Wednesday February 1, 2017
Predicted 4-Park Crowd Level: 2.
Sum of Predicted 4-Park Average Wait Times: 87 minutes.
Actual 4-Park Crowd Level: 1.
Sum of Actual 4-Park Average Wait Times: 72 minutes.
Weather: High of 73 and low of 46. A sunny, brisk day.
I actually spent the entire day at Animal Kingdom and was surprised by just how few people were in the Park, even if the 13-minute predicted average came out being exactly right. We’re not going to see a lot of days this year with clear skies and average waits at Safaris, Everest, and DINOSAUR under 15 minutes. We went through Everest at 10:15am and again around 6:45pm and encountered zero people in standby. The standby and FastPass+ queues were completely empty for DINO at 4:45pm. It was nuts.
Epcot’s expected overall average was 19 minutes, which should already prove to be one of this year’s lows. The actual came in even lower with Soarin’ at 26 minutes and Test Track at 35 minutes. Both were largely walk-ons most of the day even when they were posting 20 to 30 minutes.
Hollywood Studios was the big “miss” for the day – expected was 30 minutes and the actual was 19 minutes, thanks in part to well above average capacity/uptime. And also there being relatively few people in the Park, which is evident from Great Movie Ride and Star Tours hitting 5 minutes in the middle of the afternoon. There will only be a handful of days moving forward with the overall average this low. Waits were longer during the last hurricane scare.
Magic Kingdom was expected to be 25 minutes and came in at exactly that. You might notice that most Wednesdays see all four Parks recommended in some capacity, though Magic Kingdom is usually “tentatively recommended” as waits don’t drop off as much during the last hour of regular operation for off-site visitors and the nighttime spectaculars are typically more crowded since resort guests Park Hop late and congregate on Main Street. On the plus side, fewer people are leaving after Wishes/Once Upon A Time, which can make the trip back to the Transportation and Ticket Center or Disney resort that much easier. But because attendance and wait times are typically lowest on Wednesdays, it usually doesn’t make sense to say a Park is to “be avoided” given that waits will be lower than the majority of other days during the same week. Sometimes that isn’t true and the recommendations will reflect that where applicable.
Thursdays waits should be similarly short before we see a significant uptick over the weekend.