Universal Studios Hollywood Wait Times By Month | Tips & Helpful Hints

Wait times at Universal Studios Hollywood can be drastically different each month of the year!

In this article we will breakdown average wait times by month and give you some helpful tips and hints on when to visit and how to make the most of your visit to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Studios Hollywood Wait Times

 

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Ride Tiers

Some rides are much more popular than others, a 30 minute wait for one ride might be considered short while a 30 minute wait for another might be considered long.

Here we'll group rides into three categories: Top, Middle, and Low to get a better idea of what the average wait times for these rides look like each month.

Note: These tiers do not reflect a ride's quality, but reflects their average wait times with top being the longest average wait time year-round and bottom being the shortest average wait time year-round.

TOP TIER

Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey, Jurassic World - The Ride, The World Famous Studio Tour, Transformers: The Ride

MIDDLE TIER

The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Simpsons Ride, Revenge of The Mummy - The Ride

BOTTOM TIER

Dreamworks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda, Flight of The Hippogriff, Silly Swirly Fun Ride

 

 

TIP: Even if you visit during the busier times of the year, there are plenty of lesser known ways to beat the lines including the VIP Experience and early morning admission.

January Wait Times

Outside of the days surrounding New Years Day and Martin Luther King Day, January will see fairly average to below wait times all month.

TIP: Holidays will be much busier and weekdays will be very slow. If you are able to visit on a weekday you will find very minimal wait times.

TOP TIER: 50 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 35 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 20 minute average wait time

February Wait Times

February is one of the least busy months to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. 

TOP TIER: 45 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 30 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 20 minute average wait time

March Wait Times

The first half of March will see low wait times very similar to February until the third and fourth weeks when Spring Break begins for schools around the country. TIP: The earlier in March you can visit, the better.

TOP TIER: 65 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 30 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 20 minute average wait time

Flight of the Hippogriff wait time

April Wait Times

April stays consistently busy because Spring Break is usually in full effect for most schools across the country. Late April might see some lower wait times as we head into May, but most of the month will be quite busy.

TOP TIER: 75 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 50 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 30 minute average wait time

May Wait Times

May is another slow month and a great time to visit. Late May will begin to see an uptick in average wait times as summer approaches, but overall wait times will be low.

TOP TIER: 60 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 35 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 20 minute average wait time

June Wait Times

June will see wait times increase the later into the month it gets. Early June is typically not too bad, but wait times start to become very longer each week closer to July.

TOP TIER: 70 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 45 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 30 minute average wait time

July Wait Times

July is one of the busiest times of year to visit. July 4th kicks off the summer travel season and doesn't slow down until after Labor Day in September. Wait times will typically be at their peak in July.

TOP TIER: 100 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 65 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 30 minute average wait time

August Wait Times

August is also right in the middle of summer travel season and one of the busiest times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. Average wait times will still be at their peak for most of August.

TOP TIER: 100 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 65 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 30 minute average wait time

September Wait Times

September is a great time to visit once Labor Day has passed. Expect longer wait times than listed below if you visit around Labor Day.

TOP TIER: 50 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 30 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 20 minute average wait time

October Wait Times

October is another great time to visit, but note the park will typically close early many evenings for Halloween Horror Nights. 

TOP TIER: 45 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 30 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 20 minute average wait time

November Wait Times

The beginning of November is also great to visit, but Thanksgiving week will be very busy. Add about 15-20 minutes to the wait times below to get an idea of what you can expect to see if you visit closer to Thanksgiving.

TOP TIER: 45 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 35 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 25 minute average wait time

December Wait Times

The first two weeks of December will see average wait times, but the final two weeks of the month especially heading into Christmas are some of the busiest times all year to visit. 

TIP: If you manage to visit early in the month you will see much lower wait times than listed below.

TOP TIER: 100 minute average wait time

MIDDLE TIER: 65 minute average wait time

BOTTOM TIER: 30 minute average wait time