The last Wednesday in January is typically the least crowded day of the year outside of September. As the website has discussed ad nauseam over the last couple of years, international attendance has “helped” boost attendance and wait times in late January and into February, but crowds and wait times remain some of the lowest of the year.
I’m happy to announce a new game we’re playing on the website. If you visit during a “crowd level 1 or 2 day” and think the wait times and attendance were much higher than predicted, you get to pick another date during the year outside of September that you think will have lower waits and lower attendance. And then when that date actually has higher attendance and higher wait times because you actually did visit on one of the least crowded days of the year with the lowest wait times, you get to pay me $100. It’s fun because I always win.
Anyway, this is it – the lowest wait times you can expect to see outside of September and the reality of where Walt Disney World attendance is at in this post-FP+ era.
Animal Kingdom was not recommended with the morning Extra Magic Hour attracting resort guests, but remains doable. Afternoon downtime pushes up wait times after 3:30pm at DINOSAUR and Everest, but the averages remain relatively low.
Epcot was recommended. It looks like one of the two theaters at Soarin’ must have been down in the afternoon, resulting in a big bump in wait times that eventually come back down. These are otherwise some of the lowest waits we’ll see this year, barring a major economic catastrophe.
Hollywood Studios was not recommended with the short hours and lack of the Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom, in addition to the lowly morning Extra Magic Hour at Disney’s least popular theme park. Again, attraction downtime plays a key role in pushing up waits at Tower of Terror and neighboring attractions. 180 minutes is a little dramatic, but it’s effective in pushing just about every guest looking to get in the standby line away so the ride can move through more FP+ users. By 5pm, the wait is down to 20 minutes before going back up again.
Behold it. Cherish it. Magic Kingdom was the most recommended Park on what should be the 9th or 10th lowest attended day of the year. It really doesn’t get much better than what you’re looking at, including that 90-minute peak wait at Peter Pan’s Flight and Haunted Mansion hitting 35 minutes. This is the reality of the post-FP+ era.