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Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022 and 2023

by Leap on May 1, 2022 633 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 not only what to expect when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, but also, when to plan your trip. And, action!

When to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022 and 2023

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First things first: It's important to note that Universal Studios Hollywood has some important health and safety guidelines in place, which you can read all about in our full reopening post.

While there is no reservation system in place at Universal Studios Hollywood, tickets are date-based, effectively limiting capacity each day through the number of tickets sold. That means it's more important than ever to purchase your tickets ahead of time so that your preferred dates aren't sold out. And one other piece of advice: During our recent trips, Express Passes have become more useful than ever in maximizing our time at the parks. Much like admission, it's best to purchase your Express Passes in advance (they can sell out, and more so, the advance, online price is usually the lowest).

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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!)

How Locals Influence the Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022 and 2023

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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 2022 and 2023 aren't necessarily the same ones at Universal Orlando. The biggest difference is 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. A lot of passholders visit on Saturdays, so that may influence you to visit during the week if you can.

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While the regional passholders have a large influence on crowds, it's not all doom and gloom. Many passholders have blackout 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.

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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).

Expected Busiest Days at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022

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  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-17, 2022
  • Presidents' Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 12 to April 18, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 4 - Aug. 21, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 19-28, 2022
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023

Expected Busiest Days at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023

  • Jan. 1-8, 2023
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 13-16, 2023
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 17-20, 2023
  • Spring break and Easter - March 10 to April 16, 2023 (elevated crowds March 4 to April 21, 2023)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2023
  • Oct. 1-14, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-26, 2023
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024

*The fall of Easter impacts Universal crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. When Easter falls later, as it does in 2022, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break at the end of March, which can affect crowds then. That being said, spring break is pretty spread out, so it's generally not nearly as busy as Christmas or summer.

Other Dates That Might See Higher Crowds

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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 the comments below!

  • Labor Day - Sept. 5, 2022, and Sept. 4, 2023
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Oct. 5, 2022, and Sept. 24, 2023
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 10, 2022, and Oct. 9, 2023
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11
  • Memorial Day - May 30, 2022, and May 29, 2023

Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2022

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  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents' Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 5, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December, although the weekends are not too crowded and offer more holiday entertainment to enjoy

Best Time to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 3, 2023)
  • April 21-28, 2023
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December, although the weekends are not too crowded and have more holiday entertainment to enjoy.

Something to keep in mind if you visit weekends in September and October is Halloween Horror Nights. This separately ticketed event takes place after park hours on select nights. If you visit during the day those days, you'll see more crowds coming in starting at 2 p.m. The parks may close earlier than usual by about 6 pm. Hop over to our guide to Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood to learn more.

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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Aug 2, 2018 at 12:25 p.m. Arthur Says...

We would like to go on monday august 20. Having doubts if we order the fastpass. Anyone has an advice?

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Aug 2, 2018 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arthur,

The Universal Express Pass always helps skip the lines, but it looks like Aug. 20 is predicted to be a moderately crowded day (according to our Crowd Calendar). You could probably get by without an Express Pass, but it's entirely up to you!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 1, 2018 at 7:49 p.m. ANISA Says...

LOOKING AT NOVEMBER 2019 THANKSGIVING IS ON THE 28.....SO DO YOU THINK •Thanksgiving week - Nov. 16-23, 2019 WILL STILL BE THE MOST CROWDED?

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Aug 6, 2018 at 2:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anisa!

Thanksgiving week can almost always be anticipated to be the most crowded week of the month.

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Aug 1, 2018 at 5:59 p.m. wes Says...

We may go to Universal Hollywood on 12/31 and 1/1. What kind of wait times would we be looking at?

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Aug 1, 2018 at 1:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wes!

We are unable to predict wait times (as these depend on a variety of unpredictable factors) but our Crowd Calendar estimates high crowds on both of these days. We recommend hopping on an Express Pass for your visit.

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Jul 31, 2018 at 4 p.m. Kevin Says...

Hello, what does the crowd predictor say about Monday 8/13?

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Jul 31, 2018 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

You can hop over to the Crowd Calendar and take a look! It looks like that day is predicted to be moderately crowded (6/10).

Keep hopping!

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Jul 31, 2018 at 6:29 p.m. kevin Says...

Would you suggest an express pass is needed to see everything.

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Jul 31, 2018 at 4:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

It all depends on when you plan on visiting the park. Express Passes always help you skip the lines and avoid long waits, but they aren't completely necessary at certain times to see and do everything.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 12:39 a.m. Tami Says...

In September how busy is a sunday compared with a monday. Say Sept 9th vs the 10th? And it's one day enough for teens or should I plan on 2? Thanks for any advice

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tami!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the 10th will be a bit less busy! Since you can move much quicker with teens than little ones, we think one day will be enough for you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2018 at 7:44 p.m. Gigi Says...

Hi. When does the park in Hollywood decorate for Christmas?

