Cold Day, Cool Wait Times: Disney World Wait Times for Friday, December 18, 2020

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All parks except Hollywood Studios had average or below-average crowds today, while the Studios was busy.  As it was cold all day (“cold” – the high was 61), water rides were not popular, especially in the morning. We counted 491 of 500 guests (98%) in the Animal Kingdom today wearing masks in accordance with Disney’s guidelines.  And we got 148 actual wait times from our fabulous Liners!  Let’s do the numbers!

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

With nobody wanting to ride Splash Mountain in the cool weather, the park’s other three “mountains” were busier.  Space Mountain had an average wait time today of 52 minutes. Its 7-day average is 46 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 46 minutes, so today ranks #7 for the past month. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 88% of the posted wait time.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had an average wait time today of 83 minutes. Its 7-day average is 68 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 70 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past month. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 85% of the posted wait time.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had an average wait time today of 48 minutes. Its 7-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #19 for the past month. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 68% of the posted wait time.

Magic Kingdom wait times for Friday, December 18, 2020
Astro Orbiter
Average Posted Wait
37
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#14
365-Day Rank
#64
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Average Posted Wait
48
Actual Waits Were
68%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#116
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Average Posted Wait
43
Actual Waits Were
37%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#5
365-Day Rank
#80
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Average Posted Wait
17
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#11
365-Day Rank
#105
“it’s a small world”
Average Posted Wait
41
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#71
Jungle Cruise
Average Posted Wait
43
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#20
365-Day Rank
#130
Mad Tea Party
Average Posted Wait
16
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#83
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Average Posted Wait
31
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#5
365-Day Rank
#5
Peter Pan’s Flight
Average Posted Wait
38
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#13
365-Day Rank
#114
Pirates of the Caribbean
Average Posted Wait
43
Actual Waits Were
104%
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#24
365-Day Rank
#143
Space Mountain
Average Posted Wait
52
Actual Waits Were
88%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#103
Splash Mountain
Average Posted Wait
20
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#26
365-Day Rank
#183
The Barnstormer
Average Posted Wait
29
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#6
365-Day Rank
#79
The Haunted Mansion
Average Posted Wait
22
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#24
365-Day Rank
#195
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Average Posted Wait
15
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#6
365-Day Rank
#111
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Average Posted Wait
26
Actual Waits Were
70%
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#21
365-Day Rank
#130
Tomorrowland Speedway
Average Posted Wait
20
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#106
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Average Posted Wait
83
Actual Waits Were
85%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#3
365-Day Rank
#90
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Average Posted Wait
21
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#25
365-Day Rank
#145

Animal Kingdom Wait Times

Indoor rides were popular at the Animal Kingdom this morning – an 8 a.m. opening time will do that.  Avatar Flight of Passage had an average wait time today of 57 minutes. Its 7-day average is 66 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 69 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 86 minutes, so today ranks #136 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 79% of the posted wait time.

In contrast, Expedition Everest had an average wait time today of 22 minutes. Its 7-day average is 25 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #21 for the past month. We received 12 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 38% of the posted wait time.

Animal Kingdom wait times for Friday, December 18, 2020
DINOSAUR
Average Posted Wait
33
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#21
365-Day Rank
#128
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Average Posted Wait
22
Actual Waits Were
38%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#21
365-Day Rank
#169
Kali River Rapids
Average Posted Wait
10
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#26
365-Day Rank
#147
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Average Posted Wait
18
Actual Waits Were
46%
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#21
365-Day Rank
#156
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Average Posted Wait
19
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#18
365-Day Rank
#44
TriceraTop Spin
Average Posted Wait
5
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#20
365-Day Rank
#114
Na’vi River Journey
Average Posted Wait
48
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#22
365-Day Rank
#128
Avatar Flight of Passage
Average Posted Wait
57
Actual Waits Were
79%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#136

Hollywood Studios Wait Times

It’s unusual to see Rise of the Resistance getting standby wait times in My Disney Experience.  ROTR didn’t have standby times today, and the 300-minute wait in the feed wasn’t true.  That didn’t stop people from entering it into Lines, though, so it’s good to see it happening.

It looks like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run was the busiest attraction in the park today, with an average wait time of 76 minutes. Its 7-day average is 62 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 92% of the posted wait time.

Hollywood Studios wait times for Friday, December 18, 2020

Rise of the Resistance had an otherwise solid day of operations, with only its usual 3 p.m. pause in calling boarding groups.

Rise of the Resistance boarding groups for Friday, December 18, 2020
Muppet*Vision 3D
Average Posted Wait
29
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#5
365-Day Rank
#5
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Average Posted Wait
49
Actual Waits Were
46%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#13
365-Day Rank
#140
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Average Posted Wait
38
Actual Waits Were
42%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#32
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Average Posted Wait
64
Actual Waits Were
83%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#4
365-Day Rank
#74
Toy Story Mania!
Average Posted Wait
27
Actual Waits Were
60%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#136
Slinky Dog Dash
Average Posted Wait
60
Actual Waits Were
67%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#20
365-Day Rank
#160
Alien Swirling Saucers
Average Posted Wait
35
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#58
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Average Posted Wait
41
Actual Waits Were
60%
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#25
365-Day Rank
#163
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Average Posted Wait
76
Actual Waits Were
92%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#48
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Average Posted Wait
300
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#1
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
Average Posted Wait
38
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#2
365-Day Rank
#2

EPCOT Wait Times

Slow day across the board at EPCOT today.  Test Track had an average wait time today of 62 minutes. Its 7-day average is 68 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 68 minutes, so today ranks #20 for the past month.

EPCOT wait times for Friday, December 18, 2020
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Average Posted Wait
5
7-Day Rank
#7
30-Day Rank
#30
365-Day Rank
#221
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Average Posted Wait
11
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#23
365-Day Rank
#149
Living with the Land
Average Posted Wait
8
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#29
365-Day Rank
#217
Mission: SPACE Orange
Average Posted Wait
29
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#16
365-Day Rank
#93
Soarin’
Average Posted Wait
27
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#26
365-Day Rank
#163
Spaceship Earth
Average Posted Wait
14
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#25
365-Day Rank
#151
Test Track
Average Posted Wait
62
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#20
365-Day Rank
#82
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Average Posted Wait
5
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#28
365-Day Rank
#240
Frozen Ever After
Average Posted Wait
33
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#29
365-Day Rank
#202

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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.

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