Do you recommend a weekend or weekday?Universal Orlando: I am coming to Florida 19th March - 8th April and had assumed the lines for HP would have died down by now, but wanted to check. Don't fancy a shock on arrivial and I am not aware of American school holiday times...!
From Lauren HayhurstI of A - Harry Potter in March / April
Posted February 3, 2011 at 7:32 AM
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Terri PierceSpring break weeks start around the first/second week of march and go all the way through mid April. The busiest week will be on either end of the 23rd weekend. This stays true for the company I work for (beach vacation rentals).
Posted February 3, 2011 at 7:45 AM
If graphs help you this is for WDW.
I would still go on a weekday just to be safe.
From Anthony MurphyI would go with a weekday just because it would be less likely that locals are at the park.
Posted February 3, 2011 at 8:24 AM
From linda hartwickDefinately go on a week day show up at the entrance of the park at 8.45am. Some times during the week there are school kids going to the parks on there school field trip, if you see all of them going one direction go the opposite or you will just wait forever trailing with them!
Posted February 4, 2011 at 6:31 PM
From S GHey, I live in Orlando and last Saturday the line was about an hour long most of the day.
Posted February 6, 2011 at 12:15 AM
I went Thursday night after work (Around 6pm) and I walked right on the Harry Potter ride. I basically had the whole ride to myself.
I would suggest going on a week day either early or near park closing time... As someone has previously noted, March and April are spring breaks for students so the lines may be longer.
From Erin MaioWeekday, although it's not going to matter much sadly. You're coming during one of Orlando's busiest times - Spring Break! To get shorter line, get to the front gates 30 minutes before the park opens. Most of the people going during Spring Break are teenagers, and everyone knows how we teens LOVE to sleep in! The lines will be relatively short from park opening until 10:30, get longer around 11-4:30, and then GREATLY die down around 4:45 (which is the best time to go to Ollivander's wand shop for the shortest possible wait time - 45 minutes, but it's worth it!).
Posted February 8, 2011 at 12:07 PM
From Lauren HayhurstHey everyone, thanks so much for all your advice. we've decided to go on Monday 28th March, fingers crossed. Unfortunately we didn't factor in Spring Break, only thought about Easter, which we are missing on purpose. We'll probably end up getting to the park an hour before (very excited!) and run to HP asap. it's only 3 weeks till we come now....finding it hard to think about anything else!
Posted February 24, 2011 at 7:43 AM
From Ryan waddingtonim going the exact same time, ive been a few times but never during spring break so the long queues might be a bit of a change for me but still excited. im 21 so normally i would like to be sleeping in but think its gonna have to be early mornings just to get places before every one else.
Posted February 27, 2011 at 3:32 PM
From Lauren HayhurstEarly mornings are defo the way to go - they're like teenagers' kyrptonite. I'll be there by 8am no doubt, racing through Dr. Zuess... If you see a crazy red head with two weary parents and a patient husband nearby, that'd be me. Hope you have a great time!
Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:36 AM
From Kelly MuggletonLauren, I've been during Spring Break and it was very busy but I have to agree on the mornings. My own theory for if I finally get there this year, is Harry Potter - first, at park opening and I'm not even an HP fan! I just want to experience it.
Posted March 1, 2011 at 6:15 AM
You might want to keep an eye on the Mardi Gras events as well at Uni, we lived with the crowds on those days as we wanted to check out the parades and events for it.
From Lauren HayhurstAh. Thanks for the heads up! Just checked out the Universal website and looks like the parade'll be on whilst we're there... Great event, but thanks for allowing me to prepare for the possible hoards! :-) (Now I'm excited about those cool beads!)
Posted March 3, 2011 at 8:26 AM
From Hermione PotterLauren, the Mardi Gras parades and concerts only happen on Saturdays and select Fridays/Sundays. So you won't see either if you go on Monday but they do sell pretty cool beads (my favorite are the rubber ducky ones!) in the main universal store at studios, plus the kid's mardi gras show happens everyday and they give the kids basic bead strands there.
Posted March 3, 2011 at 3:13 PM
From Lauren HayhurstThanks Hermione! I'll defo check out the store for the beads, although I seem to remember some being hurled out from a stage somewhere in City Walk one time. But all I've seen are the plain metallic coloured ones....rubber ducky beads?! Sounds right up my street!
Posted March 8, 2011 at 6:04 AM
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Theme Park Insider Guidebooks
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive