Walt Disney World Wait Times for Last Week of August 2022
Okay, we’ve nearly reached Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, at least in the United States.
Historically, crowds have diminished during the final few days of August/summer.
However, the terribly named “revenge travel” stems from a legitimate tourist behavior. People have vacationed more after the pandemic.
So, the crowds may not have dropped at the parks as much as usual. Then again, maybe they have!
We’ll decide as we evaluate the Walt Disney World wait times for the last week of August.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Okay, I’ll state in advance that I expect these numbers to be lower. I’m guessing that the arrival of school season has lessened travel.
Am I right? Well, Avatar Flight of Passage averaged a wait of 76 minutes, a significant drop of 13 minutes. So, we’re trending right.
Here are the other wait times at Animal Kingdom this week:
- Na’vi River Journey – 52 minutes, down 4
- Kali River Rapids – 48 minutes, down 4
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – 42 minutes, down 3
- Adventurers Outpost – 41 minutes, down 1
- DINOSAUR – 33 minutes, down 5
- Expedition Everest – 30 minutes, down 5
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug! – 10 minutes, down 1
- TriceraTop Spin – 7 minutes, no change
Guests stood in line at Animal Kingdom attractions for an average of 38 minutes, four minutes lower than last time. We’re off to a good start!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
I’ll lead with the main takeaway regarding Hollywood Studios. Only three attractions required an hour wait this week, although another involves semantics.
So, we’re in a slightly position at the top as last week, which had five. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance required a wait of 83 minutes.
That’s a 24-minute drop from last week, whose data I found a bit sketchy. Whenever this ride suffers hiccups, the wait times become unreliable.
Here are the other attractions at Hollywood Studios:
- Slinky Dog Dash – 82 minutes, down 4
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 70 minutes, down 7
- Toy Story Mania! – 59 minutes, down 3
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – 57 minutes, down 3
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – 55 minutes, down 4
- Meet Sulley at Walt Disney Presents – 42 minutes, up 4
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 41 minutes, down 8
- Red Carpet Dreams – 39 minutes, down 1
- Alien Swirling Saucers – 35 minutes, down 1
- Celebrity Spotlight – 21 minutes, down 4
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue! – 18 minutes, down 2
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – 15 minutes, no change
- Muppet*Vision 3D – 10 minutes, no change
You can probably guess that Hollywood Studios crowds were smaller this past week. The average wait fell to 40 minutes, six minutes lower than last time.
At EPCOT, the big three remains in place, although that could change quickly if Disney does something with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, an attraction we’re about to discuss, added a standby queue after roughly 14 weeks.
Disney took this approach because the parks entered the slow season this past January. The same statement applies to September.
Also, Cosmic Rewind opened roughly 14 weeks ago. So, history could repeat itself. Then again, Disney might expect renewed crowds in October.
Plenty depends on whether Tron Lightcycle Power Run opens this year. I think it will and expect an announcement within the next two weeks, but I’m just guessing.
Anyway, the most crowded ride at EPCOT remained Frozen Ever After. Guests waited an average of 66 minutes, the same as last week.
Ratatouille came in second with 53 minutes, a drop of 11 minutes. Meanwhile, Test Track averaged 46 minutes, down 17 minutes.
You may recall that Test Track’s numbers increased dramatically when summer started. It may be returning to normal.
Here are the other wait times at EPCOT this week:
- Soarin’ Around the World – 25 minutes, down 3
- Royal Sommerhus – 21 minutes, up 3
- Mission: SPACE – 19 minutes, down 8
- Journey into Imagination with Figment – 17 minutes, up 7
- Spaceship Earth – 15 minutes, up 4
- Turtle Talk with Crush – 12 minutes, no change
- Living with the Land – 11 minutes, down 3
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – 8 minutes, down 3
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends – 7 minutes, down 3
As you can tell, EPCOT’s crowds were minimal this past week. Guests waited an average of 22 minutes, four minutes less than last time.
Okay, we’ve got one more park to track. Here are the average wait times at Magic Kingdom this week:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 77 minutes, down 1
- Peter Pan’s Flight – 65 minutes, down 2
- Jungle Cruise – 60 minutes, up 6
- Town Square Theater – 58 minutes, up 3
- Splash Mountain – 57 minutes, down 2
- Space Mountain – 44 minutes, down 3
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 43 minutes, up 3
- Haunted Mansion – 40 minutes, down 5
- Princess Fairytale Hall – 39 minutes, up 3
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – 38 minutes, down 4
- Astro Orbiter – 37 minutes, up 3
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – 36 minutes, up 1
- Tomorrowland Speedway – 32 minutes, up 3
- Pirates of the Caribbean – 30 minutes, down 5
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid – 27 minutes, up 2
- It’s a Small World – 26 minutes, down 3
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 22 minutes, up 3
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover – 17 minutes, up 1
- The Barnstormer – 15 minutes, no change
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 14 minutes, no change
- Mad Tea Party – 13 minutes, up 1
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – 12 minutes, up 2
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – 11 minutes, up 4
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – 10 minutes, down 4
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – 5 minutes, no change
- Country Bear Jamboree – 5 minutes, no change
Overall, guests waited an average of 32 minutes at Magic Kingdom last week. That’s the same wait as the week before.
So, this park didn’t experience any significant traffic decreases as August counted down.
That statement will change VERY soon! We’re about to enter the slow season at Walt Disney World.
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