Universal Crowd Calendar Report – February 28 to March 5, 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 Resort were the lowest we have seen since early January. Only Saturday hit a resort-wide crowd level above ‘3’ on our scale and Islands of Adventure saw six out of seven days hit a crowd level of ‘2’ or lower. Guests of Universal Orlando were treated to some of the lowest wait times we are likely to see in 2016.

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, February 28, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
4

Other than Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, which always has the longest average wait time, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was the longest average wait at a mere 31 minutes. At Islands of Adventure Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey led the way with an average wait of 38 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
4
2

Monday, February 29, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
3

Happy Leap Day! Wait times were low across the board on Monday with no attractions averaging more than 30 minutes except for Despicable Me. Also, many lesser attractions like Cat In The Hat, Storm Force Acceleration and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish had average wait times under 10 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
5
2

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
5
2

The first day of March brought the lowest crowds of the week and some of the lowest wait times we have seen at Universal Parks since early January. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit averaged only 9 minutes! Over at Islands of Adventure The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man averaged 7 minutes, the lowest we have seen there in over a year.

Islands of Adventure
5
1

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
3

Crowds did not change much on Wednesday with boths parks coming in with average waits much lower than expected. Only Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem had an average wait above 18 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
4
1

Thursday, March 3, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
4

Thursday brought the third day in a row for a crowd level ‘1’ at Islands of Adventure. Spider-Man averaged 15 minutes, Dragon Challenge 8 minutes, Flight of the Hippogriff 18 minutes at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey 23 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
5
1

Friday, March 4, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
5
4

On Friday wait times at Islands of Adventure inched upward slightly but still remained very low relatively to what we saw in February. Friday also saw the continuation of larger crowds at Universal Studios relative to Islands of Adventure.

Islands of Adventure
5
2

Saturday, March 5, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
7
5

Saturday’s ‘5’ and ‘3’ make it the busiest day of last week although wait times were barely at the middle point of our scale for most attractions.

Islands of Adventure
5
3
What to Expect This Week
March 6 to 12, 2016

February has ended and March has begun which means Spring Break season is on its way at Universal Orlando Resort. In 2016 it also means that Easter season is on its way at the end of the month as well. We expect crowds to be steady but manageable for the short term, building to the Easter peak by the end of the month.

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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