Single Rider

Everything You Need To Know About The Single Rider Line At Disney Parks

A Brief History

The concept of the single rider line originated at Disneyland in Anaheim. In a 1958 memo, Walt Disney himself directed park operations to “Establish a special line for single riders, with the request that they double up.”

 This allowed solo guests to fill empty seats and improved ride efficiency. Over the years, single rider lines were added to more attractions at Disneyland and also at Walt Disney World. They provide an alternative queue for solo travelers or groups willing to split up, filling seats that would otherwise remain empty.

How Single Rider Lines Work

Single rider lines are separate from the standby/regular line. There is a designated entrance, usually marked with clear signage. Guests in the single rider line wait in a shorter queue and are then assigned to fill vacant seats by cast members. Parties are split up, so you will not get to sit with your group. However, the single rider line typically moves much faster than standby. Also, keep in mind that the line or queue for single riders may bypass some of the cool features (pictures, interactive elements, etc) that the regular line might have.

What About Genie+ and Lightning Lane?

While the Single Rider Line offers a unique set of advantages, it’s essential to note its differences from Genie+ and Lightning Lane. Genie+ allows guests to reserve access to select attractions for a price, ensuring a more structured and planned experience. You may only get 2-3 rides in a day using Genie+. Single Rider, on the other hand, caters to those willing to trade a bit of spontaneity for shorter wait times and is free. Both can help you save time on rides.

Tips for Using Single Rider

  • Be at least 7 years old. Young children may not be permitted to ride alone.
  • Be willing to separate from your party. You will not choose seats.
  • Pay attention near the front. Move quickly when directed to a seat.
  • Have a meeting point afterward. You likely won’t be able to wait at the unloading area.
  • Ask a cast member if you can’t find the entrance.
  • Go early or late when crowds are lower.

Current Single Rider Lines

Here are the current attractions that offer single rider lines at Disneyland and Walt Disney World:


  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Space Mountain

Disney California Adventure

  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Incredicoaster
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure

Walt Disney World

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (Hollywood Studios)
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (Hollywood Studios)
  • Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)
  • Test Track (Epcot)


Single rider lines allow solo travelers or willing groups to save significant time at certain Disney attractions. With some planning and preparation, you can maximize their benefits and minimize the downsides. Just be flexible, pay attention, and enjoy the shorter waits!