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Aug 03 2015 07:15 PM | Taylor Strickland in OI Center

Welcome to the OI Universal Center!

 

Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando Resort with our OBSESSIVELY UPDATED collection of Universal insider information and expert advice.

 

The OI Universal Center is home to our FREE next-generation ENCYCLOPEDIA of Universal Orlando vacation planning information. It contains over 200 pages covering Universal’s theme parks, hotels, and more. In addition, we offer our readers six extraordinary advantages over traditional guidebooks and other websites:

  • Nearly same-day updates to our insider information as changes take place in the parks
  • Comprehensive analysis of all construction projects and anticipated resort developments
  • Immersive multimedia, including more than 10,000 full-screen photos and hours of HD video
  • Intense, first-hand coverage of annual events with advice written based on this year’s activities
  • Over a thousand “real guest reviews” of Universal’s theme park attractions & dining venues
  • In-park photo updates broadcast live from Universal Orlando each and every week
Last year over THREE MILLION FAMILIES used our website to plan the perfect vacation and gain complete confidence in their knowledge of the parks. As we now celebrate an even bigger and busier year, we are very proud to take our place as the premier independent resource for guests visiting Universal Orlando Resort.

First-time visitors, please read this page:
How to use our FREE online guide to plan your Universal vacation

 

OI Universal Center table of contents
View our Daily Updates

 

12-month Universal Orlando crowd calendar

 

Best day of the week to visit Universal Orlando

 

The Script: TICKETS, PACKAGES & PLANNING

The Set: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR VACATIONInsider’s Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry PotterAnnual events at Universal OrlandoUniversal Orlando touring plansUniversal Studios Florida - the full tour
Universal’s Superstar Parade

 

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories

 

In-park dining experiences – Superstar Breakfast & Cinematic Dining

Islands of Adventure – the full tourUniversal CityWalkOn-site hotels at Universal Orlando (general information)Off-site hotels around Universal Orlando

 



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OI Blog 4 HUGE updates from Universal – August 2015

Aug 28 2015 11:07 AM | Marc N. Kleinhenz in Universal Orlando Resort

From The Walking Dead returning to Fast & Furious's arrival to Harry Potter tickets going on sale, see everything you need to know about this month's top news stories here.



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OI Blog Universal August 2015 Trip Report

Aug 28 2015 12:40 AM | Maureen in Universal Orlando Resort

Saying goodbye to Lucy, update on King Kong construction, and much more!



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OI Blog Horror Nights 25 REVEALED

Aug 27 2015 12:40 AM | Taylor Strickland in Universal Orlando Resort

The full details of Halloween Horror Nights 25 have been revealed.



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Episode 12

Aug 26 2015 10:05 PM | Taylor Strickland in Orlando Informer Podcast

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss Fast & Furious coming to Universal Studios, Toy Story and Pandora coming to Disney World, and a new Horror Nights dinner experience.



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OI Blog Universal’s next must-do experience is…

Aug 26 2015 11:55 AM | Marc N. Kleinhenz in Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando is about to get a whole lot fancier.



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OI Blog Fast & Furious racing to Universal in 2017

Aug 25 2015 03:50 PM | Taylor Strickland in Universal Orlando Resort

The new attraction will cause Disaster to close on September 8, and Beetlejuice to close at a later date.



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OI Blog Six Hidden Photo Opportunities at Universal Orl...

Aug 19 2015 10:20 PM | Fallow in Universal Orlando Resort

Last time we went off the beaten path at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. But the resort’s first park has its own share of photogenic secrets beyond the Jaws shark, Knight Bus and Universal globe.



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Episode 11

Aug 19 2015 10:00 PM | Taylor Strickland in Orlando Informer Podcast

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss Star Wars, The Purge coming to Horror Nights, I Love Lucy closing its doors, and more details on A Celebration of Harry Potter.



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OI Center FREE Universal Orlando 12-month crowd calendar...

Aug 18 2015 11:15 PM | Taylor Strickland in The Script: TICKETS, PACKAGES, & PLANNING

“We planned our holiday from the crowd calendar and followed your incredible touring plans and had the trip of a lifetime in September. We cannot thank you enough!” – Patrice

 

“I used the crowd calendar and indeed the entire website to plan our first trip to Universal. It is the best tool out there for practical trip planning and I will use it again next year!” – Sylvia

 

“We keep this calendar on our fridge and check it before making plans to run over. it’s great!” – Jackie

 

Welcome to our 12-month Universal Orlando crowd calendar, part of the world’s leading independent resource for Universal Orlando vacation planning. Our crowd calendar is just one page in of our next-generation ENCYCLOPEDIA of OBSESSIVELY UPDATED Universal Orlando vacation planning info.

 

Review the calendar legend below to get started. Then scroll down to find the month you are interested in.

 

Last calendar update
August 19, 2015

 

Do you have a question about the information on this page, would like to provide feedback, or did you spot an inaccuracy? Please let us know by commenting at the bottom of this page.

