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How are crowds late December-early January?

Universal Orlando: How does Universal's crowd compare with Disney's?

From Shelly Jansky
Posted September 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
What are crowds like at Universal Studios Orlando the last few days of December through the first few days of January? Have never been here and were wondering what the crowds were like and what wait times were. How do they compare to Disney World?

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From Jake Johnson
Posted October 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM
if you are talking about christmas new years week... DONT GO.. The place will be PACKED like summer./

typically after Christmas and new years week the place is a waste land.. you will be able to ride every ride twice at least in a day.. there will be no line to most stuff and just waiting for the next roller coaster cars to come in to loading station.

great time if you want to get a bunch of riding in but kinda boring with out all the other humans around to get in the way and look at.

From Amy Smith
Posted October 6, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I have to agree. STAY AWAY from the theme parks (both companies) between December 21-January 6. If you absolutely must go during this time period, try for as late into January as you can. DO NOT visit a theme park on December 31st unless you enjoy not being able to move even an inch without stepping on someone's toes. Universal is less crowded than Disney but this time period in general is so busy that it doesn't really matter what the exact number of people is, it's still insanely crowded with huge wait times.

As a reference, in the past, Islands of Adventure has hit capacity for the first time in HISTORY the winter after Potter first opened. December 27-29 were the worst days. This held true the past year as well, when on December 28 every single theme park in central florida hit capacity in the same morning (even Legoland). I cannot stress enough how much of a horrible time to visit this is. As someone who works at Central FL theme parks and genuinely wants guests to have a good experience - please come earlier or later. You will be miserable otherwise.

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