When it comes to Disney knowledge, sometimes you take things for granted. If we're specifically talking about wait times, the common wisdom is that the newest ride in any park is going to have the highest wait times until a newer ride appears. This isn't always the case - sometimes the new attraction is a lower tier ride (not an "E Ticket", for those who like the lingo) and once the new ride smell wears off, the previous busiest ride will take over again.
In recent years, a lot of big attractions have debuted at Disney World, and largely the pattern has remained true. When Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opened in 2019, the two rides in that new land shot to the top of the wait time lists at Hollywood Studios. Millenium Falcon Smuggler's Run has largely receded into the pack with a lot of the existing rides, which makes sense - Smuggler's Run was the "b" attraction in Galaxy's Edge.
The main attraction there of course is Rise of the Resistance, the much hyped, multiple ride vehicle that anchors the land. The hype here is warranted - Rise is a tour de force (pun intended?), and is objectively the best attraction on Disney property (it doesn't necessarily have to be your favorite ride - mine is still Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom - but from a storyline, technological and "magic" standpoint, it's hard to beat it).
Once it debuted (and again when operations returned to normal after Covid), Rise has almost always been the busiest ride of the day at that park (and often times, at all the parks in total). I took this for granted - I barely glanced at wait time charts, because we all knew what the top ride in that park was going to be.
But lately, I've noticed a new trend, and I decided to dig into the numbers a little bit. Rise is no longer the busiest ride at Hollywood Studios on most days. In fact, one ride has taken over that title and now dominates the wait time landscape. That ride is none other than Slinky Dog Dash, the coaster and main attraction in Toy Story Land.
Slinky is a worthy "busiest" ride - it held that title for a few years leading up to the debut of Galaxy's Edge (as well as Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway). Toy Story Land is still relatively new (it opened in 2018, just a year plus before Galaxy's Edge) and Slinky quickly became the "it" ride in that land. Toy Story Mania had been around, and Alien Swirling Saucers is more for littler kids, so by default, Slinky was the main attraction.
I have no issue with Slinky as a ride. It's only the second coaster in that park, and the other one, Rock N Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith, is much more intense, given that it's the only coaster on property with inversions. Slinky would appeal to the roller coaster wimps (raises hand) of all ages, and the Toy Story theming would impress kids big and small. It was a sure winner.
It's also ... just okay? It has a short duration, and coupled with the long lines to get on, adds up to a long experience in the hot sun. It's not particularly thrilling, and the up and down hills often make me feel a little queasy (your mileage may vary). I would be much happier with it as an attraction if it weren't so hard to ride. We have to do it on every trip, but usually only once - if the time investment were equal to say, Big Thunder Mountain, then we'd probably give it another go or two.
So has Slinky Dog Dash reclaimed its crown as the top dog at Hollywood Studios? Take a look at these charts below, all from Thrill-Data.com as always. I kind of arbitrarily chose dates going back a couple of months - the data below represents June 1st through August 7th, a total of 68 days.