Universal Crowd Calendar Report – September 20 to 26, 2015

How did the Universal Crowd Calendar do last week?
How did the Universal Crowd Calendar do last week?

Despite some higher than normal September crowds at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, Universal crowd levels have been very near predicted levels all month. Same story last week with both parks staying within two of the predicted crowd levels all week except for Thursday when Islands of Adventure was unusually quiet.

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, September 20, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
3

Islands of Adventure saw average wait times on Sunday like 7 minutes at Jurassic Park and 17 minutes at Flight of the Hippogriff. Waits at Universal Studios were not that much higher with averages like 13 minutes at The Simpsons Ride.

Islands of Adventure
3
2

Monday, September 21, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
4

Both parks had wait times below average for the year although Universal Studios’ wait times were slightly higher than expected. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was a big contributor to the higher crowds with a wait time average of 33 minutes (predicted 17).

Islands of Adventure
3
2

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
4

Tuesday’s crowd levels were identical to Monday’s both in predicted levels and what we actual observed. Rip Ride Rockit was significantly less busy however, it averaged only 19 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
3
2

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
2
4

Wednesday made it three days in a row. Let’s compare Rip Ride Rockit again – this time it averaged 22 minutes (predicted 18). Elsewhere we saw averages like 17 minutes at Men In Black Alien Attack and 11 at Revenge of the Mummy.

Islands of Adventure
3
2

Thursday, September 24, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
4

Another crowd level ‘4’ for Universal Studios on Thursday but Islands of Adventure dropped down to a level ‘1’, the first one of the week. Spider-Man averaged 17 minutes and Forbidden Journey averaged 25, both crowd level ‘1’s for certain.

Islands of Adventure
4
1

Friday, September 25, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
3
4

Friday’s crowd levels matched what we saw on Thursday. Average wait times were nearly the same as well.

Islands of Adventure
3
1

Saturday, September 26, 2015

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
5

Saturday’s crowd level ‘5’ at Universal Studios was the highest crowd level of the week although wait times were still quite manageable like 11 minutes at E.T. Adventure and 17 at The Simpsons Ride.

Islands of Adventure
4
2
What to Expect This Week
September 27 to October 3, 2015

September crowds at Universal Orlando have been stable and moderate or low. We have seen some days dip below a level ‘3’ and we expect that crowds will remain low to moderate for at least a few more weeks. The next increase to wait times at Universal will not occur until Columbus 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.