The Secret to Making Your Wait in Line at Disney Fly By

Disney parks are a lot of fun, but waiting in long lines all day is the price we have to pay for that fun (well, that and the ticket fee). When you’re really excited to get on a ride, the line can feel like it’s taking forever. So the next time you’re feeling bored or antsy in line at Disney, try some of these tips to help the wait fly by. (Page 6 is one of the best ways to pass the time.)

1. Look for hidden Mickeys

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It’ll be a fun “I spy.” | Eliedion/Wikimedia Commons

What better way to pass the time at a Disney park than to look for hidden Mickeys? Disneyland and Disney World are filled with hidden Mickeys (Disneyland alone has about 1,000), and the chances of you and your group spotting a few from where you are in line is pretty good. Make it a competition, and see who can find the most.

Next: Did you remember to pack snacks?

2. Take a snack break

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Stop for a snack break. | Theme Park Tourist/Wikimedia Commons

Waiting in a long line is the perfect opportunity to refuel with a snack break. Packing snacks from home is definitely the more economical option. But if you didn’t think ahead in the snack department — or if you’re all out — try to grab a snack from a nearby kiosk before getting in line.

Next: There’s an app for that. 

3. Map out your next move


Figure out where you want to go next. | Bertrand Guaz/AFP/Getty Images

While you’re waiting in line, use the time to map out where you want to hit next. An efficient trip to Disney is a successful trip. “The My Disney Experience app is a great resource for this if you’re at Disney World,” according to Wesh 2 News.

Next: Use the time to reflect. 

4. What’s been everyone’s favorite ride so far?

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Go back to your favorite ride. | Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images

Go around your group and have everyone say what their favorite ride has been so far. If multiple people have the same favorite ride, try to hit that ride again before heading home (that is, if everyone’s up for it, and the line’s not too long)!

Next: You can’t hold it forever. 

5. Bathroom break

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It’s the time to sneak off. | DingleBlogger via YouTube

In an ideal world, everyone would go to the bathroom between rides. But if someone really needs to go, and the line is of the extra long variety, have them sneak out when you’re still toward the back to use the restroom.

Next: The best way to pass the time

6. Play games

People stand in line at the Test Track ride at Walt Disney's Epcot Center

It’ll make the time fly by. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The best way to pass the time as you wait in line is to play games with your group. Ellen DeGeneres’ Heads Up! app is a common game you’ll see people playing as they wait in line — it’s so fun, sometimes even strangers jump in to give hints or guess. Then, of course, there are the classics: thumb wrestling and I spy.

Next: Take a load off. 

7. Rest your feet when you can

People stand in line to ride The Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Take advantage of down time. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

When you go to Disneyland or Disney World, you’re not resting for very much of the day. Really, you’re only sitting when you’re eating or on a ride. Even just standing in line can be exhausting. When you can, take advantage of the time to rest. Even if you’re just sitting on the ledge outside Expedition Everest for a few minutes while you’re in that part of the line, take advantage of the moments you can rest your feet.

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