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Longest time in a ride queue?

What is the longest time that you have spent in a queue?

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:15 PM
My record is 3 hours in the Splash Mountain queue on new years day. Actor Willem Dafoe was behind me, so he also waited 3 hours (yep, the Green Goblin was behind me)


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From Bob Miller
Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:34 PM
If a ride has too long of a wait i skip it but ive probably waited about an hour for Raging Bull. However the year it opened we waited about 2 hours for Dark Night almost a full queue and it broke down right before the preshow.

From Melissa Kosztowny
Posted August 12, 2010 at 8:39 PM
3 hours for millennium force...

From Rob P
Posted August 13, 2010 at 1:25 AM
It was when Indiana Jones at Disneyland was new and the line was around 2 and a half hours.
I was new to Disney too and it was my first ride. I thought that all the lines were going to be that long !

From Barbara Sims
Posted August 13, 2010 at 5:21 AM
I waited 4 hours for the now defunct Rocket Rods at Disneyland the weekend after it opened. It kept breaking down while I was in line, but I was so pumped to ride it I didn't want to get out of the line. What a waste! Bring back th e Peoplemover!!

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted August 13, 2010 at 9:09 AM
Two and a half hours for Test Track. It was the last week of July, extra evening magic hours, and the ride kept breaking down.

Two hours for Soarin' when it first opened.

Two hours, 45 minutes for Expedition Everest when it first opened.

Waiting in line doesn't bother me, though I will admit that now I do take more advantage of fast passes than I used to since I have two small children who are true wiggle worms.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 13, 2010 at 9:48 AM
I waited over three hours for JAWS due to breakdowns when it was new. including a 45 minute lull when my buddy and I were next to board. For coasters, nearly three hours for Raptor at CP, but again, due to breakdowns.

For a straight wait, no breakdowns, two and a half hours for Ultra Twister at SF Great Adventure in the late 80's..got on line just before closing and got off about 12:30 a.m.

From Charles Reichley
Posted August 13, 2010 at 9:59 AM
90 minutes for Harry Potter. And I don't expect ever to do that again; I've spent more time waiting in lines at Universal this week than I probably spent the rest of the summer.

I did wait almost an hour for Top Thrill Dragster once; so I guess I'll wait occasionally to do something I haven't done before.

From Rod Whitenack
Posted August 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM
I waited 3 1/2 hours for Splash Mountain (and I got in early to get in line) during its first year in operation. 1 1/2 of those hours were spent is a serpentine line in the hot sun. If I could have actually seen the whole line in advance I would have NEVER gotten in line. Every time we thought we had reached the end we turned a corner to see a massive, twisting line. I hated the ride as a result (tired, dehydrated and miserable when I was finally seated), and only recently learned to enjoy it.

From Manny Barron
Posted August 13, 2010 at 12:57 PM
Kind of special circumstances but I did wait 8 hours(not counting the hour before the park opened) to get on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey on opening day this past June 18. Most of the wait was to enter the Wizarding World. Safe to say I won't do that ever again.

From M. Ryan Traylor
Posted August 13, 2010 at 1:07 PM
4 hours for Nemo during its first month of operation. 3.5 hours for the iPhone 4 and that was with a reservation!

From Melissa Faulkner
Posted August 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM
3 hours for Spiderman when IOA first opened, about the same for Dudley Doo Right.

From Hermione Potter
Posted August 13, 2010 at 1:58 PM
Manny I've got you beat. Including waiting in line to get into Wizarding World and the line for lockers and forbidden journey, I waited 9.5 hours to ride that ride on grand opening. I'm taking friends there in 2 weeks and will be thrilled with just a 2 hour wait lol.

In normal circumstances, when I was a kid I once had to wait 3.5 hours to ride Peter Pan's FLight before fastpasses existed - it was actually how my parent taught me to tell time!

From Helena Polansky
Posted August 13, 2010 at 2:16 PM
4 hours for openning of Rip Ride Rock It at Universal Studios and 3 hours for The fobidden Journey!

From Russell Meyer
Posted August 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM
4 hours for Top Thrill Dragster in its opening season. We were there three days, and the park only allowed a line to form one of the three days, and luckily we stood in line for 4 hours and got a rollback and a successful run through the circuit.

From Jay Glenn
Posted August 13, 2010 at 3:14 PM
20 minutes for Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey.

I hate waiting in lines.

Never wait if line is longer than 15 minutes.

