Friday February 5
Predicted Crowd Level: 5.
Actual Crowd Level: 6.
Weather: High of 62 and low of 46. No precipitation.
What a difference fast forwarding a day and adding some sunshine makes. Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom are the two Parks that people typically avoid in the rain and flock to when it’s sunny. That’s particularly true later in the week at Animal Kingdom as people typically visit the other three Parks earlier in their vacation. You could still execute the usual touring plan without any trouble, but that’s an ugly afternoon.
An hour of downtime early at Test Track looks to have pushed up waits later in the afternoon and increased waits at Mission: SPACE for a bit, but things are well under control by 3pm. The low average overall wait remains low, though it’s a full five minutes longer than the day prior with the much lower overall crowd level.
Bring those sweatshirts and jackets folks. It’s crazy how many people head for the exits once the temperature drops under 60, which is what we see here during evening Extra Magic Hours at Studios. In the summer the waits would be a lot longer as people typically favor the slightly cooler, albeit much more humid, evenings.
Magic Kingdom sees a 37% bump in its overall wait time with the significantly higher afternoon waits. With the morning Extra Magic Hour and late close, you can still have a tremendous amount of success from 8am-12pm and after 9pm, but the average wait is already up over 30 minutes before noon. Those afternoon breaks are your friend.
We should see above average overall crowds over the weekend before returning to slightly below average for the 9th and 10th.