Guest thinks Disney wait times are inflated, boards roll in minutes

When planning a trip to “The Most Magical Place on Earth”, there are many things you should be prepared for. From budgeting to making reservations, there’s a lot to plan for when planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort. However, one of the most common things you’ll need to be prepared for is queues and crowds.

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Crowds no longer seem to be diminishing and many guests are concerned that there will be no more “off season” in the parks. Waiting in line is just something you will have to do at Disney Parks and Resorts. Recently, Disney introduced a new system which, in theory, should solve this problem.

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Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane launched last year to much criticism and frustration, leaving many guests feeling confused about the service. In theory, this paid service should improve the experience of visitors to the parks, but in practice it seemed like just an expensive route planner. These paid services allow guests to skip the line for a price, meaning Disney now has a financial incentive to have long lines. At Disney World, for $15.00 per day per guest, you can skip the long line by making a Lightning Lane reservation (new FastPass) and returning at that time.

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At each park, however, there are two attractions for which visitors would need to purchase a separate Lightning Lane ticket if they wanted to avoid those queues. These attractions are:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mining Train
  • space mountain
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • frozen forever
  • star wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Avatar Passing Flight
  • Everest Expedition
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Since the introduction of Disney Genie and single-use Lightning Lane systems, some Guests have wondered how accurate wait times are at the Parks. Some even worry that Disney is artificially inflating them, but whether this is done to help crowd levels or boost profits remains to be seen.

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A video posted on TikTok further highlighted this issue and discussion after the guest boarded Disney World’s most popular ride in just minutes despite the posted wait time being well over an hour. . See the video below from @disneyparksdiy:


it was an amazing time on the live stream #disneyworld #disney #disneyparks

♬ Here comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze

In the comments, many offered the theory that Disney was deliberately inflating wait times. User @christycabrera519 asked “Do you think they are inflating wait times?” to which @disneyparksdiy responded with “For now, yes”. Several others have made the same statement. User @taterthot08 said:

“Disney still lies about wait time”.

User @kevinmcnamara797 said:

“100% they are inflating wait times to get people to pay for speedy lanes.

User @ellerocks14 commented:

“If this had happened the day after leaving the virtual queue. I said 75 minutes and we were ahead in 15/20 minutes”

User @ronniejg said:

“I just waited 12 minutes when it was posted 65 minutes the other day!”

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While we have no evidence that Disney does this on purpose, the continued inaccuracy of wait times has you wondering if they are still accurate or not. Learn more about Rising of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

An attraction on an impressive scale, the most impressive

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a massive attraction with multiple ride systems unlike anything you’ve ever seen at Walt Disney World Resort…or anywhere else in the galaxy!

Accept a mission from the Resistance

The Resistance needs your help! Hidden in the forest outside the Black Spire outpost, the Resistance is gathering recruits for a secret mission.

As the First Order desperately seeks to extinguish the spark of the Resistance, the mission is doomed to unexpected twists. When your transport is captured by a massive First Order Star Destroyer filled with legions of stormtroopers – and even Kylo Ren! – you will need all the help you can get. Luckily, a secret team of Resistance fighters, including Rey and BB-8, are ready to give you a chance to escape…and a chance for the Resistance to rise.

Get ready for a thrilling and one-of-a-kind adventure!

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What do you think of the wait times at Walt Disney World right now? Let us know in the comments below.

Let Academy Travel’s team of experts help you plan your next magical vacation at the water parks of Disney World, four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and the shopping and dining district of Disney Springs!

While you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith on Sunset Boulevard. Near the Chinese Theater, guests prepare to ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Train. In Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash always has a long queue with others pulling their punches on Midway Mania or spinning their brains on Alien Swirling Saucers. Of course, you have to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for Blue Milk or Green Milk, and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run!