Walt Disney World Wait Times for First Week of June 2021
June arrived at Walt Disney World. Historically, this month has meant larger crowds at the parks. After all, school is out, and families are ready to have fun.
Did we witness the same phenomenon this year? Let’s take a look at the Walt Disney World wait times for the first week of June 2021 to find out!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The three most Animal Kingdom attractions with the longest lines all experienced increases from last week.
Since that week included the Memorial Day weekend holiday, it’s a sign that June crowds will come with additional wait times, albeit only marginally.
That’s what the early data suggests anyway. For instance, Avatar Flight of Passage bumped up from 64 minutes to 66 minutes, a difference you’d never notice.
Na’Vi River Journey returned to 40 minutes, which is technically an increase of four minutes. However, it’s also what the wait time was two weeks ago.
Understandably, Kali River Rapids witnessed a five-minute increase from 28 to 33 minutes. It’s getting hot out there, friends.
Kilimanjaro Safaris has stabilized in the range of 30 minutes. Two weeks ago, it was 28 minutes, while it hovered at 31 minutes at the start of June.
DINOSAUR increased three minutes to 23 minutes, while Expedition Everest went up slightly to 22 minutes.
Last week, the other two attractions, TriceraTop Spin and It’s Tough to Be a Bug!, required a composite 20-minute wait.
That number dropped to 19 minutes this week. Technically, It’s Tough to Be a Bug! was the only attraction whose wait went down…by a minute.
Despite the nearly universal increases, the average attraction wait time at Animal Kingdom only increased slightly from 28 to 31 minutes.
By the way, Animal Kingdom experienced a power outage on one day during this week, which will be true for next week’s discussion as well.
I’m unsure what’s going on, but it hasn’t really impacted wait times the way I would have expected. I guess park guests just give up when it happens.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
I’ll be honest. I expected to deliver much worse news about Hollywood Studios. The reports I’d received from early in the week hinted at larger crowds.
However, the overall average wait time here held at 31 minutes, the same as the holiday week.
The top two rides increased in crowd size, though. Slinky Dog Dash went up to 69 minutes as opposed to 66 minutes the previous week.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run did experience a bit of a rush, as it increased from 44 to 54 minutes.
Thankfully, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway mainly remained the same.
The roller coaster came with an average wait of 45 minutes, while the cartoon come to life held in the same range at 42 minutes.
Here are the other wait times at Hollywood Studios this past week:
- Toy Story Mania! (33 Minutes, up three)
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (29 minutes, no change)
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy (21 minutes, up three)
- Alien Swirling Saucers (20 minutes, down five)
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (17 minutes, down ten!)
- Muppet*Vision 3D (10 minutes, no change)
Hollywood Studios is evolving into a park of haves and have nots. Six of the attractions often require waits of a half-hour or less.
The top attractions will ask you to hunker down for 45 minutes or more, though.
When you’re at Hollywood Studios, always pay attention to whether one of the top rides displays a shorter wait than usual. If so, run to it!
This park qualified as the momentum killer over Memorial Day, as its attractions increased the most in wait times.
Did the trend continue? Honestly, yes. The average EPCOT attraction came with a 33-minute wait, which is higher than we’ve tracked here recently.
Thankfully, Test Track held at 60 minutes, the same as the previous week.
Soarin’ Around the World technically increased, but we’re only talking about a gain from 50 to 52 minutes.
Frozen Ever After fell back a bit after last week’s shocking spike. However, it’s still at 49 minutes, which is on the high end lately.
Mission: SPACE’s Orange version is openly trolling me now. It’s up to 50 minutes, which makes me want to yell at the people standing in line.
WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE DOING? *ahem* It’s my problem, and I’ll deal with it. The Green version remains in the 17-minute range. You make the call here.
The other five rides at EPCOT came with wait times between 15 and 18 minutes. Like, it was eerie how consistent they were.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends and Spaceship Earth tied at 18 minutes. Then, Journey into Imagination with Figment averaged 17 minutes.
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros increased substantially to 15 minutes, which is a bit weird. It tied Living with the Land.
Right now, EPCOT is back to its old pattern of three rides coming with long lines with the rest possessing short ones…except for the Orange version of Mission: SPACE.
This park also mainly stayed the same from the holiday. Its average attraction wait time increased from 25 to 26 minutes, but that’s nothing.
The top three rides remained the same, but they did skew the picture a bit. Only seven attractions came with a half-hour wait or more.
Four of those averaged waits of 42 minutes or more. However, three of those were around an hour.
Splash Mountain finished right at 60 minutes, while Jungle Cruise increased significantly to 58 minutes thanks to the new changes.
Meanwhile, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train remained its consistent self at 55 minutes.
The other slower line was at Space Mountain, but it was still “just” 42 minutes.
Here’s the list of the attractions that possessed modest wait times:
- Pirates of the Caribbean (40 minutes, up four)
- Peter Pan’s Flight (39 minutes, up four)
- Astro Orbiter (34 minutes, up three)
- It’s a Small World (30 minutes, up one)
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (29 minutes, up three)
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (25 minutes, no change)
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (25 minutes, up five)
- Haunted Mansion (22 minutes, up one)
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid (18 minutes, no change)
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (18 minutes, down one)
- Mad Tea Party (16 minutes, no change)
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (15 minutes, no change)
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic (14 minutes, up four)
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant (13 minutes, up two)
- The Barnstormer (12 minutes, up one)
- Tomorrowland Speedway (11 minutes, down three)
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (11 minutes, down one)
- Country Bear Jamboree (six minutes, up three)
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (six minutes, up one)
There’s one other note here. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will come off the list next week. It went down for renovations.
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