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Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

by Leap on September 1, 2019 569 Los Angeles

You long-time frog fans know Tad as our official frog family videographer. While he toadally enjoys making ride videos for our YouTube channel, he really has set his sights on becoming the next Spielberg. For him, it doesn't get any better than Universal Studios Hollywood. It's a thrill for him to be "on location" inside the theme park that just so hoppens to be where "Back to the Future" and "Psycho" were filmed. And we know he's not the only one who's excited to visit! With the addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more family-friendly attractions, this theme park/working studio sure is more hopping than ever.

Whether you have a filmmaker in your family or you're just a bunch of fun seekers, it helps to know the least crowded time to visit. Lucky for you, we've got the best dates to visit Universal Studios Hollywood for 2019 and 2020 if you're planning a trip!

When to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2019 and 2020 - Main Entrance

Our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get a day-by-day look at expected crowds a full year in advance. If your particular dates are not listed, jump down to the comments below and ask. We frogs will be hoppy to answer. We've got a similar post devoted to the best and worst times to visit Disneyland if you hoppen to be planning visits to both. (Now, if only we could predict travel times on those SoCal highways!)

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2019 and 2020 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter has unsurprisingly brought in more muggles to experience the Wizarding World and Universal Studios Hollywood. It has also fueled interest in one of our most popular posts — when to use the Universal Express Ticket (formerly known as the Front of Line Pass) . We're expecting this surge (or... lighting bolt?) of interest in Universal Studios Hollywood to continue over the next few years. And there are always whispers of Wizarding additions. Aparecium!

Jurassic World

It's probably a good time to talk about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. While it opened in an entirely different park, May 31 at Disneyland, it has and will continue to influence crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood for the rest of this year. While crowds aren't impacted as much by Star Wars at Universal Studios Hollywood as at Disneyland, they do have some impact. This is because many of the people who are making the trek to LA to experience Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Resort will also decide to hop over to Universal Studios Hollywood. Crowd levels were lower than expected in summer for Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, perhaps because so many feared crazy large crowds for Galaxy's Edge or because of a staggered ride opening (Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance isn't opening until January 2020). We expect this will change in fall and winter, especially with the recent opening of Jurassic World!

How Locals Influence the Best Times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2019 and 2020

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If you’re used to visiting Universal Orlando Resort rather than the Hollywood original, know that there are some differences. The best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2019 and 2020 aren'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 think nothing of popping in for a pint of Butterbeer after the end of a long week.

While the regional passholders have a large influence on crowds, it's not all doom and gloom. Many passholders have blockout times during the times most popular with tourists — mostly summer, spring break and the holidays, but also a few weekends here and there. 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. While originally these passholders were blocked out from June through mid-August, this has been modified (likely because of lower-than-expected summer crowds). They are blocked for most of July and some of August. The rest of the year, they see more blockouts on Saturdays and/or Sundays until December, when they are blocked out Saturdays in December and from Dec. 21 through Jan. 2, 2020.

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2019 and 2020 - Studio Tour

Now let's hop into the key topic at hand — the dates of the best and worst times for crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood. We'll start with the bad news first (depending on how you look at it).

Worst Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2019

  • Jan. 1-6, 2019
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 19-21, 2019
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-24, 2019
  • Spring break and Easter - March 9-April 15, April 19-22 (elevated crowds March 9-April 22, 2019)*
  • Weekends in May
  • Mid-June through Aug. 12, 2019*
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020

*These crowds have been lower than expected, making this a better-than-normal time to visit.

Worst Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-23, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 7-April 20, 2020
  • Weekends in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2020
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 19-Dec. 29, 2020
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 19, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

Other Dates That Might See Higher Crowds

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2019 and 2020 - Master Po

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!

  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019, and Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 14, 2019, and October 12, 2020
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) - Nov. 11, 2019, and Nov. 9, 2020 (observed)

Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2019

Best Times To Visit Universal Studios Hollywood 2019 and 2020 - Studio Tour

  • 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 9, 2019)
  • Weekdays in the second half of April 2019
  • Weekdays in May
  • The last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2020

  • 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 7, 2020)
  • April 20-30; May 1, 2020
  • Weekdays in May
  • The last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

So there you have it — the best and worst times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood! If you can't avoid visiting during a busy time, don't sweat it! We have a ton more hopful tips and resources to help you save time waiting in line and plan a great trip.

