As Disney World has adapted to operating safely during the ongoing pandemic, many things have had to change within the parks. One of the major changes is a large amount of social distancing going on, particularly within attraction queues.
Aside from the fact that Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are only operating at a 35% capacity, they also are socially distancing all of their lines, meaning that in every queue, Guests have to stand six feet apart on social distancing markers placed on the ground.
Because of this, lines often extend past their typical organized queues as every party is spaced out much more than they were pre-pandemic. This does not always mean that the attraction is going to have a long wait time (although it can happen) but it can mean that even attractions with average wait times can appear as though they will take hours to get to experience, based on how far the line stretches.
We’re in EPCOT today, and here we can see that the popular EPCOT attraction Frozen Ever After’s queue is extending all the way into the China pavilion! So Guests are seemingly traveling the world (or really, traveling the World Showcase!) just to see Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven.
This is not a super rare occurrence as Frozen Ever After is an incredibly popular attraction, and during the pandemic, the queue has been known to stretch beyond the entrance to the Norway pavilion. But every time it happens, it sure is interesting to see the Norway pavilion Guests standing in another country as they wait to experience the Frozen ride!
Guests are continuing to abide by the social distancing markers, as we can see in the image below:
We can also see that, when possible and as needed, Disney is utilizing the space between pavilions to keep Guests from waiting within the main walkway.
And finally, we can see the Disney Cast Member holding the sign to indicate the that Frozen Ever After queue begins back in the China pavilion.
Even with a line stretching this long, the posted wait time on the My Disney Experience app is only 45 minutes, which is not too terrible for this attraction. On a regular day, the ride can often boast 60+ minute wait times.
The official description of Frozen Ever After is:
Voyage to Arendelle aboard an ancient Nordic vessel as you take a musical tour of the wintery world of Frozen.
Let it Go, All Over AgainFind a seat aboard your boat and let the lapping waters take you through a frozen willow, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with some “boulders”—a.k.a. Kristoff’s family from Troll Valley—before bracing for the cold. High up in the icy blue world of the North Mountain, Queen Elsa’s enchanting ice palace awaits. Behold the wonder… and keep an eye out for Anna, Olaf and a few more Frozen friends. This enchanting “Summer Snow Day” celebration—complete with many of your favorite Frozen tunes—is sure to melt even the coldest hearts!
Know Before You Go
This song-filled journey is a slow-moving boat ride with backward and forward plunges down short waterfalls. You may get wet!
Attraction queues stretching into other areas of the park is something we have seen for other rides at Disney World such as the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Slinky Dog Dash, and more. With social distancing implemented in the queues, this is something you may encounter on your upcoming trip, but keep in mind that a line that appears long may not actually take very much time to get through.
What is the longest you have ever waited for a Disney World attraction? Let us know in the comments!