Longest wait time???
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Having spent a couple days at a local amusement park this year, I was paying attention to the wait times.
We've been to Disney before, and while I don't recall paying particular attention to wait times, I don't think we've ever waited very long. We did wait for almost an hour at DL for Space Mountain (during the Halloween makeover), but really I think 30 minutes has been the longest for anything at either park.
What's the longest you've ever waited for a ride? Were there extenuating circumstances?
I will never wait more than 30 minutes for a ride. Although at Disneyland I waited a little longer to ride the Matterhorn after it had broken down because it was the last night of my trip and I hadn't ridden it yet.
I have heard people talking about wait times during busy times of the year and wonder who would wait 240 minutes in line for Soarin (that was a posted wait time during the holiday season this past year)
The longest I have ever waited for a ride was when I was 9 and we visited my Grandparents in Texas. They took us to Six Flags and we happened to go the week the Texas Cliffhanger (it was the first free fall ride ever created) opened. My brother and I really wanted to ride it and we waited in line for 3 1/2 hours (I know ridiculous looking back on it), but we loved it. When we got to the top it moved the car out over the track and then the ride stopped. We were sitting in position to drop and had to wait about 5 minutes. The couple in the car with us visited and we were all getting comfortable when all of a sudden we dropped. I have loved free falls ever since (ToT is one of my favorite!)
I refuse to ever wait in line that long again. Now we don't wait more than 20-30 minutes. My kids are on the autism spectrum and we simply cannot do a ride if we have to wait much longer than that. I use touring plans to avoid the crowds and have never seen very long lines anytime we go.
I waited 90 minutes in the Harry Potter line one time at IoA, and then the ride broke down...no compensation at all from the park...just "sorry, you can check back later if you want.". This is one of the MANY, MANY reasons that I always tell people that the Universal parks can't hold a candle to WDW.
At Disney, I think the longest I've waited is about 40 minutes. I just won't do much more than that. I'd rather not ride something than to spend half my day in a line.
We went to Epcot a few years back with the goal of riding Test Track and Soarin'. In my ignorance at the time, I thought they were the only "good" things to do at Epcot (I have since learned otherwise, in no small part thanks to these boards). Since I had base tickets and this was to be our only park (arrival day), we actually waited for Soarin' with a 210 minute posted wait time (no fps available). The kids were good and cranky by the time we got done. To this day, they really could care less to ride it. I think I have ruined it for them for life.
We usually visit the World in late August thru early October, have never waited longer than 15 minutes for anything. If it's longer than that, we FP it, if there are no FP's left, oh well! Try to plan better next time!
I have never waited more than 5 minutes for anything until once we got in line for Soarin with no fast passes and it took us 22 minutes from start to finish. If a wait time is posted at more than 30 minutes we will use a fast pass but the slow times of year we go there is never really any waits at all. As a matter of fact we have walked on to almost every ride we have ever ridden.
I would not enjoy waiting in lines more than 15 or 20 minutes. I don't have the patience for it. I could never go during holidays or summer.
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Eleven years ago while at Universal we waited for Spiderman for almost 3 hours. Before fastpass I'm sure we waited on line at Disney for at least an hour or more on some rides. Before fast pass we would try and do one or two very popular rides first thing in the morning and then in the evening we'd do rides during Wishes and the parade. Today I'll wait as long as I have to if there's something I want to see and do before I leave since I only get to go to WDW every 4 or 5 years.
We waited for 95 minutes for toy story mania. I didn't realize how fast the fp's ran out and my dd's were looking so forward to the ride. Got there at 11:00 am that morning and all fp's were gone for the day! Now I plan much better.
Way back when it was only the MK, we probably waited in line for an hour to an hour and a half (in the summer) - but every ride would have been like that. There was only the one park and FP was a long, long time away. Once Epcot opened, the lines weren't much better in either park but since everyone was in the same boat, it wasn't too bad. Now fast forward to today. We still go in the summer and there are 4 parks and FP's but the longest line we've waited in was for the Fairy M&G in Toonotown - we waited 70 minutes (yes I timed that one) but everything else we wait anywhere from just a few minutes to 45ish I'd guess. With Abby being Autistic and Lenny needing a scooter, we get a GAC so we've never had to wait the huge waiting time for things like Soarin and TSM. We still wait, but not for the 2 hours or so those rides always seem to have for a wait.
I don't think we've ever waited that long for rides but I know we waited over 45 minutes to see tink on our last trip. I had DH take DD out to the restroom and let her run off steam because she was not handling the wait well. Then they came back in about 15 minutes before we got in to see her. I would love it if they could do FP for all the Character Meets... we've gotten so spoiled by the Mickey/Minnie and Princess Meets!