Disneyland adds a single rider option on Space Mountain
Disenyland has added a single rider option for guests on its popular Space Mountain roller coaster.
Our AJ Hummel discovered the new option on his visit to the park today:
The addition of Space Mountain means that four Disneyland attractions now offer a single rider queue, joining Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, and Matterhorn Bobsleds. Over at Disney California Adventure, you can find single rider queues at California Screamin', Goofy's Sky School, Grizzly River Run, Radiator Springs Racers.
For more rides with singe rider queues:
Robert, why would Disneyland add the single rider option now, 40 years after the ride first opened? Is it because of added stress on the attraction infrastructure by adding FastPass to the Matterhorn and holiday versions of Small World and Haunted Mansion?
So I went back and tried this line in the evening, and here are a few notes/observations on it:
YESSSSSSSSS! I'm headed to Anaheim early next month, and I'm thrilled about this! If only they would bring back the Hyperspace overlay as well...but no, I'm not complaining!
It's a benefit to visitors that Disney offers single rider to popular attractions like Space Mountain, but it doesn't always save time for park visitors.
One more issue with single rider from Disneyland user forums: some visitors really don't like having a "random" person seated next to them, especially on rides where you would be in physical contact with that person because the ride jostles you side-to-side or the seats are tight in general.
>>>Because single riders are placed in seats that would otherwise be vacant due to uneven groups of riders (for example, parties of 3 for Space Mountain's 2-car seats, the single-rider line only moves as fast as there are gaps in the standby line.
This worked great in Hong Kong, so hoping this becomes permanent.
Disney usually closes the single rider lines if they become too lengthy, but it is impossible to determine exactly how long it will take to get on. In my experience, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Splash Mountain are the only rides where single rider routinely crawls. It does tend to pulse at some attractions rather than move continuously, so that may make it feel as if the line is moving slower than it really is.
Finally, Disney listens. More single rider lines, please.
Single rider lines are very tricky with Disney attractions. Disney tends to cater more to families, especially those with smaller children. Filling empty seats can often lead to uncomfortable situations with strangers being placed next to smaller children, or if ride ops do attempt to limit strangers next to small children, seats will go empty, angering those that chose to wait in the single rider line. The whole process turns into a profiling exercise, with CMs trying to determine who in the single rider line can sit next to a small child, or asking families to reorganize themselves to put one of the family's adults next to the single rider.
I agree with Russel.
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