Universal Orlando 12-month crowd calendar with park hours & special events

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Welcome to our 12-month Universal Orlando crowd calendar, part of the world’s leading independent resource for Universal Orlando vacation planning. Our crowd calendar is just one page in of our next-generation ENCYCLOPEDIA of OBSESSIVELY UPDATED Universal Orlando vacation planning info.

Review the calendar legend below to get started. Then scroll down to find the month you are interested in.

By the way, if you like this page, you will definitely want to check out our Universal Snapshot page, which includes an overview of everything that is happening right now at the resort.

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Last calendar update

September 4, 2014

We’ve just completed our largest calendar update on record, refreshing or adding new information to virtually all 12 months listed below.

First, Universal has experienced a significant drop off in wait times throughout its parks after Labor Day. Going back a few months, we were preparing for the parks, in terms of wait times, to stay busier than usual this fall because of the recent opening of Diagon Alley. Luckily for off-season visitors looking for light crowds, this hasn’t happened, so we’ve downgraded our crowd estimates for most of September and October (and we’ll continue to monitor wait times).

Next, we want to bring to your attention that Universal still has USF moving up its opening time to 8:00am starting September 16 and running through the end of the month. Strangely, USF’s opening time continues to be 9:00am for all of October. (Keep in mind, when USF opens at 8:00am, Early Park Admission starts at 7:00am.) One final note regarding Halloween Horror Nights season: we’ve added Sunday, October 12, to our roster of peak nights.

Moving forward, Universal has now published their December 2014 hours, and they have been added to our calendar. No big surprises here, although we’re happy to see that, for now, USF is scheduled to be open until 11:00pm for the latter part of December and 1:00am on New Year’s Eve.

For those already planning next year’s visits, January’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” has now been added to our calendar. In addition, we’ve updated our Spring Break 2015 predictions and our estimated dates for Mardi Gras 2015.

There’s more! The dates for Grad Bash and Gradventure 2015, a series of after-hours events for participating schools only, have been officially published, and you can view them on our April and May 2015 calendars below. For vacation planners, it’s important to note that the parks close unseasonably early on Grad Bash and Gradventure dates.

Last but not least, August 2015 has been added to our calendar.

You can keep reading our legend for more advice or skip directly to… Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug


Do you have a question about the information on this page, would like to provide feedback, or did you spot an inaccuracy? Please let us know by posting in the OI Forums.


PLEASE READ THIS – changes in park hours

Universal does not provide notifications when they change park hours after they are initially published, which can happen once, twice, or several times each month. While I do my best to catch changes as they happen, I just don’t have the time to review three months worth of park hours every morning. Because of this I partially rely on our fans to help catch some of these changes (and I’m most appreciative when you do!).

My very earnest recommendation is that, regardless of what my calendar or Universal’s website shows, please contact Guest Services directly a day or two before you travel to confirm park hours for your visit: 407-224-4233 or toll-free 1-877-801-9720.

 

You can view last year’s hours on our calendar

If Universal has not published park operating hours for a particular month, we provide a link so you can easily view last year’s hours for that month. You’ll find the link the quick reference section.

 

12-month crowd calendar legend

Universal Orlando crowd calendar: Very Busy.Theme parks are at their busiest. Expect huge crowds, very long lines for the popular attractions with wait times over 120 minutes, and extended park operating hours. Express Passes are HIGHLY recommended and may possibly sell out. Typically, during very busy days, USF & IOA are open until 10:00pm or later. In addition, the parks may open to the general public at 8:00am, an hour earlier than usual. (Need a touring plan?)

Universal Orlando crowd calendar: Busy.Theme parks are busy. Expect large crowds and long lines for the popular attractions with wait times between 60 to 90 minutes (lines will be noticeably shorter in the morning and evening). Express Passes are recommended but not necessary with good planning. Typically, during busy days, USF & IOA are open until 9:00pm. (Need a touring plan?)

