Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

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

Universal Orlando Resort continues to be the one resort that shows wait times within a reasonable distance of what we have seen historically in April. Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland are trending up sharply throughout April, especially during the week while Universal Orlando is showing the moderate wait times that we would expect for late April. However, wait times are still up at Universal Orlando as well, which each day last week coming in at or above what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted.

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 24, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
5

Resort wide, the Universal Crowd Calendar hit the mark on Sunday thanks to higher than expected crowds at Universal Studios offset by lower than expected crowds at Islands of Adventure. Most wait times were moderate at both parks such as the 18 minute average wait we observed at Revenge of the Mummy and the 12 minute average at Dragon Challenge.

Islands of Adventure
4
3

Monday, April 25, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
7

Monday was the only significant surprise of the week with Universal Studios hitting a crowd level higher than we have seen on any last Monday in April. Men in Black averaged 26 minutes, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit averaged 37 and The Simpsons Ride averaged 26.

Islands of Adventure
4
5

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
5

By Tuesday, wait times settled down quite a bit, to levels in line with what we have seen historically. Islands of Adventure wait times were within a few minutes of what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted at all attractions while Universal Studios was slightly busier than expected.

Islands of Adventure
4
4

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
5

Wednesday’s crowd levels matched what we saw a day before. Guests of Universal Studios saw average wait times like 26 minutes at Men In Black, 58 minutes at Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and 39 minutes at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Islands of Adventure
3
4

Thursday, April 28, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
5

Same crowd levels again on Thursday at both parks and again it was Universal Studios that was slightly higher than predicted. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit led the way with an average wait time of 38 minutes (predicted 29).

Islands of Adventure
4
4

Friday, April 29, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
4

Wait times on Friday dipped lower than we had seen all week. E.T. Adventure averaged 12 minutes, Men In Black 18, Revenge of the Mummy 16 and Shrek 4-D averaged 12 minutes, all well below the middle point in our scale.

Islands of Adventure
3
3

Saturday, April 30, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
7

Saturday’s crowds were the largest of the week at Universal Studios while Islands of Adventure wait times were a lot more moderate. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit averaged 53 minutes while The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man averaged 34.

Islands of Adventure
3
4
What to Expect This Week
May 1 to 7, 2016

May is a favorite time of the year among regular visitors to the Universal Theme Parks. Known for warm temperatures but lower humidity than Summer and historically moderate wait times, many guests find touring in May to be the most pleasant of the year. However, the overall trend in 2016 has been for crowds to be a point or two higher than usual so it will be important for guests to be prepared with a touring plan.

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.

One thought on “Universal Crowd Calendar Report – April 24 to 30, 2016

  • May 12, 2016 at 6:00 am
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    We are planning to be there May 27 and 29. We will have unlimited express passes and will use a touring plan. If the calendar says 4 and 5, should we expect 6 and 7?

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