Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 3 to 9, 2016

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

Last week, like what we saw across town at Walt Disney World, Universal Crowds were way busier than history would suggest for the week after Easter. Beginning this week we have added an indicator for what the crowds were during the equivalent week in the prior year. The Universal Crowd Calendar predicted that crowds would hit a few points higher than what we saw in 2015, in line with the increase in Theme Park attendance figures so far in 2016, but it still was not enough for last week. We haven’t seen post-Easter crowds like that at Universal since we started tracking them in 2009.

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, April 3, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
5
9

Sunday’s crowds were busy at both parks but especially at Universal Studios where we saw that park hit a level ‘9’, the busiest day since the Thursday after Easter. Even Kang & Kodos’ Twist ‘n’ Hurl hit a level ’10’ with an average wait time of 18 minutes to go with the 57 minute average at Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and the 39 minute average at The Simpsons Ride.

Islands of Adventure
5
7

Monday, April 4, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
6
9

Monday’s crowds were just as busy as what we saw on Sunday, in fact even a little busier at Islands of Adventure. There we saw average waits like 46 minutes at The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and 22 minutes at Dragon Challenge. Standout wait times at Universal Studios were the 41 minute average at Men in Black and the 77 minute average at Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

Islands of Adventure
5
8

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
6
8

Tuesday brought some slight relief to Universal crowds with both parks coming in at two levels higher than what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted. We saw average wait times like 24 minutes at Revenge of the Mummy and 36 minutes at Jurassic Park River Adventure.

Islands of Adventure
5
7

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
9

Any relief we saw on Tuesday was short-lived because Universal Studios went up a level on Wednesday, a day that is normally the least crowded of the week at Universal in off-season. Although, unlike in years past, the week after Easter this year does not appear to be “off-season” at Universal. Rip Ride Rockit averaged 52 minutes and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey averaged 64.

Islands of Adventure
4
7

Thursday, April 7, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
8

Thursday’s crowds were in the upper half of our scale once again. We saw Rip Ride Rockit hit an average wait 5 minutes higher than Wednesday (57 minutes) and Transformers: The Ride-3D averaged 42 minutes. Meanwhile, Islands of Adventure crowds were two points lower than The Studios with average waits like 43 minutes at Spider-Man and 21 at Dragon Challenge.

Islands of Adventure
4
6

Friday, April 8, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
7

Friday’s crowd at Islands of Adventure was only one step higher than what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted but Universal Studios stayed a full three points higher than what was expected at that park. Average wait times were 30 minutes at Men In Black, 25 minutes at The Simpsons Ride and 35 minutes at Forbidden Journey.

Islands of Adventure
4
5

Saturday, April 9, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
9

Saturday brought another surge in crowds to both Universal parks. Universal Studios saw attractions hit average wait times like 46 minutes at Revenge of the Mummy and 62 minutes at Rip Ride Rockit while Islands of Adventure saw a 47 minute average at Spider-Man and 39 minutes at Flight of the Hippogriff.

Islands of Adventure
4
7
What to Expect This Week
April 10 to 16, 2016

All signs pointed to a moderate week last week at Universal Orlando Resort but crowds were anything but moderate. Early signs from this week seem to indicate that whatever surge brought extra crowds last week has not continued into this week. We expect the rest of April to be busy but manageable.

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.

4 thoughts on “Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 3 to 9, 2016

  • April 12, 2016 at 6:14 am
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    This is interesting to me. We are planning a trip for the end of May, the Friday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. I’ve been skeptical about the crowd level predictions. The calendar says 4 and 5, which seems too low. Thoughts?

    • April 12, 2016 at 8:22 am
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      We are planning a trip to Universal for that weekend too, and I have the same concern. I can’t help but wonder if the full opening of HP world at both parks has made them a more popular destination now, and that past attendance isn’t going to be an accurate predictor. We decided to mitigate this somewhat by splurging for one of the Universal hotels that includes Express Pass.

      • April 12, 2016 at 11:00 am
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        We got the Express Pass as well. I think it will all be fine, but it would be nice to know what to expect. If you pass a family of four, looking green or throwing up in the bushes, that will probably be us. I am nervous about all the 3D rides!

  • April 14, 2016 at 9:24 am
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    I was at Universal on Saturday. It was crowded but it wasn’t terrible? If that was a 9 it wasn’t too bad. I’m a local with a premier pass (after 4 express) We didn’t get there till 1pm. We had lunch and did a few rides. Spent most of the time sitting at bars and eating/drinking lol but still got in several rides and some repeats. It really wasn’t that bad.

    Im sure those who arrived at rope drop probably saw everything easily.

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