Universal Orlando crowd calendar: Moderate.Theme parks are moderately busy. Expect ample crowds and long lines for the popular attractions with wait times between 30 and 60 minutes (lines will be much shorter in the morning and evening). Keep in mind that Universal usually performs its routine ride maintenance during moderate and slow periods, meaning that one or two major attractions could be closed – our Universal Snapshot page lists all ride closures currently scheduled. Express Passes are only recommended for those guests who don’t want to deal with any lines, or who are trying to visit both parks in one day. Typically, during moderate days, USF & IOA are open until 8:00pm. (Need a touring plan?)

Universal Orlando crowd calendar: Slow.Theme parks are slow. Expect few crowds and minimal lines with wait times for popular attractions 30 minutes or less. Keep in mind that Universal usually performs its routine ride maintenance during moderate and slow periods, meaning that one or two major attractions could be closed – our Universal Snapshot page lists all ride closures currently scheduled. Express Passes are not recommended. Typically, during slow days, USF & IOA are open until 7:00pm.

Universal Orlando park hours: Universal Studios Florida (USF).Scheduled operating hours for Universal Studios Florida (USF). Please be aware that theme park operating hours may change at any time without notice. If no park hours are listed for a particular date, then Universal has yet to make them available to the public.

Universal Orlando park hours: Islands of Adventure (IOA).Scheduled operating hours for Islands of Adventure (IOA). Please be aware that theme park operating hours may change at any time without notice. If no park hours are listed for a particular date, then Universal has yet to make them available to the public.

Universal Orlando crowd calendar: Special Events.Special events, which may require a separate ticket. In this example Halloween Horror Nights is scheduled from 6:30pm to 12:00am.

 

 

September 2014 – Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours & special events

Quick reference: a) crowd levels – please be advised that crowd estimates are for regular operating hours b) Universal Studios Florida park hours c) Islands of Adventure parks hours d) special events e) notes. Major U.S. holidays are also listed.

The dates included on this calender for Rock The Universe 2014 and Halloween Horror Nights 2014 are official.

*8am* – Why the asterisks? Just to bring to your attention that the park (or parks) are opening one hour earlier than usual. Please note, when a park offers Early Park Admission and is scheduled to open at 8am, EPA starts at 7am.

Want to know how long you’re going to have to wait for the rides? View wait times based on crowd levels

September 2014 - Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours and special events (revision 5).

 

October 2014 – Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours & special events

Quick reference: a) crowd levels – please be advised that crowd estimates are for regular operating hours b) Universal Studios Florida park hours c) Islands of Adventure parks hours d) special events e) notes. Major U.S. holidays are also listed.

The dates included on this calender for Halloween Horror Nights 2014 are official.

*8am* – Why the asterisks? Just to bring to your attention that the park (or parks) are opening one hour earlier than usual. Please note, when a park offers Early Park Admission and is scheduled to open at 8am, EPA starts at 7am.

Want to know how long you’re going to have to wait for the rides? View wait times based on crowd levels

October 2014 - Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours and special events (revision 3).

 

November 2014 – Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours & special events

Quick reference: a) crowd levels – please be advised that crowd estimates are for regular operating hours b) Universal Studios Florida park hours c) Islands of Adventure parks hours d) special events e) notes. Major U.S. holidays are also listed.

The dates included on this calender for Halloween Horror Nights 2014 are official.

Want to know how long you’re going to have to wait for the rides? View wait times based on crowd levels

November 2014 - Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours and special events (revision 2).

 

December 2014 – Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours & special events

Quick reference: a) crowd levels – please be advised that crowd estimates are for regular operating hours b) Universal Studios Florida park hours c) Islands of Adventure parks hours d) special events e) notes. Major U.S. holidays are also listed.

The dates included on this calender for Universal’s Holiday Celebrations are official.

*8am* – Why the asterisks? Just to bring to your attention that the park (or parks) are opening one hour earlier than usual. Please note, when a park offers Early Park Admission and is scheduled to open at 8am, EPA starts at 7am.

Want to know how long you’re going to have to wait for the rides? View wait times based on crowd levels

December 2014 - Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours and special events (revision 2).

 

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