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

July 15, 2014

This is one of the more significant crowd calendar updates we’ve posted, with quite a few pieces. Let’s jump right in!

First, and most importantly, we’re not seeing the crazy summer crowds we feared might descend on Universal Orlando once Diagon Alley opened. There are quite a few possible explanations for this, not the least of which being that the official opening date of Diagon Alley was only announced three weeks in advance (whereas opening dates for new attractions are typically announced several months in advance). This, along with the common fear of crazy crowds that we all expected, may have convinced many families to wait until the off-season or 2015 to visit Universal. Whatever the exact reasons may be, Diagon Alley is busy – particularly Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – but it just isn’t driving up wait times across the whole resort.

As a result, we have lowered our crowd estimates for most dates in the main summer travel season from “very busy” to “busy.”

In other news, Universal has updated its August hours, actually shortening them slightly instead of increasing them (as many of us had hoped they would do because of Diagon Alley). Strangely enough, not included in the August hours update was the adjustment of the Universal Studios’ 9:00am opening time during the first part of the month. So, as it stands, starting August 1 USF moves its opening time back to 9:00am, but IOA keeps its opening time at 8:00am through August 16. Go figure.

Finally, October hours have been published – no surprises here.

So that’s what we got today. If you have questions about this most recent update, I encourage you to join us in the OI Forums.

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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.

 

 

July 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.

DIAGON ALLEY is now open! To learn about this new area and read real guest reviews of its attractions, visit our new WWoHP – Diagon Alley pages. For assistance planning your first visit to Diagon Alley, visit these new sections in the OI Forums: the new land or

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

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

July 2014 - Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours and special events (revision 7).


August 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.

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

The dates included on this calender for Rock The Universe 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

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


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.

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 3).

 

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. Please note that, based on 2013 attendance, we have added several more “HHN Peak Nights” to our 2014 estimates.

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 1).

 

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