We’re about to start the holiday season at Disney World, but now we’re starting the high season for travelers!
This week is the Thanksgiving break for many Americans, which means that people levels and waiting times are likely to skyrocket in the coming days. And since some people are already out of school and work, the craze has already begun!
Disney Park Pass reservations
The availability of Disney Park Pass seems quite low for the rest of November, more reserved than we’ve seen in a long time. Currently, today, tomorrow and Friday 26 are reserved at the four parks for theme park ticket customers and guests of the resort.
On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays this week, the only park available is EPCOT. Magic Kingdom is fully booked on November 28 and 29, and all four parks are not available the same day until November 30.
As for the annual season ticket holders, the parks are fully booked today and tomorrow, with limited availability for the rest of the week. Park Pass options are constantly changing, especially at the last minute, so we recommend that you check repeatedly if there is a particular park you are looking for.
If you want to get the most out of your trip to Disney World, you’re sure to want to know the waiting times so far this week. They’ll probably keep going up all week, but as of Sunday, things already seemed pretty busy.
At noon on Sunday the 21st, more than half of Magic Kingdom’s attractions had a waiting time of 40 minutes or more. Things softened a bit after that, and then bounced back closer to dinner time, with about ten trips with projected waiting times of 45 minutes or more throughout the night. .
EPCOT was just as popular at noon. Soarin, Test Track and Frozen Ever After all, they waited more than an hour, but the Earth spacecraft was the big surprise: it was released in 40 minutes! These waiting times remained relatively similar for the rest of the day, except that the shorter waiting times slowly increased to more than 20 minutes each, and at one point Frozen Ever After shot up to 120 minutes.
Hollywood Studios was also incredibly busy in the middle of the day. At noon, you should wait more than 70 minutes for seven different trips. The park only has 2 more attractions apart from these, and both lasted 45 minutes each! The only thing you could do relatively short was Muppet * Vision 3D, which was a 10 minute wait.
But which park was the most amazing? Animal kingdom! On Sunday, there was a mid-afternoon spot where Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris and Na’vi River Journey lasted over an hour, with Avatar Flight of Passage in 2 hours and 15 minutes! Waiting times here remained unusually high throughout the day.
So has the trend continued to this day? Well, looking at the wait times at 3pm, it shows that most Magic Kingdom attractions have at least a 40 minute wait, with Jungle Cruise and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train topping the list with 90 minutes and 120 minutes respectively. At EPCOT, both Test Track and Frozen Ever After are released in over an hour and a half, but the real surprise is the 45-minute wait for Mission: SPACE and the 30-minute wait for The Seas with Nemo and Friends .
Currently, every trip to Hollywood Studios has a published wait of over 45 minutes, and Rise of the Resistance arrives at three o’clock! At Animal Kingdom, things are a little smoother than yesterday, but there are still four attractions posted in an hour or so: Expedition Everest, Na’vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Avatar Flight of Passage.
We’ll see where things go during the rest of the week, but if we start here, we recommend you have a plan for your day at the park. Be sure to arrive as soon as possible, and if you really want an advantage, consider investing in Disney Genie + or Lightning Lane’s individual selections.
Now let’s move on to the crowds! In recent days, we have already seen levels of people coinciding with these high waiting times, which sometimes makes it difficult to navigate the parks.
Narrow walkways will definitely be harder to walk through, while open spaces should still offer some ease of navigation. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings as you walk!
Keep in mind that you may experience bottlenecks in certain areas of the parks. They are more common in smaller parks like Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom, but are often also found in parts of the EPCOT World Showcase.
The central area of Magic Kingdom (in front of the castle) is quite crowded and you may want to consider finding a place to ride for a good view. You definitely won’t want to wait until the last minute to grab a fireworks spot if you’re visiting during the holiday season!
And it’s also important to remember that it will probably be busier in the newer areas of the parks. Pandora, Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land can be quite protected and inundated with tourists who want to see the new things Disney World has to offer.
No doubt the next few days will be an experience and we will be there to guide you through everything. Stay tuned to AllEars for the waiting times, crowd reports, and important news you need to know about Disney World!
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