Related: Tips to Maximize Your Time at Universal Studios Hollywood

Related: Tips for Maximizing the Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass

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Nov 5, 2019 at 10:13 p.m. Sonya Says...

What is the better day to come in terms of crowds? Dec. 25th or Dec. 26th?

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Nov 6, 2019 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sonya!

Both are projected to be 10/10, so we'd pick whichever day will work best for your family. Be sure to get there at park opening and spring for Express if you can!

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Nov 3, 2019 at 4:46 p.m. Chris Kourcklas Says...

I plan on coming 1 day sunday November 10th. How are the lines? Should I get an express pass? I wont be arriving till around 12. On a business trip and only free sunday.

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Nov 4, 2019 at 5:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

That day is slated to be an 8/10 in terms of crowds, so given your abbreviated day, we'd definitely suggest the Express Pass! Have a great time!

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Oct 28, 2019 at 1:21 a.m. Sandy Says...

Hi We are visiting for first time Nov 6 - 9. Should we purchase express pass? Since we have never been, we are not sure what to expect.

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Oct 29, 2019 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy!

According to our Crowd Calendar, crowds look to be manageable on the 6th, but pick up significantly for the remainder of your trip. If you can, we'd spring for Express!

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Oct 23, 2019 at 7:12 p.m. Emma Says...

Thinking of visiting March 26 or 27, 2020. 3 small children (plus a teen) not sure where to do 2 days, express pass or if we will be alright for 1 day with normal ticket.

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Oct 25, 2019 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

We recommend one day with Express Pass. That falls during spring break time, so Express will definitely come in handy.

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Oct 22, 2019 at 3:48 a.m. Amanda Says...

Hi we're planning our very first trip to universal studios on Friday October 25th. Do you think it'll be a manageable day? We also have a 4yo who's super excited for Jurassic Park wanting to see blue and is so intrigued with Harry Potter. So this is why we are going. Besides these 2 attractions what else do you recommend for her and us??

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Oct 23, 2019 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Be sure to meet meet Juliet, the Triceratops, Tango, the baby raptor and maybe even some Transformers. The Dino Play area in the Lower Lot will be fun, as well as Super Silly Fun Land in the Upper Lot. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem will be fun if he is tall enough. Bring a swim suit for the water play area! Kung Fu Panda and the Studio Tour are great. In the Wizarding World, make sure to do the castle walk through even if he is not tall enough for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Attend a wand pairing, purchase an interactive wand and cast spells. Don’t miss the animal actors show! Have a wonderful time :)

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Oct 19, 2019 at 2:44 p.m. Mahli Says...

We are planning to visit Oct. 24th during the day. Would you happen to know the average wait time for the attractions? Trying to decide if we want to spend and extra $160 for 2 for the express pass.

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Oct 21, 2019 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mahli!

The park closes at 6 that night, but the crowds should not be too bad. Arrive early, hit the Lower Lot early, and use Single Rider lines. Save the money, and you can upgrade in the park if you feel like you need it!

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Sep 30, 2019 at 7:45 a.m. Karthik Says...

Hi,

I like to visit Universal Studios Next week . When i click the ticket, i am not able to see the date restrictions. Can you look into it?

Also, Dont you have choice to buy 1 day base ticket for Disney resort?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karthik!

If you click on the Universal ticket option, the text should expand into and show validity dates, as well as any blackout dates or fine print you should know about. If you run into any issues, our Customer Service team is more than hoppy to help! They can be reached at 1 (800) 846-1302.

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Sep 26, 2019 at 3:17 p.m. Lidiya Hill Says...

Hi. So we want to go Sat sept 28th. During the day of course. I know the Halloween starts at 6 and separate tickets required. But we are NOT interested in that. just the day pass. Do you think it will be crowded during the day before the Halloween events start?

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Sep 26, 2019 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lidiya!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that day looks to be a 7/10. Be sure to get there when the park opens, and spring for Express Passes if it's in your budget!

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Sep 20, 2019 at 4:21 p.m. Eileen Says...

Will be there the week before Thanksgiving specifically the 18th -22nd what do the crowds typically look like during this time ?

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Sep 20, 2019 at 12:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eileen!

According to our Crowd Calendar, those days are forecast at 6s and 7s. Have fun!

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Sep 12, 2019 at 2:55 a.m. Yes Says...

Hello,

Visiting Universal studios Hollywood Sunday Oct 20. Is the express park recommended? What do you think?

