Single Rider Lines – We’re Put Together
Here’s a Disneyland (and Disney World) tip for you: Single Rider Lines. Single Rider Lines are pretty much what they sound like. Some attractions have seating that is designed so there is often a seat left over. Only a few have this option, but for the ones that do (Indiana Jones Adventure, Splash Mountain, and the Matterhorn Bobsleds in Disneyland Park), it’s a great way to save some time.
Cast Members will provide instructions at each attraction, but generally it works the same way.
1. Talk to a Cast Member at the ride entrance and tell them you’d like to do Single Rider.
2. Follow their instructions on where to go.
3. You’ll wait in a short line (shorter than Standby anyway), and when you get to the attraction’s boarding area, wait until there is a vehicle with a seat that needs to be filled. At that point a Cast Member will direct you to the open seat, and you’re on!
If you’re visiting the park with friends or family and you all want to do Single Rider, you can wait in the line together, but you will be separated when you board. After all, it is called Single Rider. Its primary intent, though, is to group those who are there alone with others.
Disneyland is a shared experience. Even if you’re visiting by yourself, the common experience makes it so. Simply being around others doesn’t make you part of the group, though (and some of the loneliest times can be when you’re surrounded by other people, but still alone). Something like the Single Rider Line creates at least temporary community. For that brief time, you belong to others, they belong to you, and you have an adventure together.
In the Bible, the first thing God called “not good” was Adam being alone. (Genesis 2:18) Solitude is good, in proper balance. Spending time alone with God is critical. But loneliness is not good. Isolation is dangerous.
That doesn’t mean you have to be an extrovert and want to spend every waking moment with other people. It does mean that we were created for community, and a part of our souls remain empty when we don’t have it. Life in Christ cannot be lived without community.
Fortunately, you’re not left to your own devices. If you’re lonely or isolated, if you feel like you don’t fit in or no one could possibly want anything to do with you, if you’ve been abandoned, rejected, or betrayed, I have good news.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in His holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,
He leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”
It requires some risk and vulnerability, but just as on some attractions a Cast Member will combine those who are at Disneyland alone with others to share in an experience together, so God can and will put you with others. People who can help you and love on you, and whom you can serve and share with.
If you feel isolated and lonely, take comfort in this truth. There are no “Single Riders” in God’s kingdom. He sets you, the lonely, in families. Ask Him.
Kingdom Thinking: Are you in need of being set in a family? Have you resisted God doing this for you?