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Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar Update – June 2020

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Universal Orlando Resort is open and we have enough wait time observations to update the Crowd Calendar.

Attendance is limited at each of the Universal parks, but the adjustments to operational capacity are keeping wait times up. The overall affect is a net reduction in crowd level of about 50%. What would normally be ‘7’s and ‘8’s in early June are now ‘3’s and ‘4’s.

So, we have crunched the numbers and made some adjustments. Here is a summary:

  1. Crowd levels are down significantly
  2. Updates cover dates between now and November 20, 2020
  3. These updates assume that physical distancing practices will remain in effect
  4. These updates assume park operations and attendance patterns will remain stable for the next few months

There are several things that might happen in the near future that require us to make further changes to the Universal Crowd Levels. We will be watching daily to see how the waits times look in each park. Whether or not you choose to visit the parks is a personal decision. You will have to wear a mask and keep your distance from other guests. However, if you do decide to go, it seems clear that wait times will be low. Very low.

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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 You can also follow him on Twitter: @DisneyStatsWhiz.

11 thoughts on “Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar Update – June 2020

  • Interesting. Thanks for the reply! I wondered about the historical numbers. It’s a little surprising to me but I guess people want to grill weenies in the backyard instead of hitting Universal. I think we may test the theory and venture out. We bought APs in January and have used them exactly once.

  • July 4 hasn’t typically been crowded at Universal. In 2019 and 2018, both parks were a ‘6’ on our scale. They were 7 (USF) and 5 (IOA) in 2017. I think that’s driving the prediction.

  • +1 to Alex’ question above that didn’t get a response. We’re thinking of making a trip over sometime over the long July 4 weekend and were looking for the day with the lowest crowd prediction. I was surprised that July 4 had a lower anticipated crowd level than Friday or Sunday. I was hoping there would be an answer on the blog.

  • Reservation needed at Universal Orlando? When I called at the beginning of June, customer service said no reservations, 1st come 1st serve…has that changed? Thanks!

  • Hi, I will be traveling from Ga. if i purchased tickets do i need to reserve or can i just go in?

  • Hi, was there at all 3 universal parks and it was great……small crowds to the point that sometimes you couldn’t see someone for at least 75 yards. Yes the face mask is needed just for safety and some people and even I am.sick of using it but pefer then getting sick with anything. But I think as the summer rolls on and numbers increase in florida I dont think the parks will have a number of capacity for the remainder of the year because when the 6 feet apart they appear longer then and the wait times vary because of groups, cleaning the vehicles and breakdowns. But if you want to enjoy yourself and get your money’s worth and you are bored of being home…this is the best time to go because once things and will be time to a new normal then you will have regretted

  • I am so glad to see these updated. I am planning a trip in early July and this is very timely.

    Question: Why are you projecting a “2” for the 4th of July compared to other days around it which have a “4”? That seems counter-intuitive to me. Is it because Universal is not planning to do fireworks on the 4th whereas SeaWorld is, so the assumption is that many folks will gravitate to SeaWorld? I am actually thinking of doing SeaWorld that day specifically for this reason, so I am wondering if I am more typical than I realized. If this is the reason, does it also explain why the the crowd level goes to a “5” on Tuesdays and Thursdays when SeaWorld is closed? If yes, this is interesting, I didn’t realize that the “SeaWorld Effect” was that significant.

    Your team does a fabulous job, thanks for all you do!

  • Fred, will TP have any upcoming guidance about how touring will be affected by the new procedures (e.g., virtual queues, reduced operating hours, etc.)? I’ve been a few times before, but I have no idea how to approach a plan at this point.

    • Brian, we’re working on blog posts that show how the plans work with virtual queues. Should be the same as the old paper FastPass system, I think.


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