Cold Weather Keeps Crowds Away – Disney World Wait Times for Saturday, December 26, 2020

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Cold weather and early openings kept crowds out of the Disney theme parks on Saturday.  Today’s high temperature was just 54F, while the low was 36F.  No park’s posted wait times were in the top 8 for the past month.  We counted 494 of 500 (99%) of guests in the Animal Kingdom wearing masks exactly according to Disney’s guidelines.  We also got 85 actual wait times from Liners today. Let’s do the numbers!

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had an average wait time today of 55 minutes, the second-highest average posted wait in the park. It’s mildly surprising that the two busiest rides today were both outdoor roller coasters.

Astro Orbiter
Average Posted Wait
40
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#36
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Average Posted Wait
55
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#79
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Average Posted Wait
41
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#10
365-Day Rank
#89
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Average Posted Wait
21
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#4
365-Day Rank
#80
“it’s a small world”
Average Posted Wait
47
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#6
365-Day Rank
#25
Jungle Cruise
Average Posted Wait
42
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#23
365-Day Rank
#131
Mad Tea Party
Average Posted Wait
17
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#77
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Average Posted Wait
35
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#1
Peter Pan’s Flight
Average Posted Wait
47
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#2
365-Day Rank
#83
Pirates of the Caribbean
Average Posted Wait
51
Actual Waits Were
86%
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#10
365-Day Rank
#68
Space Mountain
Average Posted Wait
53
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#101
Splash Mountain
Average Posted Wait
25
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#23
365-Day Rank
#173
The Barnstormer
Average Posted Wait
30
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#73
The Haunted Mansion
Average Posted Wait
20
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#25
365-Day Rank
#198
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Average Posted Wait
16
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#4
365-Day Rank
#98
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Average Posted Wait
30
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#6
365-Day Rank
#93
Tomorrowland Speedway
Average Posted Wait
23
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#6
365-Day Rank
#88
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Average Posted Wait
72
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#11
365-Day Rank
#100
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Average Posted Wait
28
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#82

Animal Kingdom Wait Times

Actual waits at Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris were less than half the posted waits today. Safaris had an average wait time today of 33 minutes. Its 7-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #93 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 40% of the posted wait time.

Animal Kingdom wait times for Saturday, December 26, 2020
DINOSAUR
Average Posted Wait
43
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#81
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Average Posted Wait
30
Actual Waits Were
42%
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#14
365-Day Rank
#133
Kali River Rapids
Average Posted Wait
13
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#14
365-Day Rank
#107
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Average Posted Wait
33
Actual Waits Were
40%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#6
365-Day Rank
#93
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Average Posted Wait
24
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#20
TriceraTop Spin
Average Posted Wait
7
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#76
Na’vi River Journey
Average Posted Wait
64
Actual Waits Were
93%
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#6
365-Day Rank
#85
Avatar Flight of Passage
Average Posted Wait
64
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#11
365-Day Rank
#120

Hollywood Studios Wait Times

Actual waits at the Studios today were really close to the posted waits, on average.  Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Phish had an average wait time today of 47 minutes. Its 7-day average is 50 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 46 minutes, so today ranks #15 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 58 minutes, so today ranks #149 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 80% of the posted wait time.

Hollywood Studios wait times for Saturday, December 26, 2020

Rise of the Resistance continues its streak of excellent performance days, running at or ahead of its 7-day pace in calling boarding groups to ride.

Rise of the Resistance boarding groups for Saturday, December 26, 2020
Muppet*Vision 3D
Average Posted Wait
31
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#7
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Average Posted Wait
47
Actual Waits Were
80%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#15
365-Day Rank
#149
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Average Posted Wait
36
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#44
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Average Posted Wait
58
Actual Waits Were
119%
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#14
365-Day Rank
#89
Toy Story Mania!
Average Posted Wait
35
Actual Waits Were
77%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#4
365-Day Rank
#88
Slinky Dog Dash
Average Posted Wait
54
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#24
365-Day Rank
#174
Alien Swirling Saucers
Average Posted Wait
35
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#2
365-Day Rank
#56
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Average Posted Wait
36
Actual Waits Were
89%
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#28
365-Day Rank
#177
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Average Posted Wait
65
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#10
365-Day Rank
#80

EPCOT Wait Times

Today was one of the least-busy days of the past month at EPCOT.  Soarin’ had an average wait time today of 35 minutes. Its 7-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #24 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 38 minutes, so today ranks #129 for the past year.

EPCOT wait times for Saturday, December 26, 2020
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Average Posted Wait
5
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#29
365-Day Rank
#214
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Average Posted Wait
10
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#27
365-Day Rank
#165
Living with the Land
Average Posted Wait
8
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#26
365-Day Rank
#217
Mission: SPACE Orange
Average Posted Wait
52
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#21
Soarin’
Average Posted Wait
35
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#24
365-Day Rank
#129
Spaceship Earth
Average Posted Wait
18
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#21
365-Day Rank
#129
Test Track
Average Posted Wait
65
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#13
365-Day Rank
#63
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Average Posted Wait
8
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#25
365-Day Rank
#207
Frozen Ever After
Average Posted Wait
22
7-Day Rank
#6
30-Day Rank
#29
365-Day Rank
#238

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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.

5 thoughts on “Cold Weather Keeps Crowds Away – Disney World Wait Times for Saturday, December 26, 2020

  • December 26, 2020 at 6:40 pm
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    Lol at “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Phish”… Featuring an interminable soundtrack and a brand new piped-in…scent.

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  • December 26, 2020 at 6:57 pm
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    The ride doesn’t stop until the band stops playing!

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  • December 28, 2020 at 2:50 pm
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    Hey Touring Plans – love everything you guys do! We just returned from WDW where we used the app daily as we always do. My wife and I were looking at the crowd levels on the day after Christmas and saw that Epcot was listed as an “8”. How is it possible to have a crowd level of 8 when park attendance is capped at 35%? Curious how the ratings work. Thanks!

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  • December 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm
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    Was highly dissatisfied with Mickey and minnie plus Donald and daisy were not available in the park. But Goofy and lullabelle was? This is disney c’mon.

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  • December 28, 2020 at 5:02 pm
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    Hey Chris,

    Thanks for using the site! We started noticing earlier this month that EPCOT’s posted wait times were being set way too high relative to the actual wait in line (here’s an example: https://touringplans.com/epcot/attractions/soarin/wait-times/date/2020-12-22).

    On that day, before Christmas, Soarin’s actual crowd level was a 1, but the crowd level based on the posted wait time was a 6.

    Based on that, we thought the same overly-high posted wait times would continue through the holidays. So if the holidays would’ve brought a 3 crowd level at 35% attendance, we’d expect Disney’s posted wait times to show an 8. And since we use posted wait times to calculate the crowd levels, that’s how we ended up with an 8.

    Let me know if that doesn’t make sense. Thanks again!

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