I wasn’t going to add data until I came to some sort of conclusion. Well I’ve come to a conclusion. I assembled the data from yesterday’s wait times and a few things surprised me.
1. Last time I tracked times (last summer), wait times slowed down around 1:00 so my sister and I planned to eat lunch around noon to make use of the lower wait times. This summer that does not seem to be the case. At least for yesterday, most wait times continued rising around 1:00. So my answer for which time should you stop to take lunch is probably 1:00 so you don’t get caught in the middle of the day waiting for Space Mountain for 45 minutes. As you can see, most rides slowed a little bit at around 2:00 and peaked at 4:00-5:00 at Disney and California Adventure got a little busy around 10:00 and 5:00.
(Sorry this cut off a lot of the legend I’m having some formatting issues, but you get the idea)
2. Radiator Springs wait time is down substantially from last summer. When I went last summer it was a brand new ride and insanely popular. Although the average wait time is a little over 90 minutes, that’s about a half hour less than last summer. (Still worth it to just get a fast pass and ride once. If you love it do single rider.)
3. Something interesting you may want to know; the average time you wait in lines for each ride at both Disneyland and California Adventure is a little over 20 minutes. Fun fact.
I will attach my spread sheet from yesterday. It’s nothing too interesting. Splash Mountain and Indiana Jones had the longest maximum wait time at 75 minutes and overall Indiana Jones is the longest wait at a daily average of a little under 40 minutes. Radiator Springs by far was the longest wait at 137 minutes first thing in the morning. Like I said, just get a fast pass for this.