Among other things, our good friend Goofy is known and loved for his fun cartoon series “How to …” covers humorously from “How to Dance” to “How to Play Baseball” to “How to Sleep” . Most recently at Disney +, he explained “How to Stay Home” (during the pandemic).
One thing Goofy hasn’t covered: How to wait in line at Walt Disney World. Well, now we are to correct that omission.
First of all, I think it’s worth noting that Robert Benchley (one of my favorite comedians) once remarked, “There are two types of people in the world: those who divide the world into two types of people and those who don’t.” .
I think it’s safe to say that when you’re at WDW, there are two types of people waiting for you: those who look at the phone and those who don’t.
Let’s be honest: even with the use of the TouringPlans Lines app, you’ll spend a (hopefully minimal) amount of time queuing for attractions or food, even if you use Mobile Ordering. But there are ways to maximize your enjoyment while keeping your tail: honest!
First, we present “Three Ways to Wait Online: Using Your Phone.”
1) Use the Lines app to see where you need to go. Although I’m not an expert, you can read it all here.
I can’t stress enough the usefulness of this tool and while to use it you need a subscription, even the paid version costs less than treating a family of four with Dole Whips and may be the best you can invest in your whole trip. You can see waiting times, get recommendations on whether to travel or wait, and even create your own personalized travel plans.
2) You can use the Lines app to be part of our park data team by posting your waiting times for others to benefit from the information. This data is constantly monitored and used to update the information you can benefit from, all thanks to other people. It should be noted that the waiting times posted by Disney outside of the attractions do not necessarily reflect the actual waiting times. This is where this app comes in.
3) Play with the Disney parks app on your phone. As we said, “The Play Disney Parks app offers guests of all ages something to enjoy for both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort visitors. The fun includes tailgating games, droid piracy at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, activation of show effects, obtaining achievements to complete activities in the park, discovery of official playlists of Disney Parks through Apple Music and much more. “
Read about it here or here.
And now we present “Three ways to wait in line without using your phone”.
(These are the old school techniques I tend to fall back on).
1) Enjoy the queue! Imagineers have worked hard to create an experience for you while you wait. And going through the queue can actually increase the enjoyment of the attraction. In some cases it tells a background story and in others it prepares you for what you are about to experience. It can be an interactive or passive experience, but in most cases it is worth it. In Magic Kingdom, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight are two great examples; any queue in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is awesome; And new attractions like Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, take the line to a whole new level. You can read more about it in this article, although it was written some time ago, but it details the perspective I am promoting.
2) Stretch! With everything you need to walk and stand at Disney World, this is a good time to stretch. Take off your backpack and roll up your head and neck; flex your shoulders. Turn from side to side. Stand on tiptoe; touch your toes (or at least, in my case, bend a little forward … it looks like my toes are getting as far apart as I have …). Make sure you don’t hit anyone around you, and maybe they’d like to join in the fun.
3) You can also play these FIVE games that do not require electronics.
Finally, a few last words before heading out to the next line.
Waiting in line can be a good time to rehydrate. It can also be a good time to enjoy a snack you’ve packed (remember to use a disinfectant before you enjoy). And you can always have a conversation with a stranger; after all, we’re all familiar with WDW, and who knows, you might leave the line making a new friend.
How do you spend your time? Tell us in the comments below.