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Old 09-20-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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How crowded will it be on New Year's Eve?

Hello! I've only been to Universal Studios once about 8 years ago and will be going for one day during the winter specifically to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. (Proud Potterhead here!) The dates of our trip are December 29th-January 6th and we will be spending the rest o our days at Disney. I was wondering how crowded Universal will get on New Year's Eve? We were at Disney New Year's Eve ten years ago and MK was at capacity by 11 am and though we got into Epcot it wasn't even fun because of the crowds.

We want to try avoiding Disney on December 31st but I'd hate to waster our one day at Universal and first time at WW on a day we can only squeeze in 4 or 5 rides due to crowds.

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it will be crowded........
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Originally Posted by macraven View Post
it will be crowded........
Like to the point where it will be impossible to enjoy anything?
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Originally Posted by magentarhps93 View Post
Like to the point where it will be impossible to enjoy anything?
That's a good bet. All local parks are jammed to the rafters that whole week and I wouldn't be surprised to see IOA close at different times that week due to capacity issues.
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We were there 2 years ago - it was packed - and if I didn't have express no way would I want to be there. As a matter of fact we didn't spend much time in the parks because of it and we had hotel express.
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We have spent the past few years at Universal during the New Year holiday. It's been crazy busy, especially with foreigners who seem to stay the full week. One year we tried to do early entry into WWOHP on January 4. We did Forbidden Journey and Dragon Challenge. Then it became unbearably crowded and we left IOA to go enjoy the pool at HRH. I would recommend one night either onsite or at a partner hotel to gain early entry to WWOHP, if you really want to see it.

We've spent NYE day in the parks, but we stay onsite and avoid WWOHP, unless we get in early entry.
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