From isaiah mercado
Posted August 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM
-3 hours for perilous plunge at KBF on a very hot day.
-2 hours for Twilight zone Tower of Terror at DCA weekend after it opened.
-1 hour and 45 min. for X2 on memorial dayin 2008

From Anthony O'Neal
Posted August 13, 2010 at 6:14 PM
Between 2 and 3 hours for Magnum XT when it was still new. . .

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 13, 2010 at 6:41 PM
Anthony said..."Between 2 and 3 hours for Magnum XT when it was still new. . ."

"XT"?? Extra Tall?

From Katie White
Posted August 13, 2010 at 6:51 PM
About 30-45 min for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, and even that was too long for me.

From steve lee
Posted August 13, 2010 at 7:01 PM
Two hours for Maximum RPM at Hard Rock Park. First day they got it up and running for a decent amount of time. We had been told it was going to open, so we queued up and waited. We were probably 20th in line or so. People kept walking by, trying to figure out why the coaster that wasn't open had the longest line in the park (did I mention it was during an ACE event?).

From Pyra Dong
Posted August 13, 2010 at 7:51 PM
ummmmm. 70 minutes??? That was for Rip, Ride, Rockit at Universal Studios and I was already dying after 30 minutes.

I am SUCH a pooooooon.

From rick stevens
Posted August 13, 2010 at 9:39 PM
My longest line was way back when the Corkscrew opened at Knott's I waited 2 and a half hours. I am not willing to put in that much time anymore. if the line is over 30 min I tend to go elsewhere. I love the Fast Passes at DL, you can avoid the wait by killing time elsewhere.

From Will Chilcote
Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:11 AM
4 hours at Kings Dominion the year Volcano first opened. I would have left but, my friends wouldn't get out of the queue. Other than that, 2 hours for rides at Magic Kingdom in the summer as a kid.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted August 14, 2010 at 2:21 AM
Steve,

I don't think I've ever read one "review" of Maximum RPM. I was fortunate enough to have a day at HRP about a wek after they opened..fantastic day..but that was the only coaster yet to open. Any thoughts to share?

From Jennie Lea
Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:04 PM
I think it was about 9 years ago on a visit to Alton Towers, when they still had firework displays around Guy Fawkes night (which for those who don't know were cancelled because the park was taken to court by two local residents!) The park is literally filled with people and I waited nearly 3 hours for Nemesis. I was freezing as it was the end of October and I was soaked from the rain! Luckily I was with a great group of friends, which made the wait bearable but only just.
P.S. Alton Towers are having a firework display this year to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Three nights 5th-7th November. And I will be there with bells on!

From Tyler S.
Posted August 14, 2010 at 12:34 PM
4 hours for Curse of Darkastle on the first weekend it was open

From Formula 40
Posted August 14, 2010 at 1:35 PM
90 mins. for Amazing Adventures of Spiderman

From Austin Young
Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM
3 hours for Rocket Rods at Disneyland. Not worth it, but I'm glad I rode it at least once before it closed.

From Nick Markham
Posted August 15, 2010 at 7:09 PM
2 and a half hours for Kali River Rapids. the ride was fun, but even after leaving our clothes hanging in our room for three days, they were still soaked!

From Ashley Gibbons
Posted August 15, 2010 at 9:27 PM
The longest for me was 3.5 hours. That was for the maverick when it first opened on a weekend. The best plan is to go on a weekday when schools in session. When I went to cedar point in may on a Wednesday, the longest I waited was 45 minutes and that was for 1 ride.

From Bradley Keith
Posted August 16, 2010 at 10:20 AM
4 hours for Maverick at Cedar Point. Well worth the wait. It broke down, adding about one hour, but I stayed in line. It was summer 09'

From Ray Schroeder
Posted August 24, 2010 at 10:56 AM
3.5 for Kingda Ka and Millennium Force.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted August 24, 2010 at 11:17 AM
Less than two hours. It ain't worth it, otherwise.

From Caroline Davis
Posted August 24, 2010 at 1:25 PM
2 and a half hours for Nemo at DLP. And we got there about 5 minutes after rope drop. It was mental. The queue moves so slowly, we kept thinking of leaving but I'm too stubborn to have queued for any time for absolutely nothing.

Also queued up for nearly 2 hours for Buzz Lightyear's Space Rangers Spin even though the queue said 30. It broke down and they didn't tell anyone. Thanks for that one.

From Tracy Bates
Posted August 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM
4 hours for top thrill dragster two weeks after it opened.