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Jul 31, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gigi,

They are decorated for the start of Grinchmas, which usually begins the first weekend of December.

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Jul 27, 2018 at 11:25 p.m. beth Says...

If we go to Universal Studios on a 3/10 day, do you think we need the Express Passes? Thank you.

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Jul 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

While Express passes always help in minimizing wait times and maximizing your experience, we certainly wouldn't find them necessary on an anticipated 3/10 day.

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Aug 16, 2018 at 9:08 p.m. Beth Says...

Thanks for all the information you give out on this website. It's incredibly helpful!

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Jul 27, 2018 at 12:23 a.m. Michael Ybarra Says...

How will the wait for the rides be if we visit Universal Studios on October 10?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

We can't predict the wait times as those depend on a variety of factors, but our Crowd Calendar predicts a 5/10 in terms of how busy the park will be, which isn't too bad!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 26, 2018 at 7:25 p.m. cassy Says...

hi me and my family are going on saturday july 28th do you know more or less what the wait times are usually for the harry potter forbidden ride and for the back lot tour tram is?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cassy!

We aren't able to estimate wait times for you since there are a variety of factors at hand, but our Crowd Calendar does predict that the park will be quite busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 25, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. nousheen eslambolchi Says...

Hi, can you please tell me how crowded universal studios in LA will be tomorrow (july 26 and july 27)? The price of express is high and we want to know if it'll save us a lot of time on week day...

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Jul 25, 2018 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nousheen!

Our Crowd Calendar shows that the parks will be pretty busy tomorrow, so we definitely think the Express pass would save you a good amount of time.

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Jul 22, 2018 at 1:57 a.m. Susan Says...

If we have one day to spend in a park on either Sunday, July 29 or Monday, July 30, 2018 which park do you think would be the best choice for 21 year olds? Is one park busier this time of year than the other? Thank you!

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Jul 23, 2018 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

Universal Studios Hollywood (in California) only has one park. You may be thinking of Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, which has Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida to choose from. We recommend having your group take a look at the rides in each park to decide what is the best fit for them ... both are awesome choices for adults!

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Jul 21, 2018 at 1:24 p.m. Noelle Smithies Says...

Hi, I was just looking at your non peak ticket & it says blockout dates apply, can you let me have the blockout dates?

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Jul 23, 2018 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noelle!

If you click on the "ticket details" underneath the ticket of your choice, you'll find the blockout dates.

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Jul 20, 2018 at 12:54 a.m. Katie Says...

Hi! Would it be best to visit tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday? Thanks!

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Jul 20, 2018 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that both days will be similarly (very) busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2018 at 10:51 p.m. Enrique Says...

Hello! We will visit on Monday, August the 13th. Is it a good day for general admission or is it better to have a fastpass ticket? Thanks!

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Jul 19, 2018 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Enrique!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts a 6/10 rating in terms of crowds, which is slightly above average but nothing too crazy. Splurging on an Express ticket will always help your day go smoother with minimal waiting, but you should have an enjoyable day with a general admission ticket if you use our tips to maximize your time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2018 at 3:31 a.m. Kris Says...

Hello! What’s the best day between August 6-10 of this year?!

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Jul 18, 2018 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that all of these dates will be similarly busy, with Friday the 10th being slightly less crowded.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 20, 2018 at 12:39 a.m. Kris Says...

Should we get a fast pass thing? There’s 6-8 of us

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Jul 20, 2018 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris!

If you're able to splurge, we definitely recommend investing in the express passes. It will save you tons of time waiting in line and help you accomplish more during your visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2018 at 4:31 a.m. thom Says...

So if i buy the uiversal studio express pass, that means i can go to the front of the line for transformers and i can use the pass again for another ride for example the mummy? In other words i can use the express pass more than once for another ride?

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Sep 6, 2018 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Thom!

Check out our post for all of the details of Universal Express.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2018 at 6:22 a.m. Isabelle Says...

Hi! I’m planning to take my friend who is visiting LA. We both haven’t been to Universal. Date is July 22 Sunday. I wanna knownif my ticket “anytime” will work that day?

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Jul 17, 2018 at 4:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabelle!

Yes! No worries. Your "anytime" ticket is good for any day.

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Jul 16, 2018 at 8:12 p.m. Macallan Craig Says...

Hello,

Is there any major difference in going on a Saturday or Sunday? Unfortunately, the only time I can go is Labor Day weekend, so I know crowds will be heavy regardless.

Thank you!

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Jul 17, 2018 at 4:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like those days will be similarly busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 14, 2018 at 6:26 p.m. Rhonda Mclane Says...

I should have found this website before booking my Thanksgiving Disney/Universal trip :) Too late now, do you recommend a different pass for those days rather than a general entrance? What does the higher value get us?

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Jul 17, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rhonda!

No worries! We definitely recommend utilizing MaxPass at Disneyland (this is a relatively small investment for a GREAT value) and considering the Express Passes at Universal Studios Hollywood. This will save you lots of line-waiting time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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