The worst line queues at the parks
Walt Disney World:
The one in particular that I do not like is Test Track….
Epcot’s Test track line Queue is in my opinion, a bit messed up… It’s too open and bright. You can see too much of the line in front of you not moving and this makes for what seems to be a longer wait time.
Also with a wide open line you can see all of the Fast pass going by you and the single line riders flying by…
Then on really busy days, if you get the last pre-ride video queue on the far left, you can be cut off by the middle door opening several times that allows folks to enter the line before you…
Therefore we always use fast pass or the Single line rider for this attraction…
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I always hated the Peter Pan queue
The longest, hottest, slowest moving line I can remember was for the belated "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" ride at WDW. That ride took FOREVER to load and unload.
I am actually not a fan of the Splash Mountain line. Too long and physical (up, down, across, though the dark tunnel, up, down.....Never liked it
Ugh Test Track - that line is awful!
I hate Splash Mountain too - the fastpass there has always seemed WILDLY out of proportion to the standby line.
I've been the first person waiting on that standby and I will swear I was there for 20 minutes while the fastpasses flew by the whole time. Whether that was just a terribly trained cast member...he certainly wasnt capable of understanding my complaint about the wait to him!
Aside from the music and the marble door - Rock & Rollercoaster line isnt that wonderful to be in either. Grey....dull...and Miley Cyrus posters!
From Rob P
Posted June 24, 2011 at 4:16 AM
Hate to say this because it's one of my favourite rides but the line on Dudley Do-Right is a bit of a stinker. Especially that initial wait outside with pretty much no view and being bombarded with cold dripping water.
Superman at Six Flags Great Adventure. So slow and wide I've seen fights break out more than once.
Crush's coaster in Disney Studios in Paris. This ride has even on off-season days a queue of minimal 35 minutes. It also has the same problem as test track this queue can also be seen from the beginning to the end. The queue is for the most part outside under a canopy. I would think they could something to entertain guests whilst queue-ing.
I don't like the Toy Story Mania queue but that's probably because I waited in it for two hours the other day and heard the same tune play constantly.
From Dan S
Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:27 AM
The Worst line that I have ever been in was probably Toy Story Mania. It took way too long, it was just a bunch of winding line ups , and it was filled with screaming kids. I know that a lot of other rides will have kids also ( because it is Disney World ) but for some reason, they really stood out on this one.
I mentioned this in another post recently, but I'm going with Great Movie Ride.
The Peter Pan queue, hands down, the WORST queue, ever. This has got to be the world's shortest queue that takes forever to get through, thanks to Fast Pass. For all of you who think Fast Pass is the next best thing since sliced bread, take a look at what it's done for Peter Pan. Fast Pass is just a nightmare for everyone, the common tourist for trying to understand it, the cast member for having to answer to the common tourist, the angry tourist for not understanding why they have to wait while others cut in front, and the cast member having to explain why it's perfectly normal to have to wait longer as they're being held so that others can cut in front. Now, if we go over to Snow White's Scary Adventures, yes that would be a longer line and looks like it'll take a while to get through. It does, about 15 - 20 minutes, no biggie. The thing that makes waiting in that line easier is that it's constantly moving and there's no FP holding up the line. Pirates and HM used to have FP but they don't anymore, why can't the rest of the other attractions? If we really go back to waiting in a normal line, imagine how much Disney would save in staffing and printing machines and paper and all the hassle FP causes. I know this isn't about FP's, but I had to get that rant in somewhere because I remember Peter Pan's line BEFORE FP, and it really wasn't all that bad.
From Ben Pope
Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM
The worst queue line I've ever waited in was probably for the Great Movie Ride. We waited for what seemed like forever and the old movie trailers really get old after watching them over and over again. I haven't ever been on Test Track, so I don't have any opinion on that.
Any line that is outside is terrible.
The Test Track queue is one of my favorites. That little tune they got playing in there is catchy.
The worst? Oh man, where to start!
First up, in the "Where is the SHADE?!" category!
-Mantis at Cedar Point
-Superman at Great Adventure
-Thunderbolt at Kennywood Park
-Talon at Dorney Park
Next, we have the "Holy Crap, does this line ever MOVE?!" category!
-Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom
-Test Track at Epcot
-Superman at Great Adventure
-Peter Pan at Magic Kingdom
-X Flight at Geaula Lake/Six Flags Ohio
-Magnum at Cedar Point
-Exterminator at Kennywood
Next, we have a personal favorite of "Holy hades, I just walked 50 thousand miles..." category!
-Dragon Challenge/Dueling Dragons at USO
-Tower of Terror at DHS
-Space Mountain at MK
-E.T at USO (double this if outside ropes are up)
-Splash Mountain at MK
From Rob P
Posted June 28, 2011 at 2:59 AM
From Formula 40 :
Any line that is outside is terrible.
Not always true. Indiana Jones at DL is one of the best lines and that's partially outside.
From Scott B
Posted June 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM
Though not a ride or even that much of an attraction, the line to Ollivander's Wand Shop at the Wizarding World of HP is pretty awful. There is no shade anywhere. Just a little nook that never seemed to be properly thought out.
