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12 Theme Park Ride Lines That Are Actually Fun to Wait In

Updated September 23, 2021 11.4k views12 items

Waiting in line at a theme park is no longer a chore, thanks to these genius theme park line designs. At one time, the line for the rides was probably one of the biggest drawbacks about going to a theme park, but the folks at Disney, Universal Studios, and other big parks have made sure the line isn't just a place to wait, but a place to set up a whole new world.

Theme part line tricks like animatronic characters, videos, and play areas are what make these some of the best lines to wait in at theme parks. So check out the best Disneyland line hacks (and hacks from other parks) to see why the queue can be almost as fun as the ride itself. Why would you want to get out of line when you can play at Dumbo's circus, explore Hogwarts Castle, or see R2-D2 and C-3PO hard at work?

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  • You Can Explore Gringotts Bank at Universal Studios Orlando

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    If you got to Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, you'll get a slightly different Harry Potter experience than the one in Hollywood. There, in addition to the Forbidden Journey, you can also ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. While you wait, you walk through the bank's marble lobby and see goblins hard at work. Leave it to Harry Potter to take banking and actually make it exciting.

  • Star Tours Takes You Up Close to R2-D2 and C-3PO

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    Airports generally aren't the place to go if you're looking for excitement. But what if the airport is a spaceport? That's the case at Disney Parks' Star Tours. The line takes you through the spaceport of a moon of Endor, while animatronic R2-D2 and C-3PO work on a Starspeeder 1000. It's definitely a lot more fun that waiting in line at airport security.

  • Explore Relics Before Finding a Yeti at Disney's Expedition Everest

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    Expedition Everest at Disney World's Animal Kingdom takes you through the Himalayas while you try to avoid a Yeti. But before the ride, you go inside a mountain to explore a Yeti museum. The relics in the museum aren't just props designed for the ride. Walt Disney Word News says over 8,000 items were purchased, mostly from Nepal. These include "a Mani Rimdu dance costume typically worn by a monk during a two-week festival, a 3-D yeti stamp from Bhutan, yeti dolls, a Nepalese coke bottle, antique Chinese ceramics and waterproof barrels designed for mountain treks." It's almost as impressive as it would be if they had an actual Yeti.

  • Transformers Takes You to NEST Base

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    At Universal Studios theme parks, Transformers: The Ride is more than just a ride. It's a mission. The line takes you into a Nonbiological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty (NEST) base, where Autobots Bumblebee, Rachet, and Optimus Prime appear on video screens. They explain that you must join them to take on the Decepticons, who have come to Earth in search of the AllSpark. The pre-ride atmosphere shows that the $100 million used to create the ride did not go to waste.