Although tourism in Florida has seen a spike, interestingly enough, crowds at the theme parks in Central Florida continue to dwindle.
As soon as the summer peak season ended with the start of school in August, crowds at Universal Studios Resort have been dismal. During the summer, we saw wait times of one hour or longer for a majority of the rides, but now, it seems that attractions are mostly walk-ons.
We recently reported on crowds disappearing at Universal Studios Florida, Island’s of Adventure, and Volcano Bay. Looking at today’s wait times, it seems that those trends are continuing as the majority of attractions are between 5-10 minutes. Revenge of the Mummy, which typically utilizes a Virtual Queue, is only at a 5-minute standby. The Incredible Hulk Coaster, an E-ticket attraction, is only 10 minutes! Even The Simpson’s Ride remains pretty empty.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is only 10 minutes, and Rip Ride Rockit and Universal’s newest attraction, Jurassic World VelociCoaster, is only 15 minutes!
Doctor Doom’s Fearfall is also 5 minutes, and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is a mere 25 minutes which is jaw-dropping for the attraction, which is typically booked up all via Virtual Queue.
These wait times are oddly reminiscent of what Guests saw when the theme park reopened during the pandemic. We also know that Universal is at full capacity once again, so it is not a capacity limit or restraint that is causing the low wait times.
However, these wait times may not be around for long as Universal is gearing up to reveal Halloween Horror Nights tomorrow, which will surely bring in a crowd, although that will be a nighttime event. Orlando International Airport is also prepping for massive crowds this weekend as Labor Day travel to Orlando will see a major increase.
What do you think of these low wait times at Universal Orlando Resort?