The Disney World Rides You Should Visit FIRST

Some rides at Disney World are notable not just for their thrills and theming, but for their agonizingly long lines!

Lines are starting to get long!

Since most queues reach their peaks later in the morning or afternoon, These are the types of rides that you should be visiting FIRST thing in the morning!

Rope dropping Disney World definitely has its merits. Not only do you get the sense, for a brief second, that you kinda have the park to yourself, but you have the opportunity to race right onto your favorite rides!

There’s that famous rope!

Today, Genie+ allows you to reserve Lightning Lanes to skip the line at attractions throughout the day (if you choose to pay for Genie+, that is), and each park’s most popular ride can be booked to ride during a specific time window through Individual Attraction Selections (again, if you are willing to cough up the money for that). So, it’s time to re-evaluate your rope-dropping strategy! Here’s our list of which Disney World attractions you should consider heading to first thing in the morning.


Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The reigning champ of long wait times in Magic Kingdom is — to the surprise of no one — Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Even on low-traffic days in the park, the ride tends to command a queue upwards of an hour longso if you’re rope dropping Magic Kingdom, this should be high-priority for you if you don’t want to wait around for a while later! The other option you have here to avoid a long line is to buy this attraction as an Individual Lightning Lane. If you want to skip that cost AND skip the crowds, then heading toward Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as early as possible is one of your best bets!

Space Mountain

If you decide to purchase Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as an Individual Attraction Selection, then you may want to try to hit Space Mountain first thing in the morning at Magic Kingdom. You can book a Lightning Lane time to ride Space Mountain later in the day if you buy Genie+, but many Disney guests try to check this one off the must-do list early.

Space Mountain still draws big crowds each day!

While we often think of the “latest, greatest” attractions as the ones that draw the longest lines at Disney World, Space Mountain has lengthy standby lines every single day, despite having opened back in 1975! If you’re not headed to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train first thing, Space Mountain could be your best bet.

Click Here to See 30 Hidden Secrets in Magic Kingdom


test track

Although EPCOT is mostly known for its food and festivals, it’s got in-demand rides, too — like Test Track, which routinely draws LONG lines!

test track

In the past, we’ve seen queues quoted at more than 100 minutes, making this a must-visit ride earlier in the day. Ya know before you start Drinking Around the World (because whipping around that track on a belly full of margaritas doesn’t sound too great…). If you aren’t running to Frozen Ever After or Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure when EPCOT opens, first thing in the morning is one of the best times to take your SimCar around the track!

Frozen Ever After

For a slow-moving, easy-going boat ride, Frozen Ever After certainly draws quite the crowd! In fact, the attraction in the Norway Pavilion has had the LONGEST wait time in ALL of Disney World more than once!

Frozen Ever After

So yeah, before you fuel up on School Bread, be sure and make a beeline for the Frozen Ever After queueunless you want to spend 78 minutes FROZEN in line later. Frozen Ever After was one of those “pay-per-ride” attractions until recently, when Disney said that at least through August 2022, it will be part of the regular Genie+ Lightning Lane system. So if you were counting on booking it individually during your trip, you will probably want to make this the ride you do first thing in the morning.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

THE most popular ride at EPCOT right now is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventurewhich is on-brand since it is also the newest ride until Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

You have two options to minimize your wait at this attraction: Ride it first thing in the morning, or reserve a time to skip the line and pay the fee. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is currently the only Pay-Per-Ride attraction in EPCOT. Since you can probably get away without paying for Genie+ most days in EPCOT, you may want to spend the money to skip the line on this one ride, and use your early morning window to ride Frozen Ever After or Test Track. It’s all about your priorities!

Would You Wait Over an Hour for These 16 Rides at Disney World?!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Smuggler’s Run

The park with the longest lines these days is definitely Disney’s Hollywood Studiosthanks in large part to buzzy new-ish lands Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land.

Smuggler’s Run

Though it’s not as hard to get on as Rise of the Resistance, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is probably one you’re gonna want to run to first thing in the morning (just look at those crowds)! Since you can book Rise of the Resistance as an Individual Attraction Selection for a fee, speed walking to Smuggler’s Run first is a good strategy.

