Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar Report – January 4 to 10, 2015

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Universal Orlando crowd levels continue to come in lower than in years past. We saw average wait times 5 to 10 minutes lower than the same period last year. Christmas crowds left the resort more abruptly than usual, with crowds reaching offseason levels by Monday, January 5.

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

Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, January 4, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
7

Our estimates did very well on Sunday. Average wait times came in within a few minutes of what we predicted at most attractions, including the 83 minutes at Despicable Me where we predicted 84.

Islands of Adventure
7
7

Monday, January 5, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
6

Monday’s crowds did not hit the levels we predicted at either park. We saw average waits like 14 minutes at E.T. Adventure (predicted 23) and 22 at Simpsons Ride (predicted 24).

Islands of Adventure
7
5

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
6

Our prediction for Islands of Adventure did much better on Tuesday but at Universal Studios it was still a little high.

Islands of Adventure
5
5

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
6
6

Our predictions recovered nicely on Wednesday matching the observed levels at both parks and resort-wide.

Islands of Adventure
4
4

Thursday, January 8, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
6
6

Thursday saw a slight dip at Islands of Adventure but for the most part, attraction wait times were within a few minutes of what we predicted.

Islands of Adventure
4
3

Friday, January 9, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
6
5

Friday’s crowd levels were the lowest of the week, partially due to the cold weather passing through Central Florida. We saw some single digit average waits at rides like Shrek 4-D and Twirl ‘n’ Hurl

Islands of Adventure
5
3

Saturday, January 10, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
5

Saturday fittingly capped off a week of average wait times with level ‘5’s at both parks. For the first time all week, both our predictions were lower than what we observed.

Islands of Adventure
3
5
What to Expect This Week
January 11 to 17, 2015
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Mid-January is a slow time of the year for most Central Florida attractions and Universal is no exception. If prepared for the cooler weather, guests can enjoy some of the shortest lines of the year.

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.