 

PLEASE READ THIS – changes in park hours
Universal does not provide notifications when they change park hours after they are initially published, which can happen once, twice, or several times each month.

 

Our very earnest recommendation is that, regardless of what my calendar or Universal’s website shows, please contact Guest Services directly a day or two before you travel to confirm park hours for your visit: 407-224-4233 or toll-free 1-877-801-9720.

 

You can view last year’s hours on our calendar

 

If Universal has not published park operating hours for a particular month, we provide a link so you can easily view last year’s hours for that month. You’ll find the link the quick reference section.

 

12-month crowd calendar legend

 

Posted Image Theme parks are at their busiest. Expect huge crowds, very long lines for the popular attractions with wait times over 120 minutes, and extended park operating hours. Express Passes are HIGHLY recommended and may possibly sell out. Typically, during very busy days, USF & IOA are open until 10:00pm or later. In addition, the parks may open to the general public at 8:00am, an hour earlier than usual. (Need a touring plan?)

 

Posted Image Theme parks are busy. Expect large crowds and long lines for the popular attractions with wait times between 60 to 90 minutes (lines will be noticeably shorter in the morning and evening). Express Passes are recommended but not necessary with good planning. Typically, during busy days, USF & IOA are open until 9:00pm. (Need a touring plan?)

 

Posted Image Theme parks are moderately busy. Expect ample crowds and long lines for the popular attractions with wait times between 30 and 60 minutes (lines will be much shorter in the morning and evening). Keep in mind that Universal usually performs its routine ride maintenance during moderate and slow periods, meaning that one or two major attractions could be closed – this page lists all ride closures currently scheduled. Express Passes are only recommended for those guests who don’t want to deal with any lines, or who are trying to visit both parks in one day. Typically, during moderate days, USF & IOA are open until 8:00pm. (Need a touring plan?)

 

Posted Image Theme parks are slow. Expect few crowds and minimal lines with wait times for popular attractions 30 minutes or less. Keep in mind that Universal usually performs its routine ride maintenance during moderate and slow periods, meaning that one or two major attractions could be closed – this page lists all ride closures currently scheduled. Express Passes are not recommended. Typically, during slow days, USF & IOA are open until 7:00pm.

 

Posted Image Scheduled operating hours for Universal Studios Florida (USF). Please be aware that theme park operating hours may change at any time without notice. If no park hours are listed for a particular date, then Universal has yet to make them available to the public.

 

Posted Image Scheduled operating hours for Islands of Adventure (IOA). Please be aware that theme park operating hours may change at any time without notice. If no park hours are listed for a particular date, then Universal has yet to make them available to the public.

 

Posted Image Special events, which may require a separate ticket. In this example, Halloween Horror Nights is scheduled from 6:30pm to 12:00am.

 

Click any month for a larger version of the calendar!

 

August 2015 – Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours & special events

 

Quick reference: a) crowd levels – please be advised that crowd estimates are for regular operating hours b ) Universal Studios Florida park hours c) Islands of Adventure parks hours d) special events e) notes. Major U.S. holidays are also listed.

 

Park hours are not listed because Universal has not published them yet. To view last August’s hours, click here.

 

IMPORTANT – The dates for Rock the Universe 2015 are official!

 

Want to know how long you’re going to have to wait for the rides? View wait times based on crowd levels

 

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September 2015 – Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours & special events
Quick reference: a) crowd levels – please be advised that crowd estimates are for regular operating hours b ) Universal Studios Florida park hours c) Islands of Adventure parks hours d) special events e) notes. Major U.S. holidays are also listed.

 

Park hours are not listed because Universal has not published them yet. To view last September’s hours, click here.

 

The dates for Rock the Universe 2015 and Halloween Horror Nights 2015 are official!

 

Want to know how long you’re going to have to wait for the rides? View wait times based on crowd levels

 

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October 2015 – Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours & special events

 

Quick reference: a) crowd levels – please be advised that crowd estimates are for regular operating hours b ) Universal Studios Florida park hours c) Islands of Adventure parks hours d) special events e) notes. Major U.S. holidays are also listed.

 

Park hours are not listed because Universal has not published them yet. To view last October’s hours, click here.

 

The dates Halloween Horror Nights 2015 are official!

 

Want to know how long you’re going to have to wait for the rides? View wait times based on crowd levels

 

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November 2015 – Universal Orlando crowd calendar, park hours & special events

 

Quick reference: a) crowd levels – please be advised that crowd estimates are for regular operating hours b ) Universal Studios Florida park hours c) Islands of Adventure parks hours d) special events e) notes. Major U.S. holidays are also listed.

 

Park hours are not listed because Universal has not published them yet. To view last November’s hours, click here.

 

Want to know how long you’re going to have to wait for the rides? View wait times based on crowd levels

 

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To view the next eight months on our free crowd calendar, continue to page 2




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