Animal Kingdom Wait Times are Bananas – Disney World crowds for Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Average posted wait times at Disney’s Animal Kingdom today were the 6th-highest they’ve been for the past month, reversing a trend in which most parks’ recent averages were closer to the bottom of the month’s averages.  For example, the Magic Kingdom’s waits today ranked 27th out of the last 30 days; the Studios’ were 26th; and EPCOT’s were 24th out of its last 30 days.

We’ve got 171 actual wait times so far today from our fabulous Lines community.  And there’s something wonky going on over at Rise of the Resistance.  Let’s do the rest of the numbers!

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh had an average wait time today of 25 minutes. Its 7-day average is 25 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #154 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 85% of the posted wait time.

Magic Kingdom wait times for Saturday, May 8, 2021

Astro Orbiter had an average wait time today of 30 minutes. Its 7-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #181 for the past year.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had an average wait time today of 21 minutes. Its 7-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #29 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 42 minutes, so today ranks #290 for the past year. We received 12 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 39% 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 24 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #22 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #202 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 42% of the posted wait time.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel had an average wait time today of 20 minutes. Its 7-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 19 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #123 for the past year.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant had an average wait time today of 15 minutes. Its 7-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 19 minutes, so today ranks #20 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #127 for the past year.

“it’s a small world” had an average wait time today of 21 minutes. Its 7-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #29 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #274 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 65% of the posted wait time.

Jungle Cruise had an average wait time today of 37 minutes. Its 7-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 42 minutes, so today ranks #25 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #198 for the past year.

Mad Tea Party had an average wait time today of 13 minutes. Its 7-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #143 for the past year.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic had an average wait time today of 28 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #19 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 22 minutes, so today ranks #105 for the past year.

Peter Pan’s Flight had an average wait time today of 29 minutes. Its 7-day average is 31 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #28 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #201 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 93% of the posted wait time.

Pirates of the Caribbean had an average wait time today of 34 minutes. Its 7-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #3 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 #231 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 79% of the posted wait time.

Tom Sawyer Island had an average wait time today of 34 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.

Space Mountain had an average wait time today of 37 minutes. Its 7-day average is 36 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #158 for the past year. We received 12 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 57% of the posted wait time.

Splash Mountain had an average wait time today of 61 minutes. Its 7-day average is 68 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 67 minutes, so today ranks #27 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #120 for the past year. We received 10 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 78% of the posted wait time.

The Barnstormer had an average wait time today of 10 minutes. Its 7-day average is 12 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #22 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #214 for the past year.

The Haunted Mansion had an average wait time today of 20 minutes. Its 7-day average is 22 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #25 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #223 for the past year. We received 9 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 62% of the posted wait time.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin had an average wait time today of 15 minutes. Its 7-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #22 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #135 for the past year.

Tomorrowland Speedway had an average wait time today of 12 minutes. Its 7-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #211 for the past year.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover had an average wait time today of 27 minutes. Its 7-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #8 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #9 for the past year.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress 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.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had an average wait time today of 44 minutes. Its 7-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 50 minutes, so today ranks #27 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 56 minutes, so today ranks #226 for the past year. We received 11 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 82% of the posted wait time.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid had an average wait time today of 19 minutes. Its 7-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #20 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 20 minutes, so today ranks #186 for the past year.

Animal Kingdom Wait Times

Kilimanjaro Safaris had an average wait time today of 47 minutes. Its 7-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #11 for the past year. We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 55% of the posted wait time.

Animal Kingdom wait times for Saturday, May 8, 2021

DINOSAUR had an average wait time today of 52 minutes. Its 7-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 42 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #43 for the past year.

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain had an average wait time today of 23 minutes. Its 7-day average is 23 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 23 minutes, so today ranks #10 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 25 minutes, so today ranks #151 for the past year. We received 7 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 63% of the posted wait time.

Kali River Rapids had an average wait time today of 33 minutes. Its 7-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 32 minutes, so today ranks #12 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #40 for the past year.

It’s Tough to Be a Bug! had an average wait time today of 26 minutes. Its 7-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #77 for the past year.

