Walt Disney World Wait Times for Second Week of November 2023
If you’ve been reading MickeyBlog, you already know.
The holidays have arrived at Walt Disney World, as demonstrated by the fact that we attended two different Christmas parties this past weekend.
These after-hours events typically do have an impact on the wait times, as does the calendar configuration.
We’ve got less than seven weeks left in 2023, and it’s the time of year when people spend their hard-earned vacation days on Disney trips.
For these reasons, we can expect longer wait times at Walt Disney World during the second week of November 2023…and pretty much the rest of the year.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
We have already pointed out all the holiday decorations and events at Animal Kingdom this month.
Disney is even doing a holiday flotilla you don’t want to miss during your visit!
Alas, nobody does, which explains why the line queues have spiked in size in early November.
For the past week, Avatar Flight of Passage soared in average wait time.
Guests stood in line for an average of 102 minutes, 26 (!) minutes more than last time.
Tourists really love spending the holidays at Walt Disney World, as they should.
Here are the park’s other average wait times last week:
- Na’vi River Journey – 74 minutes, up 10
- Adventurers Outpost – 55 minutes, up 7
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – 53 minutes, up 11
- Expedition Everest – 38 minutes, up 5
- DINOSAUR – 29 minutes, no change
- Kali River Rapids – 25 minutes, up 12
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug! – 15 minutes, up 5
- TriceraTop Spin – 13 minutes, up 3
You can tell that the park has gotten crowded when TriceraTop Spin’s wait time gets that high.
Overall, Animal Kingdom guests spent an average of 45 minutes standing in line per attraction, ten minutes or 29 percent more than last time.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
We had a grand ole time at the first-ever Disney Jollywood Nights.
As I inferred above, these parties do impact the attraction wait times. That’s because the parks close early on those dates.
Generally, wait times decrease significantly during the final hours of park operation. That behavior reduces the overall daily (and weekly) average.
Since Hollywood Studios only hosted one Jollywood Nights this week, it won’t factor in much this time, but it will during the next month.
Keeping that in mind, here are the average attraction wait times at Hollywood Studios this past week:
- Slinky Dog Dash – 103 minutes, up 15
- Star Wars – Rise of the Resistance – 97 minutes, up 18
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – 73 minutes, up 15
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – 72 minutes, up 15
- Toy Story Mania! – 72 minutes, up 11
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – 68 minutes, up 3
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 64 minutes, down 6
- Red Carpet Dreams – 48 minutes, up 6
- Alien Swirling Saucers – 43 minutes, up 6
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue! – 30 minutes, up 12
- Celebrity Spotlight – 29 minutes, up 7
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – 15 minutes, no change
- Muppet*Vision 3D – 13 minutes, up 3
Overall, guests stood in line for an average of 51 minutes, eight minutes or 19 percent more than last time.
You can tell from the above that crowds increased significantly last week.
Ordinarily, that’s a Walt Disney World phenomenon rather than a park or two.
So, we can expect EPCOT and Magic Kingdom’s wait times to rise, too.
Here are EPCOT’s average wait times for last week:
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – 99 minutes, up 31
- Frozen Ever After – 95 minutes, up 28
- Test Track – 77 minutes, up 18
- Soarin’ Over California – 66 minutes, up 28
- Royal Sommerhus – 42 minutes, up 11
- Journey into Imagination with Figment – 28 minutes, up 12
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends – 27 minutes, up 12
- Spaceship Earth – 27 minutes, up 12
- Mission: SPACE – 25 minutes, up 6
- Living with the Land – 24 minutes, up 12
- Turtle Talk with Crush – 22 minutes, up 4
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros – 20 minutes, up 7
Obviously, crowds spiked at EPCOT this past week. The attractions combined to average a wait of 46 minutes, which is 17 minutes or 61 percent more.
That’s right, folks. EPCOT attractions required 61 percent more line time last week.
That’s one of the highest week-over-week increases we’ve ever tracked here.
You definitely get the point by now. So, here are Magic Kingdom’s average waits:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 96 minutes, up 18
- Peter Pan’s Flight – 80 minutes, up 9
- Jingle Cruise – 75 minutes, up 22
- Space Mountain – 63 minutes, up 6
- Haunted Mansion – 57 minutes, up 5
- Princess Fairytale Hall – 55 minutes, up 12
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – 54 minutes, up 7
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 49 minutes, up 8
- Ariel’s Grotto – 47 minutes, up 7
- Pirates of the Caribbean – 45 minutes, up 6
- Town Square Theater – 44 minutes, up 2
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – 43 minutes, up 5
- Enchanted Tales with Belle – 40 minutes, up 8
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow – 38 minutes, up 3
- It’s a Small World – 37 minutes, up 9
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid – 35 minutes, up 4
- Astro Orbiter – 34 minutes, up 1
- The Barnstormer – 31 minutes, up 7
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – 30 minutes, up 6
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – 27 minutes, up 4
- Tomorrowland Speedway – 23 minutes, up 6
- Mad Tea Party – 21 minutes, up 6
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – 20 minutes, up 3
- Walt Disney World Railroad – 20 minutes, no change
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 19 minutes, no change
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – 19 minutes, up 4
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – 19 minutes, up 6
- Country Bear Jamboree – 17 minutes, up 1
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – 5 minutes, no change
Overall, Magic Kingdom guests waited for an average of 35 minutes per attraction, which is six minutes or 21 percent more than last time.
To a larger point, here’s the list of attractions whose wait times decreased week over week:
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
That’s it. That’s the list. And that’s partially because Disney was doing some construction for the band area here, which discouraged guests.
In short, fans flocked to Walt Disney World to experience Gingerbread Houses and holiday parties.
Expect more of this as we finish 2023. Everyone knows how magical Walt Disney World is during the holidays, and that’s why we go!
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