Pre-Summer season Slowdown at Disney World

We’re now midway by Could 2022, and this month is as soon as once more firmly shoulder season at Walt Disney World. This report covers what meaning by way of each day crowd ranges and common attraction wait instances for final month at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, specializing in the primary two weeks of Could whereas additionally providing a glance ahead at what to anticipate in Summer season 2022.

In essence, it is a continuation of our final wait instances report: Spring Crowds Fall at Walt Disney World. That was the primary time within the final a number of months that the parks had began to see a deceleration in knowledge. Previous to that, wait instances had been persistently elevated since Presidents’ Day.

Even the beginning of the yr was busy. Wait instances from January by April had been all up considerably as in comparison with final yr. February was the busiest month within the final two years (on the time), after which March managed to high it and be even worse. April was on observe to surpass March by the primary two weeks, however falling crowds within the second half of the month introduced its common down.

February and March had common wait instances of 45 and 46 minutes, respectively. April ended with a mean wait time of 44 minutes, however it was actually a story of two months. For these wanting to place these numbers into historic context, the common wait instances for the whole lot of 2020 and 2021 had been 33 and 32 minutes, respectively.

To this point, Could 2022 is nearer to final yr than the primary few months of this yr. Common time instances this month throughout all of Walt Disney World have been 36 minutes so far. That makes this the slowest month since final October, when the Delta wave and reinstated face masks guidelines mixed to place a major damper on the kickoff of Walt Disney World’s fiftieth Anniversary festivities.

Now, let’s dig into the info to see what’s up with Could 2022 wait instances by the primary half of the month. As at all times, all graphs and wait time stats are courtesy of

Above is a excessive degree take a look at weekly wait time averages throughout the whole lot of Walt Disney World.

The bars on the far proper are the primary two weeks of Could 2022, exhibiting one other drop in wait instances after they first fell off following Easter week and the conclusion of peak spring break season final month.

As soon as we get into particular person days, you’ll be able to see the exact level at which spring break crowds dropped off.

Wait instances fell from April 20 by the primary week of Could 2022, at which level they bottomed out and rebounded barely. They’ve settled into the 5/10 to six/10 vary the final week, which is sort of precisely what we’d anticipate for Walt Disney World’s regular shoulder season between spring break and summer time.

For park by park evaluation, we’ll begin with Magic Kingdom.

As with Walt Disney World as a complete, Magic Kingdom wait instances hit a 9/10 degree on April 20 and have been falling since. Lately been downright common, with plenty of 4/10 to six/10 crowd degree days within the final two weeks.

Be aware the two/10 day in there, which is Could 3. Wait instances had been atypically low that date because of the park closing at 4:30 pm for a Forged Member Service Celebration. This at all times occurs on these early cut-off dates, as individuals with out Park Hopper tickets keep away from Magic Kingdom. There’s one other such occasion arising tomorrow, Could 15, 2022 at Magic Kingdom. It’ll be one other nice day to go to!

Listed here are the precise averages for the primary half of Could 2022:

  • Jungle Cruise: 67 minutes
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Practice: 66 minutes
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: 63 minutes
  • Splash Mountain: 50 minutes
  • Meet Mickey at City Sq. Theater: 48 minutes
  • Meet Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Corridor: 44 minutes
  • Haunted Mansion: 44 minutes
  • House Mountain: 43 minutes

The common Magic Kingdom wait time for this month so far is 32 minutes, which is a pointy drop from final month. Whereas there are a number of sights averaging over an hour, nothing is above 70 minutes, not to mention the 96 minute common for Seven Dwarfs Mine Practice final month. It’s additionally fascinating to see Jungle Cruise because the #1 wait this month; its sustained recognition after the reimagining and movie surprises us.

Two meet & greets as soon as once more made this record, which isn’t an enormous shock. In Automated Cameras Return to Mickey Mouse Meet in Magic Kingdom, we shared some anecdotal experiences with these excessive waits.

Suffice to say, the return of hugs & autographs is an enormous deal, and that coupled with low effectivity means these will possible be among the many hottest sights at Walt Disney World all through the summer time.

It’s an identical story at Animal Kingdom.

For some motive, there was a spike on the finish of final month and first couple days of Could, however crowd ranges have since leveled off to the 5/10 to six/10 vary.

