Waiting in line is usually looked at as a necessary hassle before you can get to the main attraction. However, Walt Disney World has put a great deal of time and effort into making its queues nearly as interesting at the rides themselves. Some rides even feature new interactive queues with games, riddles, and entertaining audioanimatronics to keep you entertained along the way.
These queues are so much fun, they’re worth a visit in and of themselves...
1. Jungle Cruise
The Jungle Cruise queue is filled with fun gags that actually make it an interesting place to stand around for awhile. Stop and read the warnings and labels on the crates and boxes that fill the queue area. Nearly all of them feature a joke of some kind, though some are more subtle than others. If you’ve exhausted your reading options in the immediate vicinity, stop and simply listen. This queue has excellent audio that’s as joke-laden as the attraction itself.
2. Toy Story Midway Mania
Waiting in line for Toy Story Midway Mania is like travelling through a set from the movie. You’re suddenly the size of a toy and everything around you is larger than life as you explore Andy’s bedroom. Feast your eyes on classic toys and games in their oversized glory as you head toward the midway. The highlight of the queue is the interactive Mr. Potato Head. This impressive audioanimatronic leads guests in cheers and songs, tells jokes, and provides ample entertainment.
3. Expedition Everest
The queue for Expedition Everest sets the scene for your trek up the mountain perfectly. You begin at the Himalayan Escapes travel agency, where you’re presumably booking your trip. As you progress, you move through beautiful landscapes taken right from Asia, including a tea garden and temple. The queue culminates in the Yeti Museum, where you start to see hints that your trip up the mountain may be fraught with more dangers than the travel agency let on. Photos, footprints, and artifacts hint at something sinister waiting up the mountain.
4. Haunted Mansion
Haunted Mansion’s interactive queue extends the well-loved theming of this attraction far beyond the mansion’s doors. You have the option to skip this part of the queue, but if you have a few extra minutes to spare, it really does offer a fun distraction. A family of busts offers a challenging puzzle to solve as you pass, various instruments play a ghostly tune when you touch them, and there’s something off about that bookshelf. Don’t hesitate to poke around as you wander through this cryptic garden.