Rain-closed rides make long lines – Disney World wait times for Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Thunderstorms rolled through Walt Disney World this afternoon, closing many outdoor rides because of lightning and forcing guests to indoor rides.  That drove up wait times all across the parks, leading to very high wait times.

Disney’s posted wait times today at the Magic Kingdom were the highest they’ve been over the past year, one minute higher than they were yesterday.  Some of that seems to be driven by weather, with Big Thunder, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Splash Mountain all offline this afternoon because of thunder.  Even taking that into account, however, today’s posted wait times seem to vastly overstate the actual waits in line at various times throughout the day.  We’ve got 70 actual wait times so far today at the Magic Kingdom, and those actual wait times were barely over half – 58% – of the posted wait time.  They should be in the neighborhood of 70% to 80% of the posted wait.

We’ve received 176 actual wait times so far today from our fabulous Lines community! Let’s do the rest of the numbers!

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

Splash Mountain had an average wait time today of 92 minutes, almost entirely due to its afternoon closure. Its 7-day average is 81 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 72 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 57 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 52% of the posted wait time.

Magic Kingdom wait times for Thursday, July 29, 2021

Astro Orbiter had an average wait time today of 45 minutes. Its 7-day average is 49 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 44 minutes, so today ranks #11 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 34 minutes, so today ranks #30 for the past year.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had an average wait time today of 43 minutes. Its 7-day average is 36 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 37 minutes, so today ranks #5 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #146 for the past year. We received 8 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 60% of the posted wait time.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin had an average wait time today of 67 minutes. Its 7-day average is 47 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 31 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 73% of the posted wait time.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant had an average wait time today of 42 minutes. Its 7-day average is 38 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past year.

Jungle Cruise had an average wait time today of 91 minutes. Its 7-day average is 73 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 60 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year.

Mad Tea Party had an average wait time today of 25 minutes. Its 7-day average is 23 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 19 minutes, so today ranks #5 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #13 for the past year.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic had an average wait time today of 27 minutes. Its 7-day average is 25 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 19 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 22 minutes, so today ranks #120 for the past year.

Peter Pan’s Flight had an average wait time today of 79 minutes. Its 7-day average is 62 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 55 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 36 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year.

Pirates of the Caribbean had an average wait time today of 72 minutes. Its 7-day average is 54 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 43 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year. We received 9 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 32% of the posted wait time.

Space Mountain had an average wait time today of 74 minutes. Its 7-day average is 71 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 61 minutes, so today ranks #5 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #9 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 86% of the posted wait time.

The Barnstormer had an average wait time today of 31 minutes. Its 7-day average is 34 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #11 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #40 for the past year.

The Haunted Mansion had an average wait time today of 63 minutes. Its 7-day average is 60 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past year. We received 9 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 51% of the posted wait time.

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin had an average wait time today of 31 minutes. Its 7-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 22 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #3 for the past year.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 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 39 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 71% of the posted wait time.

Tomorrowland Speedway had an average wait time today of 36 minutes. Its 7-day average is 31 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 26 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 17 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past year.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover had an average wait time today of 27 minutes. Its 7-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 23 minutes, so today ranks #8 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 20 minutes, so today ranks #21 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 75% of the posted wait time.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had an average wait time today of 113 minutes. Its 7-day average is 87 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 77 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 59 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year.

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid had an average wait time today of 45 minutes. Its 7-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 34 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 22 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 59% of the posted wait time.

Animal Kingdom Wait Times

Kilimanjaro Safaris had an average wait time today of 65 minutes. Its 7-day average is 62 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 53 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past year. We received 9 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 68% of the posted wait time.

Animal Kingdom wait times for Thursday, July 29, 2021

DINOSAUR had an average wait time today of 46 minutes. Its 7-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 38 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 34 minutes, so today ranks #90 for the past year.

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain had an average wait time today of 42 minutes. Its 7-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #11 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #38 for the past year. We received 11 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 52% of the posted wait time.

Kali River Rapids had an average wait time today of 58 minutes. Its 7-day average is 59 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #10 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #10 for the past year.

