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Single Rider Lines at Disney World

Single Rider Lines at Disney World

Some of Disney World’s biggest and most popular rides have something called a single rider line which will get you to the front of the line faster (maybe)! The single rider lines at Disney World offer solo travelers, who do not mind splitting up, the opportunity to enter a special line at select Disney World rides. Rides that currently have single rider lines at Disney World are Expedition Everest, Test Track, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, and sometimes Soarin’ in Epcot.

What is a Singler Rider Line?

The purpose of the Single Rider Line is to maximize filling up every ride vehicle. Think about parties that are odd numbers. Disney uses the Single Rider Line to fill in those odd spaces. If you don’t mind being split up from your party or are a solo traveler you can join this line if an attraction offers it.

Can a Family Use a Single Rider Line?

Yes! Families and groups can absolutely use the Single Rider Lines, but remember you WILL be split up. Single Rider Lines are great for families with older children that can be on their own for 5-10 minutes while they wait for you, but it is not recommended for younger school age children.

Technically, the minimum age for the Single Rider Line is 7, however, with Disney crowds that can be overwhelming for them to have to wait any given time alone. This is, however, a great option for adult trips, or groups with teens!

While the Single Rider Lines are (almost) always faster than the standby line, if you are going with a large group, (more than 4 people), it is not recommended to use the Single Rider Line. The amount of time the group would have to wait for every person to fill an odd seat would likely exceed the standby line.

Why Would Disney Offer Single Rider Lines?

Disney does this to give guests the benefit of a line that moves quickly. Plus, the ride can accommodate more people per hour if every seat is used, which helps keep everyone happy. The single rider line reduces wait time for everyone, not just the singles.

Another reason is so families with one person who likes roller coasters can separate and take a quick ride without having to wait hours to see that person again.

Disney World Rides that Offer Single Rider

Line for Test Track Epcot

Expedition Everest

Over at Animal Kingdom Expedition Everest, you will find the single rider line tucked away. When facing the main entrance, look on your right for a Single Rider Line sign posted on the wall of the gift shop. There will be a cast member stationed there to make sure that you understand that you are in the single rider line.

Test Track

The single rider line moves really fast over at Test Track in EPCOT. This is due to the cars only holding 6 people and most being a party of 2 or 4 leaving those extra gaps for you to fill.

Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster

Your benefit in the single-rider queue won’t be as good over at Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios, because most people want to sit with someone they know. This leaves less oddly numbered parties.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

In the same park, Hollywood Studios, you can also use the single rider option at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This is a great opportunity to practice your flight skills with complete strangers and see how well you fare.


This classic family favorite over in EPCOT will take you high in the sky to see adventures around the world as you relax on your hang glider. Disney Imagineers give guests the full experience, even including the wind in your hair and scents that match what you see.

Why Would Disney Offer Single Rider Lines?

Single Rider Lines at Disney World 2

Disney does this to give guests the benefit of a line that moves quickly. Plus the ride can accommodate more people per hour if every seat is used which helps keeps everyone happy. The single rider line reduces wait time for everyone, not just the singles.

Another reason is so families with one person who likes roller coasters can separate and take a quick ride without having to wait hours to see that person again.

Which is Better: Lightning Lane or Single Rider Lines?

Disney World can be expensive and a lot of us are looking for places to cut to save the budget. Genie+ is often right there on the chopping block. The question is – Can you use Single Rider Lines in place of Genie+ and still accomplish just as much? The answer – is possibly. For some rides, Single Rider is a great feature that can save a lot of time, but for others may not really be worth it.

It’s important to note that there are NO SINGLE RIDER LINES in the Magic Kingdom. They exist only in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT.

Expedition Everest –

Expedition Everest is a thrilling roller coaster in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the fact is… It almost never has a line! Not a long one, anyway. Most days, Expedition Everest is sitting at under 30 minutes in the Standby queue. The truth is, with a ride that has a two seater vehicle and a wait time 25 minutes or less, you may end up waiting the same amount of time in the Single Rider Line.

Test Track –

Test Track in EPCOT is one of the park’s most popular attractions. Wait times for this ride and experience hover around an hour every day! If you have a car enthusiast in your party and Test Track is high on your to-do list, you may want to consider the Single Rider Line if you aren’t able to secure a lightning lane. Note that by utilizing the Single Rider Line instead of the Lightning Lane or the Standby queue, you may be missing out on portions of the interactive pre-show.

Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster –

This is one ride on the list where Genie+ Lightning Lanes are better than the Single Rider Line. It’s not often that the Single Rider Line takes not only as long as the Standby queue, but actually goes longer, but in our experience it has happened with this attraction.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run –

This attraction is very interactive, and what you put in is what you get out of it. If you just sit back and watch the experience unfold, you are not going to enjoy this as much as someone who goes in with no abandon and gets lost in the story. That being said – If you are uncomfortable around strangers, DO NOT USE THE SINGLE RIDER LINE. You have to speak and work with those around you. It usually goes one of two ways: Either really fun and you make new memories with another group or it’s incredibly awkward.

Soarin’ –

Disney World started testing the Single Rider Line over at Soarin’ in EPCOT in Summer 2022, but it has been inconsistent. There is no news as of yet if Disney plans to create a permanent Single Rider Line for this attraction. To see if Soarin’ has an active Single Rider Line, click on Soarin’ in your My Disney Experience App.

Tips and Rules for Single Riders Lines

Please note single really means single. Disney WILL split your party up if more than one of you gets in the single rider line. Again, if you choose to get in the single rider line with someone else in your party you likely will be split into different vehicles or rows for the ride, or even different ride rotations, so you could be separated for around 10 minutes.

Pay attention if you’re in a line that doesn’t have a single rider queue. On popular attractions, Cast Members will often call for singles to fill empty space in cars as you get close to the load zone. We find this happens a lot on Seven Dwarf Mine Train, Tower of Terror, Space Mountain and Flight of Passage.

Unfortunately, using the single rider line means you will bypass the majority of the queue, including most interactive elements. While you can still build a car on Test Track, it isn’t the full experience of the regular line. Likewise, over at Expedition Everest, you will miss out on the Yeti museum. The good news is you aren’t missing anything skipping the line at Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster.

Single Rider lines can be a really great way to avoid waiting in long lines at Disney but they aren’t for everyone. Be sure you are prepared to split from your family if you are planning on using this. Also, if you just hate lines at Disney, look into spending money on Disney Genie Plus (this is the system that replaced the Fastpass system). For more tips on how to have a smoother vacation read how to save time at Disney World.

Single Rider Lines at Disney World