Thanks!!

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Sep 12, 2019 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that day is forecast to be an 8/10, so we'd suggest springing for the Express Pass if you can. Have fun!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 7:01 p.m. DEBBIE Says...

We will be there Oct 3 2019 We are thinking of getting the universal express ticket is it worth it to get it???

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Sep 11, 2019 at 4:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie!

That day is expected to be a 6/10 according to our Crowd Calendar, but Halloween Horror Nights is also going on that evening, which means the park will close a little early; because of this, we'd recommend springing for the Express Pass if you can to be sure you get in everything you'd like to do!

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Sep 10, 2019 at 11:05 p.m. Jan Says...

Debating whether or not to get express tickets for

a date between September 20th - September 25th

Is it worth getting the unlimited express or will the lines be pretty short

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Sep 11, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jan!

The weekend looks to be pretty busy (8s), but the crowds then taper off to about a 6 for the following weekdays, according to our Crowd Calendar. We'd spring for Express if you can! Another option is to hop to the park, assess crowds, and upgrade there if you think it's necessary.

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Sep 7, 2019 at 7:28 p.m. Shane Says...

We are going to Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, Nov 1st. We will be getting the after 2 pm ticket with Halloween Horror Nights. Is it worth paying the extra $100 or so for express tickets?

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Sep 9, 2019 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shane!

Yes. The Express ticket is hugely helpful. While the event might not be as crowded after Halloween, you will not regret having the Express ticket.

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Sep 5, 2019 at 3:21 a.m. Dianne Says...

We’re planning to visit during the day on Halloween this year with an Express Pass. Thinking about doing early park entry to see the Harry Potter things the pass does not cover. How does that work? They will let us enter the park even though it’s not open? Are all the Harry Potter attractions open early?

Love your website-thanks for all the good information!

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Sep 6, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dianne!

In the past, Early Entry came when you purchased a ticket or Universal Partner Hotel Package online from UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Guests then received Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 30 minutes prior to the Theme Park’s posted opening time each day. However, details past Sept. 2 are no longer available - we'll keep our eyes and ears open for more details!

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Sep 4, 2019 at 4:36 p.m. Steven Says...

How much are express passes for season pass holders?

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Sep 4, 2019 at 5:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven!

It can vary per night and per pass. There is a section for passholders to click on the ticketing page. You have to type in your pass to see the discounts that apply to you. We did not get any discount for our Express Pass on Fan Preview night. In the past, we have not gotten discounts on Express Passes either, but it can vary so type in your pass to see what discounts you can get.

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Aug 28, 2019 at 6:37 a.m. Heidi Says...

Hey I’m wondering if you guys will be having Halloween decorations/props around the second week of September 2019 throughout the day

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Aug 29, 2019 at 3:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidi!

You may start to see some of the decorations for the scare zones that are part of Halloween Horror Nights start to come out that week, especially near the end of the week.

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Aug 25, 2019 at 4:02 p.m. nic Says...

Hi! Im visiting on September 22nd for the 2PM Hollywood horror nights! Are lines expected to be long after 2 on a sunday? Thanks!

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nic!

It’s hard to predict, but with daytime park guests mixing with Halloween Horror Nights guests, the lines could be long, although it’s not a Peak Time. We highly recommend Express Pass, which is good during the day and at night because you’ll need it for the mazes anyway.

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Aug 24, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. Jason Says...

Planning on attending Universal Studios Sunday, November 3, 2019. Universal Pass recommended?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that day should be a 7/10, so we'd recommend springing for the Express Pass if it's in your budget.

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Aug 23, 2019 at 9:04 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Thanks for the awesome site. I'm contemplating a VIP pass for Universal Studios but wondering 1) if even need it with our dates, 2) if we do, which would be better, Friday 25th of Jan or Sat 26th Jan. and 3) is there even any live filming on at Sat?

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Either day should be a great time to visit. While the VIP may not be necessary, it does have some cool perks and areas you cannot otherwise access. There is usually no live filming on Saturday. When there is live filming, besides Mario Live, you don’t usually see it, but are more likely to avoid those areas on the Studio Tour. Weekends may give you more access to the full backlot.

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Aug 18, 2019 at 9:32 p.m. KRISTIN BOSBY Says...

Hi! We are planning on visiting next weekend 8/24-8/25 we will have a 10 year old with us would you suggest express passes?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 9:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin!

