Animal Kingdom Still Drawing Crowds – Disney World Wait Times for Friday, May 14, 2021

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Average posted wait times were low today at all Disney theme parks except Animal Kingdom, where the average posted wait time was 14th-highest out of the past 30 days.  Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s still a little strange how Rise of the Resistance has been calling boarding groups this week.  Some boarding groups seem to get a return window of about an hour, other boarding groups get a return window of around 30 minutes.  It’s possible that Disney knows when everyone in a boarding group has checked in for their ride, and they’re just calling new boarding groups based on that.  But that seems like an awful lot of people all returning fairly quickly, so it seems unlikely.  See the chart below for examples.

For fun, I compared the Magic Kingdom’s wait times today to a similar day in May, 2019.

We’ve got 220 actual wait times so far today from our fabulous Lines community! Let’s do the rest of the numbers!

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had an average wait time today of 48 minutes. Its 7-day average is 46 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 48 minutes, so today ranks #15 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 56 minutes, so today ranks #211 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 67% of the posted wait time.

Magic Kingdom wait times for Friday, May 14, 2021

The closest day to today (a Friday in mid-May) was Friday, May 17, 2019.  On that day, the average posted wait time in the Magic Kingdom was around 50% higher than it was today. And the average posted wait time at Seven Dwarfs was almost double (90 minutes) what it was today (48 minutes). Keep in mind that FastPass+ was active in 2019, and that surely drove up wait times–75 or 89% of the ride capacity was for FP+. 

Magic Kingdom wait times for Friday, May 17, 2019.

Astro Orbiter had an average wait time today of 30 minutes. Its 7-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #14 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #186 for the past year.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had an average wait time today of 24 minutes. Its 7-day average is 23 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #24 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #284 for the past year. We received 10 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 37% of the posted wait time.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin had an average wait time today of 24 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #211 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 39% of the posted wait time.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel had an average wait time today of 19 minutes. Its 7-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 19 minutes, so today ranks #19 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #137 for the past year.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant had an average wait time today of 12 minutes. Its 7-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #26 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #158 for the past year.

“it’s a small world” had an average wait time today of 24 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #256 for the past year.

Jungle Cruise had an average wait time today of 40 minutes. Its 7-day average is 42 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #167 for the past year.

Mad Tea Party had an average wait time today of 15 minutes. Its 7-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #14 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #119 for the past year.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic had an average wait time today of 26 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 22 minutes, so today ranks #123 for the past year.

Peter Pan’s Flight had an average wait time today of 30 minutes. Its 7-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 34 minutes, so today ranks #25 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #198 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 99% of the posted wait time.

Pirates of the Caribbean had an average wait time today of 34 minutes. Its 7-day average is 38 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #22 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #233 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 87% of the posted wait time.

Space Mountain had an average wait time today of 47 minutes. Its 7-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 38 minutes, so today ranks #98 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 76% of the posted wait time.

Splash Mountain had an average wait time today of 61 minutes. Its 7-day average is 62 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 66 minutes, so today ranks #25 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #122 for the past year. We received 12 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 70% of the posted wait time.

The Barnstormer had an average wait time today of 9 minutes. Its 7-day average is 10 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #26 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #225 for the past year.

The Haunted Mansion had an average wait time today of 22 minutes. Its 7-day average is 23 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #206 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 61% of the posted wait time.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin had an average wait time today of 11 minutes. Its 7-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #25 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #219 for the past year.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh had an average wait time today of 26 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #16 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #131 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 83% of the posted wait time.

Tomorrowland Speedway had an average wait time today of 13 minutes. Its 7-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #190 for the past year.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover had an average wait time today of 21 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #19 for the past year. We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 63% of the posted wait time.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress had an average wait time today of 5 minutes. Its 7-day average is 5 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 5 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 5 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid had an average wait time today of 15 minutes. Its 7-day average is 19 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 20 minutes, so today ranks #28 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 20 minutes, so today ranks #230 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 44% of the posted wait time.

Animal Kingdom Wait Times

Avatar Flight of Passage had an average wait time today of 65 minutes. Its 7-day average is 78 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 63 minutes, so today ranks #8 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #95 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 73% of the posted wait time.

Animal Kingdom wait times for Friday, May 14, 2021

DINOSAUR had an average wait time today of 47 minutes. Its 7-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #5 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #81 for the past year.

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain had an average wait time today of 25 minutes. Its 7-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #7 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 25 minutes, so today ranks #131 for the past year. We received 9 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 60% of the posted wait time.

Kali River Rapids had an average wait time today of 25 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #19 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #68 for the past year.

Kilimanjaro Safaris had an average wait time today of 45 minutes. Its 7-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #19 for the past year.