Listed here are the attraction averages for Could 2022:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage: 95 minutes
  • Na’vi River Journey: 67 minutes
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris: 52 minutes
  • Kali River Rapids: 38 minutes
  • Expedition Everest: 34 minutes
  • Dinosaur: 22 minutes

The few different sights in Animal Kingdom are all beneath 20 minutes.

Whereas there are some excessive numbers right here, Animal Kingdom sees far and away essentially the most “conquerable crowds” at Walt Disney World. I’ll have studies quickly on my morning and night experiences there within the final couple of weeks, however the quick model is: they had been unbelievable.

Additionally, precise waits are means beneath posted waits at Animal Kingdom firstly and finish of the day. We’re speaking the whole lot besides Avatar Flight of Passage as a close to walk-on, together with Na’vi River Journey.

We proceed alongside to Epcot.

As at all times, wait instances don’t inform the total story at Epcot…besides after they sorta do. With the 2022 Epcot Flower & Backyard Pageant now being “outdated information” to most locals, World Showcase has been blissfully uncrowded this month. There are crowds in the direction of the entrance for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind previews and it nonetheless will get unhealthy with Park Hoppers round Harmonious, however total, Epcot has been nice. (We’ve additionally seen plenty of Stroll-Up Waitlist availability at just about each restaurant every day.)

As for particular attraction wait instances at Epcot, right here’s what we now have for the primary half of Could 2022:

  • Frozen Ever After: 69 minutes
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Journey: 64 minutes
  • Take a look at Monitor: 55 minutes
  • Soarin’ Across the World: 27 minutes
  • Meet Anna & Elsa at Royal Summerhaus: 24 minutes
  • Mission House: 16 minutes

Nothing all that unhealthy right here, and it’s particularly fascinating to see Frozen Ever After beginning to surpass Remy’s Ratatouille Journey. Even the highest trio are “beatable” early or late within the day. Not too unhealthy, all issues thought-about.

Lastly, there’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

We at all times save DHS for final as a result of it’s at all times the worst, an outlier in each wait instances and “seems like” crowds. That’s undoubtedly “much less true” with this replace, as our experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios within the final couple of weeks have been largely constructive, minus some unfortunate attraction breakdowns. (With that stated, we visited on a kind of 3/10 days final week, and it undoubtedly felt extra like a 6/10 day in a special park–up till the final 2 hours of the night, which had been gloriously uncrowded.)

Listed here are ride-by-ride wait instances for Disney’s Hollywood Studios by mid-Could 2022:

  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: 96 minutes
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance: 89 minutes
  • Slinky Canine Sprint: 80 minutes
  • Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run: 60 minutes
  • Meet Disney Stars at Crimson Carpet Goals: 58 minutes
  • Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster: 57 minutes
  • Toy Story Mania: 56 minutes
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway: 55 minutes
  • Meet Sulley at Walt Disney Presents: 35 minutes
  • Alien Swirling Saucers: 35 minutes

For the primary time in a number of months, nothing at DHS is averaging a triple-digit wait. The truth is, that is the bottom that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has been because the lull final fall; most evenings, it’s considerably decrease than posted (assuming no breakdowns in the previous few hours).

Listed here are a number of notes about DHS wait instances:

  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is so excessive as a result of it’s working at half-capacity as a consequence of a “stealth” refurbishment. It’ll possible stay at this degree by summer time. Do it early.
  • The (glorious) Crimson Carpet Goals that includes Mickey & Minnie takes the cake for the longest meet & greet wait time of the month. Crimson Carpet Goals Was Faraway from Genie+, however don’t anticipate its wait instances to drop.
  • The Monsters, Inc. meet & greet at Walt Disney Presents additionally has lengthy waits. It’s an ideal mid-morning possibility, as most individuals do it after lunch.
  • The falling wait instances of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway ought to be considered as a hit story, not an absence of recognition. This attraction is an environment friendly “people-eater.”

This week, we shared our new 1-Day Disney’s Hollywood Studios Itinerary (With out Genie+), which accounts for all of those adjustments in crowd dynamics for the pre-summer season at DHS.

As a reminder, the 8 am official park opening time makes it simpler to attenuate wait instances at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, particularly for those who’re staying on-site. We’ll have a brand new Early Entry technique put up quickly, however the present ideally suited recommendation is beginning in Galaxy’s Edge and reducing by Toy Story Land earlier than beating the rope drop crowd to Sundown Boulevard.

