Saturday January 23rd
Predicted Crowd Level: 5.
Actual Crowd Level: 5.
Weather: High of 57 and low of 42. No precipitation.
One day prior we saw what may well be the lowest crowds of the entire year at Animal Kingdom. Just 24 hours later we see an overall average wait that’s exactly doubled, even when short waits during the morning Extra Magic Hour are included. It’s still a very doable day, but at 1pm you’re looking at waiting an average of 29 minutes to do something with a posted wait time, compared to eight minutes the day before.
Epcot fares very well here on another recommended day. Waits are higher than yesterday, which is what you’d expect given a significantly higher overall crowd level. According to the website’s cheat sheet, these are the expected wait times for a “Crowd Level 5-6 Day:”
At Character Spot, we expected 25 and got 23. At Ellen, we expected 5 and got 10. Either way you’re walking onto the next vehicle. At Journey into Imagination, we were expecting 22 and got 16, thanks to Disney operating the attraction through 9pm with Soarin’ down. At Living with the Land, we were expecting 17 and got 8. At Mission Space, we were expecting 25 and got 24. At The Seas, we were expecting 17 and got 11. At Spaceship Earth, we were expecting 17 and got 15. At Test Track, we were expecting 59 and got 52. So the expected wait times were longer for the most part. I’ll run an update this weekend now that we know a little bit more about how the rides here are faring with Soarin’ down for an extended period of time.
Things continue to be ugly at Hollywood Studios. Cross your fingers that we see that daytime show in the Fanastmic theater sooner rather than later. To a point, the wait times here don’t really matter. Whether Toy Story is at 60 minutes or 100 minutes at 9:30am, the only opportunities to ride with a short wait are immediately after open or immediately before close. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster then needs to be ridden immediately after. It’s not all that important whether the wait is 60 minutes or 90 minutes at 2pm. At least there’s Muppet Vision.
Things aren’t too bad at Magic Kingdom for a Saturday. The 12am close is obviously four hours later than the 8pm close earlier in the week, which helps spread more people out over more operating hours. Still, afternoon waits are on the long side, averaging 27 to 37 minutes for most of the day. As usual, wait times are incredibly low late at night for those that can stay out that late, which in turn moves the overall average down. By 9pm, most rides are already in walk-on status.
We’ll see how the next week shapes up.