Disney has been using a virtual queue system for some of their most popular rides. Basically that means that guests can use their smartphones to reserve a “boarding pass” for these rides early in the day, and then they’ll be called back later on when their boarding group is ready.
This prevents a long standby line from forming, and it can save you time in the parks as well. But with very limited boarding passes available and occasional technology glitches in the system, do guests really prefer a virtual queue over standby? We asked our readers to find out!
Two of the rides that Disney has used a virtual queue for are Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Rise of the Resistance ditched their virtual queue and switched to standby in September last year.
And we just heard that Remy’s is doing the same (switching to a standby queue instead of virtual) starting January 10th, 2022.
Soon, no ride in Disney World will be using virtual queues anymore. So how do the guests feel about these changes? We asked our readers on Instagram if you would rather use virtual or standby queues, and more than 7,000 people responded.
Of those people, 61% said that they prefer virtual queues to standby! More than 4,400 people chose virtual, compared to about 2,800 who chose standby.
This was a little surprising, since many people experience difficulty with the virtual lines. If you don’t score a boarding pass right when they become available in the morning (or sometimes at the brief re-opening time in the afternoon), then your only option is to pay for the ride or not go at all. Since the boarding passes usually sell out within a couple of minutes, it can be tricky to secure your spot in line!
But the nice thing about virtual queues is that they take the actual wait time down a LOT if you do get a boarding pass. Once you’ve got your pass, you will probably only have to wait for a few minutes in the actual line when you return. Since we’ve seen the standby line for Rise of the Resistance stay at about 2 hours or longer pretty consistently, it’s clear that virtual queues give you more time in the park rather than leaving you stuck waiting in line.
For people who don’t score boarding passes every time, that standby line could be a life saver! And don’t forget that both of these attractions (Rise of the Resistance and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure) also have paid Lightning Lanes available.
So if you’re dying to ride them but don’t want to wait in line, you can pay to skip the line. Both of these rides usually cost $15 per person to skip the line. (Note that they are not part of Genie+ — this is an extra fee that only covers skipping the line at the individual attractions.)
We’ll be bringing you all the updates when Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure switches over to a standby line soon! Keep following DFB for all of the latest news from Disney World.
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What about you? Do you prefer virtual or standby queues in Disney World? Let us know in the comments!
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