Universal Crowd Calendar Update – February 2022

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The Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar is getting an update. We posted similar updates to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort earlier this week. We expect the busy crowds of January and February to continue at Universal Orlando, just like at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

No resort has seen crowd levels higher than Universal Orlando during the last two years. The average crowd level in December was 5.9 across the two parks, by far the highest of the three resorts. Universal Studios hit a ’10’ on our scale 25 times since December 1, 2021. That’s a lot of busy days. Unfortunately for anyone that is planning a trip to Universal Orlando Resort this spring, we believe that the busy parks will continue. This calendar update will reflect that trend.

What’s In This Update?

Very few days will see a reduction as a result of this update. Most will either stay the same or see a bump of one or two points. Occasionally a day will jump up 4 or more. This is a direct result of the latest trends we have been observing since 2022 began. If you are planning a visit and one of your days has gone up by a point or two, don’t panic. The difference between a ‘3’ day and a ‘5’ day isn’t as much as you would think. If you are also following a touring plan then you already have the crowds beat. Using a touring plan is the single best way to minimize your wait in line. They work – really!

What Next?

One of the ways that we plan to deal with these recent trends is to update the calendar more often. Doing so will allow us to share the latest and greatest predictions based on the information we have. In these crazy times over the last two years we have seen wild swings in crowd levels at Universal. Long stretches of ’10’ days followed by random ‘2’s and ‘3’s. In the next few months we expect more of the former and less of the latter. So, watch out for frequent (and hopefully minor) changes to the Universal Crowd Calendar between now and summer 2022.

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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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