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Ranking Every Walt Disney World Ride Queue

We all go to Walt Disney World for the rides, but let’s face it: we spend a lot of time standing in line. Disney invests heavily in its ride queues to simplify the wait.

Ride queues are the unsung heroes of Walt Disney World. Here are the top 5 ride queues, where every ride queue ranks from best to least favorite.

5-Star Walt Disney World Ride Queues

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

  • The Haunted Mansion

  • Avatar Flight of Passage

  • Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

White soldiers standing in a blue and black open space.
Stormtroopers at the ready in Rise of the Resistance

Number one is Rise of the Resistance. This thrilling attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios takes you on a daring mission to join the Resistance and fight against the First Order. As you wait in line, the queue immerses you in the Star Wars universe, where you feel like you've been captured by the First Order. The hangar bay in the queue features 50 stormtroopers and some of them move. Thanks to this attraction's detailed theming, interactive elements, and cast members, this queue is ranked number one. Get ready for an epic adventure!

Next up, we have number two: The Haunted Mansion. This classic attraction at Magic Kingdom is known for its spooky yet family-friendly experience. The queue starts outdoors in the cemetery where there are interactive tombstones, pun crypts, and more. And the queue continues as you enter the doors of the mansion and make your way to the iconic stretching room. From there, you will be transported to the eerie world of ghosts and ghouls, with haunted portraits, creepy music, and a ghostly host. It's a must-visit for all fans of the supernatural!

a pink and red striped room with a portrait of a girl on the wall holding an umbrella
The Stretching Room in the Haunted Mansion

Moving on to number three: Flight of Passage. This extraordinary ride at Disney's Animal

Kingdom allows you to soar through the breathtaking landscape of Pandora on the back of a

banshee. Although quite long, the queue itself is a marvel, with a detailed cave, a research

laboratory, and an impressive submerged Na'vi avatar animatronic. Prepare to be amazed!

blue long man-like creature in a tube
Submerged Na'vi Avatar in the Flight of Passage Ride Queue

Now, let's explore number four: Expedition Everest. This chilling yet thrilling roller coaster at

Disney's Animal Kingdom takes you on an expedition to the "top of the world" where daring

travelers come face to face with a legendary Yeti. The queue sets the tone for the adventure, with artifacts, mountaineering gear, and even a museum dedicated to the Yeti. It's an exhilarating experience from start to finish.

Last but not least, we have number five: Pirates of the Caribbean. Embark on a swashbuckling

journey through the Golden Age of Piracy at Magic Kingdom. The queue immerses you in the

world of pirates, starting in the Castillo del Morro fortress, which features a cold and dark

underground cavern, a pirate's dungeon, and a catchy instrumental soundtrack. Get ready to set sail on a high-seas adventure!

4-Star Ride Queues

  • Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

  • The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror

  • Dinosaur

  • Toy Story Mania

  • Smuggler’s Run

  • Star Tours

  • Tron Lightcycle Run

A circus top structure building with multiple colors
Toy Story Mania Ride Queue Entrance

5-star ride queues combine stunning visuals, play well into the theme and storyline of the ride,

and add something to look forward to about the ride. It’s less about glitz and glam and more about immersion, which is why Haunted Mansion is such a highly-ranked ride queue despite being a multi-decade-old ride. The 4-star ride queues combine most if not all of the elements of a 5-star queue, just slightly less favored.

Cosmic Rewind has a fantastic queue, the sixth best at Walt Disney World. The only

aspect leaving it out of the top five is that there can be long pauses between the ride

queue videos, which interrupts the precious immersive experience. That doesn’t really

happen with the 5-star queues. Yes, there can be some pauses in Rise of the Resistance,

but that’s unavoidable when serving over 1,000 passengers an hour.

Tower of Terror features a classic, dark, and mysterious ride queue similar to Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Both attractions are stiff competition for the Tower Of Terror, as it barely falls outside the top five spots but is, undoubtedly, a 4-star ride queue.

Dinosaur’s 4-star status relies heavily on the storyline rather than the visuals. The ride

queue takes you through the history of the dinosaurs, showing fossils, artifacts, and other

cool objects. It’s a decent ride queue, but the real magic is how it builds into the storyline.