According to our Crowd Calendar, those days should be 7/10, so we'd spring for Express Passes if you're able.

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Aug 17, 2019 at 4:37 p.m. Christina Says...

Hi! We are heading to LA on August 23rd and our plan was go to Universal on Monday Aug 26th. I just noticed that you mention to go on WEEKENDS for the second half of August!

Why is this? Would lines be better if we went on the Sunday instead?

It looks like ticket prices are higher on the weekends so I just assumed it would be more crowded.

Let me know! Thanks :)

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Aug 21, 2019 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

Thanks for the catch! The weekends would be more crowded, but they still should not be too bad as more families start focusing on going back to school.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. Jody Says...

Do you know the estimated operating hours for March 2020?

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jody!

Hours are not posted just yet and can vary by day, but expect the park to open about 9-10 a.m. and close about 6-7 p.m.

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Aug 12, 2019 at 9:54 p.m. Patty Says...

I want to go to Universal on Friday Sept 27, 2019. with a group of 10.. How soon or late should I order our tickets ?

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Aug 13, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty!

We'd hop on it sooner than later, especially if you're hoping to add Express Passes. If nothing else, it'll save you some time in line at the ticket booth later :)

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Aug 11, 2019 at 9:05 p.m. Ilce Bonnett Says...

The website doesn’t state hours for the month of February yet do you have an idea of when the park would open/close in February 2020 based on past years?

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Aug 14, 2019 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ilce!

It may vary per day, with weekends being open later than weekdays, but expect shorter hours. It could be open 10-6 during a non-holiday period.

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Aug 7, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. Melinda Says...

How do we know what is peak, non peak, etc. for purchasing tickets???

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Aug 7, 2019 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melinda!

This pricing generally corresponds with holidays and crowds. If you're purchasing through Universal, you'll see a calendar with pricing listed on each day. If you're purchasing through Undercover Tourist, click on the ticket you'd like to see and the small box will expand with date restrictions for each category. Let us know if you have any further questions - hoppy to help!

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Aug 5, 2019 at 9:41 p.m. Saum Rao Says...

We're trying to decide between 8/25 and 8/26 to visit Universal Hollywood. The kids (8 and 10) are not so much into rides but do want to see Harry Potter World and do the studio tour. Would any of those days work, or would a weekday be preferable to a weekend? Thanks!

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Aug 6, 2019 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Saum!

Both of those days are forecast to be a 7/10 in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar, though generally weekdays are slightly less crowded than weekends (especially since kiddos are largely back in school by then!) Either day should be just fine for your fam.

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Aug 4, 2019 at 6:39 a.m. Misty Adams Says...

Hello! Were visiting universal studios hollywood this october! It will be our first time but were doing the VIP tour. Can you give us any tips for making the most of the trip? Also planning on going to the museum of natural history, walk of fame, etc. hoping to make the most of our time there. Really love the articles. Thanks!

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Aug 5, 2019 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Misty!

We're so glad you hopped by - thanks for reading! At Universal, arrive early and try to visit on a day that does not have Hollywood Horror Nights so you’ll have the longest day possible. You might add a beach day (near the Santa Monica Pier) to your journey as October can still be quite warm.

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Jul 28, 2019 at 9 p.m. Daniel Says...

Hi everyone

I am planning a California Park trip in late January to early February 2020. I will visit the parks mainly Monday through Friday to avoid the queues as much as possible.

Also, I will buy express tickets where possible.

I'm just not sure how much time I have to count for the parks.

I thought: Disneyland 3 days, Universal Studios 2 days, Six Flags MM 2 days, Knott's 1 day. Is that ok or too much? As a comparison in Orlando I did the same in 2018 and I had 4 1/2 days for WDW and 2 1/2 days for Universal Studios Orlando (with unlimited express pass) and it was almost too much. I'm less interested in the shows, mainly at the rides.

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Jul 29, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel!

Three days at Disneyland sounds great. You can probably get by with one day at each of the other parks, especially if you get Universal Express at Universal Studios and mostly care about rides.

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Jul 27, 2019 at 10:20 a.m. Nathalie Urban Says...

Thank you for this detailed best dates information!!!

I just wonder: How about the weekdays in the last 2 weeks of August? Do you think the weekends are better than a Tuesday?? In Universal Hollywood!

Thank you so much in advance...

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Jul 29, 2019 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nathalie!

