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Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

by Leap on April 2, 2018 289 Los Angeles

As you know, Tad is the frog family videographer. While he enjoys making all our videos, he has set his sights on becoming the next Spielberg. Movie terms make their way into everyday conversations. Homework concludes with "That's a wrap people." He will "give me notes" on my driving. For our aspiring auteur, a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood is the best of both worlds. He gets to visit a theme park and a working Hollywood studio!  It's a thrill for him to be on location where "Back to the Future" and "Psycho" were filmed. Because of his interest in Tinseltown, we're always looking for the best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood.

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2018 and 2019 - Main Entrance

Today, we’re outlining the best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood for 2018 and 2019.

If your particular dates are not listed here, jump down to the comments below and ask. We frogs will be hoppy to answer. Our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar is a helpful tool to help you get a month-by-month idea of the expected crowds. If only we could predict travel times on those SoCal highways! Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland are only 35 miles apart geographically — yet it can take almost two hours to drive between them. That said, many tourists will spend time visiting both destinations. This can lead to some overlapping of crowds. If you're interested in hopping down the 5, we've got a full post on the best and worst times to visit Disneyland. Note: you could also take the 101 to the 134 to the 210 to the 57 to get to Anaheim. Freeway funway!

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2018 and 2019 - Studio Tour Entrance

Universal Studios Hollywood began as a behind-the-scenes tour of the working Universal Studios lot. The narrated Studio Tour that gives fans a peek at film production is the park's marquee attraction. Transformers: The Ride 3-D,  The Walking Dead Attraction and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem provides unforgettable thrills and fun. Live shows such as Waterworld and the Special Effects Show are can't-miss crowd pleasers. The arrival of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter brought a new level of thrills, with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Coming June 15, 2018, the new Dreamworks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda is opening. Nearby at Universal CityWalk, you'll find shops, movies, entertainment and themed dining favorites such as Hard Rock Cafe and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Sounds like a lot right? Don't worry. Even if you visit during the busy times, we have tips and park plans you can follow to reduce waits and make sure everyone— even the tadpoles — can have a blast.

How Locals Influence the Best Times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018 and 2019

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2018 and 2019 - Waterworld

If you’re used to visiting Universal Orlando rather than the Hollywood original, know that there are some differences. The best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018 and 2019 isn't necessarily the same ones at Universal Orlando. The biggest difference are the locals. Universal Orlando has locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles regional area. More and more of these locals are annual passholders who might spend the end of their week at The Three Broomsticks while sipping on Butterbeer.

Dropping in for a pint at Moe's sounds cool, but it's not always possible for local passholders. Depending on the passport, a passholder might find himself or herself blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks. Those block out times — namely summer, spring break and holidays— are popular travel times for tourists.  Looking at Universal's Silver Annual Pass available days calendar gives you a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year. This is because these are the times when most of the passholders are not allowed to enter. For all of July through early August, the California Neighbor Pass holders are blocked from entering the park entirely. That's a sure sign that there will be tourists!

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2018 and 2019 - Hogsmeade

Harry Potter has unsurprisingly created a spike in interest and attendance at Universal Studios Hollywood. It has also fueled interest in of one of our most popular posts on when to use the Universal Express pass. His West Coast arrival draws Potter fans who can't make the trip to Orlando. Vacationers are extending their trips to visit the Wizarding World. Locals are visiting the Wizarding World, too. We're expecting this surge (or... lighting bolt?) of interest in Universal Studios Hollywood to continue over the next few years. We've been hearing whispers of Wizarding additions too. Aparecium!

Worst Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018 and 2019

  • Around Christmas through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 22, 2017 - Jan. 6, 2018
  • MLK Jr. Day Weekend - Jan. 12-15, 2018
  • President's Day - Feb. 16-19, 2018
  • Spring Break and Easter - March 10 - April 15, 2018
  • Memorial Day Weekend - May 25-28, 2018
  • June 9-Aug. 11, 2018
  • Veteran's Day Weekend - Nov. 10-12, 2018;
  • Thanksgiving week - Nov. 17-24, 2018
  • Around Christmas through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019
  • MLK Jr. Day Weekend - Jan. 18-21, 2019
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-18, 2019
  • Spring Break and Easter - March 18-April 28, 2019
  • Memorial Day Weekend - May 24027, 2019
  • June 8-Aug. 10, 2019
  • Veteran's Day Weekend - Nov. 9-11, 2019
  • Thanksgiving week - Nov. 16-23, 2019
  • Around Christmas through the second week of the New Year -

Other Dates That Might See Higher Crowds

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2018 and 2019 - Jurrasic Park Gates

We've pulled together other days that see higher crowds, but not as high as the absolute worst days. Some of the dates listed are isolated, with the days around them generally fine. These dates do bring in more locals. Anyone out there in La-La-Land aware of other dates that are popular with locals? Share in comments below!

  • Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Celebration - May 11-12, 2018
  • Opening of Dreamworks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda - June 15, 2018
  • Labor Day - Sept. 3, 2018; Sept. 2, 2019
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that entire week) - Oct. 8, 2018; Oct. 14, 2019

Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018 and 2019:

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day )
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 4, 2018 and March 11, 2019)
  • The second half of April in 2018
  • Weekdays in May (Minus Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Mondays through Fridays the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September (except Labor Day weekend); Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and October (except nights with Halloween Horror Nights or Columbus Day week)
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Holiday Crowds At Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018 and 2019

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2018 and 2019 - Frog Choir

One of the best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood is during the holidays. The park has holiday events for ones that enjoy merriment as well as hauntings. Halloween Horror Nights scares up large crowds during Halloween. Christmas also brings crowds, especially with the debut in 2017 of the  Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If it returns in 2018 and 2019, it is sure to bring in droves of muggles and wizards. The popular Grichmas shows no signs of slowing down. If you're thinking of visiting during these times, be sure to check out our survival guides and tips for Halloween Horror Nights and Christmas.

Aaaand, cut! Great job everyone. We hope you've enjoyed our ideas on the best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2018 and 2019. Don't forget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. 

Related: Tips to Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood

Related: Tips for Maximizing the Universal Studios Hollywood Front of Line Pass

Keep hopping!

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Jul 12, 2018 at 6:11 p.m. Fernando Says...

Hi! We're a spanish couple visiting LA at September.

We decided to visit Universal Studios on Friday 7th or Saturday 8th. What do you suggest us? Please take into account that on Saturday we will have 2 additional hours for the same ticket price (but with more people, according to your calendar).

Thanks in advance and greetings from Spain!

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Jul 12, 2018 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fernando!

Great question. Since our Crowd Calendar doesn't anticipate it being too much busier on Saturday, we would definitely recommend taking advantage of those extra two hours! Please let us know if you have any other questions, and enjoy your trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 11, 2018 at 8:56 a.m. Whitney Cochran Says...

Hi! I plan on visiting with my family my birthday weekend. Which is November 3rd...anything I should look forward too? I haven’t been since I was 16 lol I am going on 29

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Jul 11, 2018 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Whitney!

OMG - how exciting! There will be tons of new experiences for you to explore during your visit. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is definitely a main highlight, but most attractions will be BRAND NEW to you! Check out our tips to maximize your time so you can pack the most fun into your visit.

Hoppy birthday!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 8, 2018 at 4:44 a.m. Ashrakat Says...

Hi! We were thinking about going ariubd the 5th of August 2018. We were wondering how crowded ot would be for that day. Thank you very much in advance!

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Jul 9, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the park will be pretty busy that day as many families visit before summer ends and their little ones head back to school.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2018 at 12:48 a.m. Iris Saavedra Says...

We are debating on using our annual pass for the first time July 4th or the 5th. Would it make a difference? Or both days are crowed being that it's summer break?

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Jul 3, 2018 at 1:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Iris!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but the 4th of July will almost certainly be busier than the 5th.

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Jun 27, 2018 at 6:56 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hello. I’m thinking of taking my children to universal Hollywood for the 4th of July. Would you recommend this. We dont have much family and are tried of the traditional holiday thing

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Jun 27, 2018 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

You can definitely go to Universal Studios Hollywood for the 4th of July, but just prepared for it to be crowded! You might consider Universal Express passes if you can swing it.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 24, 2018 at 4:41 p.m. Scott Phillips Says...

