THIS is What the Ride Process Looks Like at Disney World!

We’ve gotten our first look inside Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom this week from both the Passholder Preview, and today’s grand reopening!

Cinderella Castle!

We’ve been able to get a glimpse at what the character cavalcades are like, along with riding a few rides to see how the attraction experience has changed!

We’re giving you all the details on what the ride process is like at Disney World’s attractions!

Peter Pan’s Flight

Ride Queues

At all of the rides we’ve been on today, physical distancing floor markers were present to keep guests at a safe distance from one another. Here, you can see the floor markers in action in line at Peter Pan’s Flight.

Floor Markers at Peter Pan’s Flight

We noticed each ship was being loaded with none skipped.

Peter Pan’s Flight

Space Mountain had the same markers outside of the ride building going into the attraction.

Space Mountain

When we visited Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, we noticed that the interactive, high touchpoint elements in the queue have been roped off and are not accessible at this time.

Interactive elements in line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train have been roped off

Additionally, in line at Mine Train, certain sections had a partition installed where distancing would not have been possible.

Mine Train Partition

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh had signs discouraging guests from touching the interactive features as well.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Interactive Area

The Haunted Mansion had distancing markers on the ground outside the attraction to distance guests as they waited to step in the spooky attraction…

Haunted Mansion Queue

…as well as the inside of the ride so there wasn’t any crowding.

Haunted Mansion Queue

The Stretching Room preshow is being skipped for now, with the paintings full stretched in place as guests walk through the room. The Ghost Host can be heard periodically telling guests, “Welcome, Foolish Mortals.”

Stretching Room

Animal Kingdom’s Dinosaur still allowed guests to watch the pre-show. The floor was marked with tape where guests were told to stand.

Dinosaur Pre-Show Floor Marked with Designated Areas

Pirates of the Caribbean had distancing measures like markers and roped off sections. Similar to other attractions, the line looked a lot longer than it actually was.

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Jungle Cruise used a similar line style as Pirates of the Caribbean that zig-zagged guests so there was enough room between guests on all sides.

Jungle Cruise

As the Enchanted Tiki Room welcomed guests to a tropical hideaway, there were markers on the ground to separate everyone. The preshow is still happening here outside.

Tiki Room

Inside, benches were marked with stickers to space guests every other row apart. (Don’t worry, you can still bring your Dole Whip in with you!)

Enchanted Tiki Room

Flight of Passage also appeared to have longer lines than it did, but everything moved quickly. When the line paused, guests were asked to stand on the designated lines on the ground.

Flight of Passage Queue

The Na’vi River Journey has placed glass partitions and barriers around the queue to make it easier to twist around the area…

Na’vi River Journey

…before saying hello to the Shaman along the river ride!

Na’vi River Journey

Under the Sea — Journey of The Little Mermaid has markers throughout the outside and the inside of the ride to keep guests apart from one another.

Journey of the Little Mermaid

There is also a spot where guests are asked to wait behind before using hand-sanitizer and boarding every other clam shell.

Journey of the Little Mermaid

Through the line for it’s a small world, markers went all the way down the area. However, we didn’t have to wait for very long and just walked down the ramp towards the loading dock.

it’s a small world

The Country Bear Jamboree has designated entrances and exits, with barriers blocking off areas that guests can’t walk through.

Country Bear Jamboree

Just around the corner, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has markers and lines to separate everyone…

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

…as well as glass partitions all throughout the queue.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Tom Sawyer Island is open for guests to explore, like Tom and Huck! The raft heading over there happens to have distancing markers before entering…

Tom Sawyer Island Raft

…and circles for parties to stand on as they make their way across the water.

Tom Sawyer Island Raft

Over in Hollywood Studios, we saw loads of plexiglass barriers in queues. We spotted them used prominently in the switchback queue for Slinky Dog Dash…

Slinky Dog Dash

…in the queue for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run…

Smuggler’s Run Queue

…and in the queue for Rise of the Resistance.

Rise of the Resistance Queue

In the line for Frozen Ever After at EPCOT, plexiglass barriers have been installed as well, and distancing markers are clearly displayed throughout the queue.

Frozen Ever After

Pre-Show Elements

Other pre-show elements are being modified or omitted altogether. As we already mentioned, in The Haunted Mansion, the Stretching Room is skipped entirely and is being used as additional queue space.

Stretching Room being used as queue space

Although some Disney World attractions have suspended pre-shows, Flight of Passage has modified its version. The room is limited to three parties at a time where the pre-show is just the introduction to Dr. Stevens without the part where guests are attached to their Avatars. Instead of two pre-shows, the rooms were used to space people instead.

