Universal Crowd Calendar Report – September 6 to 12, 2015

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How Did The Universal Crowd Calendar Do?
How Did The Universal Crowd Calendar Do?

Last week, crowds at Universal Parks were light as predicted by the Universal Crowd Calendar, except for Sunday when wait times were significantly higher. On Sunday, some Universal attractions had average wait times double what history would suggest for a Sunday in early September. We saw similarly large weekend crowds the week before so perhaps weekends in September will be busier than usual this year.

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

Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, September 6, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
7

The Universal Crowd Calendar predicted crowd level ‘3’s at both parks on Sunday but wait times were significantly higher than expected. We saw average wait times like 38 minutes at E.T. Adventure (predicted 14) and 28 minutes at Shrek 4-D (predicted 10). Both of these averages represent level ’10’s for those attractions, something we rarely see in September.

Islands of Adventure
3
5

Monday, September 7, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
4

Crowds at both Universal Parks settled down significantly on Monday, each slipping three points lower than what we saw on Sunday. It is very rare to see such a drop in average wait times between two consecutive days.

Islands of Adventure
2
2

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
3

Tuesday, like the day before, looked a lot more like a typical weekday in September with average wait times near the lowest levels we see all year. That’s more like it! Revenge of the Mummy averaged 11 minutes, about 25 minutes lower than what we saw on Sunday.

Islands of Adventure
2
2

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
3

On Wednesday Islands of Adventure became the first park last week to reach a crowd level at the bottom of our scale. Dragon Challenge averaged only 4 minutes while the usual 40-minute wait at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey averaged only 15 minutes, a definite crowd level ‘1’.

Islands of Adventure
3
1

Thursday, September 10, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
2

Level ‘2’ across the board on Thursday with no attraction averaging a posted time higher than 25 minutes other than Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at 39 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
2
2

Friday, September 11, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
3

Islands of Adventure stayed at a crowd level ‘2’ on Friday while Universal Studios slipped slightly higher to a level ‘3’. The differences in wait times were subtle however, with averages like 12 minutes at The Simpsons Ride and 21 at Transformers: The Ride-3D.

Islands of Adventure
3
2

Saturday, September 12, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
6

Saturday brought the largest crowds that we had seen since Sunday. Universal Studios saw wait time averages like 25 minutes at Revenge of the Mummy and 35 minutes at Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

Islands of Adventure
4
4
What to Expect This Week
September 13 to 19, 2015

September is a perennial favorite for guests who wish to visit the Universal Parks without battling huge crowds. This year however, we have seen crowds on weekends rival the busier times of the fall and winter season. This week that trend may continue so guests who plan to visit during the week may experience much emptier 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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