Late nights are additionally nice at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Whereas crowds don’t fall off as a lot in the previous few hours as they used to, posted wait instances are nonetheless considerably decrease than the ten am to 4 pm timeframe. Precise waits are nearly at all times even decrease, too.

Moreover or alternatively, there’s Genie+ and Lightning Lanes. Even for those who’re solely in a position to knock out 3-4 headliners with the paid FastPass service, Genie+ is arguably value it at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We now have a number of latest posts which might be useful on this entrance, together with the next:

Trying ahead, there’s no motive to anticipate the following two weeks to be any completely different than the final two weeks. As you’ll be able to see from the Disney Park Move calendar above, there are lots of dates which might be yellow. On its face, that could possibly be trigger for concern…however a number of of those dates have been yellow because the center of final month.

Reasonably than caring in regards to the yellow dates, we’re optimistic that there’s nonetheless no gray–and that there are some inexperienced dates. Moreover, most of those yellow dates have availability in not less than two parks, which helps with resort-wide wait instances as soon as Park Hopping begins. On some dates even earlier than the Memorial Day weekend opening of Cosmic Rewind, the unavailable park is EPCOT, which frankly is unnecessary given latest wait time knowledge and our observations.

Actually, I’m nonetheless not totally certain learn how to account for these downright reasonable crowd ranges given the quantity of yellow on the Disney Park Move calendar so far in Could 2022. Particularly, Magic Kingdom has been unavailable many dates, however you’d by no means comprehend it by wait time knowledge.

It’s attainable that meet & greets have helped higher take in among the crowds, however these are principally (extremely) low capability. It’s additionally attainable that the longer hours helped higher unfold out crowds to some extent. Lastly, it could possibly be that the distinction between yellow and gray means total attendance is down, and that ranges out (to some extent) as soon as Park Hopping begins, resulting in decrease wait instances total.

One other principle is that cancellations have already began to pile up because of the rising prices of gasoline, airfare, and numerous different causes–and people cancelled Park Passes aren’t being routinely added again into the stock for some motive. If both are true, why wouldn’t Walt Disney World manually alter the Park Move system so as to add capability? It simply doesn’t add up totally, and it’s possible that there’s no single rationalization for the decrease crowds–it’s in all probability a combination the above, plus different elements I’m not contemplating.

Mainly, there’s no means attendance hasn’t been decrease than in Could 2022. Each the wait time knowledge and our anecdotal observations as in comparison with March or April help this conclusion. This isn’t to say the parks are blissfully uncrowded or nowhere is busy–making an attempt to navigate Essential Road or World Showcase for the fireworks will disabuse you of that notion actually shortly–however Walt Disney World undoubtedly will not be as jam-packed because it was throughout spring break. That is precisely what we’d anticipate in a standard yr.

In the end, we’d say Could 2022 has had “wholesome crowds” for the primary half of the month. That means that it’s the glad medium between uncrowded and unpleasantly crowded, with reasonable wait instances and congestion. That is undoubtedly the perfect issues have been since mid-January, and we’ll take pleasure in it whereas it lasts.

That’s the large query…how lengthy will it final?! Already, Disney Park Move reservations are beginning to refill for June 2022, which is the beginning of summer time trip season at Walt Disney World. In a standard yr, that doesn’t get into full swing till the Independence Day vacation, however June remains to be busier than Could. That’s our expectation this yr, too–that June may have elevated crowds as in comparison with this month, however received’t attain the peaks of spring break.

After all, a lot stays to be seen. If we’re already within the midst of a journey slowdown, the entire summer time could possibly be quieter than beforehand anticipated. Conversely, Could might transform an anomaly, with pent-up demand returning in full power the second Cosmic Rewind opens to most people. The final couple of years have taught us not to attract untimely conclusions, as circumstances can change…and in a rush! We’ll report again on how issues are going at Walt Disney World in one other couple weeks.

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Ideas on crowds within the first half of Could 2022? Predictions on crowds for the remainder of this month or Summer season 2022? Assume that this month will find yourself being considerably much less busy than February by April, or are the reasonable crowds of the final couple weeks a pink herring? For those who’ve visited throughout the final month, what did you consider crowds and wait instances? Any parks or instances of day noticeably worse than the others? Do you agree or disagree with something in our report? Any questions we can assist you reply? Listening to your suggestions–even whenever you disagree with us–is each fascinating to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas beneath within the feedback!

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