Fall break has arrived at Disney World, and the wait times sure do prove it. You will not believe the current wait times in the parks right now.
Disney World’s 50th anniversary weekend may have come and gone, but the crowds are just getting started. Not only are people visiting to experience all the 50th anniversary has to offer, but fall break is typically a busy time in the parks.
Many schools are on fall break in mid-October with Columbus Day weekend/Monday being extremely busy. Not only is there a new cavalcade, nighttime shows, daytime shows, and Beacons of Magic but we also have Boo Bash still happening for the rest of the month.
With all that is going on at Disney World plus the busy fall break season, wait times are bound to be pretty high. But, just how high?!
At the time of writing (October 11 at 1 pm), 8 rides at Magic Kingdom currently boast an hour (or more) wait. Some of these are unsurprising like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Splash Mountain.
I am shocked to see Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Littler Mermaid make the list, however. It’s a cute ride, but I would never wait 65 minutes for it!
Jungle Cruise is our winner for highest wait time: 95 minutes. Although, I’m not sure there’s a real winner with wait times this long?
Hopping on the monorail over to Epcot, the wait times are looking a bit better. Granted there are not nearly as many rides as the other parks, but Frozen Ever After is sitting strong at 60 minutes. It is quite common for Frozen to have the highest posted wait time in the park.
What is a bit surprising is to see Soarin’ at 45 minutes and Spaceship Earth at 30 minutes! In recent weeks these two rides have mostly been walk-on attractions.
Personally, if I were in Epcot today I would be checking out the Food & Wine booths!
Let’s take the Skyliner from the International Gateway to Hollywood Studios to see the wait times there. Currently, there are 5 attractions that have posted wait times of over 60 minutes
- Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway: 60 minutes
- Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run: 75 minutes
- Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith: 75 minutes
- Star Wars: Rise of the Restisnace: 115 minutes
- Slinky Dog Dash: 120 minutes
A few surprising things to note. Rise of the Resistance is not the highest posted wait time?! I (Monica) would argue Slinky Dog Dash is the superior ride of the two although Rise is consistently more in demand.
Since there’s no good way to get to Animal Kingdom, bus it is!
Like Epcot, there are not a ton of attractions to experience in Animal Kingdom. Avatar Flight of Passage has a 95 minute wait, which is to be expected. I am a bit surprised to see Expedition Everest only have a 30 minute wait, but that ride is typically a walk-on.
In the middle, Kali River Rapids, Na’vi River Journey, and Kilimanjaro Safaris have posted wait times of 45-55 minutes. Not a great day to be in Animal Kingdom if you are there to knock out some attractions.
Overall, these wait times are consistently higher than they were last week, right after the 50th anniversary weekend Guests left. You can see those wait times HERE.
What do you think of these wait times? Do you visit during fall break? Join the conversation in the comments below and on Facebook.