Rough Day at Rise – Disney World Wait Times for Thursday, March 4, 2021

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Rise of the Resistance had one of its worst days in a long time today, with over three hours of downtime so far.  Rise stopped calling boarding groups at group 23 this morning around 9:40 a.m., and that delay lasted about 45 minutes.  A second, more significant delay started right after boarding group 45 was called at around 11:40 a.m.  That delay lasted until around 1:55 p.m., putting Rise way behind schedule.  Rise had another delay at boarding group 68 from 4 p.m. to around 5:20 p.m.  As I write this, Rise is at boarding group 70, and it’s unlikely they’ll get to boarding group 100.  Here’s hoping to better luck tomorrow.

Besides that, crowds were moderate at all four Walt Disney World theme parks today.  We counted 493 of 500 (98%) guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios wearing masks according to Disney’s guidelines.  And we’ve got 141 actual wait times in line so far today from our fabulous Lines community.  Lets do the rest of the numbers!

Magic Kingdom Wait Times

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad had an average wait time today of 59 minutes. Its 7-day average is 49 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 51 minutes, so today ranks #7 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 44 minutes, so today ranks #36 for the past year. We received 13 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 70% of the posted wait time.

Magic Kingdom wait times for Thursday, March 4, 2021
Astro Orbiter
Average Posted Wait
41
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#11
365-Day Rank
#35
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Average Posted Wait
59
Actual Waits Were
70%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#7
365-Day Rank
#36
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Average Posted Wait
37
Actual Waits Were
62%
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#20
365-Day Rank
#84
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Average Posted Wait
39
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#1
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Average Posted Wait
20
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#16
365-Day Rank
#44
“it’s a small world”
Average Posted Wait
42
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#60
Jungle Cruise
Average Posted Wait
41
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#111
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Average Posted Wait
28
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#20
365-Day Rank
#56
Peter Pan’s Flight
Average Posted Wait
34
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#20
365-Day Rank
#111
Pirates of the Caribbean
Average Posted Wait
52
Actual Waits Were
100%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#58
Tom Sawyer Island
Average Posted Wait
30
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#1
Space Mountain
Average Posted Wait
38
Actual Waits Were
86%
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#114
Splash Mountain
Average Posted Wait
56
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#88
The Barnstormer
Average Posted Wait
27
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#15
365-Day Rank
#56
The Haunted Mansion
Average Posted Wait
24
Actual Waits Were
44%
7-Day Rank
#5
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#145
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Average Posted Wait
21
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#24
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Average Posted Wait
28
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#75
Tomorrowland Speedway
Average Posted Wait
22
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#48
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Average Posted Wait
5
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#1
365-Day Rank
#1
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Average Posted Wait
63
Actual Waits Were
94%
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#15
365-Day Rank
#91
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Average Posted Wait
24
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#102

Animal Kingdom Wait Times

Avatar Flight of Passage had an average wait time today of 40 minutes. Its 7-day average is 45 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 50 minutes, so today ranks #17 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 49 minutes, so today ranks #135 for the past year. We received 5 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 98% of the posted wait time.

Animal Kingdom wait times for Thursday, March 4, 2021
DINOSAUR
Average Posted Wait
34
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#18
365-Day Rank
#96
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Average Posted Wait
15
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#195
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Average Posted Wait
23
Actual Waits Were
49%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#89
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Average Posted Wait
21
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#12
365-Day Rank
#55
TriceraTop Spin
Average Posted Wait
5
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#10
365-Day Rank
#63
Na’vi River Journey
Average Posted Wait
59
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#15
365-Day Rank
#55
Avatar Flight of Passage
Average Posted Wait
40
Actual Waits Were
98%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#135

Hollywood Studios Wait Times

Slinky Dog Dash had an average wait time today of 64 minutes. Its 7-day average is 59 minutes, so today ranks #1 for this week. Its 30-day average is 62 minutes, so today ranks #13 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 59 minutes, so today ranks #103 for the past year. We received 6 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 52% of the posted wait time.

Hollywood Studios wait times for Thursday, March 4, 2021

Here’s today’s Rise of the Resistance’s boarding group chart.  Sensitive readers should look away:

Rise of the Resistance boarding groups for Thursday, March 4, 2021
Muppet*Vision 3D
Average Posted Wait
36
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#4
365-Day Rank
#8
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Average Posted Wait
39
7-Day Rank
#4
30-Day Rank
#19
365-Day Rank
#144
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Average Posted Wait
37
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#12
365-Day Rank
#34
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Average Posted Wait
65
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#10
365-Day Rank
#34
Toy Story Mania!
Average Posted Wait
34
Actual Waits Were
67%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#12
365-Day Rank
#42
Slinky Dog Dash
Average Posted Wait
64
Actual Waits Were
52%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#13
365-Day Rank
#103
Alien Swirling Saucers
Average Posted Wait
39
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#2
365-Day Rank
#6
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Average Posted Wait
48
Actual Waits Were
81%
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#13
365-Day Rank
#160
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Average Posted Wait
60
Actual Waits Were
58%
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#16
365-Day Rank
#89

EPCOT Wait Times

Test Track had an average wait time today of 40 minutes. Its 7-day average is 41 minutes, so today ranks #3 for this week. Its 30-day average is 55 minutes, so today ranks #24 for the past month. Its 365-day average is 54 minutes, so today ranks #181 for the past year. We received 4 actual wait times today, and the actual wait averaged 62% of the posted wait time.

EPCOT wait times for Thursday, March 4, 2021
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Average Posted Wait
9
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#13
365-Day Rank
#116
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Average Posted Wait
17
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#9
365-Day Rank
#69
Living with the Land
Average Posted Wait
9
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#6
365-Day Rank
#149
Mission: SPACE Orange
Average Posted Wait
28
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#16
365-Day Rank
#95
Soarin’
Average Posted Wait
36
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#12
365-Day Rank
#88
Spaceship Earth
Average Posted Wait
17
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#16
365-Day Rank
#98
Test Track
Average Posted Wait
40
Actual Waits Were
62%
7-Day Rank
#3
30-Day Rank
#24
365-Day Rank
#181
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Average Posted Wait
8
7-Day Rank
#2
30-Day Rank
#17
365-Day Rank
#186
Frozen Ever After
Average Posted Wait
34
7-Day Rank
#1
30-Day Rank
#8
365-Day Rank
#148

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.

3 thoughts on “Rough Day at Rise – Disney World Wait Times for Thursday, March 4, 2021

  • March 4, 2021 at 6:56 pm
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    Ooh…that RotR graph is going to look pretty awful with that (hopefully) outlier for the next week.

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  • March 5, 2021 at 10:24 am
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    I’m confused – in the graphics it shows “average posted wait” – is that what Disney says when you walk up to the attraction and see the sign with the minutes? If yes, haven’t they been very inaccurate? Wouldn’t it make more sense to show “actual” wait times in the graphics?

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    • March 5, 2021 at 10:39 am
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      Hi Lyle –

      Yes, the “average posted wait” is the average of the wait times Disney’s displaying on the signs in front of the attractions. It’s what we use to measure crowds.

      Where we have actual wait times, they’re displayed below the graphs. Sometimes they’re close. Sometimes they’re not.

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