Wait Times Barely Improve & Downtime Increases for Headliners at Second EPCOT Disney After Hours Event

    After our disappointing visit to the debut event of Disney After Hours at EPCOT, we wanted to check in on the average posted wait times for the second event. In our review of the event, we said that we wouldn’t pay to return, so checking wait time data from thrill-data.com is the best we can do from afar. Of course, any review of wait time data should come with the caveat that wait time data, while reliably recorded from thrill-data, is imperfect from Disney. Anyone who has gone to Disney World would be able to share a story where the posted wait time was substantially inflated over their actual wait. The hope is that Disney inflates consistently to be able to use wait time data as a tool for measuring crowds at any given attraction.

    Ok, with that out of the way, a brief recap of the event that we attended on June 1st. During our event, both Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure were operating at half capacity due to reported technical issues. This means that wait times for both of those attractions were “long”, with Cosmic Rewind averaging nearly an hour during the event, and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure sitting at 23 minutes (although it was posted at 45 minutes when we got in line). Simply put, that was unacceptable for an After Hours event that promises low wait times.

    Turning our attention back to the second event on June 15th, lets see what the average posted wait times were across all of the operating attractions:

    AttractionJune 15th After Hours
    Average Wait Time
    June 1st After Hours
    Average Wait Time
    Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind39 minutes57 minutes
    Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure20 minutes23 minutes
    Frozen Ever After21 minutes17 minutes
    Test Track26 minutes22 minutes
    Soarin’ Around the World15 minutes10 minutes
    Mission: SPACE10 minutes10 minutes
    Spaceship Earth5 minutes5 minutes
    The Seas with Nemo and Friends5 minutes5 minutes
    Gran Fiesta Tour15 minutes*5 minutes
    Living with the Land5 minutes5 minutes
    Total Average Wait151 minutes159 minutes

    *It looks like Gran Fiesta Tour posted wait time was higher than it should be, so while we’re going to keep 15 minutes in the table above, we’re going to use 5 minutes for our calculations.

    Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind was running both sides of the attraction during the After Hours event according to reports we received. That means that the average posted wait time of 39 minutes is probably pretty close to what you can expect during the After Hours event going forward. In terms of raw posted wait times, the highest posted wait was 70 minutes around 11:30pm with the lowest wait times at the start and end of the event – around 15 minutes for both. Our advice is to take advantage of those lower wait times at the extremes and plan to “rope drop” Cosmic Rewind during the buffer hour. If rope dropping an attraction during a buffer hour sounds foreign, check out our review where we explain it all.

    Moving past that, we see an uptick in average posted wait times at Frozen Ever After, Test Track, and Soarin’ Around the World. Soarin’ Around the World may be a posted wait time issue like Gran Fiesta Tour, but more likely, Cast Members realized that running just one out of the three theaters leads to an actual wait time of nearly 15 minutes, so we’ll keep that at 15 minutes for our calculations.

    Both Test Track and Frozen Ever After experienced downtime during the event of about an hour. That said, wait times didn’t surge past the pre-downtime posted waits, so those wouldn’t have negatively affected the event averages. It’s worth noting the downtime though because EPCOT seems to be having some attraction reliability during these events. Normally, that wouldn’t be a huge issue, but with just a handful of rides that guests actually want to ride during an After Hours event, it’s exasperated. Simply put, it doesn’t matter if Gran Fiesta Tour has 100% uptime for 6 guests.

    Overall, total average posted wait times throughout the event were just 8 minutes less than at the June 1st event. With significant downtime for both Test Track and Frozen Ever After, the event experience probably didn’t improve much for attendees. Again, we didn’t attend this event and we won’t be paying for another ticket, so it’s hard to say exactly what the on-the-ground experience was, but having multiple headliners down at the same time during the middle of the event had to be frustrating. That said, marginal improvements for overall wait times and significant improvements for Cosmic Rewind means that some attendees could’ve experienced some success throughout the night.

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    1. Great reporting! I was at this event and wanted to add that just as my family was about to board Guardians, they had a hard stop on both tracks. No movement for about 10 minutes and then they had to run empty trains through for a bit. I’d say the full stoppage was 15-20 minutes. The wait went from 40 when we entered to 70 when we exited.

      Also, there were some sprinkles with showers/storms around. Pretty sure Test Track has to suspend for a bit as well.

      We did have fun and stayed nearly until the end, but I agree with a Facebook commenter that the park itself makes this event more challenging, especially without all of World Showcase being open to walkthrough.

      Cheers!

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