Most people don’t go to theme parks by themselves, but if you do, a single rider line can be your best friend. Even if you do go with friends and family, not everybody likes to go on the same rides and end up splitting up at some point. A single rider line usually bypasses the long line and puts you next to a ride operator responsible for loading the ride. They use the single rider line to fill empty seats. Before you wait in a long ride line by yourself, find out if there is a single rider line. At Six Flags Magic Mountain, there are five rides with single rider lines.
Single rider lines are designed for single riders. However, friends do sometimes hit the single rider line together. Just be advised that you will most likely not get to ride next to your friend. In fact, you may not even be on the same ride as your friend. You may be placed on one ride and your friend may end up waiting awhile for another empty seat to present itself on another ride. This is the sign at Six Flags Magic Mountain you will want to look for:
Like most rides, the single rider line on Revolution is located at the exit. As you approach Revolution, the main queue is off to the left. You’ll notice a small path that heads off to the right, which is the exit path. If you follow that, it will take you under the track and around the backside of the ride to where people get off and exit the roller coaster:
As people get off of the coaster, they exit through one of two turnstiles. There is a small single rider line setup next to them behind a chain. Once the next batch of passengers board the train, the ride operator will look for any open seats. If they see one, they will let you hop in it. The theory is to dispatch every train completely full:
The single rider line for Viper is exactly the same as Revolution. Just head up the exit path, go past the photo booth, and up the back stairs to where the passengers exit the train:
The Riddler’s Revenge
The single rider line for The Riddler’s Revenge is a little different, as you don’t actually go all the way up the exit path. The stairwell you see on the right in the next photo is the exit for this ride, but the single rider line is just around the corner to the left. However, you do take the exit path for the ride to get to this point, bypassing the crowds in the main queue:
You’ll see a doorway on the right as you round the corner. This is the single rider line entrance. Go up the stairs and you will end up right next to the ride operator at the front of the train. He’ll direct you to any available seats. If you keep following this path to the left, you’ll pass the lockers and end up where the Flash Pass entrance merges with the main queue:
Green Lantern: First Flight
When it comes to Green Lantern: First Flight, we’re back to using the exit path for the single rider line. Just follow the arrows on the single rider signs:
After you walk under the lift hill, you will see two sets of stairs on the backside of the ride. You want the first one, just past the elevator, with the sign. This will take you up and place you right next to the main ride operator. They will direct you to the next available seat. Be advised that if the empty seat is on the far side of the ride, you’ll be asked to head down the stairs and back up a flight of stairs on the other side of the lift hill:
Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom
The single rider line doesn’t always open when Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom opens, so be aware of that. I want to say they usually start using it around 12:00 pm. Again, just head up the exit and follow the posted signs:
You’ll queue up behind the chain seen in this next photo and wait for the ride operator to direct you to the next available seat. The nice thing about the single rider line on Lex Luthor is that you’ll almost always get an outside seat, since you’re the last to be added to the line:
Since I visit the park regularly to take pictures for this site, I’m usually there alone more often than I’m with other people. When I’m in the mood to ride something, and the lines are longer than I like, I’ll just hop in a single rider line. I don’t think I’ve ever waited for more than 10 minutes when using a single rider line. The next time you want to ride one of these roller coasters, and you’re flying solo, save yourself some time and use the single rider line.