Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Have Their Busiest Day This Month – Disney World Wait Times for Sunday, December 20, 2020

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The holiday crowds are starting to arrive, and although each park is at reduced capacity, we’re seeing some hefty wait times. We received 194 actual wait times today from our Lines app users. Thank you, Liners! Overall Disney’s posted wait times were fairly accurate at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. But Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT had posted wait times that were largely inflated compare to the actual wait times observed. Let’s take a closer look.

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

At Magic Kingdom today our team observed only 7 out of 500 guests that were not wearing their masks in accordance with Disney’s guidelines. Put another way, 98.5% of guests observed wore their masks correctly. All but five attractions had their longest average wait times of the past 7 days. But today was also the busiest day of the past 30 so let’s focus on the attractions that had their highest wait times of the past 30 days. These particular attractions are quite popular with young children, maybe there’s a trend here in terms of the guests that are in the parks this time of year?

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin had an average wait time today of 44 minutes. Its 7-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 38 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #70 for the past year.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant had an average wait time today of 26 minutes. Its 7-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #67 for the past year.

“it’s a small world” had an average wait time today of 51 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 34 minutes, so today ranks #11 for the past year.

Mad Tea Party had an average wait time today of 19 minutes. Its 7-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #54 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 80% of the posted wait time.

The Barnstormer had an average wait time today of 33 minutes. Its 7-day average is 25 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 23 minutes, so today ranks #59 for the past year.

Tomorrowland Speedway had an average wait time today of 33 minutes. Its 7-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #47 for the past year.

And although today wasn’t it’s busiest day, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had an average wait time today of 81 minutes. Its 7-day average is 70 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 72 minutes, so today ranks #5 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 77 minutes, so today ranks #91 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 90% of the posted wait time.

Our team was at Magic Kingdom today, come take a look at today’s photos.

EPCOT Wait Times

We saw a steep decline in wait times yesterday and we continue to see a major drop today. Most annual passholders, or rather anyone not at the Platinum level, are blocked out from now until January 3, 2021. This is a big deal because this is the first weekend of the blockout, and it is believed that annual passholders have been filling in major gaps in EPCOT’s attendance. With the dramatic drop in wait times it stands to reason that the blocked out annual passholders are being missed severely at EPCOT.

Journey Into Imagination With Figment had an average wait time today of 17 minutes. Its 7-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 20 minutes, so today ranks #16 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #99 for the past year.

Living with the Land had an average wait time today of 6 minutes. Its 7-day average is 12 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #29 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #240 for the past year.

Soarin’ had an average wait time today of 40 minutes. Its 7-day average is 42 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 47 minutes, so today ranks #20 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 38 minutes, so today ranks #105 for the past year.

Spaceship Earth had an average wait time today of 15 minutes. Its 7-day average is 20 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 24 minutes, so today ranks #26 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #149 for the past year.

Test Track had an average wait time today of 64 minutes. Its 7-day average is 64 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 69 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 57 minutes, so today ranks #73 for the past year.

Frozen Ever After had an average wait time today of 33 minutes. Its 7-day average is 63 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 76 minutes, so today ranks #29 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 59 minutes, so today ranks #201 for the past year.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Wait Times

The thing to keep in mind with Hollywood Studios is that wait times are not just about the total attendance in the park, it is all about how well, or not, Rise of the Resistance is performing that day. So let’s start there for a change.

Rise of the Resistance had a decent day, compared to some of the really rough days it had last week. But it still got off to a late start around 9:15 a.m. and it had a slight gap around 11:30 a.m. There was also the short break around 3:30 p.m. that we typically see every day. Couple the mild delays with a very busy park and today ends up having the highest wait times of the past 30 days.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith had an average wait time today of 58 minutes. Its 7-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 59 minutes, so today ranks #84 for the past year.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue had an average wait time today of 39 minutes. Its 7-day average is 34 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #32 for the past year. We received 10 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 37% of the posted wait time.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror had an average wait time today of 78 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. Its 365-day average is 59 minutes, so today ranks #57 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 67% of the posted wait time.

Toy Story Mania! had an average wait time today of 36 minutes. Its 7-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #90 for the past year. We received 12 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 51% of the posted wait time.

Alien Swirling Saucers had an average wait time today of 35 minutes. Its 7-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #61 for the past year.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run 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 56 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 61 minutes, so today ranks #38 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 98% of the posted wait time.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Wait Times

Animal Kingdom is decently popular with annual passholders, and with the current reservation system, it’s been the old reliable park for last minute park reservations. It would seem the lack of annual passholders is impacting Animal Kingdom too. Today’s wait times rank number 19 out of the past 30 days.

DINOSAUR had an average wait time today of 39 minutes. Its 7-day average is 39 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 34 minutes, so today ranks #104 for the past year.

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain had an average wait time today of 28 minutes. Its 7-day average is 22 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #18 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #144 for the past year. We received 9 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 37% of the posted wait time.

Kali River Rapids had an average wait time today of 11 minutes. Its 7-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 20 minutes, so today ranks #20 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 20 minutes, so today ranks #130 for the past year.

Kilimanjaro Safaris had an average wait time today of 10 minutes. Its 7-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #6 for this week. Its 30-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #27 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #231 for the past year.

Na’vi River Journey had an average wait time today of 56 minutes. Its 7-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #9 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 56 minutes, so today ranks #101 for the past year.

Avatar Flight of Passage had an average wait time today of 64 minutes. Its 7-day average is 61 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 71 minutes, so today ranks #13 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 86 minutes, so today ranks #122 for the past year. We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 100% of the posted wait time.

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Dani

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

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