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted August 24, 2010 at 6:13 PM
about a week after nemo subs opened in disneyland i waited about 3 and a half hours. we had a family reunion, with like 20 of us in line. grandma has a wheelchair and brought 6 people through that line (thats the limit) and only got on the sub before us anyways. but we took turns leaving line and collecting fastpasses to use when we got off.

and when i turned 7 i was determined to go on all the "big kid rides" at disneyland so i waited 2 and a half hours for rocket rods. only time i ever rode them. it was supposed to be a 1 hour wait but it broke down about 3 times i think.

other than those, i refuse to wait more than an hour for a ride.

From bryan shepard
Posted August 24, 2010 at 6:34 PM
3 hours when volcano at KD first opened... 3 hours MF at cedar point... and 2.5 hours for maverick... they need to make all lines indoors with ac..

From Bob Miller
Posted August 24, 2010 at 6:56 PM
That would be really nice

From Mary Ann Nowak
Posted August 24, 2010 at 7:21 PM
Hour and a half in 1979 for the Beast. I try not to wait longer than 45 minutes for anything if possible. Getting to the park early, taking advantages of early park admission when staying on property, and attending special roller coaster events through clubs for Exclusive Ride Time (ERT)gets you a little spoiled into not waiting too long. However, I still find it interesting to stand in line, because its kind of interesting to "people watch."

From Marc Flothe
Posted August 25, 2010 at 6:58 AM
2 hours for Kilimanjaro Safaris @ Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom

From Steph Ramos
Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:09 PM
Let's see...longest I waited on rides huh?

Well....when I was twelve my family decided to have this big family renunion in the middle of July, so we all went to Universal Studios Hollywood to celebrate. Every ride that day was like an 90+ minute wait, including the ET ride :( ...
But the one for the win that day was the Jurrasic Park ride, with an hour and 30 minutes all the way to the loading dock...
Since then, I've mannage to endure the following...
-Two hour wait in the now non-exsistant Rocket Rods ride at Disneyland that same summer mentioned above
-An hour and 30 at both the Indiana Jones gate and Matterhorn bobsleds at Disneyland for Grad Nite the year I graduated from High School
-An hour and 45 minute wait for X2 this past May and July that I went to visit SFMM
-An hour and 20 for Tatsu the first time I rode it this past May...

Well....its safe to say I have the misfortune of attending theme parks with some severally patient people....:(

From Bob Miller
Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:35 PM
Patient people are better than whining kids

From Tiffany J. L. Alfonso
Posted August 27, 2010 at 4:39 PM
80 minutes on Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios - and I bring a camera with me to take pics of the queue to prove that it's worth it!

From Bob Miller
Posted August 27, 2010 at 9:18 PM
I know people who said it was 3 hours when they went there. When i went there it was about 40

From Samantha McCrae
Posted September 29, 2010 at 5:59 AM
Uhh...I waited around 2 hours to get on Air at Alton Towers? - Think thats the longest i've had to wait....which isn't too bad when you think about it :)

From Donna McKay
Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:40 AM
90 minutes for Soarin' back in 2007. Longest wait I had for anything in May 2010 was less than 20 minutes. That was very much appreciated! The Wiat for Toy Story was over 3 hours though- we jsut couldn't face it! Fast passes had run out by 11am!

From Beth Schroeder
Posted September 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM
Question? I read on here somewhere that a FastPass is good not only for the hour that is posted on it, but for the remainder of the day at any time. I think this was in an article about nice things to do for other people - give a stranger any unused Fast Passes before you leave the park.

From Russell Meyer
Posted September 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM
That is correct. The window provided on the FastPass is a "suggested" return time, and the system works best when you return during the 1-hour window provided. However, there's nothing wrong with using a FastPass 1 minute to 12 hours after the window has elapsed.

A trick some experienced guests do is they have one member of their party go into a park they plan on visiting later in the day grab FastPasses for a popular attraction for everyone (goes with everyone's KTTW cards), while the rest of the party eats breakfast or is getting ready. Then they go to one park in the morning using FastPasses throughout the days in the first park, while still having FastPasses that they use at the end of the day at their second park. This used to be a really popular trick when Soarin' first opened, particularly on EMH days at EPCOT. Dad goes to EPCOT first thing, grabs FPs for mom and kids, while the kids get ready or are eating breakfast, and then the whole group meets up at MK, AK, or DHS knowing that when the FPs run our for Soarin' at noon, they'll be set when they go to EPCOT later that night even thought the return window on the FP expired at 10 AM.

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