Monday January 30, 2017
Predicted 4-Park Crowd Level: 4.
Sum of Predicted 4-Park Average Wait Times: 112 minutes.
Actual 4-Park Crowd Level: 4.
Sum of Actual 4-Park Average Wait Times: 108 minutes.
Weather: High of 61 and low of 46. A cool, but pleasant day after heavy morning rain the day before.
After Sunday’s disastrous results when crowds were much lower than anticipated due to a morning storm, we’re back in business on Monday.
Animal Kingdom was not recommended with a predicted average wait of 20 minutes. It ended up being 23 minutes due largely to DINOSAUR being down for a couple of hours first thing, which drove afternoon wait times considerably higher in parts. Also, when an Animal Kingdom FastPass+ attraction goes down, those that have reserved the experience (should) receive an email stating that they can either return to DINOSAUR when/if it reopens or use their FP+ at any other enabled attraction. So people see DINO is down and then head to Everest first thing instead, pushing up wait times as now even more capacity has to be given to FP+ priority users. But this is otherwise exactly what you would expect given the overall crowd level and recommendation.
Epcot was the most recommended Park with a predicted average wait of 23 minutes. It came in at 20 minutes thanks to Test Track operating at full capacity all day and short waits at the majority of the secondary attractions, though we do see that 11am-1pm bump. That’s one of the reasons why the website recommends heading up to World Showcase right at 11am and then returning at 5pm when Future World again cools off. But waits here are surprisingly short in the first hour. Test Track always posts 30 minutes first thing, but it rarely drops below that at 9:15am.
We were expecting 42 minutes at Hollywood Studios and got 36 minutes. While Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror waits spike in places, the 42-minute average wait at Toy Story Mania is right around average and a better indication of how the day went. This is certainly manageable given the below average crowd level and slow-building wait times in the first hour, but the afternoon remains rough at the rides with so few available.
27 minutes at Magic Kingdom was predicted and we got 29 minutes, perhaps in part due to people avoiding the Park yesterday with the lousy weather. These wait times are otherwise right around average and will probably end up being slightly below average for the entire year.
Below average crowds should continue this week before we see another increase heading into the weekend.