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Disney World September Wait Time Comparisons


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Welcome to October and month 2 and a half of Spooky Season. September has historically been a lighter month across the resort with school beginning. With September now gone, how did wait times compare this past month to September of previous years across Walt Disney World? Let's take a look at the data.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Wait times at DAK in September were down compared to each year going back to 2017 except for 2021. They were down nearly 30% compared to the average over the year.

  • September 2023 vs:
    • Average Wait: Difference of -10.9 min / -28.6%
    • September 2017: Difference of -6.6 min / -19.4%
    • September 2018: Difference of -1.8 min / -6.2%
    • September 2019: Difference of -1.4 min / -5.0%
    • September 2021: Difference of 12.2 min / 73.6%
    • September 2022: Difference of -0.4 min / -1.6%

EPCOT

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This September was a busy month at EPCOT, with wait times higher than years going back to 2017. The month would be considered slightly below average compared to the average of all months in the year.

  • September 2023 vs:
    • Average Wait: Difference of -2.8 min / -9.4%
    • September 2017: Difference of 3.6 min / 16.6%
    • September 2018: Difference of 3.5 min / 15.8%
    • September 2019: Difference of 5.4 min / 26.8%
    • September 2021: Difference of 12.6 min / 85.0%
    • September 2022: Difference of 3.8 min / 17.6%

Disney's Hollywood Studios

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DHS wait times were up compared to most past Septembers except for last year. Compared to the yearly average, wait times were down nearly 26%.

  • September 2023 vs:
    • Average Wait: Difference of -11.7 min / -25.8%
    • September 2017: Difference of 11.0 min / 55.2%
    • September 2018: Difference of 6.8 min / 30.0%
    • September 2019: Difference of 7.1 min / 30.6%
    • September 2021: Difference of 8.1 min / 32.0%
    • September 2022: Difference of -3.7 min / -10.0%

The Magic Kingdom

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Wait times last month at the Magic Kingdom were up over 2019 and 2021, but down compared to 2017, 2018, and 2022. 

  • September 2023 vs:
    • Average Wait: Difference of -7.8 min / -26.2%
    • September 2017: Difference of -2.0 min / -9.2%
    • September 2018: Difference of -0.1 min / -0.8%
    • September 2019: Difference of 0.1 min / 0.6%
    • September 2021: Difference of 4.6 min / 28.6%
    • September 2022: Difference of -3.3 min / -14.2%

Wait times did peak a bit unusually the week of September 18th, likely aided by some fall breaks, as seen below in the breakdown of September 2023 wait times by week at the Magic Kingdom.

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Looking ahead, October is typically busier than September, with more fall breaks and a holiday (plus Halloween).

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