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  • On Jan 6, 2009
    Michelle from QC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I am beginning to realize that the definition of "shorter lines" is all relative. How long should I expect to wait for rides such as Dumbo, Peter Pan, Goofy Barnstromer at the end of Jan? Similar wait times for other Disney rides? What about So

    Hi Michelle,

    You're right, everyone has a different idea of what "shorter lines" means but I'm more than happy to share my thoughts!  January is one of my favorite times to visit simply because the parks are less crowded and the lines are in fact "shorter" for the most part.  At the end of January I would normally see little to no wait times first thing in the morning.  We typically arrive right at park opening and will have experienced most all of the attractions in Fantasyland by 11:00 AM.  In our experience wait times first thing in the morning are five to twenty minutes.  By mid day we expect to see the wait times 30-60 minutes.  If Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Peter Pan's Flight are on your must-do list, I suggest getting there early as their wait times seem to increase the fastest.

    My family's personal "wait limit" for January trips 20 minutes, and we normally have no problem finding plenty of attractions that  fit this criteria.

    One thing to consider is that because of the lower attendance levels, the parks tend to close earlier in January.  So be sure to get to the parks early so you are sure to see everything!
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