Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report – December 28, 2014 to January 3, 2015

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The busy Christmas Season hit Universal Orlando Resort as expected last week but wait times around New Year’s Eve dipped lower than years past. The days before and after New Year’s Eve were much busier.

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, December 28, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Sunday brought the first of two days of maximum crowds at both Universal parks. Wait times hit an average of 128 minutes at Despicable Me.

Islands of Adventure
9
10

Monday, December 29, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Monday’s crowd was equally packed with wait time averages such as 103 minutes at Rip Ride Rockit and 115 at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Islands of Adventure
9
10

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Tuesday’s crowd was the first day where we saw a small dip in wait times – at Islands of Adventure. The Studios continued to be packed to near capacity.

Islands of Adventure
10
8

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
9

Islands of Adventure, at a level ‘6’ wins the distinction of the lowest crowd level on New Year’s Eve among Orlando parks. Wait times there were equivalent to a regular summer day.

Islands of Adventure
9
6

Thursday, January 1, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
7

New Year’s Day saw surprisingly moderate crowds at both parks. Revenge of the Mummy and Dragon Challenge both averaged less than 30 minute waits.

Islands of Adventure
8
7

Friday, January 2, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Friday saw the return of extreme crowd levels to both parks. We saw a 115-minute average wait time at Despicable Me.

Islands of Adventure
9
9

Saturday, January 3, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
9

Saturday’s crowd levels at both Universal parks were higher than Disney’s, relatively speaking. Wait times peaked higher than New Year’s Eve at most attractions.

Islands of Adventure
8
9
What to Expect This Week
January 4 to 10, 2015
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January crowds are typically light to moderate at Universal Studios and we expect that to continue this year. Dress for the cooler weather and you will experience relaxed touring around both parks.

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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