We’re still in the midst of significant spring break crowds at Disney World. With the exception of March 31st, this past week has been about as crowded as predicted. March 31st, with its tornado warning and heavy rain wasn’t crowded whatsoever. From a pure “wait time standpoint,” we were looking at a “2 or 3” on the crowd calendar. Hollywood Studios still saw relatively heavy crowds because of the longer hours and Fantasmic. Just a hint for the future – if the weatherperson has issued a tornado warning, they’re probably not going to do be doing Fantasmic. Other than that, wait times were very short on the 31st due to the weather. Let’s have a look at what we’re dealing with today.
All wait times are taken from what’s posted outside the attraction between 5:00pm and 5:15pm. We’ll mix it up a little bit from the usual 1pm look.
Animal Kingdom (Second Recommended Park):
Dinosaur: 10 minutes
Expedition Everest: 20 minutes
It’s Tough to be a Bug: 10 minutes
Kali River Rapids: 30 minutes
Kilimanjaro Safaris: 30 minutes
As expected, it was a good day to visit Animal Kingdom. You’ll remember from the March 30th wait times post that Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest, and Kali River Rapids were all 80+ minutes this past Wednesday. While these wait times are taken three hours later, wait times were still in the 60+ minute range at 5pm this past Wednesday.
Epcot (Most Recommended Park):
Living with the Land: 5 minutes
Maelstrom: Temporarily closed
Mission Space Green Team: 10 minutes
Mission Space Orange Team: 20 minutes
Soarin’: 60 minutes
Spaceship Earth:5 minutes
Test Track: 50 minutes
Overall, an excellent day at Epcot, though it does pain me to recommend a Park with 60+ minute wait times as the “most recommended.” There’s really no way around the 60+ minute waits at Test Track and Soarin’ when the crowd level is so high. Yesterday, when Epcot was expressly not recommended, the wait time at Soarin’ was 110 minutes and Test Track was 90 minutes, so there’s a distinct advantage to visiting Epcot when it’s recommended, despite the fact that peak wait times are higher than we’d like. Since the touring plans and my usual advice is to get to these headliners first thing in the morning or with FASTPASS, the afternoon wait times don’t necessarily matter.
Hollywood Studios (Not Recommended)
Backlot Tour: 15 minutes
Great Movie Ride: 15 minutes
Rock N Roller Coaster: 50 minutes
Tower of Terror: 30 minutes
Toy Story Mania: 80 minutes
Not a terrible day at Hollywood Studios by any means. Saturdays with a morning Extra Magic Hour are generally less crowded than days with Fantasmic or evening Extra Magic Hours. I usually recommend avoiding them because they’re busier than days without Fantasmic or Extra Magic Hours, the Extra Magic Hour does lure more Disney resort guests, and some of the most efficient vacationers will arrive in time to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hour and make the headliners busier in the early morning. It’s usually a good day to visit if you do actually arrive by 7:45am for the morning Extra Magic Hour, but you’re usually better off visiting during another recommended day.
Magic Kingdom (Not Recommended):
Big Thunder Mountain: 60 minutes
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin: 40 minutes
Haunted Mansion: 35 minutes
It’s A Small World: 35 minutes
Peter Pan’s Flight: 60 minutes
Pirates of the Caribbean: 40 minutes
Space Mountain: 70 minutes
Splash Mountain: 60 minutes
Winnie the Pooh: 50 minutes
Not a terrible day at Magic Kingdom either. The extended hours of operation help quite a bit, though we did see longer wait times at our usual 1pm timeframe. Space Mountain was in the triple digits earlier in the day and the other headliners weren’t far behind.