Strong Attendance at 3 of 4 Parks – Walt Disney World Wait Times for Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Sunday’s crowds were concentrated at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Animal Kingdom.  We got 180 actual wait times from folks in line today, and EPCOT’s posted wait times still seem too high as compared to those actual waits in line. Let’s do the numbers.

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had an average wait time today of 67 minutes, slightly below its 7-day average of 68 minutes, making today #3 for the week and #5 for the month. To put that 67 minutes in perspective, it’s only the 145th highest average wait of the past year, and well below its yearly average of 84 minutes.

Splash Mountain’s average wait today was 73 minutes, tying its 7-day average.  That’s good for #4 for the week and #8 over the past month.  We received 11 actual wait times at Splash today, and the actual wait averaged 66% of the posted wait time.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin had an average wait time today of 34 minutes (#4 week / #9 month / #125 year). We received 7 actual waits at Buzz today, averaging 60% of the posted wait time.

The Haunted Mansion had an average wait time today of 50 minutes. Its 7-day average is 50 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #8 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #109 for the past year. We received 11 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 61% of the posted wait time.

At the other end of the actual wait time ratios, “it’s a small world” had an average wait time today of 38 minutes (#5 week / #11 month / #77 year). We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 113% of the posted wait time.  That’s really unusual.

Actual waits around all of the Magic Kingdom were around 68% of the posted waits, so a posted wait of 40 minutes at Peter Pan’s Flight would’ve resulted in an actual wait of around 28 minutes.

EPCOT Wait Times

EPCOT was busy again on Sunday. As with Saturday, EPCOT’s headliner attractions posted wait times that would be relatively strong over the past year:

  • Test Track had an average wait time today of 86 minutes. Its 7-day average is 67 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 59 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 58 minutes, so today ranks #21 for the past year.
  • Frozen Ever After had an average wait time today of 89 minutes – that’s good for #10 over the past year (and #1 for the past week and month). Frozen’s average wait over the past year is 58 minutes.
  • Soarin’ had an average wait time today of 55 minutes. Its 7-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #47 for the past year.

It was even busy over at Journey Into Imagination With Figment, which had an average wait today of 28 minutes.  That’s #1 for the week, #3 for the month, and #23 for the past year.

That said, the actual wait times we got today averaged less than half of the posted wait times shown, so a posted wait of 20 minutes at Living with the Land resulted in an actual wait of just under 10 minutes.

Hollywood Studios Wait Times

It was one of the least busy days of the past month over at the Studios:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith had an average wait time today of 48 minutes, #6 for the week and #24 for the month.  We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 69% of the posted wait time.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror had an average wait time today of 44 minutes. Its 7-day average is 49 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 50 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 67% of the posted wait time.
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway had an average wait time today of 78 minutes. Its 7-day average is 83 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 84 minutes, so today ranks #24 for the past month.

Over in Galaxy’s Edge, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run had an average wait time today of 57 minutes. Its 7-day average is 61 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 61 minutes, so today ranks #20 for the past month (#148 for the year). We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 76% of the posted wait time.

It looks like Rise of the Resistance started having technical issues in the afternoon today, around 4:15 pm (as it did on Saturday), coming back online around 5:45 pm.  They’re currently calling Boarding Groups above 90, which is still a good day.

Animal Kingdom Wait Times

Avatar Flight of Passage had an average wait time today of 87 minutes. Its 7-day average is 79 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 56 minutes, meaning today is #3 over the past month. Its 365-day average is 104 minutes, so today ranks #151 for the past year. Na’vi River Journey had an average wait time today of 51 minutes. Its 7-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 44 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 62 minutes, so today ranks #147 for the past year.

Expedition Everest’s average wait today was 45 minutes.  That’s about 9 over its 7-day average, so today was #1 for the week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 47 minutes, so today ranks #108 for the past year. We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 55% of the posted wait time.

Posted wait times at Animal Kingdom averaged 73% of the posted wait, so a posted wait of 35 minutes at Kilimanjaro Safaris would’ve meant an actual wait of around 26 minutes.  (Safari’s 365-day average is 52 minutes, so today ranks #146 for the past year. We received 8 actual wait times today here, and the actual wait averaged 55% of the posted wait time.)

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Len Testa

Len Testa is the co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and has contributed to the Disneyland and Las Vegas Unofficial Guides. Most of his time is spent trying to keep up with the team. Len's email address is len@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @lentesta.

One thought on “Strong Attendance at 3 of 4 Parks – Walt Disney World Wait Times for Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • October 19, 2020 at 3:40 pm
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    Guests going to WDW will spend 50% or more of their park day standing in lines. Why anyone would go to WDW, with all of the cancellations, restrictions and limitations, is beyond me. There are much better places to go and things to do, than going to Disney and standing in lines.

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