Updated: Jul 29
Waiting in line is a necessary evil when visiting the Happiest Place on Earth. Even using Genie +, Lightning Lanes, and our Ride Spy Tool you will have to wait in some lines. Even if it is just for the bathroom, ice cream, or even waiting for the parade or fireworks to begin.
However, that doesn't mean you can't have fun while waiting! This blog post will share 12 games to play in lines at Disneyland. These games are divided into three categories- phone app games, non-app group games, and hand games. We hope that you find this information helpful and that it makes your wait time a little more enjoyable!
Group phone games are the best way to break the ice and get everyone talking! While we all want our time on mobile devices reduced, sometimes playing a group-themed game can actually help start conversations. This is because it makes people more open than they would have been otherwise - which allows you then take them up on some other fun activities listed below
For good reason, this is one of the best and most well-known games to play in line at Disneyland or any theme park to pass time in lines. As soon as your kids are old enough to read, they can play this game (if they are not old enough to read, a parent can whisper the words in their ear).
Players take turns holding their phones up to their forehead, with the screen facing outwards so that everyone else can see it. The goal is to guess the word or phrase on the screen before time runs out. This game is a great way to break the ice, and there are usually a lot of laughs. It is easy to play even in a fast-moving line.
You can pick from several categories, and there is even a Disney version of the game that is a lot of fun. Even my very serious teenager has a good time playing this game, and even playing only with adults can be a blast.
"Would you rather?" is a classic game that can help get your teen or even adult trip mates talking. The app provides all of the questions, so you don't have to worry about thinking them up on your own. Since these questions are quick and simple they are easy to answer even in the fastest-moving of Disneyland attraction lines.
This is a great way to get to know people better, even the people that you live with. This app also gives you the option to submit your own questions. This game also works with no-wifi so even in the lines with sketchy internet the fun can still go on (like Pirate of the Caribbean).
3- Triple Agent
If you have older teens, Triple Agent could be a good game to play in lines at Disney as well. Triple Agent is a fast-paced, social, mobile game where players use their wits and skills to outmaneuver opponents.
Each player is secretly assigned a role as a Service agent or a VIRUS double agent. Only the VIRUS agents know who is on which team. With only one iOS device required per player, you'll be able to keep up with friends anytime, anywhere! If you have ever played Secret Hitler, this game is pretty similar. This a not a good fit for fast-moving lines, but for lines for attractions like Soaring or Pandora with older kids, this game can be a great option.
This awesome game is made by the same folks who created Heads Up! This game plays like a mix of trivia and "Apples to Apples," Fibbage, or (a cleaner version of) "Cards Against Humanity." This is another game that might do better in slow-moving rides, but can still be a lot of fun as you wait in line for your favorite ride at Disneyland or Disney World.
Non-App Group Games
5- Disney Eye Spy
Eye spy is a great game to play in lines at Disney Parks! The game's object is guessing an object the other person has spotted. To play, one person starts by saying, “I spy with my little eye something…” and then gives a clue about the object they have spotted. The other players then
This game is great for kids and adults alike and can be played with any number of people. It's a great way to pass the time while waiting in line at Disney. To make it more challenging, you can set a time limit for each person to find the object or give a point to the first person who guesses correctly.
Since everything you will see will be in the parks it allows you to take in more of the park and some of the unique features of each attraction queue.
The Disney Play App is a great way to pass the time while waiting in line at Disney Parks. The app features games, trivia, and several ways to interact with the park, especially in Galaxy's edge. The app is free to download and use, and it's a great way to keep everyone entertained while you're waiting in line.
The Disney Play App is a great way to pass the time while waiting in line at Disney Parks. The app features games, trivia about the park, and several ways to interact with the park and in the lines for some attractions. The app is free to download and use, and it's a great way to keep everyone entertained while waiting in line.
Hidden Mickeys are a fun game while waiting in line at Disneyland. For those who don't know, Hidden Mickeys are images of Mickey Mouse that are hidden in plain sight around the parks in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. They can be anywhere, so it's up to you to find them!
The site linked above has a great free list of many of the hidden mickeys around the parks. You will also find that you might start seeing "non-official" hidden Mickeys wherever you go.
8- Disney Photo Scavenger Hunt
Especially if you think your group might be splitting up a photo scavenger hunt can be another way to pass the time in the attractions lines. While traveling to the parks come up with a list of items that work for your family depending on how silly you want to make it. It can be anything from trying to spot lesser-known characters, the funniest poses in the attractions and statues, or finding hidden items in Disneyland.
9- Disney Slug Bug
If you have ever had a long road trip, you have probably played slug bug, where when you see a Volkswagon Bug, you give your co-players a "loving" punch. If you think your crew can be trusted to not get too violent, you can play a variation in Disneyland Lines looking for people wearing lesser-known Disney Charters on their shirts, ears, and pins. Some good example characters are Yzma, Bolt, Scrump, Flounder, Rabbit, etc.
If you are trying to use your Disney trip to detox you and your family off of your phones, here are some phone-free hand games. These are the playground games you played as a kid or in a youth group that can be loads of fun while you are in line at Disney.
10- Silent Football
The link above will send you instructions for the game. This is for kids probably over the age of 10. You have an imaginary football and use hand gestures to move the ball from person to person. You need to stand in a circle to play, so best for small groups that can move your circle in the Disney queues as you play. This game takes some practice, so you might want to play at home before you arrive.
11- Miss Mary Mack
I might be dating myself, but this was all the rage in elementary school. Miss Mary Mack is a great game to play in lines at Disney Parks! The game's object is to clap your hands as quickly as possible while saying the rhyme. This game is perfect for younger kids waiting in line with their parents. It's a great way to pass the time.
You might want to refresh yourself on the lyrics before you go with your kids.
Another similar game with simpler hand motions is "Down by the Banks" for smaller children. The game's object is to clap your hands as quickly as possible while saying the rhyme. This game is perfect for younger kids who are waiting in line with their parents. It's a great way to pass the time.
I included a link to instructions, but if you don't know how to play this game, you should see if you can get a refund on your childhood. This a fun game to play in lines in Disneyland (you can play for points and then the highest points gets first choice of riding partner or seat for that attraction).
Rock, paper, scissors is a classic game that can be played with any number of people. It's a great way to pass the time while waiting in line at Disney. To play, each person holds out their fist and counts to three. On three, everyone throws out either a rock (fist), paper (flat hand), or scissors (make a scissors with two fingers).
I also want to take a minute to tell you that there have been moments when I wanted to give the creator of this game a noble peace prize. When you have disputes on little things like who sits wear, what to ride next, or even who has to take a little one to the restroom, this game can also be a big winner in handling small disputes and decisions.
You Can Still Have Fun In Line
And there you have it! Twelve games to play in line at Disney Parks. So next time you find yourself waiting in line, don't be discouraged. Use this opportunity to bond with your family and friends, and make some great memories. And who knows, you might