Dinosaur is an intense ride not because of the drops, but because the ride queue sets the

stage so well.

Going through Andy’s room and seeing classic games scattered on ceilings, the walls,

and the ground is unique to Toy Story Mania and Toy Story Land. You

truly feel like a toy at Toy Story Mania and Toy Story Land because the games and toys

around you are so large.

Smuggler’s Run features an excellent storyline, top-tier animatronics, and a multi-faceted

ride queue. It pairs well with Rise of the Resistance by leaning heavily on iconic

characters and an action-packed storyline.

Star Tours is yet another ride with good visuals and a fun storyline. As an older ride, we

don’t expect the same technology as the rides at Galaxy’s Edge. Star Tours is a 3-star ride

queue that gets 4-star status because of its excellent design, R2-D2 and C3PO animatronics, unique exterior ride queue, and rich history.

Tron Lightcycle Run is a borderline 3-star ride queue. For such an iconic theme, the queue itself is lacking compared to Flight of Passage or Cosmic Rewind, which build the universe out

with displays and artifacts. There is a section of the standby portion of the Tron ride

queue that is little more than a winding, cluttered line that fits the most people possible in

a small room. I like the visuals of the different teams you’re going up against, but these

are basically just posters that seem out of touch with the futuristic element we would

expect from Tron. Tron has arguably the best architecture and music of any ride at Walt

Disney World. The lighting and music make this ride queue good enough for 4-stars.

3-Star Ride Queues

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

  • Peter Pan’s Flight

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

  • Space Mountain

  • Na’vi River Journey

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

3-star ride queues feature thematic elements and solid visuals. They definitely add something to the ride, but not in the same way as the elite ride queues.

These ride queues feature talented artwork and design. The Chinese Theater is an epic setting for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has exciting elements and builds a good theme. Peter Pan’s Flight is similar to Toy Story Mania because it uses the elements of scale so effectively. However, one factor about many of these ride queues is that they are cramped or don’t build upon the theme as well as they could.

A large open space with interesting Chinese architecture
Chinese Theatre Entrance for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

For example, Haunted Mansion introduces new spooky elements and builds out the house before you even enter the ride. Pirates of the Caribbean uses scale and multiple levels with a clear vision in mind: the Castillo del Morro fortress in Puerto Rico.

Each 3-star ride queue is good and does one or multiple things well, but not to the same level as the higher-ranked ride queues.

2-Star Ride Queues

2-star ride queues are where it falls off by quite a bit, but only by Disney’s standards. If these

rides were at any other theme park, these would all be top-tier queues.

You really start to feel like you are in a line with the 2-star ride queues. These ride queues don’t do a lot to alleviate a particularly long wait.

  • Rock “n” Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

  • Slinky Dog Dash

  • Frozen Ever After

  • It’s A Small World

  • Mad Tea Party

  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!

  • Mission: SPACE

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

  • The Many Adventures of Winne the Pooh

  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends

A wooden frame structure
The Entrance to the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride queue

1-Star Ride Queues

1-star ride queues are essentially just a line. Most of these ride queues feel like you’re waiting at airport security rather than at The Most Magical Place on Earth. There are some excellent rides with not-so-great ride queues. Luckily, some of these rides tend to have low waits, so a simple ride queue with a short wait time isn’t going to be as much of a factor as a barebones ride queue with a long wait time.

A sign hanging from a red outlined ceiling outside
The Entrance to the Peoplemover in Tomorrowland

The identifying factor with 1-star ride queues is that you immediately feel in line the second you enter the queue. There’s just not a lot to make the experience more bearable. With rides with long wait times like Jungle Cruise, the lack of a top-tier ride queue is particularly noticeable.

  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

  • Spaceship Earth

  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

  • Living with the Land

  • Jungle Cruise

  • Alien Swirling Saucers

  • Astro Orbiter

  • Tomorrowland Speedway

  • Soarin’ Around the World

That concludes our tour of the top Walt Disney World Ride queues. We hope you enjoyed this

magical journey. Remember, the magic never ends at Walt Disney World!


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