Last time I played it was a bit lengthy, but not too bad. At the moment it's taking like 20 minutes for "loading animations" to complete, and last time it went through all the loading only to tell me the server was not available. Does anyone else have this problem?
Edit: I let it load for a bit longer, it was in the "loading zone" phase afaik, and it gave me an error saying that the Speed Tree Billboard Buffer or some such failed to be created, which inhibited me from clicking anything on my computer for some time before I managed to close the program.
The "Loading Zones" part of logging in seems to take a very long time.
I believe that would be server side, however animation should be located on the computer, so I don't know why it would take so long unless it needs massive optimization, more likely there's something wrong on my end. During my latest start up I went through "Loading World" and "Loading Environment" in a few seconds, it's been on "Loading Animations" for the last 5 minutes.
I'd also suggest uninstalling, using C-Cleaner to fix your registry, and then re-installing.
Before you do that though, tone down the settings a bunch-especially the resolution and terrain distances, and turn off bloom and shadows. Exit and reload. I've had long load times too, from 3-6 minutes. Sometimes more, usually followed by a crash. It shouldn't take more then 5 minutes all the same.