Crowds and Wait Times Continue to Rise at Walt Disney World This Weekend

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The sublime time of the Walt Disney World parks being quiet and empty seem to be behind us, at least on the weekends. Our team is in the parks every day making sure we have the latest information and data to provide you with accurate planning tools.

This weekend we’ve seen higher attendance levels than we have during other days since the parks have been reopened, which of course leads to long wait times. Our Lines app is now more valuable than ever as it uses real-time data to provide Expected Wait Times that are more accurate than Disney’s Posted Wait Times. Let’s take a look at the crowds and wait times we are seeing in the parks this weekend, and how our Lines app makes it possible to still save hours of time, despite the increased crowds.

Busy Main Street USA afternoon of September 26, 2020
Cinderella Castle view afternoon of September 26, 2020

Expected Wait Times versus Disney’s Posted Wait Times – September 26, 2020

In order to keep social distancing practices in queues and on ride vehicles we’ve begun to see queue lines spill out into the main pathways, especially in Magic Kingdom. Thankfully Disney has set up extended queues with social distancing markers, and following these markers continues to go pretty well. Yesterday, the Expected Wait Times show in our Lines app average 10 -15 minutes lower than Disney’s Posted Wait Times.

Magic Kingdom Expected Wait Times in Lines App 9-26-20
Magic Kingdom Expected Wait Times in Lines App 9-26-20
Pirates of the Caribbean Expected Wait Time in Lines App 9-26-20

Average Observed Wait Times at Magic Kingdom – September 26, 2020

Each weekend gets busier and busier, especially at Magic Kingdom. Last weekend was the busiest since the parks reopened in July. Now, this weekend is topping it. You can look back at wait times of any past day on our website. Looking at yesterday, wait times were on average 10 minutes higher than the prior Saturday (September 19, 2020).

Magic Kingdom Observed Wait Times 09-26-2020
Magic Kingdom Observed Wait Times 09-19-2020

With the increase in attendance we noticed the bypass along Main Street USA, which starts near Tony’s Town Square and leads to an open gate near the Plaza Restaurant and Tomorrowland, was open for guests to utilize.

Magic Kingdom Main Street “Backstage” Bypass Open on September 26, 2020

Wait Times at Walt Disney World So Far Today – September 27, 2020

Today continues to show busy wait times across all the Walt Disney World theme parks. For the most popular attractions, the average Expected Wait Times according to our Lines app are averaging 45+ minutes today.

Animal Kingdom Expected Wait Times in Lines App 9-27-20
Flights of Passage Expected Wait Time in Lines App 9-27-20
Hollywood Studios Expected Wait Times in Lines App 9-27-20

It is clear that Disney has expanded its availability of park reservations. It is now more important than ever that you be able to plan your trip well and save as much time is possible. Our Lines app makes it possible for you to adjust your day on-the-fly as changes happen inside the park.

Social distancing is still in place, and is still relatively easy to maintain even with the increase in attendance, but it does take individual diligence. Mask compliance continues to go well. We’ll continue to keep an eye on things are the situation continues to change.

Are you planning on visiting Walt Disney World soon? What planning questions do you have?


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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

4 thoughts on “Crowds and Wait Times Continue to Rise at Walt Disney World This Weekend

  • September 27, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    I notice that the new Lines app doesn’t offer an estimate of when an attraction’s wait times are expected to drop (e.g. “Our suggestion: wait to ride; lines expected to decrease to so-and-so minutes at 6:45 p.m.”) This had been a feature that I found very useful as a planning tool, and I wish it could be restored.

  • September 28, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Dani, how is the Disney transportation these day? We’re planning on visiting soon, and will have our own car, but we’ve seen several reports of 30+ minute waits to get through the main gates of the parks. With the reduced capacity in busses, etc, how are the transportation waits? I saw several reports back in July, but not anything recently. Do you have any recommendations for drive vs bus, and how early do you need to get started for each?

  • September 28, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Hey Doug, I recommend driving. I’ve not had any trouble getting into the parking lot with my car. Though, it has been about 3 weeks since my last visit to the parks. My preference is to have my own car even though Disney is doing a good job of reduced capacity on buses and boats to allow for distancing.

  • September 28, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    How do DAS passes work these days? What is the best way to incorporate a DAS in a touring plan?


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