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  • [Chat] Badly Estimated Wait Times

    Does it bug anyone else when the signs at the beginning of the queue are way off on the actual time? Obviously this is mainly when they underestimate it, because when you get on faster it's really like a pleasant surprise. But generally on Indy, SM, Star Tours, and occasionally Autopia you end up waiting longer, throwing your carefully thought out schedule() off.
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    Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

    Well, it's pretty hard to determine how long the line is exactly.

    Thats why certain rides have ways to see how long the wait is.

    Indy has those red cards on laynards that is scanned at the front of the entrance and given to guests in the stand-by or fastpass lines. They then give it to the CM that loads them on to the vehicle and they can know how long they waited.

    Others would have the wait time cards that CMs have to write the times.

    The best they can do is to give you an estimate on the wait time.


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      Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

      i'm glad i'm not the only one who likes carefully thought out plans

      but yeah i know what you mean
      i think star tours is kinda the worse though
      cause when it doesn't have a line
      the time would say 5 minutes
      but you're still kinda in line
      and then the pre-boarding video
      and it's counting down
      making you feel like you're waiting longer

      i think i'm just rambling
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      • #4
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        Gadget's Go Coaster was a walk on yesterday and had a posted wait of 20 minutes... Roger Rabbit's makes you feel like it takes forever when no one is in line.
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        • #5
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          In defense of Disneyland CMs, I have seen guests (usually teens) adjusting the manually operated wait time markers (such as the one at Mr. Toads) as a prank. I saw one kid change the wait time from 10 minutes to 60 minutes one day. I asked him why and he politely explained that if other guests saw a 60 minute wait time, they would avoid the line rather than wait. This would allow he and his friends to stroll back on multiple times with virtually no wait time at all. I nodded, and then reset the dial myself for the accurate 10 minutes.
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          • #6
            Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

            Originally posted by I.M. Loco View Post
            Does it bug anyone else when the signs at the beginning of the queue are way off on the actual time?

            But generally on Indy, SM, Star Tours, and occasionally Autopia you end up waiting longer, throwing your carefully thought out schedule() off.








            That is why they are referred to as "estimated" times... No guarantee's.


            When we are at the Park, we are on "Disneyland time". Schedule's are for work, not our leisure time!

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            • #7
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              If this isn't a badly estimated wait time, IDK what is!

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              • #8
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                no, it dosen't bother me, but I can remember the days when there were no wait times posted.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by SCUBAbe View Post
                  no, it dosen't bother me, but I can remember the days when there were no wait times posted.
                  As mentioned
                  it's a estimated time
                  and it doesn't bother me.
                  I personally think they should get rid of the signs.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

                    Originally posted by GummiBears_Rock View Post
                    i'm glad i'm not the only one who likes carefully thought out plans

                    but yeah i know what you mean
                    i think star tours is kinda the worse though
                    cause when it doesn't have a line
                    the time would say 5 minutes
                    but you're still kinda in line
                    and then the pre-boarding video
                    and it's counting down
                    making you feel like you're waiting longer

                    i think i'm just rambling
                    Just subtract a minute and 10 seconds from the counting down time and that is actually how long you have to wait before the doors open

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                    • #11
                      Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

                      While we're on the subject of wait times, I honestly wish that they would post the wait time, adding in the length of time it takes to enjoy the attraction from beginning to end. With preshows and attractions being longer than they seem from the exterior, this would help people with planning or meeting up with a group later.

                      They could possibly put times in the park guide as well, such as "Splash Mountain: 8 minutes, Autopia: 7 minutes" etc.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

                        Originally posted by ErikInTheCity View Post
                        While we're on the subject of wait times, I honestly wish that they would post the wait time, adding in the length of time it takes to enjoy the attraction from beginning to end. With preshows and attractions being longer than they seem from the exterior, this would help people with planning or meeting up with a group later.

