Reasonable Crowds Today Except at Hollywood Studios – Walt Disney World Wait Times October 22, 2020

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Today proved to be a nice and easy weekday compared to the busy patterns we’re now used to seeing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. A slight increase in some wait times indicates another busy weekend is on the horizon. But, if you’re looking to avoid crowds we’d recommend a visit during midweek, and to consult our Crowd Calendar, of course. Let’s see how today’s wait times shaped up.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Wait Times

We’ll start with the most relaxing and quietest park of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, Animal Kingdom. Today’s average wait times were some of the lowest of the last seven days. It was an easy day to take a trip back in time on DINOSAURhad an average wait time today of 29 minutes. Its 7-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #14 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #142 for the past year.

If you’re ready to conquer Mount Everest, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain had an average wait time today of 25 minutes. Its 7-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #19 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 47 minutes, so today ranks #172 for the past year. We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 64% of the posted wait time.

 

Today was a great day to float on down the Na’vi River Journey which had an average wait time today of 46 minutes. Its 7-day average is 49 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 44 minutes, so today ranks #11 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 61 minutes, so today ranks #157 for the past year.

It’s no surprise that Avatar Flight of Passage had an average wait time today of 61 minutes. Its 7-day average is 84 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 60 minutes, so today ranks #14 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 103 minutes, so today ranks #162 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 80% of the posted wait time.

EPCOT Wait Times

Another semi-quiet park today is EPCOT, which sees a tremendous change in weekend wait times. If you’re thinking of going to EPCOT, go during the week when Florida Residents haven’t come out to play just yet.

Let’s start off with a splash at The Seas with Nemo & Friends which had an average wait time today of 9 minutes. Its 7-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 365-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #190 for the past year.

Right next door is Living with the Land which had an average wait time today of 11 minutes. Its 7-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 12 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month.

If you want to feel what it’s like to blast off into outer space, today was a good day for it. Mission: SPACE Orange had an average wait time today of 22 minutes. Its 7-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 365-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #119 for the past year.

Over at World Showcase, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros had an average wait time today of 12 minutes. Its 7-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #12 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 10 minutes, so today ranks #78 for the past year.

A rare occurrence, Test Track had the highest average wait time of 69 minutes today. While Frozen Ever After had an average wait time today of 63 minutes. Its 7-day average is 69 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 62 minutes, so today ranks #11 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 58 minutes, so today ranks #103 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 73% of the posted wait time.

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

Magic Kingdom was second only to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for average wait times today. And although Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are busier than the other two parks, today proved that weekdays still have relatively low wait times.

The busiest attraction today, and on most days, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had an average wait time today of 54 minutes. Its 7-day average is 65 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 365-day average is 84 minutes, so today ranks #169 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 77% of the posted wait time.

Another dwarfed attraction, “it’s a small world” had an average wait time today of 34 minutes. Its 7-day average is 38 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #16 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #111 for the past year.

It is pretty to toy around at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin which had an average wait time today of 29 minutes. Its 7-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 365-day average is 36 minutes, so today ranks #147 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 69% of the posted wait time.

On average it took less than 10 minutes to soar with Dumbo the Flying Elephant today which had an average wait time today of 9 minutes. Its 7-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #24 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #179 for the past year.

Reduced capacity on each boat does make The Jungle Cruise seem to have a high wait sometimes, today it had an average wait time today of 41 minutes. Its 7-day average is 44 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. And when you compare tis 365-day average is 55 minutes, today ranks #159 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 96% of the posted wait time.

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Today was relatively busy at Mickey’s PhilharMagic which had an average wait time today of 23 minutes. Its 7-day average is 19 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year.

It was easy to go for a Wednesday drive on Tomorrowland Speedway which had an average wait time today of 8 minutes. Its 7-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #29 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 25 minutes, so today ranks #233 for the past year.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Wait Times

The busiest park at Walt Disney World, once again, is Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The attraction with the lowest average wait time, Alien Swirling Saucers had an average wait time today of 29 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 365-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #140 for the past year.

Hopefully you’d have a moving buddy with you today at Toy Story Mania! which had an average wait time today of 34 minutes. Its 7-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #5 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 47 minutes, so today ranks #151 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 34% of the posted wait time.

Today was the toughest day recently to drop in at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror which had an average wait time today of 61 minutes. Its 7-day average is 55 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past month. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 121% of the posted wait time.

It took an average of an hour to jump into hyperspace at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run which had an average wait time today of 63 minutes. Its 7-day average is 63 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 365-day average is 64 minutes, so today ranks #108 for the past year.

And of course the new ride featuring the big cheese was the busiest ride in all of Walt Disney World today. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway had an average wait time today of 92 minutes. Its 7-day average is 87 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 83 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 70 minutes, so today ranks #13 for the past year.

Boarding groups at Rise of the Resistance were strong in the Force today and ran well most of the day. The past few days have been a little rough so it’s nice to see the star attraction had a relatively smooth day today.

 

 

Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

2 thoughts on “Reasonable Crowds Today Except at Hollywood Studios – Walt Disney World Wait Times October 22, 2020

  • October 22, 2020 at 7:24 pm
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    When listing an average wait time in these articles are those average wait times taken from what Disney has posted or actual times sent in.

    Just trying to gauge if when the article lists actual wait times reported if those are based on the average wait time figures from earlier in the paragraph or not.

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    • October 23, 2020 at 5:10 pm
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      Hi Kevin, the average wait times are compiled from the posted wait times. When we receive actual wait times we indicate in the paragraph for the specific attraction and is compared to Disney’s posted wait times. Hopefully that makes sense, thanks for reading!

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