Disney Mind Tricks
One thing Disneyland and Disney World are infamous for are the wildly long wait times for popular rides. Sometimes the listed wait time outside a ride is as long as 2+ hours! Visitors come to Disney expecting to wait in line, so it’s not that big of a deal. Most of us just suck it up and stand in line. But, once you get on the ride you probably think to yourself, “That went by pretty fast.” There’s a reason for that.
Cast members have shared that the line wait times are usually exaggerated, and you never actually wait as long as it says you will. The psychology behind this trick is to make people feel happier because they think they’ve waited less time than they expected. It makes guests feel like the line is moving faster, and makes everyone feel pretty good about waiting it out for Space Mountain.