5 Disney Attractions Now Alert Guests With Cautionary Warning Prior to Entering

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A bustling scene of visitors at Disneyland Paris in front of the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, with its pink and blue spires under a cloudy sky.

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Disneyland Paris has issued an all-new warning in front of a lot of their attractions, so that families suffer less disappointment when going on rides.

At Disney, and many other theme parks, there are different ways that guests can “skip the lines”. Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort offer Disney Genie+, which is a paid system that allows you to enter the Lightning Lane queue instead of the regular standby queue of 2–3 attractions per day. At its highest cost, Disney Genie+ has hit nearly $40 per person at Magic Kingdom.

Accessing Genie+ service from smartphone on the My Disney Experience app
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Guests can also purchase individual Lightning Lane passes for E-ticket attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, TRON Lightcycle / Run, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and more. These passes have individual costs and only allow you to skip the line for that one single attraction.

This is a system that was introduced post-pandemic, after the FastPass system was removed.

It also mimics what Disneyland Paris offers. Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park (soon to be Disney Adventure World) have the Disney Premier Access option, which allows guests to go in their Premier Access lines for certain rides, if they pay individually. Unlike Disney Genie+, there is not an all-encompassing payment to ride multiple attractions while skipping the queue.

Premier Access is a pay-per-ride system that enables guests to select a return time for specific attractions. Each ride has a distinct individual cost and can be used to bypass the line just once. Prices vary based on the season and the park’s crowd levels. This system is available at both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.

Disneyland Paris Premier Access on phone
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When Premier Access initially launched, Disney indicated that pricing would fluctuate based on demand. For instance, highly popular E-ticket attractions might be more expensive than rides with shorter lines or lower demand. They also noted that prices for each attraction could vary depending on the time of year. For example, visiting Disneyland Paris during peak seasons might result in higher Premier Access costs.

While Premier Access does solve the issue of long lines, it comes at a cost, which is not always something that guests are looking to add on to their ticket price.

So, another way that some guests get around the regular standby queue is the single rider line. The single rider queue is not meant to shorten the wait time experience. Instead, it is often added onto attractions to accommodate guests who are traveling alone. When a party with an odd number is boarded onto an attraction, a single rider is often used to fill the gap in the seat to ensure maximum efficiency.

premier access sign disneyland paris
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While it is not meant for guests to use to shorten the wait, sometimes, the single rider line is indeed shorter than the regular queue, at no extra cost. The catch, however, is that a single rider will not ride with another single rider.

So, if you go into the line with your family, you will be split up during your ride. While this does seem obvious, some guests tend to be disappointed when they get to the front of the line and make this discovery.

To combat that, Disneyland Paris has added new signage.

Disneyland Paris reporter Cave 0f Wonders shared the new signs and wrote, “Signs making it clear to Guests that when taking the “single Riders” line they will be separated, have been added at the entrance to certain attractions.”

At Disneyland Paris, the following rides have single rider lines:

  • Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
  • Crush’s Coaster
  • Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop
  • RC Racer
  • Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toqué de Rémy

Now, guests will have it made abundantly clear that they will not be riding with their party if they do choose to enter the single rider queue.

Disneyland Paris Suffers Growing Pains

Disneyland Paris has recently encountered operational hurdles related to guest capacity. These challenges have manifested in the form of entry limitations at both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park (soon to be renamed Disney Adventure Park).

Last summer, peak park hours from 3pm to 10pm necessitated temporary crowd control measures. Signage advised guests who wished to avoid congestion to leave the park during this timeframe. This directive, while seemingly drastic, did lead to a noticeable reduction in crowding.

A vibrant parade at disneyland featuring numerous disney characters in colorful costumes, with a large, picturesque castle in the background and a crowd of attendees under a bright sky.
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The recently reopened Disneyland Hotel, following an extensive refurbishment, has also faced capacity issues. A significant influx of non-overnight guests seeking to explore the renovated hotel resulted in challenges for registered guests attempting to access the property. In response, Disney has implemented a virtual queue system for visitors.

These recent incidents follow earlier capacity limitations that impacted hotel guests who, despite paying premium rates for their accommodations, experienced lengthy queues upon park closure. Verification of hotel affiliation was required for entry, with non-hotel guests obliged to wait for a limited number of visitor passes, which became available only as other guests departed.

The upcoming summer Olympics are anticipated to further exacerbate these capacity concerns, particularly with the closure of Studio 1 and ongoing construction related to World of Frozen. Initial plans for the Olympic opening ceremony envisioned a crowd of two million spectators lining the Seine River, witnessing a boat parade accompanied by fireworks.

Given the convenient access to Disneyland Paris via the RER train from Paris’ Opera Station, many Olympic guests are likely to be tourists, potentially increasing park congestion. These anticipated crowds pose a significant challenge for Disneyland Paris, considering the current capacity limitations.

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