Walt Disney World has had long wait times recently as summer crowds have officially arrived at the theme parks. And with these large crowds, as well as an increase in capacity at Disney World, it’s clear that wait times have also increased.
However, much to our surprise, this weekend it seems as though wait times are not as long as they were earlier in the week.
Earlier this week, we reported on how a majority of the wait times sat at about an hour. In fact, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Jungle Cruise were all 60-minute wait times just minutes after Park opening.
And at approximately 8:40 a.m. on July 18, just 40 minutes after Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened, Avatar — Flight of Passage already posted a 155-minute wait time.
Today, however, we expected to see similar wait times, if not longer considering it is a weekend — but this wasn’t the case.
In fact, when we checked the My Disney Experience app almost two hours after Animal Kingdom opened and 40 minutes after Magic Kingdom opened, most of the popular rides sat at about an hour wait time or less (as seen in the screenshots below), but what caught our eye is Flight of Passage.
This popular Animal Kingdom ride had a steady 120-160-minute wait throughout this week, but today, on a Saturday morning, it is only a 95-minute wait, as seen in the screenshot below.
It is important to keep in mind that wait times will continue to change throughout the day and for the most up-to-date information, make sure you download the My Disney Experience app to your smartphone.
Additionally, Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed that the theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — have already started increasing capacity once again, which could result in longer wait times at select attractions.
At this time, we do not know exactly what percentage of capacity Disney World is operating at, but we know it is higher than 35%.
Have you visited Disney World recently? What is the longest wait time you encountered at the theme parks? Let us know in the comments below.
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