Thursday February 2, 2017
Predicted 4-Park Crowd Level: 3.
Sum of Predicted 4-Park Average Wait Times: 93 minutes.
Actual 4-Park Crowd Level: 2.
Sum of Actual 4-Park Average Wait Times: 90 minutes.
Weather: High of 77 and low of 52. A warm, clear, sunny day.
We were expecting a 15-minute average at Animal Kingdom and that’s exactly what happened. Safaris is basically a walk-on from 12:30pm through close and while Everest peaks at 45 minutes, waits are reliably short in the final two hours of operation. Primeval Whirl’s 15-minute average is actually lower than yesterday’s despite higher averages elsewhere, which helps bring the average wait down from 16 minutes to 15 minutes.
Epcot came in under expectations – 18 minutes realized versus 22 minutes expected – thanks to no downtime at Test Track and relatively few people in the Park. This has certainly been a banner week.
Hollywood Studios also came in four minutes under the predicted number thanks to lower attendance and relatively little downtime.
Magic Kingdom came in a minute shorter than yesterday, which is more significant than it might sound. Peter Pan’s Flight in particular pushes up waits with the rare couple of hours of downtime. But the morning remains manageable and waits fall off in the final hour as well. But with maximum FastPass+ distribution at the majority of rides for the majority of the day, it takes few people in standby to push waits up to at least 20 minutes at most attractions. Still, we’ll be looking at wait times that are 50%+ higher come Presidents Day Weekend in a couple of weeks.