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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

April 15, 2014

We have a few big updates to talk about today. First, Universal has shortened its hours for several dates in May. The individual changes are too many to list here, so if you’re traveling in May, just be sure to see the new hours listed below.

Second, Universal has published their park hours for July, and we’ve updated our calendar (no surprises with their numbers).

Third, and perhaps most importantly, we have now updated our crowd predictions for the months of May, June, July, and August to take into account the opening of Diagon Alley. You can see all the updated projections below. Please note that Universal has not announced the grand opening date of Diagon Alley – what we’ve provided is based on the best information we have from unofficial sources.

Friendly reminders: If you’re planning a visit during Spring Break this year, please be aware of the schedule for Universal’s Grad Bash events, when the parks close exceptionally early to the general public. Also, if you are planning a visit this summer or fall, heed our warnings about Diagon Alley. All the details and any additional links are provided below.

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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 very early morning and late 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 45 and 60 minutes (lines will be much shorter in the very early morning and late 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 are likely to 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.

 

 

April 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 for Mardi Gras 2014 are official. Also, the dates for Grad Bash, a series of private after-hours events for participating schools only, are official.

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

April 2014 - Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours and special event (revision 11).

 

May 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 for Mardi Gras 2014 are official! Also, the dates for Grad Bash and Gradventure, a series of private after-hours events for participating schools only, are official.

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

DIAGON ALLEY – Our crowd calendar now takes into account the possibility that Diagon Alley might soft open for short periods during the last week in May. Please be aware that soft openings, referred to by the parks as technical rehearsals, are always unpublished and unannounced; they may last for a few hours, or they may only last for a few minutes. Visit our Diagon Alley page to learn so much more.

Want to be the first to hear about Diagon Alley soft openings? Follow us on Twitter

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

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

 

June 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 is opening one hour earlier than usual. Please note that, when IOA is scheduled to open at 8am, Early Park Admission starts at 7am.

DIAGON ALLEY – Our crowd calendar now takes into account the possibility that Diagon Alley might soft open for longer periods during the first half of June, and, to the best of our knowledge, might officially open on June 21. Please be aware that soft openings, referred to by the parks as technical rehearsals, are always unpublished and unannounced; they may last for a few hours, or they may only last for a few minutes. Also, please be aware that a June 21 grand opening date is our best guess – this date has not yet been confirmed by Universal. Visit our Diagon Alley page to learn so much more.

Want to be the first to hear about Diagon Alley soft openings? Follow us on Twitter

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

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

 

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.

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

DIAGON ALLEY – You probably don’t need me to tell you this if you’ve already seen all the purple below, but just for the record, yes, our calendar now takes into account the very likely possibility that Diagon Alley will have its grand opening in June. Visit our Diagon Alley page to learn so much more.

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

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

 

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