Universal Crowd Calendar Report – December 27, 2015 to January 2, 2016

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How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?
How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Last week, the only surprise of the week was New Year’s Eve. Historically, the Universal Parks do not have the extreme crowds that we see at Disney Parks on the same night. This year, crowds were significant. Overall the Universal Crowd Calendar did a good job predicting the crowds last week matching the post New Year’s Eve dip on Friday then the bounceback on 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, December 27, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Sunday began a streak of extremely crowded days last week at Universal Studios. Only Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at 35 minutes did not hit a level ’10’. At Islands of Adventure wait times very very high as well but not quite high enough to hit the top level on our scale.

Islands of Adventure
8
9

Monday, December 28, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Both parks did hit the highest level on our scale Monday. That means average wait times like 146 minutes at Transformers: The Ride-3D and 129 minutes at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Islands of Adventure
9
10

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Tuesday was equally as crowded as Monday and still at the top of our scale. In fact, average wait times were slightly higher overall. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem averaged 158 while The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man averaged 115!

Islands of Adventure
9
10

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Wednesday’s wait times edged up higher still with Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit joining Despicable Me and Transformers over the 100 minute mark.

Islands of Adventure
9
10

Thursday, December 31, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
9

Thursday ended a three day streak of both parks hitting a crowd level ’10’. The extreme wait times at Islands of Adventure on New Year’s Eve were particularly surprising. Last year that park hit a crowd level ‘6’ on New Year’s Eve.

Islands of Adventure
4
10

Friday, January 1, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
8

Happy New Year! As is the case most years, we saw New Year’s Day wait times a little lower than other days during the week. This is likely from a “morning after” effect from the previous night’s celebration.

Islands of Adventure
6
8

Saturday, January 2, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
9

Saturday’s crowds were back up to peak holiday levels although not at the top on our scale. Revenge of the Mummy averaged 43 minutes (predicted 36) while the Simpsons Ride averaged 29 minutes (predicted 43).

Islands of Adventure
9
9
What to Expect This Week
January 3 to 9, 2016

This week is the last week of the peak holiday season. In fact we expect crowds to return to moderate levels by the end of the week.

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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