Universal Crowds Disappear as Wait Times Plummet

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Empty Universal Orlando Resort

All images credit Christian Duffy

Lately, we have discussed how crowds seem to be shrinking at Walt Disney World; it seems that Universal Orlando Resort is also looking rather empty!

With the Delta variant and COVID-19 cases increasing, we have seen Disney World revert their mask mandates to being required indoors. At Universal Orlando Resort, Guests are encouraged to wear a mask indoors, but they are not mandated to, as they are at Disney World.

People at Universal Express entrance
Credit: Universal

Related: Universal Orlando Says “We’re Getting Closer to Normal”

When we asked readers if they would cancel their Disney trips, it seemed that those looking to cancel were either going to do so because of safety precautions as the virus spread has increased or because of mask mandates returning. At Universal, mask mandates are not an issue, but for some reason, the parks that had massive crowds a few weeks ago are empty today! 

Crowds at Universal Orlando Resort entrance
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If we take a look at the following photos, while walking through CityWalk and into Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Christian, co-owner of Escape Visuals (@christian.mov), noticed that the theme Park Resort was lacking in crowds. Check out the moving walkway with no other Guests!

Empty moving walkway at Universal Studios Resort
Credit: Christian Duffy

This area of CityWalk is always very crowded, but today, it looks deserted.

Few people walking at CityWalk Universal Orlando Resort
Credit: Christian Duffy

Below, we can see a photo of an entire section of CityWalk without anyone else around.

Empty CityWalk at Universal Studios Resort
Credit: Christian Duffy

Jurassic World VelociCoaster also was empty, with a low wait time of 25 minutes. Considering this is the newest attraction at Universal Orlando Resort, the wait time is shocking!

People walking at Jurassic World VelociCoaster entrance
Credit: Christian Duffy

As you can see below on the Universal app, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is only 10 minutes, and as we mentioned, VelociCoaster is at 25 minutes.

Universal app wait times
Credit: Screenshot via Universal App

Skull Island: Reign of Kong and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man are only 15 minutes, and Transformers: The Ride is only 5 minutes. Most attractions are listed at 5-minute waits, the lowest number that can be displayed, meaning some rides may be a walk-on.

Universal app wait times
Credit: Screenshot via Universal App

As school has returned for many, it may be that peak season is coming to an end at the theme parks. However, with Halloween Horror Nights around the corner, we are sure to see wait times return to their normal, higher state in a few weeks.

What do you think of these low Universal crowds that we are seeing? Let us know in the comments below.

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