Touring plans has really helped me in the last seven days with an Orlando holiday
We’ve been to universal, sea world, aquatica, Busch gardens, Hollywood studios, magic Kingdom and this morning did avatar flights of passage at animal kingdom without a fast pass
So what can you expect early mornings at animal kingdom right now?
We are staying at the swan Disney. So today hotel guests get an hour early entrance to the ak rides at 8am
We got the shuttle from our hotel at 7.20am and arrived at ak at 7.40am. No fast passes for us until this evening when we are going back into the park for dinner and extra magic hours 10pm to 12pm
We could not believe how many people were already there when we arrived. The car park had loads of cars and the queue to get into the park through the gates were huge. Hotel guests and normal guests
It took about 25 minutes to get into the park and then for hotel guests another large but faster queue to the left towards pandora world. That queue took ten minutes I think to get through at which started we tried to run towards avatar
We got told to stop running and at the same time to,d the queue was already two hours long!
I think it’s 8.15am by now approx
When we arrived at the entrance to the avatar ride sure enough it said 120 mins standby. (This would be 8.20am) but you couldn’t actually enter the queue. Instead there was a queue to enter the queue that I estimate was 500 metres long by 8.30am!
The longest queues we’ve ever seen in Orlando for anything. There were loads of people behind us as well.
The good news was the queue moved quickly. Otherwise we could not have faced it. After about 20 minutes we actually reached the start of the real queue which itself moved quite slowly to begin with. But from nowhere started to move really quickly. Maybe the rides hadn’t started properly when we joined the queue?
But by 9.15am we were in the ride so the 120 mins was wrong ( that was supposed to be the time from the main queu entry of course and not from where we actually started outside of the queue)
The ride itself was truly incredible we are going to try and do it again tonight and will queue to make it happen
About 9.30 we joined another queue to get into the real queue for navi river. The real queue was saying 75 mins. We persevered for 15 mins but the queue was moving so slow we gave up and came back to our hotel to relax ready for a big night of rides etc back at ak tonight.
I asked the lady who was overseeing the avatar queue about the queues
She said its 2 to 3 hrs every morning now regardless of extra magic hours or not
And that tonight we will be queuing for a long time whatever time we join the queue.
I’m thinking we will join at 10pm ish and maybe have another hot at navi river journey queue if it looks better
We’ve got fast passes for Kiki Safari and Everest earlier on in the evening and a meal at tiffins