With 2020 almost in the books, what a better way to close out the year than to share a few holiday photos from the Magic Kingdom!
A quick update today to let you know that just in time for the busy week between Christmas and New Years, Disney has increased capacity at several attractions, and we’ve adjusted our RideMax estimates accordingly.
An example of the sort of thing I’m talking about here is Frozen Ever After at Epcot, where Disney has placed plastic dividers between rows of seats on the boat vehicles, allowing guests to be seated in every row, rather than every-other row as before.
Attractions affected in RideMax by this most recent round of changes include:
- Frozen Ever After
- Expedition Everest
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Millennium Falcon – Smuggler’s Run
- Tower of Terror
Not all of the above were affected by capacity increases, but adjustments for some attractions may have had a sort of ripple effect on others.
The bottom line is that if you’ve created RideMax plans for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I’d strongly encourage you to create new plans instead!
Just a quick note here to summarize what’s probably obvious to anyone keeping an eye on the crowds at Walt Disney World lately, and that is that the waits are increasing as Disney allows more guests into the park. (For those of you who are RideMax members, we’ve updated our RideMax planning estimates accordingly.)
We’ve been keeping a pretty close watch on wait times since the parks reopened, and I think this graph of the Avatar Flight of Passage wait times represents what we’ve seen lately:
As you can see, average waits here were pretty low for the last half of August (with a predictable bump on the weekends) averaging around just ten minutes on weekdays and between 30 and 40 minutes on weekends.
Fast-forward to this past week, and you can see that on weekdays the average now hovers around the 40 minute-mark, with the highs on weekends up closer to the hour range (with something of a blip on September 13th, when the average wait was 80 minutes).
I know I already covered this in my Five Tips for a Fall Disney World Visit post, but hope this serves to emphasize the point: come prepared for longer waits!
Thinking of visiting Walt Disney World this year over fall break? The parks are in such a unique state right now that I thought I’d rundown my top five tips for a 2020 visit.
Let’s dig in!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 24 hours, you know that both Walt Disney World and Disneyland are closing through the end of March as an effort to help combat the Coronavirus.
Knowing that this will cause many of you to postpone vacations you may have already planned, we’ve issued an automatic three-month extension to current RideMax subscribers.
In addition, anyone purchasing a RideMax subscription by the end of March will also be given the three-month extension automatically, regardless of subscription type.
We look forward to Disney returning to “normal” operations in the (hopefully) near future, and hope these changes to our subscription terms will help you with your planning.
Stay safe out there!