Summer is one of the busiest times of year at Walt Disney World Resort. It make sense, the kids are off school, the weather is warm, it’s the perfect time for vacation. The thing about Orlando is that it tends to be a little too warm. The heat in Florida is unavoidable, but there are ways to limit your time outdoors.
You’re going to spend time waiting in lines during your trip to Walt Disney World no matter what. You can beat the heat by choosing rides that have indoor queues.
Here’s a look at the best and worst queues to wait in at Walt Disney World in the summertime.
This queue is wonderful for kids and adults alike. Instead of standing in line for your wait, there’s a play area for the kids and benches for the adults while they wait. You’re giving a buzzer that will light up when it’s your time to head to the ride.
Space Mountain: Line is indoors, but can be stuffy inside.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Inside queue and there’s usually a mysterious breeze inside.
Worst queue: Tomorrowland Speedway
There’s only one tiny section that has shade. And it’s extra hot because of all the running cars. And don’t forget about that exhaust smell.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Now the queue area close to the ride is nice, there’s interactive elements for the kids. But since this ride almost always has the longest wait time at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be spending most of your time waiting in the sun.
Barnstormer: Zero sun protection for a ride that’s less than 60 seconds long.
Generally a shorter line, you’re inside and move into several different areas. An added bonus, the ride itself is actually a little cold.
Expedition Everest: You’re outside but most of the time you’re in shade. And you can heard your soon-to-be screams about every 30 seconds.
Worst queue: Kilimanjaro Safari
One of the best rides in all of Walt Disney World, this queue is gonna make you work for it. It’s hot and sticky. And when I say hot, it’s Animal Kingdom hot. Somehow, someway this park tends to feel warmer than the others.
Navi River Journey: Mostly outdoor queue and you’re going to be waiting a long time. Because Avatar. Duh.
Avatar: Flight of Passage: See above.
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Last year, my husband and I took a leap of faith and moved to Orlando from the Midwest. We are now living our dream, being just a 20 minute drive from Walt Disney World! When I'm not at the parks, I'm working in graphic design, always trying to sneak hidden Mickeys into my work.