Disney World Rides That Don’t Need Lightning Lane

Disney World Rides That Don’t Need Lightning Lane

With Walt Disney World getting busier and busier all the time, getting your Lightning Lane rides planned ahead of time is crucial. Luckily, not every ride at Walt Disney World requires that you have a Lightning Lane pass with Genie+ and some never have a line long enough to worry about. So here are some of the Disney Rides That Don’t Need a Lightning Lane that you can skip paying for. 

50th Anniversary Disney Statues at Magic Kingdom

Disney Rides That Don’t Need Lightning Lane with Genie+

Given the crazy crowd levels at Walt Disney World, at one point you may need to buy Lightning Lane Passes because waiting in line for hours is a bad idea. However, you can save your Lightning Lane passes for important rides. That’s where this Disney Rides That Don’t Need a Lightning Lane Pass list comes in. Although there are never guarantees at Walt Disney World, these rides rarely have longer than a 30-minute wait on most days. 

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Disney PeopleMover in Tomorrowland Magic Kingdom

The People Mover in Magic Kingdom

Not only does The People Mover not usually have a terribly long line, but it also offers some pretty great views of Magic Kingdom. It isn’t too short of a ride and is a nice break from being on your feet all day. It’s also one of our favorite Rides to Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World. Literally driving you around the skyline of Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, this is a favorite. 

Living with the Land Christmas EPCOT

Living with the Land in Epcot

Living with the Land is a slow boat ride dedicated to conservation in The Land building and we love it for a lot of reasons. Not only is the wait time usually super manageable, but it’s also long enough of a ride that if we do have to wait a little bit, at least we know it was worth it. It’s also fully located inside, which makes it a great escape from the rain, crowds, and the intense Florida heat. During the holidays, Living with the Land gets a holiday overlay, that is well worth seeing. Check out our Christmas at EPCOT post for details. 

Magic Carpets of Aladdin Ride at Magic Kingdom

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Magic Kingdom

This Kid-focused ride is good for grown-ups too! Another ride we love for its bird’s eye views is the Magic Carpets, found in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom. This easy-going ride in Magic Kingdom doesn’t usually have much of a wait and is the perfect excuse to relax and let the wind blow through your hair. 

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Magic Kingdom

While other Toy Story-focused rides in Hollywood Studios, generally have waits that will make you want to cry, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin offers generally low wait times. With its video-game-like theme and blacklight lighting effects, try for this one at the beginning or end of the day. As many people will head to harder to get rides, like Space Mountain, and Peter Pan’s Flight. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is one of the Best Rides at Walt Disney World and well worth taking the time! 

Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom

An easy, breezy ride, Mad Tea Party is nowhere near as long a wait as some of the more popular rides in Magic Kingdom.  And who doesn’t love a shaded spin around the Mad Hatters table? Much like the Flying Dumbo ride also in Magic Kingdom, the lines for this one will vary depending on crowds, so keep an eye out for a shorter line throughout the day. 

Flower and Garden Festival Epcot

Journey into Imagination with Figment in Epcot

Riding through the sensory labs of the Imagination Institute offers a break from the chaos in the parks and gets you up close and personal with Epcot’s mascot, Figment! There is never a wait for this classic old-school ride and it’s worth the journey if you need a break from the elements. It’s also next door to the Pixar Shorts, which offers a film viewing of Pixar animated shorts that allows a nice break from the heat, and crowds. 

So there you have it! Disney Rides That Don’t Need a Lightning Lane Pass. Most of these rides will generally not have lines long enough to warrant paying for a Lightning Lane Pass. However, keep in mind that during very high crowd periods, like Christmas, anything is possible! Check out all the details about Disney’s Lightning Lane Pass to help maximize your vacation time! 

Disney World Rides that don't need a Lightning Lane Pass

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