Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 5 to 11, 2015

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The Universal Crowd Calendar predicted a flatter range of crowd levels last week but what we saw was a more up-and-down pattern. The ‘up’s fell on Monday through Thursday while the ‘down’s fell on Sunday, Friday and Saturday.

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, April 5, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
7
8

Sunday’s crowd levels would prove to be the lowest of the week until Friday arrived. We saw wait times averages of 31 minutes at The Simpsons Ride and The Incredible Hulk Coaster.

Islands of Adventure
6
6

Monday, April 6, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
10

On Monday, Universal Studios was the first park last week to hit a level ’10’. Wait times were extreme with averages of 43 minutes at Men in Black and 22 at Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster.

Islands of Adventure
8
8

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
10

On Tuesday, both parks hit the highest level on our scale. That means more wait time averages like 30 minutes at Shrek 4-D and 64 at Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls.

Islands of Adventure
9
10

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
10

The calendar predicted level ‘8’s at both parks on Wednesday but both ended up with back-to-back days at level ’10’.

Islands of Adventure
8
10

Thursday, April 9, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
9

Thursday’s wait times at both parks showed the first sign of a decrease since Sunday. Disaster! dropped to an average of 14 minutes and Storm Force Acceleration to 12 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
9
9

Friday, April 10, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
7
6

Wait times dropped significantly on Friday. Friday and Saturday are popular travel days for out-of-town guests to the resort.

Islands of Adventure
8
6

Saturday, April 11, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
7
6

Saturday saw another day of lesser wait times at both parks. Observed averages at Revenge of the Mummy and Forbidden Journey were 25 35 minutes respectively.

Islands of Adventure
7
6
What to Expect This Week
April 12 to 18, 2015
How Crowded is Universal Orlando Resort?
How Crowded is Universal Orlando Resort?

Spring Break crowds and Easter crowds have faded and we expect this week to begin a slower period at the resort that should last perhaps until June.

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.

One thought on “Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 5 to 11, 2015

  • April 14, 2015 at 9:34 am
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    We were there last week.
    Pros: yes, getting there at rope drop we were able to do all the mountains and a few other rides within the first 2 1/2 hours. And we went to universal on Sunday because of your predictions and that proved to be a manageable day.
    and your wait times are 100% more accurate than The posted times.

    Cons: travelling with an age range of 4 to 75 on 10-level crowds made for miserable times after those first couple hours. And not everyone in a group makes it to the park for rope drop. I’m mad about the predicted crowds as I never would go on such days. I don’t find it fun marching through the parks on a mission. Hard to appreciate the park itself when it’s a new York subway platform. Dangerous for small children too.

    I fought with my family about going this week but agreed solely because the calendar allowed me to only schedule one 8 day and a few 7s. I Couldn’t Understand how that was possible given the whole east coast was on spring break but I figured you know what you are doing. Hell, it was a rare free dining blackout week so I should have went with my instinct, but in trusting your calendar, the whole week was an ordeal for us all.

    If your idea of fun family time is spending 12 hours a day for 8 days in a cattle car, just “use a touring plan”. But if we ever go back, it will be low season.

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