Hi! We'll be visiting Universal LA on 7/13/18. What kind of wait times can we expect if we buy the standard tickets? I'm debating on whether to spend $140 more per ticket for the express entry. Thanks!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott,

Universal Express passes always help skip the lines and since you'll be visiting during peak time, we would recommend the pass if you can swing it.

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Jun 24, 2018 at 4:35 p.m. Scott Phillips Says...

Hello! We'll be visiting Universal in LA on 7/13/18. I'm debating between buying the standard one day ticket or $140 more per for the express entry. At this time of year, what is the average wait time per ride/show?

Thank you!

Scott

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Jun 24, 2018 at 2:59 a.m. Dianna Says...

We are going to Universal LA on July 20. should we buy the express pass? What is the usual wait for attractions - we probably won't go on any rides Thanks so much

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dianna,

If you aren't planning on going on any rides, then the Universal Express pass might not be worth it. However, if you do plan on experiencing rides, then the pass is definitely worth it, as you're visiting during peak time!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 22, 2018 at 11:06 p.m. Shauna Kenndy Says...

Hi there we're going to be at Universal Studios October 4, 2018 Do you think it will be busy and do you think it's better to buy a general admission or the second universal experience or something like that it's her first time so we're not really sure what's the best option.we like to try and keep the cost down so any recommendations would be greatly appreciate it.we are staying in San Pedro as were leaving for a cruise on the October 5 th how long of a drive is it and what time would you recommend we leave in the morning to get to the park.

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shauna!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts low crowds on October 4, so we recommend sticking with a general admission ticket to save money. It is about a 40 minute drive from San Pedro to Hollywood and we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes ahead of park open.

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Jun 20, 2018 at 8:48 p.m. Kristin Says...

We are looking at visiting Universal Studios either on our way to or from Disneyland. Just wondering if we should visit Universal Studios August 19/20 or August 24/25 and do you think 2 days are needed? Trying to hit both places with smallest crowds possible that time of the year and decide which park is best for a Saturday or Sunday visit. Thanks.

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Jun 20, 2018 at 9:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the parks shouldn't be too busy on these dates. It looks like the crowds will be similar throughout your whole trip. We loooove Universal Studios Hollywood and it would be fun for multiple days, but with lower crowds, you should be able to tackle it in one.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 17, 2018 at 6:38 p.m. Charmie Says...

Planning on being in Universal Studios July 18, 2018 which is a wednesday. I understand that this is peak season no matter what, but debating whether to get the express ticket or just regular ticket? Thank you!

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Jun 19, 2018 at 12:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charmie!

The Express passes are toad-ally worth it in the summer months!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 15, 2018 at 7:03 p.m. daniel Says...

We will be in town at Universal Hollywood August 14-19. We would like to visit on one of those date. Which day do you recommend? Thanks

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Jun 15, 2018 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that those days will all be equally great to visit. We recommend choosing whichever one works best for you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2018 at 4:46 p.m. Sylvia Says...

Hello I'm looking into going to universal hollywood July 5th. Do you recommend express tickets?

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Jun 15, 2018 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sylvia!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts heavy crowds on July 5, so Express tickets sound like a great option for you.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 22, 2018 at 1:16 a.m. Stephen Bochicchio Says...

Is the 4th of July busy?

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephen!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but holidays are always a busy time in the parks.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 13, 2018 at 11:13 a.m. Melissa Says...

I will in LA New Years week 2019 with my teen sons and we want to visit Universal Studios. I’m less concerned about the crowds and more interested if it is worth buying a behind the scenes pass if there is nothing happening on sets during that week. Any ideas?

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Jun 14, 2018 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Even if there is anything happening on the set, you still won’t see much of it on the tour. The tour will still offer other special experiences that other guests do not get to see and has more great benefits, so we recommend it if it is within your budget no matter when you visit!

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Jun 5, 2018 at 11:42 p.m. Carolina Says...

Hello! I´ll be visiting Universal Hollywood on August 17th with a 5 year old. Do you recommend to buy Express ticket? How long should be the lines? Thank you!!!

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Jun 6, 2018 at 11:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolina!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for a good idea of how crowded we expect the park to be. It's hard to guess how long the lines will be. The Express ticket isn't a necessity, but is definitely worth the money if you have it in your budget!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 6, 2018 at 11:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolina!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for a good idea of how crowded we expect the park to be. It's hard to guess how long the lines will be. The Express ticket isn't a necessity, but is definitely worth the money if you have it in your budget!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 5, 2018 at 2:50 a.m. Diana Says...

