Last Updated on December 30, 2023 by Themepark Freak
In the 44 years of my life, I’ve been to a lot of theme parks. I’ve also been in a lot of single rider lines. There have been fast single rider lines. There have also been some that never moved. I’ve even been in single rider lines that weren’t used properly by the theme park staff.
Since single rider lines can be such hit and miss, and your time is valuable, I wanted to go ahead and give a review of the single rider lines from my mid-October (2023) trip to Disneyland Paris.
The Disneyland Paris Attractions with Single Rider Lines
The amount of rides at Disneyland Paris that actually have single rider lines is actually fairly limited. Here’s what it looks like between the two parks.
Single Rider Lines in Disneyland Park
- Hyperspace Mountain
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
Single Rider Lines at Walt Disney Studios Park
- Crush’s Coaster
- Avengers Assemble: Flight Force
- RC Racer
- Ratatouille: The Adventure
- Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure
- Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop
Out of this list, I utilized the lines for Hyperspace Mountain, Avengers, Ratatouille and Spider Man.
Disneyland Paris is Serious About Splitting Up Parties
When you enter the line, there are signs stating that if you’re entering with someone else, your party WILL be broken up. In fact, when I was entering the line I saw cast members stopping parties of 2 or more to ask them if they’re ok riding without the rest of their party. This was pretty awesome because I’ve witnessed angry guests and tears in past visits.
Single Rider Drama at Hyperspace Mountain
The single rider line only showed a wait of about 20 minutes while standby was 60. Not too bad, so I went ahead and joined the single rider line.
As I was walking, a young girl (YG), maybe 11 or 12 years old, hopped the fence and ran up the lane in front of me. I didn’t think anything of it. Maybe she was done with her family.
The line started at the point you’re going to go into the building the ride loads and disembarks from. A few people ahead of us, I could see an older girl (OG) of maybe 14 or 15 waving at YG. She was letting the 4 or 5 people ahead of us move on so she could connect with YG.
End of the day, this didn’t bother me. All I really had was my phone to entertain me, as well as people watching. I can imagine some people actually like human contact. Especially teens.
At the end of the walkway we were on, there’s a cast member who would direct single riders to go through a little building and down the stairs to the front of the single rider line. From there, the cast member loading the cars would grab people from this line.
When the girls got to the front of the line, they were holding hands tightly, as if this would make certain they’re not split up. However, the cast member told OG to go ahead. She refused. She was trying to tell him that they had to go together, but the cast member wasn’t having it. He told her either she can go alone or they’re both welcome to leave the line.
Begrudgingly she went, but she never appeared at the turnstile at the bottom…
How to Get Kicked Off a Disneyland Paris Ride
About 6 minutes later, all of the single riders that had been waiting at the bottom of the stairs went. The cast member motioned for YG to go. She busts through the turnstile and runs into the little building. Lo and behold, both girls appear at the bottom of the steps.
I could hear the cast member’s eyes rolling when he saw this. He then motioned for me to go ahead.
When I got to the bottom of the stairs, OG was arguing with the cast member about being split up. Since they were holding up the ride, the cast member motioned me to the seat that one of the girls was refusing to go on. As I left I heard the cast member telling the girls how to leave the platform and make their way to the exit.
A Review of Each of the Lines
So now here’s what you’ve been waiting for. Single rider lines review of each of the rides I went on.
Hyperspace Mountain Single Line Review
The time above the entrance to the the line said 20 minutes while the standby line was 60. Because the car configuration of this roller coaster is 6 cars with 2 riders per car, if there’s a lot of pairs the single rider line can go slow. I spent roughly 35 minutes waiting to ride, which wasn’t bad at all.
Avengers Flight Force Single Line Review
Since there are 6 cars per coaster train and only 4 guests per car, if you have a lot of even numbered groups the single rider line can come to a dead stop. In Walt Disney World I’ve been on the Aerosmith roller coaster (which Flight Force was converted from in DLP) where we didn’t move an inch in over 30 minutes.
However, the wait time for single rider was only 5 minutes (with standby being 15) so I decided to try my luck.
There were only 5 people ahead of me and I made it onto the ride in roughly 10 minutes. Of course, if I had gone through standby then I could have requested the 1st row of my car so I could have more leg room. This was taken away from me as a single rider due to the 2nd pair in our car being very, very tall.
Ratatouille Single Line Review
Ratatouille’s single rider line posted 10 minutes with the standby being 60. I figured even if I had to wait 20 minutes this was still a pretty good deal, so I headed on in.
Before I was able to get into line, the cast member at the entrance of the single rider line had stopped a pair of riders to ask if they knew that they couldn’t ride together. Apparently this particular pair only saw the 10 minutes and didn’t realize they were getting into the single rider line. After it was explained to them that they would be most likely riding separately, they went and got into the standby line.
So for the Ratatouille ride, each mouse cart can fit up to 6 riders, depending on their size. I probably spent about 7 minutes in line before I was at the front and directed to a cart. This single rider line was the quickest by far.
Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure Single Line Review
The single rider line for Spider Man advertised a 15 minute wait. Standby was 70 minutes. I’m not sure how they were calculating the single rider line time, but it was NOT 15 minutes.
The cars seat up to 8 people and I think I was just really unlucky that there were a lot of 2 and 4 person groups when I hopped in line. Before I even got to the pre-show, I already waited 15 minutes. Then another 40 waiting to get on the ride.
This is one of those attractions that I should have just spent the 12 euro for a Premier Access One pass.
Are the Single Rider Lines at Disneyland Paris Worth It?
Now to answer the big question in this single rider lines review. Are they worth it at Disneyland Paris?
Yes. Even for Spider Man where I ended up waiting about 50 minutes, compared to the standby time, it was still faster. Unlike some other coaster parks I’ve been to, the cast members utilize their single rider lines properly. They don’t go deep into the line to try to put together a perfect configuration.
I also highly appreciate the fact that Disney Paris is strict about splitting up parties who think they can game the single rider lines. They don’t care if your 10 year old suddenly decides he doesn’t want to go by himself.
However, there is always the chance that the perfect configuration of parties do show up for rides that have single riders. That means your wait will be longer than advertised. And while they didn’t do it while I was visiting, they are known for shutting down single rider lines if there isn’t enough staff. So they’re not always available for you to utilize.
At the end of the day though, if you’re solo or a couple that doesn’t mind splitting up, give it a go! You might even strike up conversations with new and interesting people while you wait!