Walt Disney World Wait Times for Third Week of November 2022
Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this week, but I’ll warn you right now that the crowds started early at the parks.
Ordinarily, the week before Thanksgiving isn’t wild. Then again, 2022 has played by its own set of theme park rules.
Here are the Walt Disney World wait times for the third week of November 2022.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Let’s pull the Band-Aid off right now. Avatar Flight of Passage averaged a wait of 121 minutes, a massive increase of 27 minutes from last week.
Sometimes, we get what I call bad reads at the parks. That happens when the average doesn’t quite mesh with most of the week.
Often, this occurs due to attraction downtime or strange weather. Sadly, that is NOT what happened with Avatar Flight of Passage. It was just busy this past week.
How were the other Animal Kingdom attractions? Well…
- Na’vi River Journey – 71 minutes, up 2
- Adventurers Outpost – 51 minutes, up 3
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – 38 minutes, down 2
- Expedition Everest – 32 minutes, up 8
- DINOSAUR—25 minutes, up 10
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug! – 15 minutes, up 5
- TriceraTop Spin – 10 minutes, no change
- Kali River Rapids – 5 minutes, down 14
Obviously, one of those numbers isn’t like the others. This seems like a good time to mention that Central Florida suffered a cold spell. Its impact will ripple across all the wet/outdoor rides.
Even allowing for that, Animal Kingdom attractions averaged a 40-minute wait, an increase of six minutes.
If not for Kali River Rapids, the surge would have been dramatic.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
I’ll tell you right now that the rides here generally increased this week, and one of them requires some explanation.
We go through infrequent stretches where Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’s wait times soar.
Ordinarily, this happens because one part of the attraction line queue isn’t open. So, cast members filter all the guests to the other side.
When that happens, we track weird instances like this one. For the week, Tower of Terror averaged a 112-minute wait. That’s up a massive 49 minutes from last time.
Notably, the rest of Hollywood Studios didn’t increase wait times as significantly. Here’s the information:
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – 111 minutes, up 1
- Slinky Dog Dash – 110 minutes, up 21
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 89 minutes, up 30
- Toy Story Mania! – 88 minutes, up 17
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – 86 minutes, up 21
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – 81 minutes, up 23
- Alien Swirling Saucers – 46 minutes, up 11
- Red Carpet Dreams – 43 minutes, down 5
- Meet Sulley at Walt Disney Presents – 40 minutes, up 8
- Celebrity Spotlight – 35 minutes, down 3
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue! – 31 minutes, up 6
- Muppet*Vision 3D – 15 minutes, up 5
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – 15 minutes, no change
Yeah, I warned you it wasn’t great. That’s seven attractions that required a wait of 81 minutes or more.
Overall, guests waited an average of 60 minutes for the various attractions, a 12-minute increase.
I haven’t databased this information yet, a project I keep putting off, but that’s one of the highest average waits I can ever recall.
Was EPCOT the exception? Take a look:
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – 90 minutes, down 2
- Frozen Ever After – 76 minutes, down 10
- Test Track – 55 minutes, down
- Soarin’ Around the World – 48 minutes, up 10
- Royal Sommerhus – 38 minutes, up 8
- Mission: SPACE – 25 minutes, up 7
- Spaceship Earth – 22 minutes, up 7
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends – 15 minutes, up 6
- Turtle Talk with Crush – 15 minutes, up 5
- Living with the Land – 10 minutes, down 2
- Journey into Imagination with Figment – 9 minutes, up 1
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – 7 minutes, down 1
EPCOT attractions required an average wait of 30 minutes, only up one minute from last time.
As usual, EPCOT provides the best bang for the buck at Walt Disney World.
So, did Magic Kingdom show an increase or was it more in line with EPCOT? Let’s see:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 71 minutes, down 11
- Jingle Cruise – 67 minutes, down 10
- Peter Pan’s Flight – 65 minutes, down 11
- Space Mountain – 44 minutes, down 1
- Town Square Theater – 43 minutes, down 12
- Haunted Mansion – 41 minutes, down 16
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – 40 minutes, down 12
- Princess Fairytale Hall – 37 minutes, down 9
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – 34 minutes, down 4
- It’s a Small World – 30 minutes, down 5
- Pirates of the Caribbean – 25 minutes, down 16
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 22 minutes, down 18
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – 20 minutes, up 4
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 15 minutes, up 1
- Splash Mountain – 13 minutes, down 42
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid – 11 minutes, down 22
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – 10 minutes, down 5
- Astro Orbiter – 9 minutes, down 26
- Mad Tea Party – 8 minutes, down 11
- The Barnstormer – 7 minutes, down 17
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 7 minutes, down 21
- Tomorrowland Speedway – 7 minutes, down 13
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – 7 minutes, down 9
- Country Bear Jamboree – 5 minutes, no change
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – 5 minutes, down 21
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – 5 minutes, no change
Okay, I know you’re looking at this with a puppy dog head tilt. It doesn’t make sense, right? Well, remember when I talked about the weather?
Magic Kingdom hosts several wet rides and outdoor spinners. You’ll notice that the bottom fell out on the wait times for these.
I guess some finicky Disney fans didn’t want to catch a cold. So, they passed on spinning around in cold weather.
Not coincidentally, Magic Kingdom’s average wait time fell to 24 minutes, a drop of 13 minutes from last time.
Friends, last week was a strange one for Walt Disney World guests. Two of the parks were MUCH more crowded than normal while another dropped dramatically.
So, you probably had a better time at Magic Kingdom than Hollywood Studios, but you were happiest while doing something warm indoors at EPCOT!
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