Smugglers Run Single Riders Will Board Quickly, Most Likely as Engineers

Smugglers Run Single Riders Will Board Quickly, Most Likely as Engineers

When Disney first announced Galaxy’s Edge, I thought Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run was going to be the main attraction. Flying the Falcon? What could be better than that? Well, Rise of the Resistance is. But Smugglers Run is still excellent. And its queue is stellar, too. We’ll cover that another time. For now, let’s talk about how to fly the Falcon with little to no wait by using the single rider line.

Disney World offers single rider lines on four attractions:

Three are great. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is bad. Not the ride. The ride is fantastic. Just use the standby queue instead of the single-rider line. But I digress. This article is all about Smugglers Run.

First up, we need to talk about the roles guests are assigned on this ride. Each cockpit holds six people: two pilots, two gunners, and two engineers. Why am I mentioning this now? Because single rider guests will rarely (if ever) get to pilot the Falcon. Instead, single riders are usually assigned the engineer role. It’s still fun, but it doesn’t compare to being in the front row.

I was selected to be a pilot the last time I rode as a single rider, so it does happen. But it’s rare.

How do you access the single rider line?

The single-rider line can be found to the left of the standby and Lightning Lane queues.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride entrance and Falcon cockpit
Millennium Falcon and Smugglers Run entrance in Hollywood Studios' Galaxy's Edge

Unlike the other Smugglers Run queues, this line is all about utility. You won’t have views of the Millennium Falcon or pod engines. And you’ll never be briefed by Hondo Ohnaka. Instead, you’ll walk down lightly themed concrete corridors.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run single rider queue

Once you enter the room below, you can either turn left or right. Cast Members told me that going left will usually result in a shorter wait. Both directions require you to climb stairs. The single rider queue is not accessible for guests in wheelchairs or ECVs, unfortunately.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run single rider queue
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run single rider queue

Once you’ve climbed the stairs, you’ll be ready to join a party in the Chess Room.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Chess Room

Even when standby wait times are over an hour, single rider wait times are typically less than 10 minutes. I waited exactly zero minutes when using it on our last trip.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run interior hallway

Should you use the Smugglers Run single rider queue?

This is a tough one. Unlike Test Track and Expedition Everest, we rarely use the single rider queue for Smugglers Run. The ride is infinitely better when you experience it with your family and friends. Our cockpit is always loud and chaotic. As it should be.

So my recommendation is to wait a little longer in the standby queue (or grab a Lightning Lane) if…

  • You’ve never experienced the fantastic queue.
  • You’ve never seen Hondo Ohnaka’s animatronic, one of Disney’s best.
  • You want to see the Millennium Falcon from different angles.
  • You want to ride with your family or friends.
  • The standby wait time isn’t very long.
  • You want to pilot the Millennium Falcon.

If none of that matters, then jump in single rider. Either way, you’re flying the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run cockpit interior during ride