Peak wait times so far for today, June 5 2012:
DINOSAUR: 50 minutes
Expedition Everest: 60 minutes
It’s Tough To Be A Bug: 20 minutes
Kali River Rapids: 50 minutes (raining out today)
Kilimanjaro Safaris: 80 minutes
Primeval Whirl: 40 minutes
Character Spot: 70 minutes
Journey into Imagination with Figment: 20 minutes
Living with the Land: 40 minutes
Maelstrom: 30 minutes
Mission: Space Orange: 100 minutes
Soarin: 180 minutes
Spaceship Earth: 30 minutes
Test Track: RENEWAL!
Great Movie Ride: 20 minutes
Rock n Roller Coaster: 50 minutes
Star Tours: 30 minutes
Tower of Terror: 40 minutes
Toy Story Mania: 150 minutes
Astro Orbiter: 40 minutes
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 100 minutes
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin: 70 minutes
Haunted Mansion: 45 minutes
it’s a small world: 35 minutes
Jungle Cruise: 60 minutes
Pirates of the Caribbean: 40 minutes
Peter Pan’s Flight: 70 minutes
Space Mountain: 130 minutes
Splash Mountain: 60 minutes (due to rain)
The overall crowd level could easily be ratcheted up to a “7” or “8” today as crowds across the board are about 20% higher than expected, causing Disney to extend today’s close by an hour at Magic Kingdom. The bad news is this is just the beginning and will be, at best, the norm from here until the middle of August. There is simply nowhere to put the number of people that are going to be descending on Walt Disney World over the next three months.
Thumper, Miss Bunny, Daisy, Meeko, and Timon are no longer appearing at Animal Kingdom effective yesterday. Goofy no longer meets at Camp Minnie-Mickey. You can still find him in DinoLand, usually with Pluto. King Louie and Baloo will appear in Goofy’s place at Camp Minnie-Mickey. Note that Timon only occasionally met out in front of the entrance. Daisy appeared for 30 minutes to an hour at Camp Minnie-Mickey in Donald’s place in the afternoon. Thumper and Miss Bunny were not popular. Very few people even knew who they were. Finally, few people ventured up to meet King Louie or Baloo in their hard-to-find location along the path that connects Africa and Asia. Still, it’s sad to see any characters removed from the Parks. Expect Meeko to continue to be a common character at Characterpalooza at Hollywood Studios.
Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed for refurbishment from August 4th through August 10th.
The dates for the Country Bear Jamboree refurbishment have been changed to August 22nd – October 17th.
Disney released pictures and video of the inside of the upcoming Dumbo queue tent here. Twitter is whining about how there’s “nothing for adults to do there,” but it looks cute as heck to me. And I’ll certainly take the air-conditioning.