One rumor I saw suggested Disney might go to an all virtual queue system…basically, eliminating the standard queue for all the rides.
I would guess it would mean that, rather than getting in line for a ride (apart from FPs), you would queue up in the app, one ride at a time, and when your time is called, you get in a very short line instead. This keeps everyone out of the close quarters of queue lines. Then, once you are off the ride, you can queue up for the next ride. The wait time would still be a standby wait time…except not being forced to be with a bunch of people in the line itself.
I think it is a wise idea…my only contention with the idea is that Disney has generally done a lot to try to keep people IN queues for rides, food, shows, etc. But now the goal is quite the opposite. So, we’ll have to see how well they can manage it (if they were go to that route).
Of course, even if they do pull that off, it doesn’t really help with the RD crowds. Or…does it? Perhaps if they let people queue up for their first ride before even arriving to the gates, it would keep the RD crowd down. There would be no benefit to being there at rope drop if you can’t actually do anything unless you are already in a virtual queue. So, let’s say I get in line for Space Mountain before I arrive at Magic Kingdom (perhaps virtual queues open up an hour before park opening?), then it won’t matter if I get there at 8:00 or 9:00 when the park opens because I already have my assigned first ride time.