Hate Long Wait Times? Thanks to Hurricane Dorian, Lines at Disney and Universal Studios Are Absurdly Short
Depending on how well you stomach risk, there’s a considerable reward for those who are daring enough to potentially cross paths with Hurricane Dorian: the current wait times at Disney and Universal Studios are absurdly low.
At Universal, the trending longest wait time has been for the recently opened ‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure,’ located in the Islands of Adventure park. But instead of the insane 600 minute wait that the ride experienced upon its debut, the current wait time forecast via TouringPlans.com is predicted to be 30 minutes or less for most of the day.
For any patrons who are even more impatient, the Minion Mayhem, Fast and Furious, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Men in Black, and Shrek 4-D rides all have current wait times of 10 minutes or less.
According to families like the ones the Orlando Sentinel spoke to, nothing short of Armageddon was going to keep them away from the parks this weekend. “We couldn’t miss it even if there was a hurricane,” said Jodi Pope, who was visiting Universal from Chicago along with her family. “I suppose if it turns toward us, we might be forced out.” Her group tentatively plans to stay in the area until Friday.
Meanwhile at Disney, fans are relishing the abbreviated lines and crowd-less congregating areas. Space Mountain can be had for just 10 minutes, while Peter Pan's Flight and Toy Story are tracking at 20-minutes or less, which is a far cry from the previously reported record of 300 minutes.
And if you think those figures are low, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Avatar’s Flight of Passage—both premiere rides that have seen wait times of multiple hours—can currently be had for 30 minutes or less.
“When you’ve lived here your whole life, it doesn’t matter,” said Mark Blansit, standing in line at Disney Hollywood Studios. Wearing Star Wars shirts, the Naples resident and his friends said they had planned this visit to the newly opened Galaxy’s Edge over a month ago. “We were going to come.”
As of this writing, Hurricane Dorian is predicted to veer up the east coast before making landfall along the Carolinas. But adventure (and short line) seekers beware: both Disney and Universal are expected to close early Tuesday, so patrons may opt to reap said benefits shortly after the parks re-open.