Vote of the week: What to do in an interactive queue?
Written by Robert Niles
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Traditionally, queues have simply provided a place to wait while the crowd ahead of you files onto a ride. Now and then, Disney or Universal would try to make the wait a bit more interesting, with the immersive themed decor of the Magic Kingdom Pirates of the Caribbean or the old Islands of Adventure Dueling Dragons queues.
Universal reestablished the standard for immersive queues with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which offers a walk-through tour of Hogwarts Castle, a queue that's so popular some visitors wait in an exterior queue to walk through the castle portion even though they don't want to go on the ride itself.
Disney's responded with some queue innovations of its own. It's been adding "interactive" elements to the Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion, where you can not only get up close and touch props from the Mansion's graveyard, but also make some of them respond - mostly with sound or water effects.
A nice tribute to the voice of the Haunted Mansion
Disney's done this sort of thing before, notably in Disneyland's Indiana Jones queue, but now Disney seems to be making this a "thing" - we've been promised interactive elements in the queue for the upcoming Little Mermaid ride in Fantasyland, for example.
So here's my question for you: Does it matter? Would you rather stop and play some of the interactive games in the Space Mountain queue, or hurry your way onto the ride? At Haunted Mansion, the choice is explicit - you can choose to queue on the side with the interactive elements, or move directly into the foyer. Which side do you select?
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