Walt Disney World Wait Times for Spring Break III 2023
Okay, Spring Break started three weeks ago, and the crowds at Walt Disney World rivaled any we’ve tracked in 2023.
Then, during the second week of Spring Break, crowds decreased substantially.
So, I honestly have no idea what to expect for this, the third week of Spring Break 2023! Let’s find out what happened.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Let’s start with the bellwether attraction at Animal Kingdom, Avatar Flight of Passage.
During the third week of Spring Break, guests stood in line for an average of 105 minutes. That’s a slight increase of five minutes from last time.
Similarly, Na’vi River Journey’s 89-minute wait signifies a four-minute rise.
Was the rest of Animal Kingdom similarly stable but slightly up? Here are the average wait times for the other attractions:
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – 51 minutes, up 3
- Kali River Rapids – 48 minutes, up 15
- Expedition Everest – 47 minutes, up 7
- Adventurers Outpost – 46 minutes, no change
- DINOSAUR – 38 minutes, up 9
- TriceraTop Spin – 15 minutes, no change
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug! – 13 minutes, down 2
Only one attraction witnessed a drop in average wait from the second week of Spring Break.
Meanwhile, guests stood in line for an average of 50 minutes, which is four minutes more than last week. That’s roughly a nine percent bump in crowds.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance goes the other way from its Animal Kingdom compatriots.
For the past week, guests waited in line for 124 minutes per ride. That’s two minutes less than last time.
Slinky Dog Dash is similarly static. It required a 117-minute wait, which is one minute more than last week.
So, the park looks like its wait times were right in line with the previous week, at least at the top.
Here are the other average waits at Hollywood Studios:
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 91 minutes, up 3
- Toy Story Mania! – 77 minutes, up 2
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – 75 minutes, down 3
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 70 minutes, up 9
- Alien Swirling Saucers – 49 minutes, up 4
- Red Carpet Dreams – 45 minutes, up 3
- Meet Sulley at Walt Disney Presents – 36 minutes, down 1
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue! – 34 minutes, up 6
- Celebrity Spotlight – 26 minutes, no change
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – 15 minutes, up 2
- Muppet*Vision 3D – 14 minutes, down 1
Overall, guests waited in line for an average of 55 minutes, which is only one minute more than last week.
Effectively, the crowds at Hollywood Studios remained the same the past two weeks.
This park rarely gets out of line from the others at Walt Disney World.
While Disney has spent the past few years reimagining and reinvigorating EPCOT, its wait times remain the most reasonable on the Disney campus.
That trend held during the past week as well. Here are the average waits:
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – 84 minutes, no change
- Frozen Ever After – 80 minutes, down 3
- Test Track – 70 minutes, up 1
- Soarin’ Around the World – 52 minutes, up 3
- Royal Sommerhus – 35 minutes, no change
- Mission: SPACE – 33 minutes, up 9
- Spaceship Earth – 25 minutes, up 2
- Turtle Talk with Crush – 20 minutes, no change
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends – 19 minutes, up 1
- Living with the Land – 15 minutes, down 2
- Journey into Imagination with Figment – 14 minutes, down 5
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – 12 minutes, down 4
The average wait time for attractions throughout EPCOT was 39 minutes, which is one minute more than during the second week of Spring Break.
Finally, here are the average wait times at Magic Kingdom:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 103 minutes, down 1
- Peter Pan’s Flight – 83 minutes, down 3
- Jungle Cruise – 73 minutes, up 6
- Space Mountain – 69 minutes, down 2
- Haunted Mansion – 57 minutes, up 2
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 52 minutes, no change
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – 50 minutes, down 6
- Pirates of the Caribbean – 49 minutes, no change
- Princess Fairytale Hall – 45 minutes, up 2
- Ariel’s Grotto – 43 minutes, down 2
- Astro Orbiter – 42 minutes, down 2
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – 41 minutes, down 1
- Town Square Theater – 39 minutes, down 3
- It’s a Small World – 38 minutes, down 3
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow – 37 minutes, down 3
- The Barnstormer – 36 minutes, up 1
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – 35 minutes, up 1
- The Barnstormer – 34 minutes, down 1
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 33 minutes, down 2
- Enchanted Tales with Belle – 32 minutes, up 1
- Tomorrowland Speedway – 31 minutes, down 1
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid – 29 minutes, down 5
- Mad Tea Party – 22 minutes, down 2
- Walt Disney World Railroad – 20 minutes, down 2
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – 19 minutes, no change
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – 18 minutes, down 4
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 17 minutes, down 3
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – 17 minutes, down 1
- Country Bear Jamboree – 5 minutes, no change
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – 5 minutes, no change
Overall, guests waited for an average of 38 minutes per attraction. That’s one minute less than last time.
Final Thoughts about This Week’s Wait Times
So, three parks increased their wait times by a modest amount, while Magic Kingdom declined.
The other factor here is the weather. Wind proved problematic in the south, but the temperature also increased.
This hot weather explains the surge for Kali River Rapids, as an example.
Meanwhile, some outdoor rides suffered a bit of wait time instability due to unusually high downtime/maintenance.
Ostensibly, crowds show dwindle a bit in April and early May, save for Easter.
Presuming that historical behavior holds, the parks should slow down for a while now that Spring Break is officially in the books for 2023.
Well, that’s theoretically true. In reality, Disney has changed shows this week and opened Tron Lightcycle / Run.
The parks should be unusually crowded throughout the rest of the spring.
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