Universal Crowd Calendar Report – March 20 to 26, 2016

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

Last week, Universal Orlando Parks were slightly busier than expected in the first part of the week but stayed within close range of predicted levels for the second half. Wednesday through Saturday none of the Universal Crowd Calendar predictions missed by more than one index level and only once was a prediction off by more than two.

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, March 20, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
9

Wait times were within a few minutes of predicted averages at Universal Studios on Sunday but Islands of Adventure was busier than expected. Standout wait times were the 63-minute average at Rip Ride Rockit and the 47-minute average at Flight of the Hippogriff.

Islands of Adventure
3
6

Monday, March 21, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
10

The Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar correctly predicted the crowd level ‘8’ at Islands of Adventure on Monday but this time it was Universal Studios that surprised us. Of all the days when Universal sees a crowd level ’10’, Monday is the least likely. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem was the only Universal Studios attraction that didn’t hit a level ’10’ but it reached a level ‘9’ at 93 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
8
8

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
8
10

Tuesday was the first of several days when one of Universal’s parks hit a crowd level ’10’ last week. The Simpsons Ride averaged 69 minutes and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit averaged a remarkable 116 minutes!

Islands of Adventure
8
9

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
9

Wednesday’s crowd levels were lower than the two previous days but not by much. Guests of the Universal Parks still saw crowds nearly as large as the resort sees all year. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was very popular again with an average wait of 93 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
8
8

Thursday, March 24, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
10

Thursday saw a park reach a level ’10’ again, for the third time. Revenge of the Mummy averaged 27 minutes, Men In Black 22 and Shrek 4-D averaged 23 minutes, all level ’10’s on their attraction scales.

Islands of Adventure
8
8

Friday, March 25, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
10

Revenge of the Mummy almost doubled its average wait time on Friday hitting an average of 41 minutes. Most other headliners at Universal Studios hit a crowd level ’10’ as well. Flight of the Hippogriff continued its banner week with average wait times much higher than usual, reaching 53 minutes on Friday.

Islands of Adventure
7
8

Saturday, March 26, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

The Universal Crowd Calendar ended the week with predictions that hit the mark at both parks.

Islands of Adventure
8
8

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.To see Universal Orlando Resort Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.

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.