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Single-riders’ lines at Universal Orlando – complete insider’s guide

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Single-riders' line at Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Signs indicate the entrance for the single-riders’ line at Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

What is the single-riders’ line?

(Important note: all single-riders’ lines at Universal Orlando Resort are currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, with that extra queue space, in some cases, being used for social-distancing measures. However, we expect the single-riders’ lines to return in the future, once these precautions are eased.)

One of the biggest secrets at the Orlando-area theme parks lets guests skip the standby lines at certain attractions – but not without caveats. Not all rides utilize these separate queues, but those that do may let you save a considerable amount of time.

The single-riders’ line is a separate queue, similar to Express Passes at Universal Orlando Resort or FastPass+ at Walt Disney World Resort (with some important qualifications). This line is distinct from the general standby queue and allows ride operators at the loading point to identify people who are willing to ride alone, in any seat. Given that most guests tend to ride together, either in pairs or in larger groups, the single-riders’ line can be a much quicker option, as you are essentially skipping the main line and volunteering to fill in any ride spots left empty by the larger groups.

However, it is absolutely essential to know that, nine times out of 10, you won’t be able to ride with whatever friends or family members that entered the single-riders’ line with you. (What about that 10th time? You may, on occasion, still be paired with your compatriots, but this only happens if there are two or more adjacent seats left empty. Consider it the luck of the draw.)

Which attractions have single-riders’ lines?

Single riders can hop in line at The Incredible Hulk Coaster

A variety of popular rides and attractions feature single-riders’ lines at both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

Universal Studios Florida:

Islands of Adventure:

Who should avoid the single-riders’ lines?

Single Riders Line
Signs point the way to the entrance for single riders

Although using single-riders’ lines can save a considerable amount of time, some guests and their parties may want to avoid them altogether.

Here’s why: the ride operators will not let parents and their young children ride together from the single-rider line; you will be asked to split up or exit the queue in order to re-enter via the regular line. Those younger guests who will want to stay with their supervising adults, then, should steer clear. The same consideration goes for those who may require special wheelchair seating or the modified seats on certain attractions (for those passengers with larger frames) – for these situations, other accommodations may be available, so always ask the team member at the entrance.

There’s one last word of warning that we offer: some of Universal Orlando’s queues are elaborate affairs, featuring immersive theming and explanations of the story that you’re about to embark on – and some single-riders’ lines miss most, if not all, of this backstory. This is especially true, for example, at Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Rather than passing through the vaulted ceilings of the goblin bank, you’ll skirt around the edges of the room, head straight into a corridor, and then move up the loading staircase, missing two impressively detailed preshows. Furthermore, at both Gringotts and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, those who take the single-riders’ line will also miss the in-queue photo op.

Some may consider this a fair price for speed and efficiency, but consider yourselves warned!

Do I have to pay to use the single-riders’ lines?

No! That’s the beauty of the single-riders’ line – unlike with Express Passes, this option is completely free for anyone to use.

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