How has the first half of August in 2023 compared to previous years at each Walt Disney World theme park? Let's take a look at the data so far to find out!
Disney's Hollywood Studios
At DHS, wait times are down over 7% compared to last year, but are up nearly 10% compared to the same period in 2019. At this point in 2019, Star Wars Galaxy's Edge was not yet open. Rise of the Resistance and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster are averaging a lower wait time this August than last year despite Slinky Dog Dash being up.
At EPCOT, wait times are very close to the same period last year, only down 0.2%. Wait times are up nearly 6% compared to before the pandemic.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
The biggest difference to past years is at Animal Kingdom. Wait times are down over 18% compared to last year and 36% compared to before the pandemic! Lower wait times for Avatar Flight of Passage and Kilimanjaro Safaris are a big reason for the differences.
The Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom wait times have also been way down to start August compared to last year and 2019. A big difference this year to last is the number of attractions operating. Several high profile rides are averaging higher wait times this August, including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, Space Mountain, and Thunder Mountain. Overall, you have more options, but some of the bigger attractions you will wait longer for. Pick Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party days to experience lower crowds too.