Disney World Wait Times Available for Data Science and Machine Learning

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Today we’re announcing the public availability of datasets for Disney World ride wait times for data science and machine learning projects. These data run from 2012 to present and cover these attractions:

Magic Kingdom Epcot Disney’s Hollywood Studios Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Pirates of the Caribbean Soarin’ Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster DINOSAUR
Splash Mountain Spaceship Earth Toy Story Mania Expedition Everest
Kilimanjaro Safaris

All data files are comma-separated values (CSV) and in ASCII. A data dictionary is also provided. A separate file of metadata features is also available. These features should be appended to the wait times, as they include information such as Disney World’s Extra Magic Hours schedule, park hours, parade and fireworks times, local sunset time, and more. We’ll update the files monthly.

Both the TouringPlans website and the Unofficial Guide book series have their roots in academia: the touring plan software was my master’s thesis, and Bob Sehlinger taught Operations Research prior to creating the Guide series. Today we work with colleges and universities around the country on Disney theme park research in the sciences and humanities. We hope these data will help further the next generation of theme park study.

The best book I read to get started with machine learning was Python Machine Learning by Sebastian Raschka, and it’s available for cheap on Amazon. That book uses a few scikit-learn libraries, which are really useful to test different ideas in machine learning. We’re also interested in using TensorFlow for these kinds of projects. Let me know if you get something working there.

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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.

25 thoughts on “Disney World Wait Times Available for Data Science and Machine Learning

  • June 25, 2018 at 1:58 pm
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    This is amazing! I’ve been dreaming of finding a fun data set to get myself out of mommy brain and back into data processing, thank-you!

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  • June 25, 2018 at 4:14 pm
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    What fun!!! I just downloaded one of your datasets into SAS and plan to take it for a spin later this eve!

    I’m guessing you don’t want to release the “actuals” that your app users have submitted?

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    • June 25, 2018 at 8:54 pm
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      We’re happy to provide actual wait times. I’ll ask Steve to include them in an upcoming update.

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  • June 25, 2018 at 10:15 pm
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    As an aspiring data scientist in training, thanks so much for providing this! I’m excited to see what I can find from the data.

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  • June 26, 2018 at 12:05 am
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    Hi!
    First off, thanks for all the data that you made available.

    However just a quick FYI. There appears to be an error in a few of your Metadata columns. Specifically they are MKHOURS, EPHOURS, HSHOURS and AKHOURS. Instead of there being some type of calculation of the difference between the previous two columns, (i.e. AKOPEN and AKCLOSE), they are marked as 12:00:00AM and appear as a Zero sum.

    This appears to be a minor oversight because all other time differences, (i.e. AKOPENYEST and AKCLOSEYEST) do have a calculated value in the next column (i.e. AKHOURSYEST).

    Mike

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    • June 26, 2018 at 8:14 am
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      Sorry about that, Mike. Steve’s going to look at it and will post an update. Thanks for catching this!

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    • June 26, 2018 at 10:37 am
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      Mike-
      Thanks. MKHOURS, EPHOURS, HSHOURS and AKHOURS are fixed. It was just a formatting issue in my export. The values are now numeric.

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  • June 26, 2018 at 1:31 pm
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    Thanks for sharing – this looks like it will be fun to play with!

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  • June 27, 2018 at 10:53 am
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    Thank you Len! I’m developing an analytics course currently and have been looking for a fun dataset.

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    • June 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm
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      Happy to help, Adam.

      We have attraction ratings data you may be interested in. Alexis Franzese at Elon has a class called “The Psychology of Happiness at Disney”, and the students there have done a number of interesting research projects. One of them (“Do boys and girls equally enjoy meeting the Disney princesses?”) changed what we tell parents to do in the parks.

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      • June 28, 2018 at 8:25 am
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        Oh interesting. I’m just down the road at NC State (also in Psychology). I think I will reach out to her. Thanks again for sharing!

      • June 28, 2018 at 8:30 am
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        PS – I’d love to have that data to merge with the wait times data. Should I ask Alexis or is that something I should reach out to you all for? Again, thanks for the generous offer!

  • June 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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    Super cool – love that metadata file!

    If I can get my kids to plug their brains back in at least temporarily over the summer, will have to come up with some sort of project to try out. Thanks!

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  • September 29, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    Thanks for providing this data set! I used it for my capstone project project for a HarvardX Data Science certificate looking at Expedition Everest wait times (descriptive stats,, regression, and application of Machine Learning algorithms).

    In the interest of sharing, here’s my GItHub repository which has my R code, data subset, and final report. https://github.com/schenx/Disney

    Feel free to read and review. Would love to hear about any improvement ideas and well as what you would do differently.

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  • October 18, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    Are there data sets for other attractions available? I’d like to look through data for rides that maybe aren’t as popular, like Living with the Land or Astro Orbiter.

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  • December 13, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    Hey Len,

    I made a data warehouse of Disney queue times from the data you provided for a class project in my database management class.
    I also visualized the results in Tableau.
    Would love to share my findings with you!
    Thank you for making this data available!

    Thanks!

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  • February 27, 2020 at 9:42 pm
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    Is this data also available for the Disneyland parks?

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  • July 19, 2021 at 10:46 pm
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    Hey Len,

    Just wanted to see if these data sets are still available. I went to https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/crowd-calendar#DataSets but when I click on the links for the individual attractions the file is empty except for the headers. The metadata and data dictionary files appear to be working as intended but not the attraction wait time files. Thanks for posting these!

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  • October 15, 2021 at 5:06 pm
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    Hi there, I was wondering if you could give some background regarding how the wait time data was obtained? Very interesting datasets to examine, especially for theme park lovers! Thanks!

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    • October 15, 2021 at 5:58 pm
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      Hi Aly- We get data three ways: (1) from our users, who enter the information into our app; (2) from our staff, who are in the parks daily and have to ride the rides as part of their job; (3) from Disney’s My Disney Experience app.

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