We have all been there. The crowds are brewing; the heat is simmering; and the lines are long. Do you wait in the sun? Or do you skip the attraction altogether?
In some cases, the answer is — neither!
At these following eight attractions in Orlando, you can choose to stand in the single rider’s line and sidestep growing crowds and festering nerves. Read on for eight of the most noteworthy attractions at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando that also feature lines for guests wishing to cut down on wait times or traveling on their own.
Test Track at EPCOT
Since first opening in 1999, Test Track has attracted legions of adventure seekers at the Walt Disney Resort. In fact, since the high-speed attraction’s redesign in 2012, its lines have only grown, making it one of the hottest rides at EPCOT. Due to its popularity, the park offers a single rider line for those park guests open to riding with another group of thrill lovers. This line often cuts the wait time in half, allowing guests to get onboard with plenty of time to roam the rest of EPCOT.
Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom
With the newest addition of Pandora to Walt Disney Resort’s Animal Kingdom, rides at the youngest of the four parks have skyrocketed. In other words, visitors should seek to diminish any waiting times not devoted to the new land of otherworldly creatures. For this park’s seminal roller coaster, Expedition Everest, those travelers willing to ride with an unknown guest should shift to the right of the attraction’s main line, close to the ride’s gift shop. Here, find a lesser-known single rider’s line, which speeds on the waiting process exponentially. Plus, this ride only offers two seats per row, so those members of odd-numbered groups may end up sitting alone should they take on the regular line.
Rock 'N' Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios
Take on the legendary music of Aerosmith while whipping through corkscrews, loops, and high speeds on Rock ’N’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios. For those guests exploring the parks alone — or those who simply wish to pack in as many thrilling spins on the catapult coaster as possible — step in the single rider line, located in proximity to the attraction’s Fast Pass entry. If you cannot find your way, fret not! Ask a cast member, and get your engines revved to tackle Rock ’N’ Roller Coaster.
Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios
Perhaps lesser known, Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios features a single rider line adjacent to its main entrance. The indoor coaster finds its themes from the 1999 film, The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Though the movie has ebbed and flowed in and out of the pop culture lexicon, this adrenaline-inducing ride remains a must-see for visitors to Universal Studios in Orlando — especially for individual adventurers who can hop into the single rider line and sidestep the crowds.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios
Let’s face it. If you are a true thrill-seeker, you have most likely heard of the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster — and have ridden it several times. The shockingly vertical coaster plummets its riders down a 90 degree incline while also blasting a song of the rider’s choosing through its car’s speakers. With a host of songs from which to choose, the single rider line can help guests cycle through the attraction’s entire song list a bit faster than the regular queue.
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Universal Studios
For those that grew up reading the acclaimed novels from J.K. Rowling, missing a ride on any of the Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando is not an option. With this in mind, guests wishing to walk through Hogwarts or careen through Gringotts must face the lengthy lines or consider stepping into the single rider line. Instead of missing an attraction altogether, choosing to split up your group through Gringotts, specifically, ensures your party has more time to sip on butter beer and less time aching through hours of anticipation.
The Amazing Adventure of Spider-Man at Islands of Adventure
With a great attraction comes great responsibility — Islands of Adventure’s The Amazing Adventure of Spider-Man is no different. This 4-D attraction, based on the iconic superhero from the mind of Stan Lee, remains a staple of Universal Orlando, keeping the wait time high. Skip the waiting by hopping in the single rider line — each car at the attraction holds several rows of people, so the chances of you and your fellow single riders ending up in the same car remains high.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure
Yer a wizard, Harry. But you are also on a time crunch, and Islands of Adventure is about to close. What do you do? Instead of skipping the Forbidden Journey — and missing the immersive and mystical attraction through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — hop in the single rider’s line. Don’t worry about missing out on riding with your friends, either. This ride’s seats are crafted so that seeing and hearing your neighboring rider is nearly impossible — riding alone won’t diminish your whimsical experience.