Guardians of the Galaxy at Night
  • On Mar 27, 2023
    Jody from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Rides that say Virtual Queue or Lightening Lane only-does that mean you cannot get on the ride without some type of reservation? Is there a list of all rides that require that, and how soon can I reserve a time? Thanks!

    Welcome to planDisney, Jody!

    Are you counting down the days until your trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth? By the time you arrive, you'll be able to ride TRON Lightcycle / Run and watch the nighttime spectaculars, Happily Ever After and EPCOT Forever. How exciting! 

    Jody, there are currently two attractions that utilize the virtual queue system, namely, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and TRON Lightcycle / Run. That means there are two ways you can currently experience these rides: 1) Join the virtual queue, or 2) Purchase an Individual Lightning Lane. There are currently no standby lines for these attractions. In other words, you can't just show up and wait to ride without a reservation. 

    To join the virtual queue, you'll need to open your My Disney Experience Mobile App. There are a few different windows that open for the virtual queue. The first is at 7:00 AM, the second is at 1:00 PM, and the third is at 6:00 PM on select dates during extended evening theme park hours (usually Mondays for EPCOT and Wednesdays for Magic Kingdom Park). This third window is a benefit for registered Guests staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, or other select hotels. 

    As soon as the window opens (7:00 AM, 1:00 PM, or, if applicable to you, 6:00 PM) open your My Disney Experience Mobile App. Select "Join Virtual Queue" on the home screen. You'll then see the next steps for joining the virtual queue. You'll need to do this quickly since lots of people will be trying to get a slot. The app will indicate when there is no availability for a specific distribution time, or if a backup group is available. Next, you'll enroll your group. Once your boarding group is called to return, you’ll receive a notification via the My Disney Experience app (make sure notifications are switched on). Then, head over to the entrance of the attraction within your designated return window.

    If you'd like to also purchase an Individual Lightning Lane, it's really simple. You can do this from 7:00 AM on the day of your visit if you're staying at a Disney Resort. If you're staying off-property, you can make a purchase once the theme park opens. Simply open your My Disney Experience App, go to the "Tip Board," select the theme park and scroll down to the attraction. You should see an option to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane. The earlier you secure your reservation the better.

    It's worth saying that each Guest can join the virtual queue once per attraction per day. They can also purchase one Individual Lightning Lane per attraction per day (up to two attractions per day). For example, you could ride TRON Lightcycle / Run twice on the same day if you joined the virtual queue and purchased an Individual Lightning Lane.

    By the time you arrive, it's very possible that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will no longer utilize the virtual queue system. If that's the case, you'll be able to experience it by waiting in the standby line.

    I hope that's helpful, Jody. Thanks so much for stopping by planDisney.

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