Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report – October 12 to 18, 2014

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Resort-wide crowds at Universal Orlando remained flat at a level ‘4’ from Sunday through Thursday last week although Islands of Adventure consistently sees crowds one or two levels lower than its Universal Studios counterpart. Shortened park hours on days when Universal Studios hosts Halloween Horror Nights still seem to have little effect on average daytime waits. Crowds during the day are about the same whether a nighttime party is scheduled or not.

Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report:

Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown

Sunday, October 12, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
6
6

Wait times at Islands of Adventure lagged way behind those at Universal Studios on Sunday. We saw average waits like 9 minutes at Dragon Challenge (predicted 16) and 7 at Doctor Doom’s Fearfall (predicted 21).

Islands of Adventure
6
2

Monday, October 13, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
5

Early Park admission on Monday for resort guests and wait times remained near expected levels at both parks.  E.T. Adventure averaged 17 minutes (predicted 16) while our prediction of 46 minutes for Forbidden Journey missed high by only 2 minutes. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was a surprise with a mere 15 minutes average wait time (predicted 36).

Islands of Adventure
4
3

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
5
4

Slightly lower wait times than expected on Tuesday at both parks. Revenge of the Mummy averaged a 10 minute wait (predicted 13) while The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man averaged 22 (predicted 30).

Islands of Adventure
4
3

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
5
4

Another Early Park Admission day on Wednesday and wait times remained low. No real surprises at The Studios while at Islands of Adventure we saw an average wait time of 22 minutes at Spider-Man (predicted 31).

Islands of Adventure
5
3

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
5
5

Thursdays crowds were very close to predictions at both parks. With the exception of Despicable Me (64 minutes, predicted 44) every prediction we made on Thursday was within 8 minutes of what we observed.

Islands of Adventure
4
3

Friday, October 17, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
6

The Studios closed at 5pm to host Halloween Horror Nights for the second day in a row on Friday but crowds remained steady during the day. Average waits for Men In Black, Rip Ride Rockit and The Simpsons Ride were 10 to 15 minutes longer than predicted. Elsewhere, predictions missed by only a few minutes.

Islands of Adventure
4
3

Saturday, October 18, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
6
6

Saturday’s crowds at ‘6’ and ‘5’ were similar to what we saw all week. No lines significantly longer than normal and none significantly shorter. Average wait times at Spider-Man, Doctor Doom, Ripsaw Falls and Dragon Challenge all matched our predictions exactly.

Islands of Adventure
6
5
What to Expect This Week
October 19 to 25, 2014
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Next week is the final week before Halloween so we expect the festive theme to intensify although crowds will likely remain similar to what we saw last week.

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.

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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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