PHOTOS – Here’s a Quick Look at the Crowds at Universal Orlando Resort

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It’s a busy weekend at Walt Disney World and at Universal Orlando. Our team was at Islands of Adventure yesterday to test our Touring Plans; we want to ensure our tools up to date. While at Universal Orlando Resort, our team observed a few things.

Both parks did reached capacity (a reminder Universal Orlando does not use park reservations). This isn’t a surprise as we expected this weekend to be busy with Mardi Gras, Presidents’ Day, and Valentine’s Day. But, it is always interesting to see some of the differences between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

Islands of Adventure Crowds – February 13, 2021
Islands of Adventure Crowds – February 13, 2021

Anecdotally speaking, our team has reported that they observe less physical distancing compliance, particularly in Universal’s ride queues. They also tend to notice that mask compliance is generally weaker at Universal, again mostly in line and on the rides themselves. Yesterday in particular had a few rough moments.

At both Disney and Universal our team is observing a slightly increase in guests eating and drinking while walking with their masks down. This is against park guidelines. It is not a major increase, but still something we are noticing.

Weak Physical Distancing at Universal Orlando Queues
Weak Physical Distancing at Universal Orlando Queues

This is not to say that you should be discouraged from visiting Universal’s parks. But it is something to be aware of and take into account when planning your visit.

Are you planning on visiting Universal Orlando? What tips and information can we help with? Let us know in the comments!

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Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

5 thoughts on “PHOTOS – Here’s a Quick Look at the Crowds at Universal Orlando Resort

  • February 14, 2021 at 8:30 pm
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    I’m in the parks this weekend and I agree with you on guest compliance being weak. However, that photo on Jurassic Park is really misleading. As it is a water ride, you are not required to wear your mask while riding. I’ve seen plenty of instances on other rides but that young man isn’t breaking any rules.

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  • February 15, 2021 at 12:36 pm
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    When we were on Jurassic Park in December, we were told we could take our masks off for the ride.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 6:10 am
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    When volcano bay opens you need to check that area. There will be NO social distancing NO masks.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 12:47 pm
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    Grab your pitchforks! You people are ridiculous. I see plenty of distancing and everyone wearing masks. Don’t go if you are so worried, Karen.

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    • February 16, 2021 at 12:58 pm
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      Hey Ashley, our team is in Walt Disney World every day, and makes frequent visits to Universal Orlando. So we feel confident when they say they aren’t comfortable in one situation versus another. Appreciate you taking the time to read and share your opinion. Take care and be well.

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