TriceraTop Spin had an average wait time today of 6 minutes. Its 7-day average is 7 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 8 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 7 minutes, so today ranks #90 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 38 minutes, so today ranks #14 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #197 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 80% of the posted wait time.

Avatar Flight of Passage had an average wait time today of 68 minutes. Its 7-day average is 62 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 60 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 50 minutes, so today ranks #75 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 97% of the posted wait time.

Hollywood Studios Wait Times

Slinky Dog Dash had an average wait time today of 55 minutes. Its 7-day average is 64 minutes, so today ranks #7 for this week. Its 30-day average is 64 minutes, so today ranks #27 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 60 minutes, so today ranks #195 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 68% of the posted wait time.

Hollywood Studios wait times for Saturday, May 8, 2021

Rise of the Resistance’s boarding group process is showing the same unusual step pattern we saw yesterday, with a short delay every few boarding groups.  It looks like some of these boarding groups are only open for about half an hour, too, so this might be some sort of technical issue either with the ride, with how MDE is reporting these data, or something else.  Still, it looks like ROTR will get to boarding group 160 at this rate.

Rise of the Resistance boarding groups for Saturday, May 8, 2021

Muppet*Vision 3D had an average wait time today of 32 minutes. Its 7-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 31 minutes, so today ranks #13 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 22 minutes, so today ranks #56 for the past year.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith had an average wait time today of 34 minutes. Its 7-day average is 36 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #222 for the past year.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue had an average wait time today of 29 minutes. Its 7-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #15 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #146 for the past year.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror had an average wait time today of 52 minutes. Its 7-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 57 minutes, so today ranks #19 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 52 minutes, so today ranks #138 for the past year.

Toy Story Mania! had an average wait time today of 29 minutes. Its 7-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #13 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #132 for the past year.

Walt Disney Presents had an average wait time today of 20 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.

Alien Swirling Saucers had an average wait time today of 27 minutes. Its 7-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #16 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 25 minutes, so today ranks #118 for the past year.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway had an average wait time today of 38 minutes. Its 7-day average is 36 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #16 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #264 for the past year.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run had an average wait time today of 44 minutes. Its 7-day average is 42 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 48 minutes, so today ranks #21 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 52 minutes, so today ranks #214 for the past year.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy had an average wait time today of 22 minutes. Its 7-day average is 23 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #22 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #139 for the past year.

EPCOT Wait Times

Frozen Ever After had an average wait time today of 39 minutes. Its 7-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 42 minutes, so today ranks #23 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #172 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 74% of the posted wait time.

EPCOT wait times for Saturday, May 8, 2021

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros had an average wait time today of 8 minutes. Its 7-day average is 9 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 8 minutes, so today ranks #10 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 9 minutes, so today ranks #153 for the past year.

Journey Into Imagination With Figment had an average wait time today of 10 minutes. Its 7-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #27 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #184 for the past year.

Living with the Land had an average wait time today of 10 minutes. Its 7-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 12 minutes, so today ranks #24 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #172 for the past year.

Mission: SPACE Orange had an average wait time today of 37 minutes. Its 7-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 44 minutes, so today ranks #27 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #101 for the past year.

Soarin’ had an average wait time today of 50 minutes. Its 7-day average is 49 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #90 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 61% of the posted wait time.

Spaceship Earth had an average wait time today of 24 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #24 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 19 minutes, so today ranks #104 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 48% of the posted wait time.

Test Track had an average wait time today of 52 minutes. Its 7-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 55 minutes, so today ranks #163 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 63% of the posted wait time.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends had an average wait time today of 13 minutes. Its 7-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #26 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 12 minutes, so today ranks #115 for the past year.

 

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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.

2 thoughts on “Animal Kingdom Wait Times are Bananas – Disney World crowds for Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • May 8, 2021 at 9:49 pm
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    Could the AK times be a result of the Lion King reopening?

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    • May 8, 2021 at 10:29 pm
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      That’s what I’m thinking. We will be there Friday and we’re planning on sleeping in, but with FOTLK opening I bet A LOT of people will be hopping over, so now I’m thinking we better get there early to beat the hoppers.

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