How Have 50th Anniversary Crowds Affected Disney World’s Wait Times?

Disney World’s 50th anniversary has officially begun this week, and the crowds were pretty busy on October 1st!

Beacons of Magic

But, you may be wondering what the week leading up to it and afterwards were like, since the anniversary celebrations are so massive! Well, we’ve got a look at the attraction wait times we saw around Disney World during the start of the 50th anniversary!

Magic Kingdom

Despite some of the huge crowds we saw in the Magic Kingdom this past week, there weren’t any major leaps in wait times. The longest queues were at Peter Pan’s Flight with 36 minutes, Jungle Cruise with 43 minutes, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with 46 minutes.

Disney Enchantment

However, there were plenty of wait times well under 20 minutes at popular attractions, like 15 minutes at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and 17 minutes at Pirates of the Caribbean.

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

Carousel of Progress: 3 minutes
Dumbo the Flying Elephant: 9 minutes
Magic Carpets of Aladdin: 8 minutes
Mad Tea Party: 7 minutes
Tomorrowland Speedway: 7 minutes
Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini: 8 minutes
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid: 11 minutes
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 21 minutes
Mickey’s PhilharMagic: 10 minutes
Haunted Mansion: 28 minutes
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin: 17 minutes
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel: 7 minutes
Astro Orbiter: 24 minutes
Peter Pan’s Flight: 36 minutes
it’s a small world: 12 minutes
Space Mountain: 23 minutes
Jungle Cruise: 43 minutes
Pirates of the Caribbean: 17 minutes
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 15 minutes
Splash Mountain: 23 minutes
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: 46 minutes
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover: 12 minutes
Liberty Square Riverboat: 1 minutes
Tom Sawyer Island: 0 minutes

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

While most of the attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios sat underneath an hour, Slinky Dog Dash was dethroned as the highest wait time in the park this week with 51 minutes. Since Rise of the Resistance has halted its virtual queue in favor of standby, the wait times for the popular Star Wars attraction have remained high with an average of 76 minutes this week.

First day of standby line crowds

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy: 12 minutes
Muppet Vision 3D: 10 minutes
Alien Swirling Saucers: 17 minutes
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: 6 minutes
Toy Story Mania: 25 minutes
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith: 26 minutes
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run: 32 minutes
Rise of the Resistance: 76 minutes
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: 32 minutes
Slinky Dog Dash: 51 minutes
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway: 36 minutes


Although the crowds were also hopping in EPCOT for the 50th anniversary too, all the attractions in the park were under 35 minutes. The highest waits only reached 18 minutes at Soarin’34 minutes at Test Track, and 35 minutes at Frozen Ever After.

World Discovery is where you’ll find Spaceship Earth!

The Seas with Nemo and Friends: 7 minutes
Gran Fiesta Tour: 9 minutes
Living with the Land: 6 minutes
Journey into Imagination: 5 minutes
Spaceship Earth: 6 minutes
Mission: SPACE: 13 minutes
Soarin’: 18 minutes
Frozen Ever After: 35 minutes
Test Track: 34 minutes
Turtle Talk with Crush: 10 minutes

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Surprisingly, Animal Kingdom’s wait times weren’t much either than EPCOT, even though we’ve recently seen Avatar Flight of Passage have a wait time much larger than 41 minutes. Other attractions sat with very low lines, like only 9 minutes at Dinosaur and 12 minutes at Expedition Everest.


TriceraTop Spin: 5 minutes
Kilimanjaro Safaris: 13 minutes
Kali River Rapids: 10 minutes
Dinosaur: 9 minutes
It’s Tough to Be a Bug: 9 minutes
Expedition Everest: 12 minutes
Na’vi River Journey: 28 minutes
Avatar Flight of Passage: 41 minutes

As we continue to make our way around the parks, we’ll be sure to give you a look at everything happening in Disney World soon!

Mickey and friends welcomed us to the Magic Kingdom for the 0th anniversary!

Have you been to Disney World recently? 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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One Reply to “How Have 50th Anniversary Crowds Affected Disney World’s Wait Times?”

  1. Trip was great , we were there the week before the start of anniversary celebration, wait times were all bare able the longest being 30-35 minutes. Park looks unbelievable looking forward to going back hopefully next September to celebrate the 50 th birthday. Ironically was there for the 25 birthday celebration.