Hi! We have vacation from July 4 to July 10. I know it is busy, but which days would you suggest? Plus one of our party is in a wheelchair!

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Jun 4, 2018 at 11:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana!

Check out our Crowd Calendar for our best daily crowd predictions! We recommend visiting guest services upon arrival to see if any accommodations can be made for the member of your party using a wheelchair.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 3, 2018 at 3:11 p.m. Jen Says...

Hi

We are in LA next week, Wednesday 6/6 thro Sunday 6/10 ..... I think Wednesday looks best on your crowd calendar, am I right please?

Thanks very much

Jen

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Jun 4, 2018 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

That's right! Our Crowd Calendar predicts that Wednesday will be the least busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 28, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. Nannette Says...

We're trying to decide whether to go on Sat. 6/9 or Sun. 6/10. Any insight into which day will be less crowded?

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May 29, 2018 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nannette,

According to our Crowd Calendar, it looks like Sunday will be slightly less crowded!

Keep hopping!

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May 26, 2018 at 2:04 a.m. Joseph Says...

What is Volcano's Bay policy on rain- when does it close and if it closes, are refunds or partial refunds given >

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May 29, 2018 at 3:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joseph,

If it's just rain, Volcano Bay does not close and does not give refunds. If it does rain, we suggest hopping on some rides as the wait times tend to shorten or enjoying a meal and drink to wait out the rain!

Keep hopping!

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May 26, 2018 at 1:40 a.m. Edgar Arce Says...

I am planning on getting Universal Studios on Monday, July 23rd, 2018. It will be my Wife and I. I know that day is really crowded since it is summer, but it's Monday. If lines will be long... My questions are;

Is a full day enough to see the most interesting shows and rides?

Does it really worth to buy the Express update? Our budget is limited since we're driving through L.A. and it's just a stop we will do in our way to Vegas.

I'd appreciate any comment. Thanks

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May 29, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edgar,

You'll be visiting during peak season and since you're only visiting for one day, then we think Universal Express passes are definitely worth it! The passes will help minimize your wait times so you can do and see everything you want.

Keep hopping!

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May 24, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. Uma Says...

Hi,

we will be in LA on 24th. 25th and 26th June 2018. what will be the best day to visit universal studios out of the above three.

Thanks

Uma

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May 24, 2018 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Uma,

According to our Crowd Calendar, the 26th will be the least crowded. However, it seems that all three days are going to be pretty similar in terms of crowds, so choose a day that works best for you!

Keep hopping!

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May 21, 2018 at 11:01 p.m. Heather Says...

Hi, we are planning a trip (2 days, 1 night) to Universal Studios bc we have 3 big Harry Potter fans. We are looking at a weekend in August, September or October. I looked at your Crowd calendar and wrote down some dates but do you have any recommendations? Would love to avoid large crowds if possible. Thank you!

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May 22, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

It looks like your best bet would be to go in September. The weekend of the 7th-9th or 14th-16th would be the most ideal in terms of crowds. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

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May 21, 2018 at 4:34 p.m. Cori Says...

We plan to be in Southern California June 28 - July 1, 2018. We are debating between Thursday or Sunday for visiting Universal Studios. Any thoughts on which day would be more crowded?

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May 22, 2018 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cori,

According to our Crowd Calendar, it looks like those days will be about the same in terms of crowds. Since it's summer vacation and peak time for the parks, the parks are usually always busy, no matter the day. Pick the day that works best for you!

Keep hopping!

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May 17, 2018 at 1:38 a.m. Candelaria Rocha Says...

Hi I would like to know if May 18 is a good day to visit universal studios without long lines

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May 17, 2018 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candelaria,

According to our Crowd Calendar, May 18 will have moderate crowds, so it should be a pretty good day to visit!

Keep hopping!

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May 14, 2018 at 2:03 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi,

We have three days in the Anaheim area - Sept. 24, 25, 26 (2018). We plan on spending one day in Universal and two days in Disneyland. Is it referable to visit one of the parks on a certain day? Also, would you recommend an Express Pass?

Many thanks!

