Basics of Single Rider Queues at Universal Orlando


Have you ever wanted to visit Universal Orlando, but your friends cannot go? Have you ever wanted to experience an attraction at Universal Orlando, but the rest of your group did not want to go? Well, the single rider queue saves the day. Universal Orlando offers single rider queues on many of their attractions.

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If you are unfamiliar with how single rides lines are supposed to work, anyone traveling alone or willing to be separated from their group can use this line. This queue differs from standard and express queues at Universal Orlando. Single riders wait in their own queue. Then, the single rider gets selected individually filling vacant seats in rows/spots that other parties do not fill. For example, on the Hulk attraction that seats four per row, a group of three is placed in a row, then a single rider will be placed in that fourth spot to increase amount of people riding.

Now if have never been to Universal Orlando before, the single rider queue contains some disadvantages. The single rider queues skip much of the excellent theming within the standard queues. For example, single rider queue for Gringotts attraction misses some excellent theming, part of preshow, and animatronics. If you have never ridden the Gringotts attraction before, you miss a significant piece of backstory in single rider queue. I would not suggest experiencing an attraction for the first time via the single rider queue. However, this is up to you.

The single rider queue normally moves faster than the standard queue, but slower than using Express Pass queue. However, in theory, the single rider queue might never move if there’s no single seats to be filled. For example, if only groups of four are waiting to ride the Hulk attraction, there will be no room for a single rider to fill. This means waits can fluctuate but should be lower in single rider queue than standard queue.

As a rule, the more seats in a row on an attraction, the faster the single rider queue moves. So, attractions like Mummy (currently being refurbished), Incredible Hulk, and Forbidden Journey offer more benefit to single riders than Hollywood Rip Ride Rock-it, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and Jurassic World VelociCoaster single rider queue which have two to a row.

In addition, at VelociCoaster, the single rider queue regularly hits capacity since that queue is not exceedingly long. If you arrive at VelociCoaster seeing a 75 minute or more standard queue wait with single rider queue at capacity, you might consider just hanging around for about 10 minutes until single rider queue is no longer at capacity and then enter that queue. It may still be a 30 minute or more wait in single rider queue. Sometimes for attractions with only 2 to a row, the single rider queue wait can exceed the standard queue wait. In contrast, this rarely happens with attractions with four or more to a row.

Also, attractions do not always open their single rider queue for a variety of reasons. Attractions commonly offering a single rider queue are Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Men in Black Alien Attack, Revenge of the Mummy, Transformers, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and Jurassic Park River Adventure. Sometimes, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Skull Island: Reign of Kong utilize a single rider queue.

In upcoming weeks, I will prepare some reports about more specifics of efficiency of single rider queues at Universal Orlando. Feel free to be on lookout for those. If you are like me, single rider queues offer some quality shorter attractions queue waits. Universal Orlando extends so many advantages to solo rider. Feel free to try them out your next trip to Universal Orlando.

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