Edit: Magic Kingdom chart for 3/10/15 added at the end.
Spring break is upon us as we look toward six solid weeks of above average overall crowds. We’ll take a look at wait times from March 9th, the first Monday of spring break and discuss what you can expect if you’re visiting over the next few weeks. Wait times here will also be similar to the busy summertime period from Memorial Day Weekend in May through the third week in August.
Animal Kingdom was highly recommended with relatively reasonable wait times for most of the day. As usual, you have an hour in the morning and two hours in the evening of low to nonexistent wait times. As things heat up, Kali River Rapids will see higher wait times earlier in the day, though it’s already hitting the highest peak and average waits with highs in the mid-80s.
I think I mentioned in the last post about wait times that Sundays have reliably become the busiest day of the week at Animal Kingdom since the morning Extra Magic Hour moved from Mondays most weeks. Wait times are longer across the board even when the short waits from 8am-9am are included. But the morning Extra Magic Hour does give you an extra hour of short waits in the morning should you be able to arrive by 7:40am. Still, it’s hard to argue against lower wait times virtually all day after 9am, including the end of the day.
And if you’re in the mood for one more comparison, this is a highly recommended day last week when the overall crowd level was a “4” for below average. Peak and average waits are lower, of course.
Epcot was the most recommended Park, which might be surprising given the high Soarin’ wait times. Unfortunately, one of the ride vehicles in one of the two theaters is malfunctioning, causing the attraction to operate somewhere between 50% and 83% capacity depending on whether the theater is closed or it’s running at 2/3 capacity. Otherwise, things are about what you would expect with Soarin’ and Test Track leading average wait times higher.
Compare to one week earlier with the below average overall crowd level and the same recommendation. Remove the higher wait times at Test Track due to the downtime and you have some of the lowest waits of the year there.
Hollywood Studios was not recommended with the evening Extra Magic Hours attracting resort guests and in turn, pushing up wait times. Waits actually take off a little slower on evening EMH days because resort guests tend to arrive a little later than they would otherwise, even if they have absolutely no hope of making it to 11:30pm. Even so, by 10am, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Toy Story Mania have already hit triple digits with Tower of Terror following at 90 minutes. If you somehow got in line for all three at 10am, you’d wait a ridiculous 5.67 hours. And people say it’s a half day park.
Subtract just one day to when Hollywood Studios was the most recommended Park with the same overall crowd level and you can see how much of a difference a day and a recommendation make. Average and peak waits are down across the board with no rides hitting triple digits at any point during the day.
Subtract a week to below average crowds and waits at most attractions are lower, though downtime and halved capacity at Tower of Terror pushes up average and peak waits there.
Magic Kingdom on Monday the 9th – a non-recommended day.
Unfortunately, we don’t really have a recommended day this week to compare it to. I’ll add Tuesday the 10th tomorrow to compare and we can take a closer look.
This chart shows wait times on March 10th, a highly recommended Tuesday just one day after the non-recommended Monday. I don’t really like dealing in averages because it only offers a very limited look at how wait times and crowds build and fall over the course of the day, but it does “prove” waits are lower on the recommended days. While the differences might seem small, it takes a lot of lower wait times over the course of the day to pull down the average just a couple of minutes.
Subtract exactly one week to a non-recommended Monday with the below average overall crowd level. As you would expect, wait times are lower nearly across the board.
Not much that we didn’t already know, but if you’re going in the next few weeks, it might be helpful to reference the charts.