Though we’ve had the quietest summer Orlando has had in years, this Labor Day Weekend brought relatively solid crowds. Universal Orlando Resort’s three parks all reached capacity early in the day. Let’s take a look at the wait times around the resort!
It turns out that though being at capacity, the parks were only allowing active date-specific ticketholders in. Passholders, or guests with tickets that did not have a specific date, were not allowed into CityWalk. The park has not used the virtual queues much the past few weeks, except for Saturdays (which seem to bring crowds weekly). Today however, is quite different.
Universal Studios Florida
We’ll use the official Universal Orlando Resort App to get some insights, all screenshots were taken roughly around 3.30pm on Saturday, September 5th.
Virtual lines are iffy. I love the idea of them, but on days like this it’s hard to get a time slot for these rides and once in the queue you still have to wait for a while to get on. Universal, however, is good with periodically releasing slots. So if you’re on your game you have a ton of shots at getting a time slot.
I always love seeing how terrible the queues for Wizarding World rides can get, historically those queues will easily get to 3 hours in length on peak days around the holidays. Now, however, Virtual Lines are used for E-tickets such as Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
With Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure not allowing for standby today, you can still get your Wizarding coaster experience on Flight of the Hippogriff. If you’re willing to queue 60 minutes.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure has historically been Virtual Queue (since reopening) on even the slightest crowded days. However, today it may definitely take some effort to secure a virtual queue for Hagrid.
I absolutely love seeing Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey still getting a decent queues. It’s still one of my favorite dark rides and really set a standard in the industry. It’s also one of the best queues in the world to be stuck in!
If you were at Universal Orlando Resort this weekend, let us know on social media how your experience was. We’d love to know! Thank you for checking out this quick recap of the queue times at Universal Orlando Resort today!