Walt Disney World Wait Times for Labor Day Weekend 2021
When I wrote this article last week, a shocking trend emerged. Virtually nothing at Walt Disney World required an extensive wait.
Avatar Flight of Passage came with one of the shortest average wait times since the parks reopened in July of 2020!
Did this trend continue over the past few days? Unfortunately, the answer seems likely to be no, as the United States just celebrated Labor Day. Let’s find out for sure, though!
Here are the Walt Disney World wait times for Labor Day Weekend 2021!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
As usual, we can tell after just one ride what the overall traffic behavior should be across the parks.
Avatar Flight of Passage’s crowds work as a bellwether for everything at Animal Kingdom.
When the lines are shorter here, people have more time to do other stuff. When they’re longer here, it ripples to worse lines elsewhere, too.
Well, Avatar Flight of Passage more than doubled to 40 minutes. However, that’s still not as bad as it was only a few weeks ago.
Ergo, Labor Day Weekend crowds were significant but not overwhelming in size.
Here’s the complete list of attractions:
- Avatar Flight of Passage – 40 minutes, up 24
- Na’vi River Journey – 31 minutes, up 17
- Kali River Rapids – 16 minutes, up 7
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – 13 minutes, up 7
- Expedition Everest – 12 minutes, up 4
- DINOSAUR – 10 minutes, up 3
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug! – 8 minutes, no change
- TriceraTop Spin – 5 minutes, no change
The average Animal Kingdom attraction required a wait of only 17 minutes last week. Yes, that’s up a lot from eight minutes previously.
Still, when you’re averaging a wait of less than 20 minutes per attraction at Walt Disney World, you’re doing phenomenally well!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Okay, the news here is decidedly less positive. As I’ve mentioned, Hollywood Studios tends to do its own thing independent of the other parks.
This past week, Slinky Dog Dash averaged a 58-minute wait. Overall, that’s on the low side for it, albeit slightly.
However, compared to last week, the ride’s average line time increased by 22 minutes. Admittedly, that’s a lot.
Similarly, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run increased by nearly 20 minutes.
Along with Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, those attractions all required at least 40 minutes of line time.
Here’s the rest of the list.
- Slinky Dog Dash – 58 minutes, up 22
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – 48 minutes, up 19
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 45 minutes, up 19
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – 40 minutes, up 22
- Toy Story Mania! – 29 minutes, up 15
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 28 minutes, up 11
- Alien Swirling Saucers – 23 minutes, up 11
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – 17 minutes, up 3
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue – 13 minutes, up 6
- Muppet*Vision 3D – 10 minutes, no change
The average Hollywood Studios attraction required a wait of 29 minutes, up 12 minutes from last time.
I take this news as mixed. On the one hand, two attractions per hour is a nice pace for a Disney park day.
On the other, the top-tier attractions here all required waits of roughly half an hour or more.
The lesser stuff brings the average down because they’re not the attractions people want to do as much.
The last time we talked about EPCOT was about the best I’ve ever seen it. Guests waited for an average of 11 minutes per attraction. You’re not going to beat that.
So, I’m not surprised that these numbers went up some. Overall, they stayed in the same range, though.
The average EPCOT attraction over Labor Day Weekend came with a wait of 15 minutes, which is still excellent.
Even Test Track and Frozen Ever After hovered around 30 minutes. When you can check off both of these rides in 75 minutes, including the walk, you’ve done well.
Here’s the list of EPCOT attraction average wait times:
- Test Track – 32 minutes, up 13
- Frozen Ever After – 30 minutes, up 10
- Mission: SPACE – 18 minutes, up 6
- Soarin’ – 17 minutes, up 7
- Turtle Talk with Crush – 10 minutes, no change
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends – 9 minutes, no change
- Living with the Land – 8 minutes, n/a
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – 8 minutes, up 4
- Spaceship Earth – 7 minutes, up 2
- Journey into Imagination with Figment – 5 minutes, no change
I’ll skip to the end here. Magic Kingdom remained steady with its line sizes last week.
Yes, they increased some, but the average attraction included a wait of only 19 minutes. So that’s really, really good.
Overall, only three attractions required line time of 30+ minutes, which is also exceptional.
Even Seven Dwarfs Mine Train came in under 50 minutes. Anytime I track it under 60 minutes for the week, I’m surprised. So, 48 minutes is excellent, too.
Here are all the average wait time data for the week:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 48 minutes, up 12
- Jungle Cruise – 43 minutes, up 16
- Peter Pan’s Flight – 37 minutes, up 9
- Haunted Mansion – 29 minutes, up 13
- Astro Orbiter – 26 minutes, up 5
- Splash Mountain – 26 minutes, up 17
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – 23 minutes, up 7
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 21 minutes, up 13
- Space Mountain – 21 minutes, up 12
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – 18 minutes, up 7
- Pirates of the Caribbean – 18 minutes, up 7
- It’s a Small World – 17 minutes, up 9
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid – 12 minutes, up 5
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 12 minutes, up 1
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – 11 minutes, up 3
- Tomorrowland Speedway – 10 minutes, up 4
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – 9 minutes, up 3
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 8 minutes, up 2
- The Barnstormer – 8 minutes, up 3
- Country Bear Jamboree – 6 minutes, up 2
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – 6 minutes, up 2
- Mad Tea Party – 6 minutes, up 2
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – 5 minutes, up 1
As you can see, only six attractions had an average wait time in excess of 25 minutes. That’s incredible!
Overall, most Magic Kingdom attractions required waits of less than 20 minutes, which means a LOT of happy park guests!
I should add that now that the holiday has ended, we’ve entered one of the slowest times of the year.
So, next week’s wait times should be significantly lower.
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