Today we made a trip to Universal Orlando during Spring Break season to check out the crowds and wait times.
The parks were BUSY. We’re talking completely full (at COVID-19 limited capacity). Throughout our day, we made sure to take plenty of photos to share with you what things are really like when it’s this crowded — that way you can be prepared!
On our way into the park, our first stop is to get out of the parking garage, and get into line for temperature checks.
As we got closer to the temperature check and security areas, the crowds got even denser.
Once we got inside Universal Studios, things weren’t quite so bad at the front. It’s still busy, but we have a little more room to move around.
Over by Transformers: The Ride, the queue was extended across the walkway. (Now might be the time to get that Express Pass!)
We headed over to Diagon Alley, to see what things were like there. While it was definitely crowded, we still found it to be manageable.
Over by the Hopping Pot, there was quite a long line for people waiting to get their beverages. In general, this area felt less stressful than the main street through Diagon Alley, although it was still pretty crowded comparatively.
Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure wasn’t much better. Especially in the area near Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, things can get a bit chaotic.
On the other side of Hogsmeade closer to the castle, we found a little more space to move around. This area is more open with a better flow of traffic, and it’s further away from the shops and restaurants.
All in all, crowds were pretty much what we expected from a day when the parks were at their capacity (and certainly a bit more crowded than what we saw in Disney World today)! The wait times for food and rides were high and it was difficult to move around at times, so keep that in mind if you’re planning a trip during busy seasons. In the meantime, stay tuned to AllEars for the latest Universal Orlando news!
Have you been to Universal Orlando on a full day? Tell us about your experience!