Walt Disney World Wait Times for Spring Break 2023
I spent a great deal of time this week exchanging texts with one of my best friends, whose daughter described me as their Disney vacation concierge.
They hadn’t visited in many years, and I wanted to ensure they had a lovely time. Sadly, this was the only week they could vacation at Disney.
The timing proved less than ideal, as I can tell you that the Walt Disney World wait times for Spring Break 2023 proved lengthy.
Thankfully, everyone always leaves the parks happy anyway since Disney is so magical.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
You may have seen on social media that Avatar Flight of Passage reached a wait time of 240 minutes at one point last week.
I’m in a (non-Disney) group chat where somebody posted that as a “Wow, can you believe that?” anecdote.
My friend, who is also in that group chat, meekly responded that he was in the line for that attraction at that very moment.
Disney was like that last week, and it’s understandable. I mean, what’s the best way for any of us to spend Spring Break?
The answer is definitely vacationing at Disney! And a lot of people did that, which explains why the average wait for Avatar Flight of Passage was 140 minutes.
That’s an increase of 58 minutes. Yes, Spring Break inflated its average wait time by pretty much an hour.
You’ll notice similar increases throughout the parks. Here are the other Animal Kingdom averages:
- Na’vi River Journey – 87 minutes, up 24
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – 70 minutes, up 26
- Expedition Everest – 60 minutes, up 27
- Adventurers Outpost – 47 minutes, up 6
- DINOSAUR – 42 minutes, up 18
- Kali River Rapids – 32 minutes, up 7
- TriceraTop Spin – 20 minutes, up 11
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug – 15 minutes, up 5
Overall, Animal Kingdom guests stood in line for an average of 58 minutes per attraction.
That’s 20 minutes more than last time and a VERY long wait for this park.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that a different friend had the time of his life with his family at Hollywood Studios. They got to do everything in a day.
Remarkably, my Spring Break friend felt quite fortunate with how much he got to do as well.
So, I didn’t bum him out when he’d relay information about the wait times for the attractions he was standing in line to experience.
They were…significant. Slinky Dog Dash claimed a couple of viral wait time postings as well.
Not coincidentally, it actually surpassed Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. That phenomenon is occurring more frequently lately.
Oddly, I take it as a good sign that Disney has gotten better at keeping Rise of the Resistance up and running.
For the first week of Spring Break, Slinky Dog Dash averaged a wait of 136 minutes. That’s 40 minutes more than last time…and utterly ridiculous.
I was point-blank asked whether the ride was worth that kind of wait, and I said no…and it’s in my top 10 at Walt Disney World!
As for Rise of the Resistance, guests stood in line for an average of 133 minutes, which is also 40 minutes more than last time.
I WOULD wait two hours and fifteen minutes for Rise of the Resistance because the entire attraction is so exciting and immersive.
As for the rest of Hollywood Studios, you can take a look for yourself:
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 99 minutes, up 24
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 97 minutes, up 32
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – 85 minutes, up 19
- Toy Story Mania! – 82 minutes, up 14
- Alien Swirling Saucers – 50 minutes, up 10
- Red Carpet Dreams – 45 minutes, up 7
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue! – 42 minutes, up 20
- Celebrity Spotlight – 28 minutes, up 8
- Muppet*Vision 3D – 12 minutes, up 2
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – 11 minutes, down 4
Overall, guests waited for a whopping 62 minutes per attraction. That’s 17 minutes or 38 percent more than the previous week. We can call that the Spring Break effect.
I’ll point out something else based on these two parks. Cast members can clearly manage character greeting wait times quite efficiently.
Even though the crowds increased, the waits for these experiences didn’t go up as dramatically as the other attractions.
That’s because cast members keep the lines flowing efficiently. They deserve credit for that. It’s an integral part of crowd management during busy park days.
At EPCOT, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure repeats as the attraction with the longest wait time.
Ratatouille and Frozen Ever After have flip-flopped this title for the body of a year now.
During Spring Break, guests stood in line for an average of 107 minutes for Ratatouille. That’s 32 minutes or 43 percent more than last week.
Similarly, Frozen Ever After required an average wait of 90 minutes, which is an increase of 17 minutes.
Here are the other average waits at EPCOT:
- Test Track – 85 minutes, up 22
- Soarin’ Around the World – 65 minutes, up 20
- Mission: SPACE – 45 minutes, up 21
- Royal Sommerhus – 43 minutes, up 10
- Spaceship Earth – 33 minutes, up 14
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends – 23 minutes, up 9
- Journey into Imagination with Figment – 19 minutes, up 8
- Living with the Land – 18 minutes, up 6
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – 17 minutes, up 4
Overall, guests waited for an average of 48 minutes per EPCOT attraction. That’s 14 minutes more than last time and abnormally high for this park.
Okay, I think you get the gist. The parks got crazy due to the influx of families with school-age children.
Here were the average waits at Magic Kingdom during Spring Break:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 114 minutes, up 24
- Peter Pan’s Flight – 87 minutes, up 12
- Space Mountain – 85 minutes, up 20
- Jungle Cruise – 74 minutes, up 10
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 62 minutes, up 14
- Haunted Mansion – 60 minutes, up 5
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – 54 minutes, up 9
- Pirates of the Caribbean – 50 minutes, up 7
- Astro Orbiter – 49 minutes, up 16
- Ariel’s Grotto – 45 minutes, up 3
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – 44 minutes, up 4
- Princess Fairytale Hall – 43 minutes, up 8
- Town Square Theater – 42 minutes, up 10
- It’s a Small World – 41 minutes, up 7
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – 40 minutes, up 12
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow – 38 minutes, up 7
- The Barnstormer – 37 minutes, up 10
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 36 minutes, up 7
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid – 36 minutes, up 6
- Tomorrowland Speedway – 35 minutes, up 11
- Enchanted Tales with Belle – 34 minutes, up 5
- Walt Disney World Railroad – 30 minutes, up 15
- Mad Tea Party – 27 minutes, up 10
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – 22 minutes, up 5
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – 21 minutes, up 9
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – 20 minutes, up 7
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 19 minutes, up 2
- Country Bear Jamboree – 5 minutes, no change
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – 5 minutes, no change
Overall, guests stood in line for an average of 42 minutes, which is seven minutes or 20 percent more than last time.
As a reminder, different parts of North America schedule Spring Break during other weeks. So, we’ll have another couple of weeks of this.
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