Disney World Wait Times Increase as Summer Approaches

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Walt Disney World is continuing to draw in crowds as we keep moving forward amid the current pandemic. With more people getting vaccinated, and with the theme parks modifying their safety and health protocols to return closer to “normal” operations, more Guests are eager to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth.

So, how are wait times comparing to what they were just a few weeks ago? Are wait times increasing as capacity increases? As we approach summertime, can we expect the wait times to grow even more? Here’s everything you need to know!

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Thanks to Thrill Data on Twitter, we can take a look at the wait times at Walt Disney World week-by-week for each theme park. According to the data for last week specifically, wait times slightly increased at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom.

When it came to EPCOT, however, it seemed as though the wait times stayed consistent with the weeks prior.

Thrill Data noted:

Each week at #DisneyWorld in 2021. Wait times were up slightly last week at Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom. EPCOT was flat. Next few weeks should be interesting as capacity increases and summer begins.

Looking ahead to the future, it will be interesting to see how these wait times will compare once we get further into summer. In case you missed it, CEO Bob Chapek confirmed that the theme parks have already started increasing capacity again, which you can read more about here. With capacity continuing to increase and with many families ready to go on summer vacation after a long year filled with uncertainty, we expect Walt Disney World to continue bringing in the crowds.

All of this being said, please keep in mind that if you are visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks in the near future, between not having the red card system in place as well as seeing social distancing measures, it can be hard to time the exact wait time for some of these attractions.

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Furthermore, please note that although Disney World has relaxed some restrictions, face masks are still being enforced in queues, on attractions, and in indoor areas.

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