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Disney World peak week wait times review

We're not waiting in line Toto

I thought might be interesting to demonstrate the average wait times at the four parks of Walt Disney World during the peak visitor time.  The charts represent the average posted wait times between 11am and 5pm daily because that is the time when the waits are typically climbing and falling.  The odd part of the data seems that December 29th was overall the highest waits across the parks with the exception of the Magic Kingdom which was its second worst day.

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom rarely has huge waits.  The wait times have only gotten lower since they destroyed Camp Minnie Mickey, removed many of their characters and turned the entire park into a construction wall.  In the summer months Kali River Rapids can reach the 90 minute range, but you can see that average waits for the headliners at Animal Kingdom are rarely topping an hour during this crazy busy week.  As I predicted on my December Crowd Calendar, Animal Kingdom was the best place to be on New Year’s Eve for low wait times.


Disney World Wait Times Animal Kingdom

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios offers New Year’s Eve fireworks, which attracts larger crowds, but not as intense as Epcot or the Magic Kingdom.  I predicted Hollywood Studios as a great park on the 28th and 30th and that figured to be an accurate vision of the park for this week.  Would you wait 58.8 minutes for Muppet Vision 3D?Disney World Wait Times Disney Hollywood Studios


Epcot proved to be it’s normal New Year’s Eve beast.  Many people wish to bring the New Year in with Fireworks and libations and Epcot is their preferred space for the combination.  The wait times on New Year’s Eve were FAR worse than any other date.  I predicted yellow on the 28th, red on the 29th, yellow on the 30th and red on the 31st which looked pretty accurate for the crowd sizes.Disney World Wait Times Epcot

Magic Kingdom

You’ll find the image below easier to read after clicking upon it, but New Year’s eve proved to be a typical avoid based on wait times.  It’s really difficult to recommend the Magic Kingdom any day during a holiday period just for the fact that most people feel it’s more log jammed than other parks.  The pathways between rides is much more confining, so you bump into people more than you would at Epcot.
Disney World Wait Times Magic Kingdom

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Saturday 3rd of January 2015

We just got back from a trip 12/13 - 1/3. We never waited in line more than 35 minutes all week (and that was for Living with the Land on NYE). Early mornings and late nights were just like "dead" times (we rode Big Thunder 4 times in ~30 minutes this morning) and the middle of the day was for FP+ and atmosphere things.

I was nervous about dealing with the crowds, but it wasn't a big deal!


Sunday 4th of January 2015

It wasn't because you followed the correct plan of arriving early and using late hours. Good job.


Friday 2nd of January 2015

Thanks for all your info. We braved MK the day after Christmas with FP-Holiday Wishes. It was a nightmare, but I just had to record it LOL. We also took the kids to NYE at EPCOT. That was even worse. The fireworks were worth it though. Best I have ever seen. But, my husband got a spot at around 9:45pm w/ others saving space with blankets and towels. Completely nuts! It was packed and the kids couldn't really see much. It was fun though. Have a great new year!


Thursday 1st of January 2015

And why would anyone wait even 5 minutes for Stitch's Great Escape?! ;)


Thursday 1st of January 2015

Best part of having a kido that's not in school yet is being able to avoid these waits and crowds. We are crusing next weekend and then hitting the parks! All days on your calender look good. Thanks for all the info.


Thursday 1st of January 2015

Have a great time on your trip!

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