The holidays are in full swing in Disney World, and we’re having a jolly good time!
With the holidays comes holiday crowds, so we’re taking a look at the average wait times in ALL FOUR PARKS! Let’s dive in and see how the crowds at Disney World affected wait times!
The longest wait in Magic Kingdom was for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with an average wait of 65 minutes.
This is only a few minutes less than last week.
Several other popular attractions had lengthier waits, just not over an hour like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad averaged 47 minutes, Space Mountain averaged 37 minutes, Jungle Cruise averaged 40 minutes, and Pirates of the Caribbean averaged 41 minutes.
With average waits of around half an hour, we have Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at 36 and “it’s a small world” at 34 minutes, Astro Orbiter, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Splash Mountain at 31 minutes, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at 30 minutes.
Last week Splash Mountain was much higher, but it has gone down significantly!
Mickey’s PhilharMagic (23 minutes), Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (23 minutes), Haunted Mansion (23 minutes), Barnstormer (19 minutes), and Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid (22 minutes) all had relatively short average wait times!
Similarly, we saw short wait times at Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Carousel of Progress, and Mad Tea Party with 12 minutes, Tomorrowland Speedway with 13 minutes, and Country Bear Jamboree with 21 minutes.
And, believe it or not, some attractions actually had a 0-minute average wait including Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Hall of Presidents.
Some wait times are spiking due to the crowds because of the peak in holiday travel, but Magic Kingdom is still much less crowded than it is in a usual year because of the capacity limitations. If you’re headed to the park right at opening soon, we recommend heading right to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, or Frontierland to knock out Big Thunder Mountain!
EPCOT still had two attractions with average waits at or above an hour, and we weren’t too surprised which ones they were.
The LONGEST average wait in Disney World this week was 78 minutes for Frozen Ever After for the second week in a row. Test Track came in with a 60-minute average.
Soarin’ at 38 minutes, Mission: SPACE at 28 minutes, and Spaceship Earth at 21 minutes all had fairly average wait times this week.
On the shorter end of the spectrum in EPCOT, Journey into Imagination had a 16-minute average, Living with the Land had a 14-minute average, The Seas with Nemo and Friends had a 9-minute average, and Gran Fiesta Tour had an 10-minute wait.
All of the films (Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival, Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, Awesome Planet, Impressions de France, Reflections of China) and American Adventure all averaged a 0-minute wait.
EPCOT does not have nearly as many attractions as some of the other theme parks, so the popular attractions tend to have pretty long waits.
Plus, the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is a big draw for the park, so there may be more crowds than usual for that. That also could be why we’re seeing the longest wait time in Disney World at Frozen Ever After.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Even though the time has gone down a good amount from last week, one of the longest waits in Disney World was over at Slinky Dog Dash with a 65-minute average.
Reminder: Rise of the Resistance isn’t included since the virtual queue gets rid of traditional wait times.
But Slinky Dog Dash is not the only attraction in this park with very long wait times.
The other attractions in Hollywood Studios had waits surrounding 20 minutes.
Toy Story Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Muppet*Vision 3D averaged 24 minutes, Star Tours — The Adventures Continue averaged 25 minutes, and Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy averaged 26 minutes.
Since Hollywood Studios is often one of the most popular parks in a reopened Disney World, reservations tend to fill up earlier than any of the other parks. This accounts for the slightly higher wait times on many of the attractions and the fact there are no low averages. Also, Hollywood Studios doesn’t have as many attractions as a park like Magic Kingdom, so rides tend to get congested.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
As usual, the Pandora — Land of Avatar attractions had the longest waits in Animal Kingdom with a 66-minute wait at Avatar Flight of Passage and a 55-minute wait at Na’vi River Journey.
The latter’s average went up by 8 minutes since last week!
Thrill rides at the park take the next highest category! Expedition Everest had an average of 31 minutes, DINOSAUR had an average of 33 minutes, and Kilimanjaro Safaris had an average of 27 minutes.
Coming in with fairly low waits, Kali River Rapids averaged 12 minutes, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug averaged 20 minutes.
The lowest wait was over in Dinoland U.S.A. at Triceratop Spin with a 6-minute average.
Animal Kingdom does not have too many attractions and Flight of Passage is still one of the most wildly popular attractions in Disney World, so it makes sense that it came in at over an hour. Still, it’s totally possible to ride EVERYTHING in Animal Kingdom in one day with these averages!
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Which wait time were you most surprised by? Let us know in the comments!