Disney World Permanently Cuts ALL Ride Lines, Changes Waiting Moving Forward

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Walt Disney World Resort has officially changed how you’ll be waiting in line moving forward for your favorite attractions.

However, anyone who has visited Magic Kingdom or any of its sister Disney World parks, including Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, knows that part of the Disney experience often includes waiting in line.

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The long waits have become a rite of passage, something visitors accept as part of their magical journey.

Recently, though, Disney World has come under intense pressure over its decision to restrict those eligible for the new Disability Access Service (DAS) system. This restriction was implemented due to widespread abuse of the system, which was initially designed to help those with disabilities enjoy the Disney World park without enduring long waits inside a traditional queue.

Now, Disney World has introduced a new system, detailed on their website, prompting many to wonder how this will impact the traditional waiting experience in the parks. According to Disney’s official site, the new system is designed to accommodate guests who need to leave the standby line temporarily due to a disability but wish to rejoin their party later.

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This will be in place for all guests and all attractions moving forward, according to Disney.

The introduction of this new system aims to balance the needs of Disney park guests with disabilities while maintaining the integrity of the queue process. Here’s a closer look at what this means for Disney World visitors and how it might change the traditional waiting experience.

How Disney World’s new queue system works

The DAS system was initially a groundbreaking initiative by Disney to ensure that guests with disabilities could enjoy the parks without facing the hardship of long waits.

Unfortunately, the system was prone to abuse, with some guests taking advantage of the system to bypass lines unfairly. The recent restrictions on DAS eligibility were a direct response to these issues, ensuring that only those who truly need the service could access it.

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The new re-entry system appears to be a compromise, allowing those who need to temporarily step out of line to do so without losing their place. This addresses concerns from both sides—ensuring that those with genuine needs are accommodated while also preventing abuse that affects the overall guest experience.

The process is designed to be straightforward and guest-friendly. When a guest needs to leave the line, they can approach a cast member at the attraction. The cast member will provide instructions on how to exit and re-enter the queue, ensuring the guest knows how to find their way back to their party. This method keeps the rest of the group in line, maintaining the flow and preventing any significant disruption.

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Here’s what Disney’s official site says:

Attraction Queue Re-Entry

“There may be times when a Guest must briefly step out of the standby line and then rejoin their party in the line. Every location has a defined process to support this option based on a person’s disability while the rest of the party remains in line.”

How to Use Queue Re-Entry

  1. Speak to a Cast Member at the location for directions on how to re-enter the queue.
  2. A Cast Member will provide details about how to exit the queue and how to navigate back to your party.
  3. While the Guest who must leave the line is briefly away, the rest of the party will remain in line.
  4. The Guest reunites with their party to ride the attraction.

Note: Guests must meet boarding requirements to ride.

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By keeping the majority of the party in line, Disney aims to prevent queue-jumping and maintain fairness. Guests who leave and re-enter must still meet all boarding requirements, ensuring that safety protocols are upheld.

Impact on Disney World Guests

For guests with disabilities, this new system hopes to provide flexibility and peace of mind. Knowing that they can leave the line if needed without losing their spot allows for a more relaxed and enjoyable experience. It’s a practical solution that acknowledges the diverse needs of park visitors.

Of course, it’s not without its flaws.

For other guests, the system represents a fair compromise. It maintains the integrity of the standby lines while providing necessary accommodations. This balanced approach aims to enhance the overall guest experience, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the magic of Disney World.

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In the future, we can expect to see more enhancements and adjustments as Disney World responds to guest feedback and technological advancements. The park’s ability to innovate and adapt is part of what makes it such a beloved destination, but it will be interesting to see how these are received by guests as the new implementations continue to roll out.

What do you think of this new line system at Walt Disney World? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments!

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