What is your favorite part of spending time in the Disney parks? Many guests will say riding the attractions is the best part of a Disney vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort. There are so many attractions to experience in Lake Buena Vista. From thrill rides to family attractions, shows, and simulated ride experiences, there’s something different to experience in every attraction.
My Disney Experience
The My Disney Experience App is beneficial when navigating the Disney theme parks. While you may not need it to find your way around each Disney park, you will regularly check it to see up-to-date wait times. My Disney Experience also allows you to:
- Find out where you can see Disney characters
- Check show times throughout the day
- Place a Mobile Order at a quick-service restaurant
- Make an advanced dining reservation for a full-service restaurant
- Purchase something in a Disney merchandise location using Mobile Checkout
- Make Individual Lightning Lane Reservations
- Purchase Disney Genie+ to aid your Disney experience
Constant Wait Times
You will have noticed long line times on My Disney Experience. But while checking wait times, have you ever noticed constant wait times for some attractions? We saw this during our recent vacation. So, why do some attractions’ line times never change? It’s down to the length of the experience an attraction offers.
In particular, you may have noticed that some attraction wait times remain constant throughout the day. Generally, the wait time portrays the length of the film or show. Assuming you will arrive just as the attraction experience starts, you’ll wait the entire length of the experience before you can enter the theater or viewing area.
So, what attractions have constant wait times? Let’s take a look, sorted by Disney park.
Magic Kingdom Park
Mickey’s PhilharMagic is located in Fantasyland. Join Donald Duck on a 3D adventure filled with music and fantasy. It’s a 12-minute spectacular, allowing you to sit in the Opritheater. Generally, the Disney attraction shows a posted wait time of 15 minutes on My Disney Experience.
You’ll find The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square. Take a seat in a stately theater and learn about the nation’s history, told by Audio-Animatronic replicas of every President of the United States. While the attraction wait time doesn’t show on My Disney Experience, each show is 22 minutes long.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland is a 20-minute-long experience. The classic attraction guides you through the 20th century, demonstrating the progression of technology as you follow four generations of a family. The attraction is split into four parts, each 5 minutes long. At the end of each part, the attraction rotates like a carousel. Therefore, you can expect a 5-minute wait, as shown on the My Disney Experience App, where you board the attraction after it has rotated.
In Adventureland, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is a musical extravaganza. Enjoy 15 minutes of singing from the exotic birds, flowers, and Tiki statues in the Enchanted Tiki Room. While the attraction’s wait time doesn’t show on My Disney Experience, you can see it as you pass through the attraction entrance.
Enjoy a jolly musical in Frontierland, known as the Country Bear Jamboree. The 12-minute show features a cast of 18 hillbilly bears in Grizzly Hall. Toe tap, clap along, and enjoy their humor throughout the experience. The Country Bear Jamboree is another attraction that displays the wait time at the attraction entrance rather than on My Disney Experience.
Tom Sawyer Island is a Magic Kingdom attraction that operates during select hours of the day. Take a raft across the Rivers of America to a secret rustic hideaway. Please be aware that the Disney attraction isn’t available at rope drop; it opens at 11 a.m. daily. Generally, the attraction has a posted wait time of 5 minutes. Rafts run regularly throughout the day. Your wait is only delayed when the Liberty Square Riverboat leaves the landing.
The final Magic Kingdom ride that has a constant wait time is the Walt Disney World Railroad. You can board the train at three stations around the Disney park – Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Main Street, U.S.A. Generally, you can expect a wait time of 10 minutes or less. An entire loop of Magic Kingdom on the Walt Disney World Railroad is 20 minutes.
Four attractions in EPCOT theme park display constant wait times. While they aren’t displayed on My Disney Experience, the wait times are displayed at the entrance to the attractions. The attractions are:
- Awesome Planet in The Land Pavilion in World Nature. The attraction is 10 minutes long.
- Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 in the Canada Pavilion in World Showcase. Enjoy a 12-minute film that shows the breathtaking beauty of Canada.
- Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along in the France Pavilion in World Showcase. Sing along to classic songs from Beauty and the Beast (1991) in a cozy cinema in the 15-minute experience. Enjoy the attraction between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily.
- Impressions de France in the France Pavilion in World Showcase. The 18-minute film showcases the grandeur, charm, and romance of France. It takes place in the same theater as the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along. Impressions de France is available between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. daily.
- Reflections of China in the China Pavilion in World Showcase. Enjoy a 12-minute film that guides you through ancient and modern China.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Muppet*Vision 3D in Grand Avenue is a 3D film featuring all your favorite Muppet characters. Guests of all ages will love the humor, musical numbers, and live effects in the Disney attraction. Each show of Muppet*Vision 3D is 17 minutes long. However, you’ll see the wait time generally shows 10 minutes, giving you time to collect your Muppet*Vision glasses and watch the pre-show.
Vacation Fun – An Original Animated Short with Mickey & Minnie takes place in the Mickey Shorts Theater in Echo Lake. Take shade from the sun in a Hollywood-inspired theater and enjoy an 11-minute cartoon starring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. You will see that the wait time is usually 10 minutes.
Walt Disney Presents in Animation Courtyard is a museum-type experience. Learn about Walt Disney’s journey to becoming a legend through artifacts, photos, written pieces, and more. The attraction generally has a wait time of 10 minutes. Your experience begins as you enter the building, so use the wait time to guide how long you may spend inside. There is also a 15-minute presentation, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream, that you can enjoy at the end of Walt Disney Presents.
Discover what it’s like to be a champion racer at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy in Sunset Boulevard. Generally, you can expect a 15-minute wait or less, depending on when the 10-minute show inside Sunset Showcase is due to finish.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
It’s Tough to be a Bug! is the only attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a constant wait time. The wait time of 10 minutes links to the 8-minute film and time needed for guests to enter and exit the theater under the Tree of Life.
Next time you’re waiting for these attractions, keep track of your wait time before entering. Will you have the wait time displayed or a shorter one? You probably won’t need an individual Lightning Lane selection to experience them. It’s also worth noting that they may not be available during early entry for Disney resort hotel guests.