Ride Wait Times Fall as Disney World Crowds Continue to Dwindle

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In recent weeks, crowds at Walt Disney World Resort have been remarkably low — great news for Guests who want to enjoy their vacations with low ride wait times and generally sparse Parks. The trend is seemingly continuing today, as WDW Stats on Twitter has noted that the highest wait time at Disney World is currently under 60 minutes.

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The post reads:

Highest waiting times in #WDW:
Frozen Ever After – 45 min
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – 45 min
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 45 min
Astro Orbiter – 40 min
Jungle Cruise – 40 min

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While these wait times are about average for certain rides, such as Astro Orbiter, Frozen Ever After at EPCOT, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom are all fan-favorite Disney Park rides that frequently boast wait times well over an hour.

The fact that all three of these rides currently have sub-60 minute waits is a surefire indicator of the low crowds at Walt Disney World Resort right now.

seven dwarfs mine train
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It is worth noting, however, that the sparsely populated Parks we’ve been seeing of late could soon be a thing of the past. Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration — “The Most Magical Celebration on Earth” — begins in earnest on October 1, 2021.

Although the party in the Parks is set to last for 18 months, it is likely that Disney fans will begin flocking to all four theme parks — EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — again once the 50th anniversary celebration commences.

Cinderella Castle 50th Anniversary Crest
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This is not, however, a guarantee, as the low crowds could continue for the foreseeable future amid the COVID-19 Delta variant.

As for the 50th, Disney World lovers have a lot to look forward to. Disney Parks Blog recently shared details about one particular piece of the celebration — a brand new song that is set to debut for this milestone birthday:

It’s going to be quite the celebration. And what’s a celebration without music? Platinum-selling songwriter and music producer Alana Da Fonseca and Nashville-based songwriter and producer Bobby Studley answered the call to create an original anthem for the 50th Anniversary, collaborating with award-winning composer Emily Bear and singing phenom Journi on “The Magic Is Calling.” Da Fonseca and Studley’s pop music style, Bear’s soaring orchestrations and Journi’s magical vocal performance come together to create a song that is all at once nostalgic, inspirational and contemporary.

You can listen to “The Magic Is Calling” below:

What do you think of Disney World’s low wait times right now? Will things pick up after the 50th begins?

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