Now that the holiday season is over, crowd levels should be receding until spring break arrives in March. However, though that’s good news for guests who visit the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot in the coming weeks, it might not be so great for guests who visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as wait times are going to be on the rise in the coming weeks. And here’s why:
Toy Story Midway Mania has quietly gone down for a partial refurbishment
As you might already know, the beginning of the year is refurbishment season at Walt Disney World, and 2018 is no different, with half a dozen attractions scheduled to close in the near future. However, while attractions like the American Adventure and Pirates of the Caribbean have been confirmed to be closing in the coming weeks, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also be quietly refurbishing an attraction during this time: Toy Story Midway Mania. However, this attraction won’t be closing fully during this time.
Though unannounced, last week Disney closed the third track (which opened back in 2016) for this attraction so that that the queue and interior structure can be reconfigured in preparation for Toy Story Land’s opening this summer. As you may recall, part of the plans for Toy Story Land show the entrance of this attraction moving around to face the interior of the land, so significant changes need to be made inside the show building in order to make this flip.
Unfortunately, that means that this attraction is currently running at 2/3rds capacity, which is driving wait times up considerably for this ride. And in even more bad news, this change is having an unfortunate ripple effect at this park.
Other attractions are feeling the squeeze
After the mass closures in 2016 and then the closure of The Great Movie Ride in 2017, Disney’s Hollywood Studios was left with only 4 rides, which is dismal for one of the world’s most-visited theme parks. And now that one of these attractions is only operating at a fraction of its full capacity, guests are walking away from this ride and heading to the three remaining full-capacity attractions, which is unfortunately causing wait times for Star Tours, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster to inflate artificially while these attractions absorb the capacity lost by the third track closure at Toy Story Midway Mania. And sadly, this problem is going to get worse before it gets better.