Weekdays are definitely better than weekends! You can check out specific details on our Crowd Calendar, though the last Wednesday of the month will be your best bet :) Enjoy!

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Jul 17, 2019 at 12:19 a.m. Alex Says...

April 20 - 30 May 1. 2020. Are good days?

May i ask the reason? Thank you.

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Jul 16, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. emma Says...

How has everyone found Christmas eve @ universal?

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Jul 16, 2019 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

That whole week tends to be pretty busy, from what we've experienced - I'm sure some of the others in the Frog Pond will weigh in, too!

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Jun 28, 2019 at 9:26 p.m. tania Says...

We will be visiting Universal Studios Hollywood on 1 January 2020, is it very busy and how long are the ride lines? This is unfortunately the only day we have before flying back to South Africa, so any advice is appreciated.

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Jul 1, 2019 at 11:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tania!

Holidays are usually busy at theme parks, and crowds can vary from year to year. Our advice is to arrive early. Since many people sty up late on Dec 31, the morning should be significantly less crowded.

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Jun 28, 2019 at 7:45 p.m. Esther Says...

Hi, my family is planing on going either July 6th or the 7th which day would be better to go.

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Jul 1, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Esther!

Both days are slated to be very crowded, according to our Crowd Calendar, so we'd suggest picking what works best for your family (and springing for Express Passes if you're able!) Have a great time!

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Jun 26, 2019 at 5:16 p.m. Sierra McZeal Says...

My family & I are planning a trip July 19-26 which days would be better to visit universal? Thanks

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Jun 26, 2019 at 4:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sierra!

According to our Crowd Calendar, all of those days are slated to be equally busy. We'd recommend choosing the dates that work best with your family and springing for Express Passes if you're able. Have a frogtastic trip!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 12:43 a.m. sophie Says...

my family and i are going to universal studios october 23, 2019 and i was wondering what crowds would be like ? is that a good time to go ?

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Jun 26, 2019 at 3:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sophie!

October 23 is slated to be a 6/10, according to our Crowd Calendar, so crowds should be fairly manageable. Enjoy!

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Jun 21, 2019 at 7:17 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

HI. If I can only go to Universal Hollywood July 21-23, is there a better day to go (Sunday, Monday or Tuesday)?

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Jun 25, 2019 at 11:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

These dates will all be close. We recommend you pick the best date for you.

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Jun 21, 2019 at 5:52 a.m. Pankaj Says...

Hi,

We (3 adults and 2 kids - 10 and 5) are planning to visit Universal Hollywood on 8/29. The crowd calendar shows 5/10. What does the mean though? Will there be not many people at all and so express pass won't be worth it? Or better to still get it considering we are going with kids. Thanks

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Jun 25, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

You likely will not need Express for these dates as medium crowds are expected.

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Jun 16, 2019 at 3:49 p.m. Jason Says...

Guess Friday, November 1 is better than Sunday, November 3 this year?

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Jun 19, 2019 at 6:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

They are both great days to visit Universal Studios. One thing to watch for is the Halloween Horror Nights schedule, which may extend into that weekend and affect park hours and crowd levels. In 2018, some of those dates were added once Hollywood Horror Nights was underway. We will be updating our Halloween Horror Nights Survival Guide throughout the summer and Halloween season.

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Jun 13, 2019 at 1:41 a.m. Benjamin Says...

I have a one day pass good until the 26th of this month. I know June is usually a busy month but what day would be best to go?

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Jun 19, 2019 at 6:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Benjamin,

Any day will be good to go. As long as you arrive early and follow our Tips to Maximize Time at Universal Studios, you'll have a great time.

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Jun 12, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. BRANDON CHAD Says...

HELLO MY WIFE AND I WILL BE TRAVELING TO UNIVERSAL HOLLYWOOD ON 8/26/2019 WHICH IS A MONDAY. SHOULD WE GET THE EXPRESS PASS FOR THIS DATE.

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Jun 12, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandon!

According to our Crowd Calendar, this day will be a 7/10, so it's entirely up to you! If you're able, we'd recommend springing for it (we love skipping the lines).

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Jun 11, 2019 at 1:01 p.m. Erica Vogt Says...

We are going to La on Thursday 8/15. We plan to buy express tickets for universal. What day do you recommend -Fri8/16, Sat 8/17 or Sun 8/18.

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Jun 12, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica!

According to our Crowd Calendar, each of these dates have about the same crowds (8/10,) so we'd choose whichever day works best with your plans.

