Here’s What the Crowd Level and Wait Times Have Been Like This Week at Disney World

It’s been another week down in the books since we’ve been in Disney World!

Magic Kingdom

As the parks have reopened with limited capacity, we have seen differences in how the rides operate, character interactions, health and safety protocols, and more.

While we’ve been giving you updates on what the wait times and crowd levels have been like throughout the week, we’re here to bring you an overview of what Disney World looked like in all four theme parks!

Magic Kingdom

Wait times all throughout Disney World have been WAY lower than we are used to in the middle of the summer. In the Magic Kingdom, most of the wait times ranged from only 5 to 20 minutes consistently throughout the week.

Magic Kingdom Entrance

We noticed that the smallest queues usually happened around 10AM, with 3PM to 4PM having the longest (and by “long”, we mean about 45 minutes).

Peter Pan’s Flight

We saw quite a bit of fluctuation throughout the week at noon, however, with the wait times. Earlier in the week, the high for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Jungle Cruise only sat at 35 minutes. However, Splash Mountain took that spot at 45 minutes later in the week.

Splash Mountain

Take a look at what the wait times were like on July 22nd!

Hollywood Studios

Many of the wait times were shorter at the beginning of the week in Hollywood Studios and picked up slightly as the days went on. The busiest time of the day we usually saw ranged from 10AM to 12PM with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run reaching an hour or more usually.

Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run

However, some of the most popular attractions had wait times that fluctuated from no queue at all to 45 minutes, depending on the time of day. We did see that the waits in Hollywood Studios significantly dropped down in the late afternoon after 3PM, though.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

These were the wait times we saw in the parks on July 23rd!

Animal Kingdom

We were SHOCKED to see such small wait times all week long in Animal Kingdom! The longest line we ever saw was 30 minutes for attractions like Na’vi River Journey, Flight of Passage, and Expedition Everest.

Expedition Everest

Most of the attractions were usually only 5 to 10 minute waits (which was pretty awesome). After 3PM, Animal Kingdom’s rides continued to drop down considerably with wait times only as high as 10 to 15 minutes sometimes.

Tree of Life

Check out what the wait times were like in Disney World on July 24th!

EPCOT

Since EPCOT opened and closed later compared to the rest of the parks, we expected to see a ton of fluctuation in the wait times. However, they were consistently lower with lines that ranged from 5 to 30 minutes daily (even at popular attractions like Frozen Ever After and Mission: SPACE).

Spaceship Earth

The highest waits we saw were usually at 3PM and 6PM, where Test Track would hit around 50 minutes during those points of the day. But, most of the time, the waits in the park were smaller so there was more time to enjoy Character Cavalcades or hop into one of EPCOT’s many restaurants.

Frozen Ever After

As we keep heading back to the parks during this next week, we’ll be checking back to see how the wait times change (or even surprisingly stay the same)!

Read all about Disney World’s new face mask policy update here!

Have you been back to the parks yet? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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2 Replies to “Here’s What the Crowd Level and Wait Times Have Been Like This Week at Disney World”

  1. Epcot July 22: empty. Only wait longer than 25 min we saw was Frozen.
    MK July 23: Longest waits were just under 30 min for Space Mtn and Mine Train.
    HS July 24: Runaway Railroad had a top wait time of 60 min or so, but most of the day it was under 45. Slinky Dog was 5-10 min after 5pm.
    AK July 25: Low wait times. The Safari peaked at 35-40 min at one point, but FOP was under 30 all day.
    Epcot July 26: Place was empty. World Showcase was deserted after 6pm.
    HS July 27: We could tell that the wait times were higher than a few days before and the park felt more crowded. Crowds also seem to have stuck around longer with it still being relatively busy at 7:30 when we left.

  2. I was at Animal Kingdom on the 24th, Magic on the 25th and Studios on the 26th. Animal Kingdom by far had the lowest wait times with Everest being consistently the highest around 20-30 minutes. Both of the Pandora rides were never longer than 15 minutes which was amazing.

    We did; however, experience a few 60 minute wait times this past Saturday at Magic Kingdom. Mine Train fluctuated from 30-60 minutes throughout most of the day. Thunder Mountain Railroad started off and stayed at 10 minutes for over an hour and then settled into a 30-45 minute wait until late in the afternoon when it then dropped again. Splash Mountain, of course, had 45-60 minute wait times and even higher every now and then, for most of the day. The classics such as Peter Pan, Pirates and Small World were a consistent 10-30 minutes. The biggest surprise to me was Space Mountain. Not once while we were at the park did each reach higher than a 20 minute wait.

    Hollywood Studios, as expected, had a high time right away for Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railroad with it exceeding 90 minutes within 15 minutes of park opening. Rockin Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror were around 20-30 most of the day. Toy Story land saw its highest wait time around 60 minutes with Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Saucer was 20 minutes or less most of the day. We were able to secure a Rise or the Resistance boarding pass fairly easily, as long as you have fast fingers ready to go at 10am, you should be good. There is about a 20-30 minute wait once you arrive. Smugglers Run ran anywhere from 30-60 minutes while we were at the Park. I hope this helps you guys planning on visiting the parks this weekend.

    ***On a side note, I spoke to several Cast Members who told me that apart from opening, about 2-3 hours before park closing is when you will see the shortest wait times.***