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May 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but we don't think it will matter which days you visit which parks. And crowd levels are predicted to be low, so no need to splurge on an Express Pass!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2018 at 9:42 a.m. Martina Says...

Hi there, will be in LA from Ireland with two teenage sons and husband. Hoping to visit Universal June 12/13 2. If this is just the start of US school summer hols should we buy express tix please? Thanks in advance. Martina

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May 10, 2018 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martina,

We'd recommend Express Passes if you can fit in the budget. The park will be busier during this time and the passes will help you skip the lines!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 7, 2018 at 5:12 p.m. Ger Nolan Says...

Hi there , we are planning to visit tomorrow, Tuesday 7th May, arriving early. Do we need to buy express tickets?

Thank you?

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May 8, 2018 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts low crowds, so we think you'll be fine without an Express pass!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 6, 2018 at 11:05 p.m. Lori Says...

Just wondering how busy May 19 might be? Or May 21st?

Thanks.

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May 8, 2018 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds on these days. A great time to visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 25, 2018 at 4:53 p.m. Beverly Says...

Hi! I'm looking at purchasing a ticket for May 4th. Would I purchase a non-peak time ticket since this is a 6/10, or would you recommend an anytime ticket? Thanks!

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Apr 26, 2018 at 10:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beverly!

Universal decides what is classified as non-peak and peak. It depends on anticipated crowds and changes pricing. It looks like May 4 in non-peak!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2018 at 1:33 p.m. Annie Says...

On a scale of 1-10, how busy does 7th September look? Should we look to buy an Express Pass?

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Apr 26, 2018 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annie!

Awesome news - our Crowd Calendar predicts September 7th to be only a 3/10 in terms of crowds. You should be able to accomplish a ton without spending much time in line!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 23, 2018 at 8:42 p.m. Matt Says...

We’re planning a 12-day visit from June 25 – July 7, visiting Universal Hollywood on either the front or back end of the trip. Do you expect there to be a significant difference in crowding for either time? We likely would visit between July 4 and 6 if on the back end.

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Apr 26, 2018 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt!

Crowd levels will be high throughout your trip, but we definitely recommend visiting Universal Hollywood on the front end of your trip, around June 25. Thanks to July 4 being a holiday, crowd levels will be extra high then so we would try to avoid the parks on this day.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 21, 2018 at 3:06 a.m. Katie Willis Says...

At what crowd level do you recommend purchasing the Express ticket? We are looking at a 5/10 day. Thank you!

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Apr 23, 2018 at 8:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

It's obviously toad-ally up to you, but we personally do not recommend splurging on an Express ticket on a 5/10 crowd day. That's only moderate in terms of crowd levels and you should be able to accomplish everything you want without it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 17, 2018 at 4:33 p.m. Casey Says...

My friends and I are going Monday June 4th this year. Will it be super crowded???

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Apr 17, 2018 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Casey,

According to our Crowd Calendar, the parks start to get busier starting June because of summer break. So you should expect it to be busy!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 16, 2018 at 5:34 p.m. Nik Says...

Is there a difference in shows between Friday & Saturday. I am planning for 4/20, I believe it will be average crowded?

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nik!

You're right! Looks like moderate crowds are expected.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 16, 2018 at 5:46 a.m. Kevin Says...

Hi - how the crowd will be at 9th May?

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 16, 2018 at 2:03 a.m. Pam Says...

Planning on visiting California 5/31 or 6/01. What does the crowd calendar say? Should we get express passses?

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Apr 15, 2018 at 10:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like May 1 will be slightly less crowded.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 8, 2018 at 3:55 a.m. Amanda Says...

1 being not busy and 10 being very busy, how dose may 23 look?

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Apr 9, 2018 at midnight FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts this day to be a 6/10.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 4, 2018 at 6:16 p.m. Liz Says...

Hi! How are crowds looking on Sunday May 13th? (Mother's day?)

Thanks!

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Apr 6, 2018 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

Like any other holiday, our Crowd Calendar predicts it will be fairly busy on Mother's Day.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 25, 2018 at 12:48 a.m. Luci Says...

How crowed do you expect it will be on Easter Sunday 4/1/18? Thank you!

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Mar 26, 2018 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luci!

