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Old 12-02-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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Christmas at Universal - Help me choose a day

We will be arriving in Florida December 27th and leaving January 3. We need to pick a day to go to Universal. We are also planning on going to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot while we are in Florida. I know it is probably the WORST time to go to the parks but it was the only way we could go and the kids wouldn't miss any school. Can anyone give me an idea of how busy it will be and what the best day to go might be? Thanks.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:42 PM   #2
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wednesday, january 2nd will have less crowds than the dates in december that you listed.


early january still has crowds but nothing compared to the crowds from christmas thru new years day.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:19 AM   #3
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Our neighbors went to IOA at the end of December last year, and the wait for Harry Potter was over 3 hours. They tried all day to find the line shorter, and finally just had to wait for the ride - they didn't want to leave without riding it. They were at the park from open to close, and spent most of the day in lines.

We went to IOA the next week (1st week of January), and the wait time for Harry Potter was like 20 minutes. My boys rode it 3 times in less than an hour.

What a difference a week can make.
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We will be arriving in Florida December 27th and leaving January 3. We need to pick a day to go to Universal. We are also planning on going to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot while we are in Florida. I know it is probably the WORST time to go to the parks but it was the only way we could go and the kids wouldn't miss any school. Can anyone give me an idea of how busy it will be and what the best day to go might be? Thanks.
All local parks are jammed packed that week so there's no best or worst day to go...they are all bad. We call that week "Holiday Hell Week" so just be ready for LONG lines and waits for everything. Disney, SeaWorld and LegoLand will be just as crowded...there's no place to hide.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:56 AM   #5
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it will be packed and that week and possibly close to capacity
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Have you thought about spending one night at an on site hotel? Then you'd get the FOTL access the day of your stay, and the day after, plus the extra hour to do WWOHP before it opens to the general public.

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Ill be braving the crowds with you!
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:32 AM   #8
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Have you thought about spending one night at an on site hotel? Then you'd get the FOTL access the day of your stay, and the day after, plus the extra hour to do WWOHP before it opens to the general public.
The problem with staying onsite that week is still the crowds. Yes...Express will help with the lines but there will still be wall to wall people everywhere. Finding and place to eat will be difficult because of the lines as well as waiting to use the restroom...seriously. This is one week where onsite will only help you a little.
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All local parks are jammed packed that week so there's no best or worst day to go...they are all bad. We call that week "Holiday Hell Week" so just be ready for LONG lines and waits for everything. Disney, SeaWorld and LegoLand will be just as crowded...there's no place to hide.
Thanks for the info. We know it will be crowded but unfortunately my husband works for the school system so this is when we can go. We just want to make sure that if we spend the $400 to get into the park that we will get a chance to see Harry Potter. We don't care as much about the rides as the experience - especially buying a wand. We plan on being there 1 hour before park open to wait in line to get in and then will go straight there.
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Thanks for the info. We know it will be crowded but unfortunately my husband works for the school system so this is when we can go. We just want to make sure that if we spend the $400 to get into the park that we will get a chance to see Harry Potter. We don't care as much about the rides as the experience - especially buying a wand. We plan on being there 1 hour before park open to wait in line to get in and then will go straight there.
Good luck to you...I hope you have a good time!
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Im at ioa now and the crowds are about equivalent to july crowds. So far we done everything except harry potter and we got here at 9. Not bad in my eyes
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Im at ioa now and the crowds are about equivalent to july crowds. So far we done everything except harry potter and we got here at 9. Not bad in my eyes
Right...the crowds don't arrive until Wednesday. Come back Wednesday and tell me the crowds aren't bad.
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Ill be back on the 27 and 28th. I just left now and the crowds are really starting to pick up
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Ill be back on the 27 and 28th. I just left now and the crowds are really starting to pick up
I might go over for a little while tomorrow morning but I'll be gone by lunch time. I did Holiday Hell Week once and never again!
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:30 AM   #15
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Is it worse than halloween horror nights hell week
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