Walt Disney World Wait Times for End of February 2023
We just got our first real hint regarding Spring Break crowds at Walt Disney World…and it’s terrifying.
Stay tuned for some absolutely brutal Walt Disney World wait times for the end of February 2023.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
MickeyBlog always has several talented reporters scouring the parks daily. So, we usually know when crowds have increased.
During the post-President’s Day week, the parks didn’t decrease in crowd size at all. Instead, the opposite occurred.
Anecdotally, we had reports of ridiculous waits for several popular attractions and even a few moderate ones.
For this reason, I’m kind of holding my breath as we discuss Pandora – The World of Avatar.
This place is arguably Disney’s second-most popular themed land. When overall park attendance rises, the Avatar rides can get overwhelmed.
For the past week, Avatar Flight of Passage averaged a wait of 135 minutes, which reflects a 10-minute or eight percent increase. Yeah, this isn’t gonna be pretty.
Meanwhile, Na’vi River Journey took its usual spot in second with a typical wait of 90 minutes, also a 10-minute increase.
Here are the park’s other average wait times this past week:
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – 73 minutes, up 8
- Adventurers Outpost – 53 minutes, up 4
- Expedition Everest – 50 minutes, no change
- DINOSAUR – 44 minutes, up 9
- TriceraTop Spin – 21 minutes, up 4
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug! – 15 minutes, no change
Overall, Animal Kingdom attractions required – and I cannot believe I’m saying this – a wait of 60 minutes on average.
For this park, that’s an outrageous number. For that matter, Animal Kingdom rarely has five rides that average 40-minute waits, much less 50 minutes.
We are trending toward a wild week at the parks.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
That thought process causes a bit of a panic as we reach the Hollywood Studios part of the discussion. We all know it’s the most hectic of the bunch.
Sure enough, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance spiked its crowd size this past week.
Guests waited for an average of 163 minutes, which is a holiday season kind of wait. It’s also up 49 minutes week over week.
I think you can tell what’s about to happen. So, here are the other average waits at the park:
- Slinky Dog Dash – 125 minutes, up 19
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – 98 minutes, up 1
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – 92 minutes, up 15
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 90 minutes, up 14
- Toy Story Mania! – 80 minutes, up 9
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 76 minutes, up 1
- Alien Swirling Saucers – 48 minutes, up 4
- Red Carpet Dreams – 47 minutes, up 5
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue! – 38 minutes, up 8
- Meet Sully at Walt Disney Presents – 35 minutes, up 2
- Celebrity Spotlight – 28 minutes, up 5
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – 15 minutes, no change
- Muppet*Vision 3D – 10 minutes, no change
As an FYI, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster closed for refurbishment early in the week. It’s a single-day data point and won’t display again on our charts for a while now.
On average, guests waited 60 minutes per attraction at Hollywood Studios. That’s five minutes more than last time and the same as Animal Kingdom.
Friends, there’s a reason why Disney Genie+ sold out a couple of days recently. It’s a must on days when the parks are like this.
This park witnessed a change at the top, as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure required the longest wait for a change.
The pride of the France pavilion averaged a wait of 95 minutes, up a sizable 13 minutes from last time.
Frozen Ever After also increased to 94 minutes. Its 11-minute change wasn’t as much as Ratatouille’s, but the trend here is clear. Everything’s up a lot.
Here are the other average waits at EPCOT last week:
- Test Track – 72 minutes, up 4
- Soarin’ Around the World – 60 minutes, up 9
- Royal Sommerhus – 40 minutes, up 5
- Mission: SPACE – 33 minutes, up 4
- Spaceship Earth – 28 minutes, up 4
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends – 22 minutes, up 5
- Journey into Imagination with Figment — 21 minutes, up 5
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – 20 minutes, up 7
- Turtle Talk with Crush – 19 minutes, up 1
- Living with the Land – 16 minutes, up 2
Overall, guests waited for an average of 44 minutes per EPCOT attraction. That’s a six-minute increase from last time…but still substantially better than the other two parks!
I think you get the gist. So, here are the average waits at Magic Kingdom.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 104 minutes, up 10
- Peter Pan’s Flight – 87 minutes, up 3
- Jungle Cruise – 74 minutes, up 7
- Space Mountain – 61 minutes, down 7
- Haunted Mansion – 54 minutes, down 6
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 53 minutes, down 2
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – 49 minutes, down 1
- Ariel’s Grotto – 46 minutes, up 1
- Pirates of the Caribbean – 45 minutes, down 2
- Astro Orbiter – 41 minutes, no change
- It’s a Small World – 40 minutes, no change
- Princess Fairytale Hall – 40 minutes, no change
- Town Square Theater – 38 minutes, no change
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow – 37 minutes, up 3
- Enchanted Tales with Belle – 36 minutes, up 6
- The Barnstormer – 35 minutes, up 2
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid – 35 minutes, up 3
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 34 minutes, up 3
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – 32 minutes, down 3
- Tomorrowland Speedway – 30 minutes, up 1
- Mad Tea Party – 24 minutes, no change
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – 20 minutes, no change
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 17 minutes, down 2
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – 16 minutes, down 1
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – 15 minutes, down 1
- Country Bear Jamboree – 5 minutes, no change
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – 5 minutes, no change
Overall, Magic Kingdom attractions required a wait of 41 minutes on average, which is the same as last week.
From the meta perspective, only a handful of Walt Disney World attractions decreased their wait times from last week. So, yes, the place was crowded!
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