Flight of Passage Pre-Show

As the Country Bears get ready to take the stage, the animal heads hung on the wall still join in singing along with their pals (we can’t help but want to hum along too).

Country Bear Jamboree

Over at Hollywood Studios, Millennium Falcon Smugger’s Run skips the pre-show with Hondo Ohnaka. The room is used for additional queue space.

Smuggler’s Run Queue

Spaced Out Loading

Once it’s time to board, more physical distancing measures are in place. The most common one we’ve seen so far is that parties are loaded in every other row at the very least, like what we saw at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

We also saw this being done at Space Mountain, where they’re skipping at least a seat per party.

Space Mountain

Jungle Cruise left space between guests so there was still some distance between people. The boats had limited capacity in order to limit guests onboard.

Jungle Cruise

Seats were divided by plexiglass, so each party was by themselves.

Jungle Cruise Boat

The skipper was also behind a plastic barrier, so that they would not come in contact with any guests.

Jungle Cruise Skipper

Pirates of the Caribbean only allowed one party per row in every other row or more.

Pirates of the Caribbean

We took a ride on Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom and noticed similar methods for spacing guests. We were sat with another party but were asked to sit on opposite sides to create more distance.

Kali River Rapids Boat

On Soarin, plexiglass dividers were installed in the ride vehicle itself.

Soarin’ Ride Vehicle

On Rise of the Resistance, we were loaded one party per transport…

Rise of the Resistance

…and one parry per cockpit on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run!

Our Very Own Cockpit!

Increased Sanitation

On certain rides, we saw plenty of sanitizing happening as guests disembark. At Splash Mountain, Cast Members were present to sanitize the logs every time it cycled through with guests on board.

Cast Member sanitizing the log on Splash Mountain

Cast Members at attractions like Dumbo were wiping down the attractions and railings…


…and others wore face shields on top of their masks if they had to be in close contact with any guests (like height measurements).

Goofy’s Barnstormer

Expedition Everest did an empty ride-through to help dry the seats after they were sprayed and sanitized.

Expedition Everest Empty Train

Each boat in Kali River Rapids was cleaned after every travel group too. Also, the Cast Member did not tell us we could remove our masks. (And for what it’s worth, the water cannons that allowed guests to spray Kali River riders were turned off too!)

Kali River Rapids Water Cannon

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has blocked off many of its interactive features in order to reduce high-touch areas.

Seven Dwarfs Interactive Elements

Multiple attractions around the parks have hand-sanitizer stations available before riding attractions in order to keep everything clean.

Hand-Sanitizing Station

High-touch playgrounds like The Boneyard in Animal Kingdom and Dumbo Play Area in Magic Kingdom were closed.

The Closed Boneyard

PeopleMover was also closed (but may be re-opening soon!).


In The Seas With Nemo and Friends SeaBase (the aquariums after you exit the ride) distancing markers showed where guests could walk…

The Seas With Nemo and Friends

…but certain displays with interactive elements were also roped off.

The Seas With Nemo and Friends

Wait Times

In general, wait times have varied between Cast Member Previews, Annual Passholder Previews, and the official reopenings.

15 Minute Wait for Splash Mountain (it took about 35 minutes)

Our big tip so far would be not to get too discouraged by a long line. Due to the distancing in place, we found that many lines looked far longer than they were.

Splash Mountain Line

Just like on a regular day before the closures, wait times can fluctuate, and there could be any number of reasons why a line is long.

Smugglers Run Line

That being said, because of the lower capacity on each of the ride vehicles, some of the loading times did definitely take a bit more time than they would have before. For example, on rides like Splash Mountain, they seated one party per boat, which definitely took a bit longer.

Splash Mountain

We also confirmed that Rider Switch and Disability Access Switch is operating as normal.

Separate Entrance for Rider Switch and DAS

Over our first week back in the parks, we have seen everything from one hour wait times to walk on.

Animal Kingdom Wait Times


We spotted a lot of consistencies across the four theme parks. The biggest changes were physical distancing throughout the queue as well as on the ride vehicle, as well as certain pre-show elements being omitted.

Yes, you STILL get wet on Splash Mountain

Be sure to follow along as we ride MORE rides and attractions at the reopened Disney World this week!

What attractions are you looking forward to riding the most in Disney World again? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Replies to “THIS is What the Ride Process Looks Like at Disney World!”

  1. One party per boat on Splash Mountain….what if you are a party of one? Do you get an entire boat to yourself.