Wednesday January 20th
Predicted Crowd Level: 2.
Actual Crowd Level: 2.
Weather: High of 66 and low of 41. No precipitation. I don’t know how anybody lives in such dire conditions.
Animal Kingdom was recommended on the 19th with an overall average wait of 12 minutes and was recommended on the 20th with an overall average wait of 12 minutes. You would struggle to wait in any lines, though Everest does peak at 40 minutes at 12:30pm before going down to 10 minutes at 12:45pm.
The only interesting thing about Epcot is the somewhat erratic nature of Mission: SPACE wait times with Soarin’ closed. I think I mentioned that I experienced a long wait at M: S when I rope dropped on Monday – a nearly 45-minute actual wait if memory serves, thanks to a legion of tour groups with FastPass+ arriving between 9am and 10am. Hopefully that will no longer be an issue in a couple of weeks. Or just in time for Presidents Day and Mardi Gras crowds to arrive.
A half hour of downtime and the likelihood of operating with reduced capacity pushes up Tower of Terror wait times to 110 minutes at 5pm. The wait then drops to 20 minutes about an hour later before again rising to 60 minutes. Waits are low otherwise. It seems like Disney must have increased capacity at Movie Ride as waits have come down a lot there compared to similar crowd levels early last year.
Magic Kingdom was hosting evening Extra Magic Hours from 9pm to 11pm with reliably short waits at most attractions other than Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight. Eliminate those two hours and you have the same average wait as the day before, which is about what you would expect given a lower overall crowd level today. It takes a lot less people to drop from a “3” to a “2.” As I mention occasionally, crowd levels run on a bell curve so you see a lot more 4s, 5s, and 6s than you do 1s and 10s. This website does not attribute a “10” to any day where one of the Parks isn’t liable to close to capacity, for example. Anyway, this is not quite as good as it gets, but it’s almost as good as it gets. And yes, that includes 90 minutes at Mine Train and 80 at Peter Pan’s Flight.
We’ll take a look at the next few days and see how the Parks looked over the weekend with a travel ban in parts of the northeast.