Thursday January 21st
Predicted Crowd Level: 1.
Actual Crowd Level: 2.
Weather: High of 71 and low of 45. No precipitation.
Animal Kingdom was not recommended. Per the crowd calendar, “Animal Kingdom is not explicitly recommended, though it isn’t the worst day of the week to visit. There isn’t anything specific attracting anyone, but there isn’t anything unique going on elsewhere, which means more people than usual will default to Disney’s least popular theme park.” That’s just about what we see given the low overall crowd level. Overall wait times are up 25% compared to the recommended day prior, but this is certainly still doable.
Epcot was not recommended with the early morning Extra Magic Hour, but the Park remains doable with some of the lowest crowds of the year. Test Track is able to recover pretty well even given morning downtime. The 165-minute wait at Mission: SPACE sticks out as being zany, but it has been doing that occasionally since the Soarin’ closure. Your actual wait would be closer to 25 minutes there in the afternoon, which isn’t all that bad compared to how long you’d wait for a priority attraction elsewhere.
There’s considerably less ability to recover at Studios, where three of its five rides were down during some part of the day, including about 45 minutes at Toy Story Mania to start the day. It doesn’t necessarily matter that much as there’s no such thing as finding a short standby wait for Toy Story in the afternoon, but downtime and longer standby waits also indicate longer actual waits with FastPass+ later in the day. At least we don’t see any triple digit waits.
The overall average wait is about the same as it has been for the last week or so here as you’ve got fewer people packed into shorter hours of operation. With near maximum FastPass+ distribution virtually every day, and so much capacity given to FP+, minimum standby waits stay somewhat constant given similar overall crowds. We’ll actually see lower waits on the 22nd.
We should see higher wait times over a busier weekend.