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Jun 11, 2019 at 1:22 a.m. Thandi Says...

Hi, We are traveling with a kid (8Yr) on 22nd June... do u recommend we buy express pass or general ticket the park is open from 9 to 10PM we can go late in day if it helps

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Jun 12, 2019 at 7:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Thandi!

That day is slated to be a 10/10 in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar, so we'd spring for the Express Pass if you're able.

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Jun 10, 2019 at 2:46 p.m. Lee Says...

Hi, we are trying to decide between either Nov. 11th (Veterans Day) or Nov. 16th (a Saturday). The crowd calendar actually indicates the Saturday would be better. Does Veterans Day get pretty packed? Which day would be better? Thanks

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Jun 12, 2019 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lee,

Both of those dates shouldn't be too bad. I would pick the one that works better for you and your family.

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May 24, 2019 at 11:48 p.m. Haydn Miller Says...

Hi, we are going to Universal on the 18th June, its not the best according to your calendar but we don't have a choice. Does the Universal Express Ticket apply to everything in the park or just the rides. My wife an I will go but are not interested in the rides so were going to get normal tickets and then the Express for our 2 kids. But we want to do the studio tours so would the kids jump to the front and we'd have to wait? Thanks Haydn

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May 28, 2019 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haydn!

We toadally understand - sometimes, the best time to go is just when you're able! The Universal Studios Hollywood Express Pass is a full ticket that includes admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, plus one-time access to each ride, show and attraction - which sounds like it'd be exactly what you're looking for! Enjoy!

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May 20, 2019 at 11:03 p.m. Leanne Says...

Do you think it would be less crowded 6/8/19 or 6/9/19

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May 24, 2019 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leanne!

They will probably be about equal. We hoppen to like Sunday mornings in the theme parks right when they open!

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May 20, 2019 at 12:18 a.m. tt Says...

hello,

we have the choice of either going to universal studios hollywood on august 31 or sept 1. the crowd calendar has them both at 8/10 - is one day generally less busy?

also, do they sell out of the express passes online? if we chose to wait until the day of to upgrade to an express pass would that be too late?

Thanks.

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May 24, 2019 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Being that it is a holiday weekend, both days could be busy. Universal may run out of Express passes in the park that day if demand is high enough. We recommend taking advantage of savings and guaranteeing availability by purchasing in advance.

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May 7, 2019 at 1:17 p.m. aaron ufberg Says...

Hi- we are planning on going to Universal Hollywood on Christmas 2019- I know it will be packed, but I was going to get the express passes. What will it be like?even on a day like that, do you pretty much go right in the front of the line for your one time ride?is it worth doing

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May 13, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron!

The Express Pass is definitely worth doing at a peak crowd time like that. You will save a lot of time vs. waiting in lines. Express Pass sales are limited, so you should have very short to no wait. Have a frogtastic time!

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May 3, 2019 at 4:31 p.m. Crys Says...

Hi, I noticed that the annual pass is not blocked for June 2 - 3 2019 but it is listed as a peak day on the calendar. Information I read indicated that crowds are usually worse during the black-out dates. It also indicates that mid June - early August are among the worst days so we are outside that window. Just trying to decide if it is worth it because we are on a budget and that extra 70.00 per person for a family of 5 is questionable. We are planning just a one day visit to the park. Looking for some advise....

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May 6, 2019 at 11:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crys!

In our past experience, early June is a good time to visit, with peak crowds starting the next week.

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May 2, 2019 at 8:59 p.m. Lori Says...

Hi! Thanks for all of the great info! I'm surprised to see that you have Memorial Day listed as a 5/10 in terms of crowds. With the park being open late that day it seems like a good day to visit- but I would've thought that would be a super crowded day (all other Monday holidays have much higher crowd ratings). Is the holiday factored in to the 5/10 rating? Or, any suggestions/tips from previous experience on that day?? Thank you!!

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May 6, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

I'm sorry to report that is an error and we have adjusted it, but as the holidays go, we don't think this Memorial Day will be too bad.

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Apr 17, 2019 at 7:29 p.m. Annie Says...

It looks like what you’re saying is Easter Sunday is crowded. Is this true? I thought it would be quieter since most people are celebrating at restaurants and going to church.

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Apr 17, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annie,

It is more crowded on holidays such as Easter. Many families that have the days around the holiday end up taking vacations and visiting the park.

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