Are you ready to ride those epic rides at Disney World?
Since we’ve had the changes to the rules for park pass reservations, we wanted to see how they affect Virtual Queues, and if that means you’ll be facing problems when you come to Disney World. Let’s find out!
As you know, there are two attractions at Disney World that you can’t just stand in line to ride — TRON Lightcycle / Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This is where Virtual Queues come into play.
Virtual Queues are free reservations that allow you to join the standby line for those attractions without having to purchase an individual lightning lane to ride. There are certain times of day when the virtual queues open and you join them by using the My Disney Experience app. And then, you wait — without getting in line! You can be doing other things around the parks while you wait in line virtually. Once your turn to join the actual line is “called” you’ll be notified in the My Disney Experience app with a time window for arrival.
Here was the problem you used to face: Before the changes on January 9th, if you wanted to ride EITHER of the attractions, you had to make a park pass reservation for the preferred attraction’s respective park for the morning and then attempt to secure a virtual queue to ride on the app starting at 7AM.
For example, if you had a park reservation for EPCOT, you could ONLY try to get a virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy — you couldn’t try to get a virtual queue for TRON in Magic Kingdom, and vice versa. This meant you had to vie against those who were signed up to visit the same park that morning. If you missed that time, you could make a second attempt in the park after you had scanned in to visit for the day at 1PM, but ONLY if you had already scanned into the park.
But now, since the park hopping changes on the 9th, you can try for either ride’s virtual queue first thing in the morning!
This means that if you’re planning to go to Magic Kingdom and you’re on your phone ready to snag that TRON virtual queue reservation right when they open up at 7AM but find that it’s sold out before you can grab one you can quickly change to the Guardians of the Galaxy screen and try for that virtual queue instead.
This is a game-changer. All you’ll need to do is just change your plan and go to EPCOT on that day if you get that virtual queue. So you no longer have to worry about having a park reservation for EPCOT. Essentially, you have TWO chances to get a morning virtual queue instead of one. Keep in mind that you can’t hold two virtual queues at once. If you get a TRON boarding group, you can’t go get a Guardians of the Galaxy one, too, or vice versa.
If you really want to grab a virtual queue for one of these two rides, make sure that you’re on the app early and ready to join the queue. The way they sell out depends on the day and the crowds. Honestly, this new process is so much better. You still have to act quickly to get a virtual queue, but now you can almost immediately switch to the attraction if the first one is sold out and then you can park hop to the other park after riding that ride!
Stay tuned to DFB as we bring you more updates and changes from Disney World in 2024!
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