The Rides Disney Fans DON’T Regret Paying For

Last year, Disney discontinued FastPass+ and introduced two new paid ways to skip the lines at popular attractions across all four parks.

Disney Genie+ is now in Disney World!

The new systems are known as Disney Genie+ (which costs $15 per person, per day) and Individual Attraction Selection (which is a separate, varying cost per ride, per day). We’ve been in the parks testing them out over the past few months to bring you our best tips, but one question that we get pretty often is “which rides are actually worth purchasing?” And, for this one, we’re turning to our AllEars readers to see what they have to say!

Over on our Facebook Page, we asked our readers “What’s a ride you WON’T regret buying Lightning Lane access for in Disney World?” and with 200+ responses, there were FOUR clear winners — let’s take a look!

Rise of the Resistance

What was the #1 ride that readers didn’t regret purchasing Lightning Lane access to? Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Rise of the Resistance is an Individual Attraction Selection

This immersive ride is considered an Individual Attraction Selection and has cost $15 per person both during peak and non-peak times of the year so far. And, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that readers found the cost to be worth it because the standby wait time has reached upwards of 4 hours on particularly busy days and often is over 100 minutes regardless of crowds.

The Rise of the Resistance standby line can be REALLY long

Aside from skipping the long wait, some readers shared that they didn’t regret purchasing Lightning Lane access because it enabled them to ride even more in the park throughout the day. In fact, one reader said that it “allowed us to get on other rides early in the morning without much of a wait.” So, the ability to buy the Individual Attraction Selection ended up freeing more time in their day to tackle other popular rides.

Avatar Flight of Passage

The next most popular response was Flight of Passage in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Flight of Passage

This is another attraction that has wait times upwards of 90+ minutes each day, and for many, the ability to skip the long line was worth the extra cost.

Flight of Passage Queue

Keep in mind that Flight of Passage is also considered an Individual Attraction Selection and has traditionally cost $11 during non-peak times and $14 during busier seasons and weekends.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT was another popular response from readers, and this one is a bit more unique than the others. Since opening, the attraction has featured a virtual queue, meaning that guests must secure a spot in the virtual queue during one of two distribution times (7AM and 1PM) in order to ride for “free.” So, the only way to guarantee that you can ride the attraction is to purchase a Lightning Lane return window.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Like other top-tier attractions (or Fancy Rides TM as we call them), Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is an Individual Attraction Selection and has traditionally cost anywhere between $9 to $11 depending on when you’re visiting.

Virtual Queue Return Line

Many of our readers felt that the cost was worth it because it meant that they didn’t have to spend extra time on their phones trying to get a spot in the virtual queue and they were guaranteed a ride on the brand new attraction.

Frozen Ever After

The last ride that was mentioned by a majority of readers as one that they don’t regret purchasing is Frozen Ever After. Like the others, this ride is considered an Individual Attraction Selection and costs between $9 to $11 to skip the line.

The Frozen Ever After line is another one that gets long!

Aside from being a popular attraction that tends to have a longer wait time in EPCOT, many readers shared that the Lightning Lane was worth it to them because they had small children who don’t do well waiting in long lines. Paying the extra cost meant that they could still take their kids to see their favorite characters from Frozen without having to worry about how long the standby line would be.

Honorable Mentions

While those four rides were mentioned by most readers in response to our question on Facebook, there were still a few others that are worth noting! These include Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom…

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

…and Soarin’ Around the World at EPCOT.

Soarin’ Around the World

Plus, some even mentioned that they likely won’t regret paying to skip the line at TRON: Lightcycle Run when it finally debuts at Magic Kingdom.

Tron Attraction Concept Art ©Disney

So, the overall themes here were that:

  • Readers feel that paying the extra cost to skip the line at attractions is worth it if it means that they can skip a wait that is multiple hours long.
  • Readers didn’t regret paying for a ride that was brand new or that they had never ridden.
Slinky Dog Dash in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Some readers did also note that there weren’t any rides in Disney World that they would be willing to pay the extra cost for and would rather wait in the standby lines using other strategies to tackle the long lines in the parks.

Tower of Terror

Are there any attractions that you don’t regret paying for in Disney World that wasn’t mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow along with us on our Facebook Page so that you can share your thoughts on our next question!

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