Wednesday January 25, 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: 82 minutes.
Weather: High of 78 and low of 48. A nice day with a cooler evening.
The 12-minute predicted overall average wait at Animal Kingdom will most likely be one of the lowest of the year. And it would have been right on the money if it wasn’t for that meddling Primeval Whirl pushing wait times up after 3:30pm. It’s pretty ridiculous to think that the wait there could literally be 10x longer than Expedition Everest like it is at 6:15pm. But it’s possible that Disney isn’t reducing the number of FastPass+ experiences it distributes after they close one side of the ride later in the day. And with Primeval Whirl typically being the only FP+ opportunity available later in the afternoon, people choose it because it’s the only thing available. So if you are planning on Primeval Whirl in the late afternoon, check on the FastPass+ situation as you may want one if Disney is basically admitting zero standby riders.
The prediction was a minute off in the other direction at Epcot, where we were expecting 19 minutes and got 18 minutes instead. Early downtime at Test Track pushed waits up there later in the afternoon, but elsewhere these are some of the lowest wait times of the year.
Another tremendous day at the Studios with the 21-minute average falling in well below the 30-minute prediction thanks to basically no downtime or capacity issues. The Studios was still recommended and if you found yourself there over what ended up being a great day at Epcot too, you should have done better than fine.
Magic Kingdom is typically “Tentatively Recommended” on days with evening Extra Magic Hours attached because wait times are typically just a minute or two longer than other days during the week, partially due to Wednesdays typically seeing the lowest overall attendance of the week. The 30-minute overall average is higher than the 26 minute prediction, but not outrageously so.