Sorry, I hadn't checked this in awhile. This suggestion is exactly what I did when I first downloaded the wallet, but in the spirit of science I went ahead a repeated those steps. Still the same hour and a half "loading block index".
After searching for a bit on this issue, it appears it's been known since January to have abnormally slow load times as indicated on Github. How has this been an issue since the wallet's release with no fix? It's been 6 months.