Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report – August 31 to September 6, 2014

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Wait times at Universal Orlando skewed lower than expected last week although not significantly so. We correctly predicted the crowd level within one index level every day with only one exception. The week after Labor Day, like at Disney World, is the single slowest week of the year at Universal Orlando. If you can handle the hot summer temperatures you will experience near empty touring conditions.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report:

 

Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, August 31, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
5
4

Sunday’s crowds were one level lower than predicted at both Universal parks. This includes a 56 minute average posted time at Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (predicted 75) and 46 at Transformers: The Ride-3D (predicted 52).

Islands of Adventure
4
3

Monday, September 1, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
2

Of all the national holidays of the year Labor Day has the lowest crowds. Even lower than usual this year with average waits like 5 minutes at Dragon Challenge (predicted 6) and 13 minutes at Revenge of the Mummy (predicted 8).

Islands of Adventure
3
1

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
2

Tuesdays crowds were similarly light. The only headliner resort wide to see an average wait time higher than 20 minutes was Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at 32 minutes and even that was 10 minutes lower than predicted.

Islands of Adventure
2
1

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
1

Wait times tended low again on Wednesday with only a few attractions reaching levels above ‘1’ on our scale. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey saw an average posted wait of 17 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
2
2

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
2

No change on Thursday, low crowds across the board as predicted.

Islands of Adventure
2
1

Friday, September 5, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
3

The Studios level ‘3’ on Friday was the first park to reach a level above ‘2’ since Labor Day. Revenge of the Mummy skewed higher than expected (13 minutes, predicted 9) but many others tended lower like Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (28 minutes, predicted 42).

Islands of Adventure
2
1

Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
3

A clean sweep for our predictions on Saturday, level ‘3’s across the resort.

Islands of Adventure
3
3
What to Expect This Week
September 7 to September 13, 2014
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The second week of September is a great week to visit the Universal Orlando Resort. Crowds are lighter with most schools in session and summer vacations concluded for most families.

To see Universal Orlando Resort Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.

To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin.

Fred Hazelton

Fred Hazelton maintains the crowd calendar, theme park wait time models and does hotel rate analysis for the Unofficial Guides. He's also done the models for the new mobile wait times product Lines. Fred Hazelton is a professional statistician living in Ontario, Canada. His email address is fred@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @DisneyStatsWhiz.

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