opening of Toy Story Land last weekend, with people waiting just to get into the land.Five hours for a family coaster? That's the wait time that the Walt Disney World app reported for Slinky Dog Dash on its opening day last weekend. Fans packed Disney's Hollywood Studios for the
While wait times have settled down from the opening-day madness, I am still seeing wait times consistently between an hour and a half and two hours for the Slinky Dog Dash family coaster, with times averaging about 30 minutes less for Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania.
In my Orange County Register column this week, I ask, How long are you willing to wait for a theme park ride? I suspect that everyone has a different number for his or her breaking point, and that it varies depending upon the quality of the ride, the day's weather, and how pleasantly the park's creative team designed the queue.
But let's take it to the extreme here. Given perfect conditions for a ride you really want to experience, what's the maximum time you would be willing to wait before saying, "Oh, forget this. I've got better things to do with my time today"? Is it one hour, two, three, or more?
Many of us have waited for extreme periods to go on rides. But while some people discover that they can handle extreme wait times, other decide that once is enough and that they never will wait that long for a ride again. So it's possible that your maximum wait time breaking point is now actually lower than the longest time you have waited for a ride before.
In my column, I note that wait times might actually be getting worse as parks offer more and more ways to skip their lines. (For a cost, of course — whether that's a direct upcharge or an indirect one through having to stay in one of their on-site hotels to get a preferred reservation time, as is the case with Walt Disney World's Fastpass+.) Ultimately, it's all about capacity, and if an increasing percentage of people riding are using a line-skip, that means less capacity — and longer waits — for those who do not.
So what's your breaking point? As much as I love writing for newspapers, you can't poll readers on a printed page. So I'd like to collect some data here on your ultimate breaking point for theme park wait times.
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