Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Report – December 21 to 27, 2014

Universal Orlando Resort Crowd levels were lower than expected last week, continuing the trend over the last few months. December 24th crowds were particularly low compared to what we have seen in years past.

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, December 21, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
6

The ‘6’s at both Universal parks were lower than expected thanks to average wait times like 23 minutes at Men in Black (predicted 28) and 77 minutes at Despicable Me.

Islands of Adventure
8
6

Monday, December 22, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
9

Monday’s crowds matched more closely the level that we expect to see on the days leading up to the Christmas Holiday but still not quite at the ’10’ and ‘9’ levels we predicted.

Islands of Adventure
9
8

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
9

The Studios saw wait times like 38 minutes at Revenge of the Mummy and 47 minutes at Rip Ride Rockit on Tuesday while Islands of Adventure had average waits like 69 minutes at Spider-Man and 51 at Hulk Coaster.

Islands of Adventure
9
9

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
5

Wow! A surprisingly low crowd at both parks on Wednesday, Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is considered a holiday for the purposes of developing our models for wait time prediction. In that regard, wait times like 20 minutes at Rip Ride Rockit and 7 minutes at Dragon Challenge are among the least crowded holidays of the year.

Islands of Adventure
7
4

Thursday, December 25, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
9

Christmas Day was similarly quiet at Islands of Adventure but more in line with historical trends at Universal Studios. The Simpsons Ride hit 33 minutes (predicted 25).

Islands of Adventure
9
6

Friday, December 26, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

The first level ’10’ of the week came at The Studios on Friday. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem average 116 minutes (predicted 112).

Islands of Adventure
9
8

Saturday, December 27, 2014

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
10
10

Saturday was by far, the busiest day of last week at both parks and likely a sign of what is to come this week. Wait times hit a level ’10’ at nearly all attractions.

Islands of Adventure
9
10
What to Expect This Week
December 28, 2014 to January 3, 2015
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This week will undoubtedly be the busiest week of the year at Universal parks. Wait times at popular attractions will reach 2 hours for much of the day.

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.