                        They could possibly put times in the park guide as well, such as "Splash Mountain: 8 minutes, Autopia: 7 minutes" etc.
                        (Someone correct me if wrong...cause I might be)They can't post ride length times b/c it can be manipulated. The days that they are busier, some rides (such as water rides) they can decrease the ride time by speeding up the ride. Doombuggies can also be speed up a bit.
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by DLFreak71 View Post
                          (Someone correct me if wrong...cause I might be)They can't post ride length times b/c it can be manipulated. The days that they are busier, some rides (such as water rides) they can decrease the ride time by speeding up the ride. Doombuggies can also be speed up a bit.
                          To my knowledge the only thing "sped up" is the station itself (as in shorter dispatch intervals and less time to load/unload)... with the exception of places like Jungle where the individual ride operators can control the physical speed of the vehicles...

                          As far as wait times... they can be notoriously inaccurate. Partially because it is almost impossible to accurately estimate some attractions, and partially because it requires a "spare" CM to update the wait times. For some reason they never made the update locations easily accessible. For example Indy's update pc is in the Fastpass... which is great... except when you drop Fastpass or never pick it up then someone at Greeter needs to walk over and change it. Which means one person has to handle height checks plus Fastpass validation... :blink: Gotta love it when the powers that be make decisions like that.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

                            Originally posted by ttrocc7007 View Post
                            In defense of Disneyland CMs, I have seen guests (usually teens) adjusting the manually operated wait time markers (such as the one at Mr. Toads) as a prank. I saw one kid change the wait time from 10 minutes to 60 minutes one day. I asked him why and he politely explained that if other guests saw a 60 minute wait time, they would avoid the line rather than wait. This would allow he and his friends to stroll back on multiple times with virtually no wait time at all. I nodded, and then reset the dial myself for the accurate 10 minutes.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

                              Originally posted by ErikInTheCity View Post
                              While we're on the subject of wait times, I honestly wish that they would post the wait time, adding in the length of time it takes to enjoy the attraction from beginning to end. With preshows and attractions being longer than they seem from the exterior, this would help people with planning or meeting up with a group later.
                              Just ask the CMs of the attraction. They should know the cycle times of their attractions. For example, Golden Zephyr is 1 minute, 28 seconds. ...I think. TSMM is... ummm... well somewhere between 6 and 7 minutes. I should know this.


                              Inaccurate wait times for the queues are dependent on a few things. The greeter out front may not be changing it accordingly. Some don't feel like it and would rather just tell you the wait time when you ask. Sometimes there's no number between the "30" and the "40" on the wait time sign. Sometimes there is no one to adjust the wait time because the greeter position is not staffed. And sometimes the time may change while you are in line because something happened to reduce ride capacity while you were waiting.

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                              • #16
                                Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

                                Originally posted by rollrcostrfrk807 View Post
                                Just subtract a minute and 10 seconds from the counting down time and that is actually how long you have to wait before the doors open
                                ok the first time i read that i added instead of subtracted
                                but i got it now :thumbup:
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                                • #17
                                  Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

                                  Screamin has had 30 mins wait and we wait less than 15 mins, those Estates can always be wrong for me and I wont care.
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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

                                    What's worse is when the park information wait time board is off. I walked past it yesterday and it said Indy was 15 minutes, and the actual Indy sign said 30 minutes. The 30 minutes was correct though, since only one side of the station was running, which basically means that the normal 10 minute wait from film is at least 20 minutes.

                                    Keep in mind though, when a guest is sent through with a time card, then the resulting time will be off by that much.

                                    So if it takes the guest 20 minutes to get to the groupers, but 10 minutes earlier Fantasmic got out, then the line might be 40 minutes from Fantasmic viewers entering the line once they get the result from the guest with the card......I hope that makes sense.

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                                    • #19
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                                      Would you prefer a wait sign with not enough wait time, or too much? I feel if they give you longer you feel better because it hasnt taken as long.
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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Badly Estimated Wait Times

                                        Originally posted by PirateMickey View Post
                                        That is why they are referred to as "estimated" times... No guarantee's.


                                        When we are at the Park, we are on "Disneyland time". Schedule's are for work, not our leisure time!
                                        Amen to that. Just enjoy the happiness.
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