Yes, It Was Busy at Disney (It’s Saturday After All) — Walt Disney World Wait Times Saturday, October 24, 2020

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It was a beautiful day in Central Florida, and no surprise that people were flocking to theme parks. How busy was it?

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

“it’s a small world” had an average wait time today of 52 minutes. Its 7-day average is 36 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 36 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #11 for the past year.

Compare that with Space Mountain at an average wait time today of 56 minutes. (Its 7-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. So yes, busy–but not “small world” busy?)  We received 4 actual wait times today for Space Mountain, and the actual wait averaged 60% of the posted wait time, so there was certainly some wait time inflation going on.

Also over in Tomorrowland, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin had an average wait time today of 41 minutes. Its 7-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week and #2 for the past month. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 61% of the posted wait time.

In all, average wait times today were also #1 for the week for Astro Orbiter (37 minutes), Big Thunder (55 minutes), Dumbo (21 minutes), Mad Tea Party (20 minutes), Mickey’s PhilharMagic (31 minutes), Peter Pan (43 minutes), Splash Mountain (82 minutes), Barnstormer (29 minutes), Haunted Mansion (55 minutes), Magic Carpets of Aladdin (15 minutes), Winnie the Pooh (30 minutes), Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (69 minutes), and Little Mermaid (31 minutes).

Moral of the story — if the weather is nice and it’s a Saturday, Magic Kingdom is not the place to avoid crowds.

EPCOT Wait Times

Over at EPCOT, wait times are much more reasonable, even though (like Magic Kingdom) many attractions hit their highest average wait times of the week.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros had an average wait time today of 8 minutes (which puts it at #6 for the week). Although most other attractions were #1 for the week, wait times still weren’t horrible compared with Magic Kingdom. For instance, average wait times for Living With the Land was 17 minutes (3 minutes above the 14-minute seven-day average) and Spaceship Earth saw 28 minutes.

Taking a look at the headliners, all had their biggest average wait times of the week: Soarin’ (57 minutes), Test Track (85 minutes), and Frozen Ever After (70 minutes) could have eaten up most of your early part of the day. Looking at the average wait times, it did seem that there was a noticeable EPCOT exodus as the day wore on.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Wait Times

Looking for where to avoid the crowds? Hollywood Studios was quiet compared with other days this week, although wait times tend to be higher there due to the lack of things to do.

The only attractions to hit number one for the week were MuppetVision 3D (average wait of 30 minutes) and Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy (22 minutes).

Actuals compared to posted wait times were fairly good as well.  We received 5 actual wait times today for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and the actual wait averaged 76% of the posted wait time. Star Tours actual wait averaged 78% and Tower of Terror averaged 89%. At the other end of the spectrum, Toy Story Mania! had an average posted wait time today of 31 minutes–with 15 actual wait times today, the actual wait averaged 36% of the posted wait time.

If you were trying to have a pleasant ride on Disney’s newest attraction, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway had an average wait time today of 78 minutes. Its 7-day average is 87 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week.

Here’s how Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group data looked for today.

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Wait Times

And finally, over at Animal Kingdom, like Magic Kingdom, waits were the highest of the week today.

DINOSAUR had an average wait time today of 48 minutes. Its 7-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 83% of the posted wait time.

This one will have you squirming in your seats — literally! It’s Tough to Be a Bug! had an average wait time today of 28 minutes. Not only is that the #1 for the week and for the month, its  365-day average is 12 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year.

Other attractions hitting #1 for the average wait times of the week include Expedition Everest (45 minutes), Kali River Rapids (39 minutes), and Na’vi River Journey (62 minutes).

It wasn’t too bad of a day to take a ride on a banshee. Avatar Flight of Passage had an average wait time today of 78 minutes. With a  7-day average is 72 minutes, today was only the second busiest day of the week. (Some of you enjoyed riding today — We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 74% of the posted wait time.)

The trick for Animal Kingdom is, with its early opening time, arrive as early in the day as possible. Average wait times will increase and stay constant until its early closing time.

 

 

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited nine-year-old daughter.

One thought on “Yes, It Was Busy at Disney (It’s Saturday After All) — Walt Disney World Wait Times Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • October 25, 2020 at 4:48 pm
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    We were at Epcot on Saturday the 24th. I knew to expect more crowds lately, so that did not surprise me. However. I think it should be noted that even though Three Caballeros may have only had a wait time of 5-10 minutes, there was an hour wait to get into the Mexico pavilion. We skipped it once we realized that. Also the line for the Mexico food booth was really slow. Everything else was quite reasonable. We were glad to see business picking up for the Cast Members sake.

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