It’s Tough to Be a Bug! had an average wait time today of 30 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #8 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #50 for the past year.

TriceraTop Spin had an average wait time today of 5 minutes. Its 7-day average is 7 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 8 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 7 minutes, so today ranks #110 for the past year.

Na’vi River Journey had an average wait time today of 38 minutes. Its 7-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #12 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #198 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 76% of the posted wait time.

Hollywood Studios Wait Times

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway had an average wait time today of 38 minutes. Its 7-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #269 for the past year. We received 12 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 96% of the posted wait time.

Hollywood Studios wait times for Friday, May 14, 2021

Rise of the Resistance seems to be having a pretty good day of operations, with progress at least as good as it has been over the past week.

I mentioned above that some ROTR boarding groups seem to be active longer than others.  Groups 35 to 41, and groups 60 to 70 below are examples.  Groups 35 to 41 seem like they were open for around 30 minutes each, from around 10:40 a.m. to around 11:10 a.m.  However, groups 60 to 70 seem like they got around 45 to 50 minutes to board.  Likewise, groups 100 through 102 seem like they had a return window of 15 minutes.  We’ve just started seeing this pattern this week, I think, so let’s see if it continues.

Rise of the Resistance boarding groups for Friday, May 14, 2021

Muppet*Vision 3D had an average wait time today of 30 minutes. Its 7-day average is 31 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 31 minutes, so today ranks #19 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 22 minutes, so today ranks #95 for the past year.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith had an average wait time today of 41 minutes. Its 7-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #160 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 75% of the posted wait time.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue had an average wait time today of 29 minutes. Its 7-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #162 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 76% of the posted wait time.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror had an average wait time today of 62 minutes. Its 7-day average is 58 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 56 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 52 minutes, so today ranks #75 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 84% of the posted wait time.

Toy Story Mania! had an average wait time today of 28 minutes. Its 7-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #20 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #153 for the past year. We received 26 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 57% of the posted wait time.

Walt Disney Presents had an average wait time today of 10 minutes. Its 7-day average is 5 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 5 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 5 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year.

Slinky Dog Dash had an average wait time today of 72 minutes. Its 7-day average is 67 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 64 minutes, so today ranks #7 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 60 minutes, so today ranks #60 for the past year. We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 77% of the posted wait time.

Alien Swirling Saucers had an average wait time today of 23 minutes. Its 7-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #28 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 25 minutes, so today ranks #208 for the past year. We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 59% of the posted wait time.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run had an average wait time today of 48 minutes. Its 7-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 46 minutes, so today ranks #7 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 52 minutes, so today ranks #190 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 162% of the posted wait time.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy had an average wait time today of 24 minutes. Its 7-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #134 for the past year.

EPCOT Wait Times

Test Track had an average wait time today of 48 minutes. Its 7-day average is 53 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #25 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 55 minutes, so today ranks #193 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 52% of the posted wait time.

EPCOT wait times for Friday, May 14, 2021

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros had an average wait time today of 5 minutes. Its 7-day average is 7 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 8 minutes, so today ranks #29 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 9 minutes, so today ranks #291 for the past year.

Journey Into Imagination With Figment had an average wait time today of 15 minutes. Its 7-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #20 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #130 for the past year.

Living with the Land had an average wait time today of 7 minutes. Its 7-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 12 minutes, so today ranks #28 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #267 for the past year.

Mission: SPACE Orange had an average wait time today of 43 minutes. Its 7-day average is 44 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #15 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 31 minutes, so today ranks #61 for the past year.

Soarin’ had an average wait time today of 53 minutes. Its 7-day average is 55 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #9 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 38 minutes, so today ranks #72 for the past year.

Spaceship Earth had an average wait time today of 12 minutes. Its 7-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #29 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 19 minutes, so today ranks #214 for the past year.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends had an average wait time today of 15 minutes. Its 7-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 12 minutes, so today ranks #83 for the past year.

Mission: SPACE Green had an average wait time today of 5 minutes. Its 7-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #29 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #306 for the past year.

Frozen Ever After had an average wait time today of 35 minutes. Its 7-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #28 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #195 for the past year.

 

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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.

2 thoughts on “Animal Kingdom Still Drawing Crowds – Disney World Wait Times for Friday, May 14, 2021

  • May 14, 2021 at 6:20 pm
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    Looking at the wait times for Epcot, if you have Park Hoppers, it basically makes zero sense to make a park pass reservation for Epcot, since the lowest wait times for the park are after 2 p.m. It looks like you get the biggest advantage from park pass reservations at Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom; and of course, you need to reserve Hollywood Studios to be able to get a Rise of the Resistance boarding group.

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  • May 14, 2021 at 10:27 pm
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    Is Disney possibly closing some of the BGs when all those with that group number has ridden?

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