The Easter eggs have all been hunted, and the Passover seder plates are put away, but the 2015 spring break crowds have not yet departed from Orlando’s attractions. While wait times over the weekend weren’t quite as bad as initially predicted, it’s still been a very busy holiday week at Universal Orlando, as Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure both experienced their heaviest attendance since New Year’s Day. In case you weren’t brave or foolish enough to experience Easter Week in person, here is a photo gallery of Universal Orlando spring break crowds to give you a virtual taste of last week’s madness.
Universal Studios Florida Spring Break Crowds
You know its going to be a busy day at USF when the temporary turnstiles in between the entry gates are in use.
Here’s something you only see at peak times: the Street Breaks dance crew was entertaining guests outside the Animal Actors stadium.
Another rare sight: E.T.‘s seldom used single rider line was open. This is a fantastic option, because you get to skip most of the preshow video and breeze straight through the interior queue to the boarding station. I was off on my flying bicycle in under five minutes, even though the posted wait time was an hour.
The only drawback is that you skip the passport station, so E.T. won’t say your name at the end. I’ll happily settle for just being his “friend” if it saves me an hour in line.
Islands of Adventure Spring Break Crowds
Over at the other park, IOA subjectively felt a bit less occupied, with the important exception of the Wizarding World.
Like its USF sibling, Hogsmeade had standby queues set up in Jurassic Park to control crowds in case the area reached capacity. As you can see, they were unnecessary by the afternoon.
Finally, if the crowds are driving you bananas, here’s a quick Kongstruction update, featuring these recently installed themed construction walls that practically scream “Skull Island.”
The good news is that the new walls are more attractive than the previous unthemed ones. The bad news is that they make it more difficult to take close up shots of the “Project 340” construction site.
As always, all photos are taken from legal guest-accessible areas.
Universal Orlando Spring Break Crowds Conclusion
Spring break attendance may have peaked for 2015, but according to our crowd calendar Universal’s parks should remain busy through at least April 11 before dipping into a pleasant pre-summer lull. If you are visiting UOR over the next week, be sure to follow a touring plan and take full advantage of early park admission, if you are eligible. Barring that, several of Universal’s bars offer happy hour specials to help ease the pain…
Did you visit Universal Orlando over spring break? Share your experience in the comments below!