As everyone has mentioned, the Dragon Challenge queue is a major trek. Even when this was Dueling Dragons it was long. Now it is even longer. The thing is, I never have encountered much of a wait for this ride.
Oh and there is the Spider-Man ride. I always seem to get stuck in the part of the queue where they show the film in that big room. And you watch it over and over and over and over and......
Techinically, it is hard to name "Worst queue" because there are hundreds of small parks throughout the world thaat most likely don't have nice queues. I will take my home park Lagoon for example. I absolutely love Lagoon, but many rides there have concrete queues with black metal railings and a generic sign over the entrance of the queue with the ride's name. They've gotten better about making neat queues over the years, but there are many parks that have completely generic queues, all of which pretty much tie for worst queue.
I like the Test Track queue, because I like searching for hidden mickeys. This queue has a bunch of them!
I've got to go with Peter Pan too. It's just a sloooooow line...nothing more...nothing interesting to look at, no cute or clever queue elements, no funny tv bits ala Jaws, nothing.
I personally like Test Track's queue because it at least gives you stuff to look at and I like the themeing.
To Carrie's "I just walked 1000 miles" category belongs American Eagle at Six Flags Great America.
I agree with peter pan
But we are forgetting busch gardens! Every ride is outside and HOT as HECK. The worst is SheiKra even if you do have a express pass. The express line is so narrow! lol
From Tony Duda
Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM
The Peter Pan q, you go away from the ride but along side of another line heading towards the ride for about a block then and hit a corner bend and the line goes on for another block before you reverse direction and head toward the ride. This is both a "Holy Crap" and a "Holy Hades" line.
Am I the only person who's had to wait forever to get on Soarin? I've always waited at least 45 mintues to an hour to ride Soarin. I really wanted my mom to ride it last October and we waited what was easily an hour and 15 minutes. She loved it but was not happy about the wait. She got so annoyed w/ the people playing those video games. lol!
I will have to say I hate standign in line for Test Track. All that noise gets to be too much after about 30 minutes. The only break you get is when the line goes through the blue foam room!
Soarin's a long wait, too. Good point.
Every single time I have rode on Soarin I went in the fast pass line. Only because my husband and his family told me the horror of the line.
For me, by far, it's Soarin'. Could that name be a mistake? Borin' was how I found this attraction. If i didn't have kids there's no way I would have ever waited 90 minutes for this overrated movie. I liked Kitchen Kaberet a lot more.
Soarin is pretty bad not much off anything too look at and seamed to move rather slow
Suprised no one has mentioned a single CF or SF park
Disaster Transport it loud and annoying espically when you got some idiot kid behind you that keeps touching you. And 20 minutes was a full queue on a light crowd day.
SFGAm V2 and Rajun Cajun have NO SHADE and Rajun Cajun barely ever moves
TTD line barely moved at all. At least they had misters
Yankee Clipper at Six Flags Great America also has really steep steps
If there is no line but either
a) enough of a line that rerides arn't allowed
b) its a CF park
Some lines are brutal walking through
American Eagle has an extremely long queue that goes up down and back up.
Viper just a really long walk
Magnum was pretty bad as the entrance and exit where not really close to each other
Gemini- really narrow until the two paths met up. Espically noticable on Blue side as that goes under the station
Whizzer- steep steps
Cedar Creek Mine Ride- Thought i was going to trip steeply banked. Another ride where the entrance and exi are not by each other
PS i suprised with all the reviews about it on the site that no one mentioned Firehawk. Someone said X Flight but it seems like Firehawk doesn't have any shade
^woops Superman is a Six Flags attraction i don't see how i missed that
I think that the WDW Jungle Cruise has a horrible line, especially with a crowd. It is nothing but roped switchbacks, with no air conditioning and a hidden room in the back for an extra forty minutes of wait time when opened. The way the line was laid out after the last refurb, it looks like you get close to a boat, then you turn back several times. The Fastpass line here too is right next the standby line only separated by a thin rope.
As for the little Fastpass rant I read, I am a CM and I wish to vouch for the system. Fastpasses reduce time for everyone as a whole. The problem with Peter Pan isn't the lines, but the low capacity mixed with popularity. The reason Snow White's Scary Adventures always seems to have a short wait is because it is way less popular, and hence the ride is going away.
I agree, that perhaps Peter Pan's Flight sould do just as well without it Fastpass, but the wait times would be just about as long because all the people in the Fastpass line will fill the standby line. However, with the new Little Mermaid ride and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride, chances are one of those will get the Fastpass service and rumors are the FP for PPF will be nixed.
I try to avoid queues as much as possible, and up to this point I have done that pretty well. The worst is definitely Test Track. The music is headache inducing and it is really slow...
The Test track queue is awful. That music is almost suicide-inducing. Couple that with frequent breakdowns and you have a well-rounded awful experience in line.
I know this says Walt Disney World but another horrible one was Mantis. It was a hot day and at one point the queue was like a boardwalk and the sway started to make me sick
All I remember from my last Disney World trip is that Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters had a really long line.
Though with a Fastpass I skipped it all :)
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