FastPasses can book up (and do, quickly) for the most popular attractions, leaving the only option for riding the Standby queue (regular line, in non-Disney speak.) While there are some attractions we wouldn’t necessarily recommend waiting a long time for (sorry, Journey Into the Imagination), there are some that we feel are certainly worth the wait!

Here are our top picks for attractions that we don’t mind standing in a long line for.

1. Soarin’ Around the World

The queue for Soarin’ Around the World

Located in Epcot’s The Land pavilion, Soarin’ takes you on a hang-glider journey you’ll never forget! You’ll “soar” over famous icons around the globe, such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, and the Eiffel Tower. When you think about it, an hour isn’t very long when you get to see this much of the world!

Soarin’ has been a fan-favorite ever since its Epcot debut in 2005, where it was simply Soarin’ and the views were exclusively from California. In 2016, the attraction was re-imagined into its current version, featuring worldwide travel. The attraction is incredibly realistic — you will really be 40+ feet in the air and able to feel the wind and smell the scenery around you!

Soarin’ Around the World

It’s a truly breathtaking experience, and one that everyone in the family (who is at least 40 inches) will enjoy. The word we hear most often at the end of this attraction, even from people who were leery about riding? AWESOME! There’s also Geography Trivia projected on large screens throughout the queue, so your family can play along and learn something during your wait!

2.  Avatar Flight of Passage

Animal Kindom’s newest land, Pandora, brings to life the world of Avatar. The highly anticipated addition came with breathtaking views, all-new dining, and two new attractions. Flight of Passage is unlike any other ride in the parks. It combines state-of-the-art technology, beautiful scenery, and realistic effects to take you flying on the back of a banshee.

The end of the line for Flight of Passage stretching all the way to the bridge to Harambe

There’s a 44-inch height requirement, but if you’re tall enough you’ll straddle a simulator (which is like a motorcycle) and don flight visors (3D glasses) for the adventure, which takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of Pandora. This ride is truly amazing — it is the most realistic experience we’ve ever seen!

Flight of Passage is arguably the most popular ride at Walt Disney World right now, and its FastPasses are almost guaranteed to book up 60 days in advance. But if you can’t get a FastPass, you might want to take the time to wait in the line — unless it’s unreasonably long. The queue is entertaining, as it takes you through Na’vi caves, an abandoned RDA laboratory, and a forest full of creatures. You can also enjoy the Play Disney Parks app while in line.

The floating Na’vi in the lab section of Flight of Passage’s queue

This attraction is so incredible —  it’s hard to describe what a unique and amazing experience it is. It is certainly worth the wait!

3. Toy Story Mania!

Toy Story Mania’s New Entrance in Toy Story Land

Grab some 3-D glasses and hop in a carnival car, it’s time to join Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Rex, and the rest of your favorite toys in a round of classic midway games! You’ll spin around the track, where you’ll stop at various games, such as Dino Darts with Rex or Flying Tossers with Buzz and the aliens. Using a pull-string shooter on your vehicle, you’ll aim at various objects at targets on the screen. The more targets you hit, the higher your score!

Toy Story Mania has been open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for more than a decade, and has been a must-do attraction the entire time — only increasing in popularity with the new addition of Toy Story Land. Toy Story Mania is a fan favorite for many reasons, the first being there is no height requirement so the whole family gets to play along! The second is that no matter how many times you’ve ridden before, it’s fun and exciting to try and snatch up as many points as possible.

Toy Story Mania vehicle

Toy Story Mania is another attraction that you can use the Play Disney Parks app on during the queue, and you will also be greeted by an incredible, interactive Mr. Potato Head while you wait! This ride is fun for the whole family, again and again, and we certainly recommend waiting for it. And, hey, why not make a friendly bet on the outcome? Lowest score buys Mickey bars perhaps?

Which attractions do you think are worth a long wait? Tell us in the comments! 

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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5 Replies to “3 Attractions That Are Totally Worth a Long Wait”

  1. Can you shed some more light on the Avatar ride.
    In particularly:
    • is it true that heavy or chunky people can’t fit on the ride comfortably? I was told you need to be thin.
    • is the ride full of motion. I cant do rockinrollar coaster or mission space without getting nauseous but i do enjoy test track and soarin

    1. Hi Kathy,

      It is true that some people have had trouble fitting comfortably on Flight of Passage. A lot depends on your height and how your weight is distributed. There is a ride vehicle located outside the attraction that you can try out before you get in the queue to see how you’ll fit. You sit astride the vehicle as you would a bicycle. A mechanism then presses down on your back and the back of your legs to hold you in place. The ride is not rough — it’s like a very amped up Soarin’, so I’m not sure if you’ll have trouble with it. You can read more about the attraction on our attraction page HERE. And we have some comments about the ride and the vehicle from people of various sizes HERE. Hope this helps — and I hope you can ride it, because it is AWESOME!

    2. Kathy I did this ride in January and I’m 250 lbs and was able to do it no problem.
      Also I do get motion sickness but this ride did not bother me……even if it did, I would have done it again. That’s how much I loved this ride.

  2. I think that these attractions are best seen via FastPass. You can definitely ride Soarin’ without a FastPass if you plan properly sometimes multiple times. Same is also possible with Toy Story Mania but you might still wait some. Avatar will still be very crowded until Star Wars Land opens up in my opinion.

  3. The only three lines that are like “totally” worth the wait for me:
    1. The line to get in the pearly gates
    2. The line for an organ transplant
    3. The line for a Weird Al Yankovic concert