Wait Times for Walt Disney World's Magic KingdomWalt Disney World: I'm starting a new project to categorize attractions based on their average wait times.
From Robert NilesI'm starting a new project to categorize attractions based on their average wait times. I'm not trying to determine the average number of minutes you'll wait for a particular ride of show - that varies so much, depending upon what time of year and when during the day you visit. I'm simply trying to categorize attractions by whether its mid-day wait is longer than, shorter than or average compared with the other attractions in the park on the same day.
Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM
Note that I'm asking about wait times, not line length. Theme Park Insiders should know how attraction capacity affects wait time. You might see a huge line of people outside Pirates of the Caribbean, but you'll wait for that ride much less than you'd wait in what looks like a much shorter line at Dumbo. That's because Pirates can put through a couple thousands riders per hour, while Dumbo accommodates only a couple hundred. In other words, the Pirates line moves almost 10 times faster than the Dumbo one.
Here's my first attempt at the list for the Magic Kingdom. Please add any corrections or thoughts (including wait time tips!) in the comments. I'll update this list based on reader feedback. Thank you!
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From Andrew MooneyGreat list Robert, is this for your new eBook? My only difference to your list would be with Space Ranger Spin. Personally, I would determine it to be average. Assuming that the average is ~10 minutes then Buzz mostly fits into that time slot.
Posted October 31, 2011 at 12:23 PM
From steve leeI feel like Pooh and Snow White are flipped. I've never seen Snow White over 10 minutes, and Pooh is usually a "FASTpass or forgetaboutit" attraction.
Posted October 31, 2011 at 1:46 PM
From Giovanny CruzPeter Pan it's so long the line it's the longest line in Magic Kindom and Winne the Phoo wow so long
Posted October 31, 2011 at 1:50 PM
From Skipper AdamI have to agree that Pooh and Snow White are flipped. Pooh always has long lines and Snow White had average to short lines. I saw this almost every day.
Posted October 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM
From Robert NilesThanks. Flipped Snow White and Winnie the Pooh. I think I was influenced by Disneyland's wait times there, where Pooh's almost always a walk-on and Snow's one of the three longest waits in Fantasyland.
Posted October 31, 2011 at 2:47 PM
From Tony DudaAstro Orbiters, to me, is a longer wait. If that little tiny switch back is even half full, it can be an hour to climb into the orbiter. I love Astro Orbiter and even a tiny line discourages me from riding.
Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:07 PM
From Anthony MurphyI would say Astro Orbitor is longer as well. I think those Dumbo like rides tend to be long. I also have never waited in Pirates ride. I would say shorter.
Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:09 PM
While I agree, I think another important wait time factor is attraction capacity. A great example is Dumbo vs Pirates. While both a great rides, I would say that Pirates is a much richer and rewarding ride, but tends to have a shorter line due to its quick load and unload. Haunted Mansion is the same way.
From Amanda JenkinsI would say that Astro Orbiter is a longer wait instead of average. Its a small world I would say is shorter than average.
Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM
From Skipper AdamCountry Bears should be shorter. THe only wait for that is the wait for the show to start, which is 15 minutes. 15 Minutes isn't average.
Posted November 1, 2011 at 11:10 AM
From Robert NilesWhen I worked Country Bears, it would always get a two- to three-show wait in the middle of the day. But that was eons ago. Is it really always a "next show" wait now?
Posted November 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM
From Amy SmithMost people walk straight by Country Bears because they're in a hurry to get to Splash or Thunder. I've never seen a long wait for it in all the times I've been there. I've only ever seen it once myself to cross it off the list.
Posted November 1, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Now Tiki Room since they reopened it i've seen it have some pretty long waits for what it is. I think people heard it was supposed to be better now and confused better with good. :)
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