Universal Crowd Calendar Report – January 10 to 16, 2016

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

Last week, crowds at Universal Orlando stayed in the lower half of our crowd level index except for Saturday as we headed into a long weekend. Monday and Tuesday’s higher than expected wait times were mostly at Universal Studios. Friday’s rock bottom wait times were due to the extreme weather that swept through Central Florida. The same storm brought tornadoes to other parts of Florida as well.

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, January 10, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
5

On Sunday, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride and Transformers: The Ride-3D had average wait times 3 to 6 minutes higher than the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted. At Islands of Adventure wait times were within one or two minutes, on average.

Islands of Adventure
2
3

Monday, January 11, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
6

Monday’s crowd at Universal Studios was the busiest Monday we have seen in January since 2009 that wasn’t Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit averaged 34 minutes (predicted 18) while The Simpsons Ride averaged 27 (18).

Islands of Adventure
2
3

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
5

Tuesday’s crowds were similar to Sunday and Monday with Islands of Adventure much quieter than Universal Studios. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and The Simpsons were more popular than normal again.

Islands of Adventure
2
2

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
3

Wednesday’s crowds were more in line with what we typically see in mid January at Universal parks. The Universal Crowd Calendar correctly predicted the crowd levels at both parks.

Islands of Adventure
2
2

Thursday, January 14, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
5

Thursday we saw a return to Sunday’s crowd levels. Wait times remained higher than usual for this time of year of some attractions. Crowds continued to be manageable however, with no park hitting a crowd level above a ‘6’.

Islands of Adventure
2
3

Friday, January 15, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
2

Friday’s low average wait times were due to the sever storms that swept through Orlando.

Islands of Adventure
4
1

Saturday, January 16, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
6
9

Saturday was the first day of the long weekend that ends on Monday with Martin Luther King Jr Day. Islands of Adventure hit its expected crowd level but Universal Studios continued its pattern of higher than expected wait times all week.

Islands of Adventure
7
7
What to Expect This Week
January 17 to 23, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr Day is the first really busy day at Universal since New Year’s Day but once the rush subsides we expect to see uncrowded parks for the rest 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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