Universal Crowd Calendar Report – March 13 to 19, 2016

by on March 30, 2016

Filed under: Crowd Blog, Universal Orlando Resort

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

How Crowded Was Universal Orlando Last Week?

Last week, Universal Orlando parks were much more crowded than we have seen during the same period in years past. Strangely, crowds during the week were busier than what we saw on Sunday and Saturday, almost a mirror image of what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted. Twister, Disaster! and The Incredible Hulk were all down this year which may help explain some of the increased wait times.

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, March 13, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
7
6

Sunday was the least busy day of the week which usually indicates that Spring Break crowds have arrived at Universal parks. Spring Break-ers usually arrive on Saturday or Sunday and make Monday their first day in the parks. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey averaged 31 minutes on Sunday. Let’s see how that compares to the rest of the week.

Islands of Adventure
6
4

Monday, March 14, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
9

The surge of Spring Break crowds did not come subtly. Monday saw a jump of three points on the crowd calendar at both parks. E.T. Adventure, Men In Black, Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy and a few other Universal Studios attractions hit crowd level ’10’s on their respective scales. Forbidden Journey averaged 62 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
6
7

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
8

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit averaged 69 minutes on Tuesday, the highest average we have seen at that attraction since New Year’s Eve. The Simpsons Ride was also a standout with an average of 42 minutes. Forbidden Journey averaged 67 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
4
7

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
9

Wednesday was even more crowded at Universal Studios than a day before although the average wait time at Rip Ride Rockit was actually a little lower at 58 minutes. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem was the highest average wait at 87 minutes. Forbidden Journey averaged 74 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
6
7

Thursday, March 17, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
8

Above average crowd levels continued on Thursday with both parks hitting crowds levels a few points higher than what we expect to see historically for mid March. As busy as the resort was last week the crowds seemed to be concentrated at Universal Studios. Islands of Adventure saw crowds a point or two lower than its sister park most days. Forbidden Journey averaged 58 minutes on Thursday.

Islands of Adventure
5
7

Friday, March 18, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
4
8

Friday’s crowds, although slightly lower than what we saw midweek were more in line with what we expect to see at Universal Parks. Universal Studios still saw high average wait times however, like 27 minutes at Revenge of the Mummy and 31 at Men In Black. Forbidden Journey averaged 58 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
6
6

Saturday, March 19, 2016

WHAT WE
THOUGHT
WHAT WE
SAW
ANALYSIS
Universal Studios
9
8

Saturday brought the lowest crowd level of the week at Islands of Adventure. Attractions there were 10 to 20 minutes lower on average than what we saw at Universal Studios. Saturday’s level ‘8’ at The Studios capped off a week of very busy crowds for that park. Forbidden Journey closed out the week with an average of 53 minutes.

Islands of Adventure
7
4

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.

Posted on March 30, 2016
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