Spring Break 2012 crowds inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Spring Break 2012 crowds inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Spring Break crowds inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - April 2, 2012.

Spring Break crowds inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - April 2, 2012.

Yesterday began what most consider to be the busiest Spring Break week of 2012. And, when I stopped by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter around noon, I was not disappointed.

The whole place was packed. Wait times for Forbidden Journey and Ollivander’s exceeded two hours. There was even a queue for Dervish & Banges, which only happens when the place is really busy.

Surprisingly, the WWoHP reservation system was not in use, although they did have the machines uncovered and ready to go.

A lot of first-time visitors to Universal are starting to think that the crowds at the Wizarding World must be dwindling because the last book and movie came out over a year ago. This simply is not the case. The holiday 2011 crowds were unbelievable, and what I saw yesterday is just more proof that the boy wizard is as popular as ever (dare we say more popular?). In any case, if you are planning a visit to Universal, you really owe it to yourself to read our How to ensure your trip to WWoHP is a success! page and have our World Famous WWoHP Touring Plan in hand.

But enough chatter from me. Here are my video, photo highlights, and complete photo gallery. Enjoy!


WWoHP Spring Break 2012 crowds – HD video

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WWoHP Spring Break 2012 crowds – photo highlights

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Spring Break crowds inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - April 2, 2012: Reservation machines ready for use.

WWoHP reservation machines ready for use.

Spring Break crowds inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - April 2, 2012: Crowd control gates up.

Crowd control gates up.

Spring Break crowds inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - April 2, 2012: 120 minutes queue time - would you wait that long?

120 minutes queue time - would you wait that long?

Spring Break crowds inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - April 2, 2012: Queue for Dervish & Banges.

Queue for Dervish & Banges.

Spring Break crowds inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - April 2, 2012: Love at first butterbeer.

Love at first butterbeer.


WWoHP Spring Break 2012 crowds – photo gallery

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Reminder of the holiday 2011 crowds – HD video

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7 comments
bardogg
bardogg

Is the tour-only line open for the castle?

OrlandoInformer
OrlandoInformer

Nope. The current policy seems to be that if there is over a 30 minute wait for Forbidden Journey, then they close it. Which, interestingly enough, is exactly when it became so incredibly useful to have the tour-only line as an option -- especially for families with young kids or guests using wheelchairs who just want to peek inside Hogwarts.

:-(

JimH
JimH

Do you think that Universal closes the tour only line to use that space for more people that are waiting in line for FJ?  That would keep them inside the building and out of the mass of people outside.

OrlandoInformer
OrlandoInformer

A lot of people have this theory but it doesn't pan out. The tour-only line is a completely separate line that is only used for tour-only guests -- no matter how busy the attraction is. When they close access, the line just sits empty. It really makes no sense. The only possible thing I can think of is either (a) they just don't want to deal with extra people in the castle, even though those people aren't taking up additional space, or (b) they'd had issues with people jumping the line.

Kris
Kris

That is nuts. I am very grateful that we are going in mid-September.

Carol
Carol

Being on vacation at a place with that crowd level is not fun to me.

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