As with any holiday, our Crowd Calendar predicts heavy crowds.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 23, 2018 at 6:59 p.m. Shirley Richmond Says...

With season passes since last year just want to assure we will have no problems getting in

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Mar 23, 2018 at 6:57 p.m. Shirley richmond Says...

Ive bought 7 seasonal passes last year.we would like to come 3-27-18.so do they just look up our name.just wanna be sure our visit and enterance good smooth

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Mar 19, 2018 at 8:51 p.m. Leo Says...

Hi, we are coming from Spain and are planning to go to Universal L.A. on Sunday March 25th. What's the expected attendance? is it worth spending almost twice for the Express tickets (we are 4!)? Many thanks.

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Mar 19, 2018 at 11:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leo!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the park will be pretty busy during your visit. Purchasing the Express tickets is up to you - it will make your day much more leisurely and you will be able to accomplish much more, but is never a necessity.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 13, 2018 at 6:37 p.m. hana Says...

we will be in LA from May 22nd - 25th, which day is a good one and would we able to complete all the attraction in one day? Do we need to buy a pass to cut through ling lines that time?

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Mar 16, 2018 at 1:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that May 22 will be your best option. With crowd levels at a 5/10 expected, we don't think it will be necessary to purchase an Express Pass.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 9, 2018 at 2:16 p.m. Becky Says...

Is there a specific weekday that is typically less busy? I'm thinking about visiting sometime between 4/9-4/13 and have an open schedule,.

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Mar 15, 2018 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our predictions on the best time to visit.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 6, 2018 at 8:39 p.m. Jan Says...

We are going to Universal Studio in Hollywood on Tuesday, April 10th 2018, from 10-6 and purchasing the Universal Express tickets. Should we spend the extra and go one hour early as well. Water World is closed during that time frame. Is 10-6 enough time to see everything once or should be pay 20 more and get the extra hour??

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Mar 8, 2018 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jan,

According to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, April 10 is predicted to have 7/10 crowd levels! Universal Express Pass will definitely help bring your wait time down, but we'd still recommend taking advantage of the early admission if you can manage it.

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Mar 6, 2018 at 2:10 a.m. Javier Says...

How anticipated do you recommend to buy VIP tickets? I heard there’s a limit for sale by day...

I want to go on May 22nd. So do I need to buy the week before? 2 days before? Same day?

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Mar 6, 2018 at 12:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Javier!

We recommend purchasing your VIP tickets now, since you've decided on the date you want to go! Check out our options here.

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Apr 22, 2018 at 5:13 a.m. Bekah Says...

Im planning a trip with Daughters May 11-12 with a two day pass... Will it be super crowded or will we be able to attend everything over 2 days without wating half the time in lines?

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Apr 23, 2018 at 8:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bekah!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate to busy crowds during these days. Despite this, we still think you'll be able to accomplish everything during your two days there!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 4, 2018 at 3:49 p.m. Erin Says...

Hi!

I know the timing isn’t ideal, but I’m a teacher so stuck with summer months - can you tell me which day of the week will be better to go to Universal Hollywood? We are in LA July 20-23rd.

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

You can check our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like Monday the 23rd will be your best bet.

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like the 23rd will be your best bet.

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Feb 22, 2018 at 7:16 p.m. Matt Says...

Question - What about on the actual day of Easter? Which is Sunday, April 1st?

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Feb 25, 2018 at 1:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt!

Any and all holidays throughout the year can be expected to have large crowds. Our Crowd Calendar predicts this will be a peak day for crowds.

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Feb 21, 2018 at 10:10 p.m. Michele Says...

Is it worth getting VIP tickets for 5/30/2018? Calendars show "it's all right," but how good is "all right."

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Feb 21, 2018 at 10:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts May 30 will rank as a 6/10 in terms of crowds. If you have the means, we would recommend getting VIP tickets to save time and make the most of your day!

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Feb 19, 2018 at 7:33 p.m. Stacey Williams Says...

We are choosing to go to Universal Los Angeles tomorrow Tuesday February 20th rather than today as it’s Presidents’ Day holiday and supposed to be busy. How much quieter is it expected to be the day after Presidents’ Day ?

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Feb 22, 2018 at 11:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey,

Sorry for the late response! Hope you had a great time and it wasn't too busy for you!

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