Record High Wait Times Continue Into 2023 as Annual Passholder Blockouts Lifted

    All four Walt Disney World Annual Pass tiers are now allowed back into the theme parks after holiday blockouts expired today for the lowest two passes – Pirate and Pixie Dust. The return of Annual Passholders is evident with very limited Park Pass availability over the next few days. Combine that with lingering holiday crowds and Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend runners, and wait times remain very high at the Walt Disney World theme parks.

    Rise of the Resistance 320-minute wait

    Here’s a look at early afternoon wait times today, which are as high or higher than even last week, which was the busiest of 2022.

    Data from thrill-data.com reveals quite a busy holiday season, with posted wait times considerably higher than over the same timeframe in 2021. Here’s a look at the average daily wait times last year compared to wait times this year. As you can see, there wasn’t a single day during the 2021 holiday season that averaged more than a 60-minute wait. This year, six days have averaged more than 60 minutes, including today, which is currently at a 67-minute average for every Walt Disney World attraction.

    December 2021 into early January 2022
    December 2022 into early January 2023

    Wait times are expected to drop 30-50% following the Walt Disney World Marathon this upcoming weekend, offering some post-holiday relief.

    In addition to record-high wait times, the Disney Genie+ skip-the-line service has been priced at its all-time high of $29 per person for the 11th day in a row. We expect to see that surge pricing drop over the next week or so as wait times normalize a bit.

    As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks!

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