Nearly all rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios have waits above 2 hours at a very busy Walt Disney World

Jan 05, 2024 in "Disney's Hollywood Studios"

Posted: Friday January 5, 2024 5:20pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are facing significant wait times today as the parks are packed ahead of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.


As of 5 pm this evening, Slinky Dog Dash leads the wait times at 200 minutes, followed by Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster at 165 minutes.

Star Wars Rise of the Resistance has a 145-minute wait, with Toy Story Mania and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway both at 125 minutes.

Crowds are also heavy at the other Walt Disney World parks. AVATAR Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom has a 155-minute wait, EPCOT's Remy's Ratatouille Adventure is at 135 minutes, and Magic Kingdom's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at 120 minutes.

The long waits should not be a great surprise, given that the weekend is at capacity for Passholder park reservations.

The Walt Disney World Marathon was initially conceived to bring more guests into a traditionally tranquil time at Walt Disney World after the holidays. Still, the period now seems to be one to plan to avoid.

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AJT607Jan 13, 2024

Now that Epcot is "finished" (if you want to call it that), this park and Animal Kingdom both desperately need some more love. SW:GE and TSL were not enough to fill out this park. They need to execute on the DinoLand redo at AK AND pull off some new additions (ideally to Animation Courtyard and Echo Lake / Muppets Courtyard areas).

LilofanJan 13, 2024

He was in charge of all of WDW Maintenance before he was promoted to be the new WDW President.

YodaManJan 13, 2024

4 of the 5 Indy shows got cancelled as well. Not a great day to be at Studios.

drew81Jan 12, 2024

Jeff Vahle wouldn’t know quality entertainment if it smacked him in the face.

DobergeJan 12, 2024

I forgot before to mention that Jeff Vahle was in HS on the ground the day this went down to inspire the article. Unsure how long he stayed. 😂

JoeCamelJan 12, 2024

How long is the line at Guest Services?

BrianLoJan 12, 2024

Lmao, DHS is up to its old tricks again. ROTR, MF and MMRR are all currently down. Of course RRC too.

jlhwdwJan 08, 2024

I think the drop will take another week and a half. The way everything fell this year had marathon weekend right against New Year's because this coming weekend will already be MLK weekend. I sense Wednesday 1/17 as the first day where everyone in WDW ops can truly breathe, and the week of 1/22 - 1/26 as the first full slow, offseason week WDW will have seen since before Thanksgiving. I also don't know why they didn't hold off on the RnRC closure until next Tuesday to allow for extra capacity this coming MLK weekend. It's not like they are trying to get it back open for President's Day weekend, Spring Break or Easter. Might as well run it one more week and at least have it open for one of the first four busy weekends of the new year.

surfsupdonJan 07, 2024

Next year it should be better with runDisney being a whole week later. I’m planning to be Goofy so it BETTER be better lol.

Nubs70Jan 07, 2024

Wait for the 12 month period. The wear items will begin to fail. If preventative/predictive maintenance have not been performed on a regular and routine basis, downtime will begin to increase.

Zummi GummiJan 07, 2024

Have I got a surprise for you…

BasiltheBatLordJan 07, 2024

Yep this trip has solidified for me that WDW is indeed the greatest theme park resort in the world. The amount of things to do is simply unparalleled anywhere else, even if individual parks at other resorts may be superior (Disneyland CA is still number one park in the world for me)

BrianLoJan 07, 2024

There’s a slight tendency towards people having gone a bit too frequently and burning themselves out on this forum. When you are on such a macro scale like ten years, WDW actually has 11 new rides for you (including some of Disneys’ best), new resort transportation, a drastically revitalized Disney Springs, new night shows and most parks have overhauled their entrances, security and hubs. Contrast to pedestaled Tokyo surprisingly only being up three (for the moment) in a decade. I think I’m counting those right, at least.

LittleBufordJan 07, 2024

The show is still going.