Walt Disney World Wait Times for First Week of August 2022
Okay, we’ve officially entered August. So, we’ve weathered the storm of July tourism at Walt Disney World.
Theoretically, wait times should decline over the next few weeks. However, Disney’s tactics for crowd maintenance definitely work.
For this reason, the changes may occur more gradually than we’ve witnessed in past years. Or not. We’ll know in a minute!
Here are the average Walt Disney World wait times for the first week of August 2022.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
I can tell you right now that we’ll start well this week. Avatar Flight of Passage, one of the most popular Disney attractions, declined last week.
Guests waited an average of 97 minutes, which is still a lot. It’s 12 minutes less than last week, though.
We received a mixed message from Na’vi River Journey, though. That attraction averaged a wait of 74 minutes, up three minutes from last week.
So, we’re still down overall, but we’ve got one attraction trending toward longer lines while the other goes shorter.
Here are the other wait times at Animal Kingdom last week:
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – 60 minutes, up 5
- Kali River Rapids – 57 minutes, down 2
- Adventurers Outpost – 48 minutes, up 2
- Expedition Everest – 38 minutes, down 2
- DINOSAUR – 37 minutes, down 7
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug! – 12 minutes, no change
- TriceraTop Spin – 10 minutes, no change
Overall, Animal Kingdom attractions averaged a wait of 48 minutes, the same as last week.
Well, that didn’t clear up anything. Let’s try a different park…
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance comes with a surprise this week. It did NOT require the longest average wait at the park.
Guests stood in line for 98 minutes last week, a massive drop of 26 minutes.
This change enabled a change at the top, as Slinky Dog Dash claimed the worst wait at the park.
Guests spent an average of 100 minutes in line. That’s a five-minute increase from last week.
In the time we’ve tracked wait times here at MickeyBlog, this isn’t the first time that something has come with longer lines than Rise of the Resistance. It’s quite rare, though.
Here are the other waits at Hollywood Studios:
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 85 minutes, down 5
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – 73 minutes, down 10
- Toy Story Mania! – 68 minutes, down 4
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – 63 minutes, down 2
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 58 minutes, down 13
- Red Carpet Dreams – 43 minutes, down 3
- Meet Sulley at Walt Disney Presents – 41 minutes, no change
- Alien Swirling Saucers – 40 minutes, no change
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue! – 25 minutes, down 3
- Celebrity Spotlight – 24 minutes, down 1
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – 15 minutes, no change
- Muppet*Vision 3D – 10 minutes, no change
Overall, Hollywood Studios attractions averaged a wait of 50 minutes, down two minutes from last time.
So, crowds were down somewhat at Disney’s most congested park. However, guests still waited 60+ minutes for six (effectively seven) attractions.
We still have a long way to go before Hollywood Studios drops to offseason wait times.
Normalcy has returned at EPCOT. After a few weeks of changes at the top, Frozen Ever After has secured the top spot for its second straight week.
This time, guests waited an average of 75 minutes, just like last week.
Meanwhile, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure came with a wait of 71 minutes, up three minutes from last time.
Test Track, which led the charts for multiple weeks in July, has dropped to third with a 70-minute wait. That’s down four minutes from last time.
Here are the other EPCOT wait times for this week:
- Soarin’ Around the World – 47 minutes, down 13
- Mission: SPACE – 44 minutes, down 2
- Royal Sommerhus – 23 minutes, no change
- Spaceship Earth – 20 minutes, no change
- Turtle Talk with Crush – 15 minutes, down 7
- Journey into Imagination with Figment – 14 minutes, down 2
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – 13 minutes, down 2
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends – 12 minutes, down 1
- Living with the Land – 11 minutes, down 3
Believe it or not, the average wait time at EPCOT didn’t decrease dramatically. Guests waited 32 minutes to ride last week, a drop of three minutes.
Still, when all but four attractions require a wait of 23 minutes or less, you’re gonna have a LOT of fun at the park!
Reminder: We’re still not tracking Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind since it lacks a standby line queue.
Even including the roller coaster, guests could have easily experienced every EPCOT attraction during a single park visit last week. That’s pretty good.
Okay, let’s examine the wait times at Magic Kingdom to check whether they’re down as well.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 80 minutes, down 5
- Peter Pan’s Flight – 78 minutes, no change
- Splash Mountain – 63 minutes, down 3
- Town Square Theater – 61 minutes, down 2
- Jungle Cruise – 59 minutes, down 3
- Space Mountain – 51 minutes, down 3
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – 47 minutes, no change
- Haunted Mansion – 46 minutes, down 3
- Princess Fairytale Hall – 44 minutes, down 1
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 42 minutes, down 4
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – 41 minutes, down 1
- Astro Orbiter – 40 minutes, up 3
- Pirates of the Caribbean – 33 minutes, down 5
- It’s a Small World – 31 minutes, down 3
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid – 28 minutes, down 3
- Tomorrowland Speedway – 26 minutes, down 4
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 22 minutes, up 1
- The Barnstormer – 21 minutes, down 1
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 20 minutes, up 1
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – 17 minutes, up 1
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – 16 minutes, up 2
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – 15 minutes, up 2
- Mad Tea Party – 14 minutes, down 3
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – 12 minutes, down 3
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – 5 minutes, no change
- Country Bear Jamboree – 5 minutes, no change
Overall, guests waited an average of 37 minutes per Magic Kingdom attraction last week. That’s down a minute from last time.
So, the parks at Walt Disney World slowed down last week, but they tapped the brakes rather than slammed hard on the pedal.
This sort of gradual reduction in wait times is what I expect over the next two weeks. In fact, we might even see a slight increase.
Remember that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts later this week! It’ll draw some early crowds.
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