First of all, it was great! Loved the article!
Now, of course like anyone I would want as small a wait time as possible, but sometimes its nice to take a look around and get prepared for the epic journey you are about to experience.
I guess when it come down to it, I don't mind any length of ride wait as long as it is continually moving, as you will get board with looking at the same things. It creates the illusion that it is short.
Isn't it always the way though that the fun parts of the queue are the parts that move quickly and vise versa??
Sort of odd that an article discussing queues, which specifically mentions Islands of Adventure, doesn't discuss one of the best queues in the world....?
I'm not afraid to wait in line, and appreciate the article. People wait in line everyday for something and for some reason its only at Disney or Universal that suddenly is torture.
What I don't like is this constant hype of "Immersive" and "interactive" The little toys or gadgets along the way keep the kid standing RIGHT THERE happy, but its not a continuous interactive queue.
Immersion this and immersion that. Its way overused, and gotten so distorted guests think standing in a parking lot at an onsite hotel is "immersive" while one off site "breaks the magic" Folks? Its just asphalt.
Atmosphere, which in my opinion is a more accurate word than immersive, is important. The atmosphere at ToT, HM, Soarin, and many others is nice, even relaxing.
Giving the guests something to watch, to observe and admire (True Color video, robot assembly line, whatever), can go a long way to getting one's mind off the wait time.
The BEST queue is the interior part of Expedition Everest. If any comes close to interactive, that's one There is a lot to read and look at: photos, news stories, equipment, etc. Its like walking through a museum exhibit. The displays stimulate the imagination, and sense of adventure ahead.
We do agree with the comment that some of the interactive elements can actually feel like they are "in the way" sometimes, but we definitely do love highly-themed and immersive queue line. Waiting in those lines makes the whole experience much more enjoyable than just waiting in bare switchbacks lines.
Great article. Its about fun and spending time with family/friends. I don't mind the lines and am looking forward to returning to Disney in 2015. Folks with all due respect we all need to slow down a bit and enjoy life, every minute, every day and YES every line we are in. Life is to be enjoyed, its what you make of it that counts.