It’s Tough to Be a Bug! had an average wait time today of 18 minutes. Its 7-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #8 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 18 minutes, so today ranks #154 for the past year.

TriceraTop Spin had an average wait time today of 19 minutes. Its 7-day average is 16 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 7 minutes, so today ranks #2 for the past year.

Na’vi River Journey had an average wait time today of 62 minutes. Its 7-day average is 57 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 56 minutes, so today ranks #7 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 47 minutes, so today ranks #62 for the past year.

Avatar Flight of Passage had an average wait time today of 126 minutes. Its 7-day average is 128 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 118 minutes, so today ranks #10 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 60 minutes, so today ranks #11 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 89% of the posted wait time.

EPCOT Wait Times

Soarin’ had an average wait time today of 38 minutes. Its 7-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 40 minutes, so today ranks #193 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 52% of the posted wait time.

EPCOT wait times for Thursday, July 29, 2021

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros 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 21 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 35% of the posted wait time.

Journey Into Imagination With Figment had an average wait time today of 24 minutes. Its 7-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #31 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 35% of the posted wait time.

Living with the Land had an average wait time today of 23 minutes. Its 7-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 11 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year.

Mission: SPACE Orange had an average wait time today of 36 minutes. Its 7-day average is 35 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 30 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 33 minutes, so today ranks #151 for the past year.

Spaceship Earth had an average wait time today of 33 minutes. Its 7-day average is 29 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 20 minutes, so today ranks #36 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 69% of the posted wait time.

Test Track had an average wait time today of 61 minutes. Its 7-day average is 71 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 72 minutes, so today ranks #25 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 58 minutes, so today ranks #161 for the past year.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends had an average wait time today of 29 minutes. Its 7-day average is 16 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 13 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year.

Mission: SPACE Green had an average wait time today of 40 minutes. Its 7-day average is 12 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 14 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 15 minutes, so today ranks #7 for the past year.

Hollywood Studios Wait Times

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway had an average wait time today of 78 minutes. Its 7-day average is 71 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 65 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 53 minutes, so today ranks #46 for the past year. We received 10 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 86% of the posted wait time.

Hollywood Studios wait times for Thursday, July 29, 2021

Muppet*Vision 3D had an average wait time today of 18 minutes. Its 7-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 13 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 21 minutes, so today ranks #179 for the past year.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith had an average wait time today of 89 minutes. Its 7-day average is 76 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 68 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 44 minutes, so today ranks #1 for the past year. We received 10 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 89% of the posted wait time.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue had an average wait time today of 34 minutes. Its 7-day average is 34 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #5 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 28 minutes, so today ranks #77 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 47% of the posted wait time.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror had an average wait time today of 72 minutes. Its 7-day average is 71 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 59 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 52 minutes, so today ranks #37 for the past year. We received 10 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 70% of the posted wait time.

Toy Story Mania! had an average wait time today of 56 minutes. Its 7-day average is 50 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 52 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 31 minutes, so today ranks #4 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 58% of the posted wait time.

Slinky Dog Dash had an average wait time today of 92 minutes. Its 7-day average is 100 minutes, so today ranks #5 for this week. Its 30-day average is 95 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 65 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past year.

Alien Swirling Saucers had an average wait time today of 44 minutes. Its 7-day average is 43 minutes, so today ranks #2 for this week. Its 30-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 27 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past year.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run had an average wait time today of 94 minutes. Its 7-day average is 96 minutes, so today ranks #4 for this week. Its 30-day average is 79 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 55 minutes, so today ranks #6 for the past year.

Rise of the Resistance ran smoothly today – slightly ahead of its best pace for the past week, in fact – until around 5 PM, when it seems to have fallen apart.  Rise of the Resistance began calling boarding groups around 8:40 AM, as early as they’ve started in a while.  As of 5 PM, however, Rise has been stuck at boarding group 124 for the past hour.  That’s disappointing, as it means Rise of the Resistance will probably fall short of its already-lowered goal of 152 boarding groups per day.

Rise of the Resistance boarding groups for Thursday, July 29, 2021

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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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