Slinky Dog Dash

Nowadays, Slinky Dog Dash is routinely the Hollywood Studios ride with the longest lineswith waiting times sometimes stretching to 90 minutes!

Slinky Dog Dash

So if you want to really maximize your time in the park, you’d be wise to make this Toy Story coaster a top priority upon arrival, especially if your group is more into Toy Story than Star Wars!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Though it’s calmed down a LOT since its opening days with 300-minute wait times, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is still a top attraction at Hollywood Studios!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Especially since it’s so central in the park, it’s an easy ride to hit up first — and you probably SHOULDunless you enjoy spending upwards of an hour in (mostly) direct sunlight! Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway used to be one of those “pay per ride” attractions you could book a specific time for, but Disney has temporarily moved it to a regular Genie+ attraction. So that might change your strategy and make this one the ride you choose to do first at rope drop if it is a priority for your group!

22,000 Disney Fans Rank ALL the Rides at Hollywood Studios — Click Here to See the Results!


Flight of Passage

Most rides at Animal Kingdom are pretty easy to get on, with one notable exception. You know the one.

Flight of Passage Crowds

Flight of Passage is consistently SO popular that it’s actually surprising when it DOESN’T have the longest wait time in all of Disney World!

Flight of Passage Crowds

So if you’re gonna rope drop Animal Kingdom, and you don’t want to spend up to two hours mid-afternoon waiting around in Pandora or pay for an Individual Lightning Lane, follow the other speed-walking vacationers to get in line for Flight of Passage when Animal Kingdom opens!

At the end of the day, if you really want to maximize your time in Disney World and hit up as many of your favorite rides as possible, these are definitely the ones you should be checking off your list FIRST thing in the morning! But we would be remiss if we didn’t also mention an OPPOSITE strategy that works for some Disney Guests!

Click Here for 5 Important Disney Genie+ Tips to Know Before You Go to Disney World

Go For the Low Hanging Fruit

While our list covers the common strategy of trying to get to the most popular rides early before the crowds build in the parks, there are advocates of doing exactly the opposite!

Peter Pan’s Flight

What do we mean? Well, while all of the other people lined up at rope drop in Magic Kingdom head to Space Mountain or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, you COULD knock out 3-4 other rides quicklylike, say, Peter Pan’s Flight, Splash Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean, before the mid-day crowds pack in.

You could choose to tackle Splash Mountain before the crowds arrive.

This strategy is especially effective if you are NOT eligible for Early Park Entry — which allows Disney resort guests entry into the parks 30 minutes before the official opening time (you can read more about Early Park Entry here). Those early birds who got in ahead of you may have already filled up the queues for the most popular rides in the parks, while other attraction queues are still very short. This “reverse strategy” could work well for you in the other parks, as well, depending on your priorities!

Whether you sprint to the most popular ride in the park or make a beeline to less popular attractions you can walk right on early, any strategy you choose ends with you on a fun Disney World attraction! It’s exhilarating to beat the crowd and feel like you won Disney World! Keep following Disney Food Blog for our best tips for planning your next trip!

How Long is TOO Long to Wait For a Ride at Disney World?!

Don’t miss out on Any Disneyfun!

Order Your Copy of the 2022 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Today!

With more than 750 pages, the 2022 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining is full of tips and planning tools developed by Disney World experts over 30+ years of visits. We’ve done the research for you, so you’ll know just which spots will uniquely suit your family’s needs!

With mini reviews of every single restaurant, bar, lounge, kiosk and more; an entire chapter on the best snacks at Disney World; full Disney Dining Plan analysis (and how to get FREE dining); and a full chapter on discounts and deals; you’ll have everything you need to plan your best vacation yet.

Click here to order your copy of the 2022 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-book with code WDW2022 to save 25% off the cover price today!

ready to shop button
Our guides are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. 🙂

What is your favorite ride to visit FIRST thing in the morning at Disney World? Let us know in the comments!

Leave a Comment