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Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

My Islands Of Adventure crowd calendar page projects crowd levels for Universal’s Islands Of Adventure theme park for the next few months based on historical data and known busy periods such as public and school holidays. As well as projected crowds I also list the main US holidays that typically bumps attendance in the parks and may affect your plans. It will be updated throughout the year as event dates are confirmed so please keep checking back.

Queues of riders waiting for lockers to become available at Hagrid's Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure after early entry

How To Use

Using My Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

My Islands Of Adventure crowd calendar scores each day in the park on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being very quiet while 10 is as busy as it can get.

There is a lot of information to digest on this page so to help you scan the information quickly I have colour coded days depending on how busy it is.

Scanning the month overviews you may notice there are no longer many “quiet” days. Parks have done a great job of spreading crowds out so there really is no such thing as a quiet day anymore.  But don’t fret, with a little planning you can still have a great day on even a moderate crowded day. 

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Crowds At A Glance

If you are basing your visit purely on when the quietest month is versus the busiest months below are the top 3 best and worst months to visit based purely on crowd levels.

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Quietest Months

The 3 quietest months to visit Islands Of Adventure are:

  • August
  • September
  • October

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Busiest Months

The 3 busiest months to visit Islands Of Adventure are:

  • March
  • June
  • July

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Crowd Calendar Yearly Overview Downloads

Click on an image below to download the current year’s crowd calendar forecast in either an image or a pdf format.

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Month By Month Breakdown

Each month is split into two sections. The first half details key holidays and events that will increase attendance in the park followed by a short monthly overview with screenshot so you can see at a glance the predicted crowd levels. Click on the monthly overview image to see it larger.

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January

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

January Holidays

Notable holiday dates in January are:

  • Jan 1st – New Years Day

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

January Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in January are:

  • Jan 1st – Holidays At Universal Orlando Resort

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January 2024

The entire first week as well as the second weekend remain above average due to the large influx of visitors over the holiday period. The second half of January has average crowds

Unlike other parks who typically extend holiday celebrations into the first few days of the new year, Universal’s holiday celebrations finish promptly. The heavier crowds stay for newer attractions in the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter which still remain incredibly popular.

January 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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February

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February Holidays

Notable holiday dates in February are:

  • Feb 11th – Super Bowl
  • Feb 14th – Valentines Day
  • Feb 19th – Presidents Day

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February Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in February are:

  • There are no special events scheduled to run in Islands Of Adventure in February

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February 2024

February in Islands of Adventure remains much like January. Busier at weekends but average crowds mid week when locals are working.

The first public holiday of the year, Presidents Day brings crowds out once again all week and the previous weekend so the last full week of February is the worst time to visit in the whole month.

February 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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March

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March Holidays

Notable holiday dates in March are:

  • Mar 2nd – Spring Break
  • Mar 17th – St. Patrick’s Day
  • Mar 29th – Good Friday

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March Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in March are:

  • There are no special events scheduled to run in Islands Of Adventure in March

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March 2024

A quiet 10 days precludes the end of a very busy month in Universal Orlando Resort as a whole as Spring Break crowds descend on Orlando en masse to let off some steam for a week or two.

If you are looking for a quiet time in the parks you might want to give late March (and early April) a bit of a wide berth.

If you are out in Universal in March look out for one of the many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, particularly in Universal’s Citywalk, in the middle of the month. They sure know how to throw a party.

March 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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April

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April Holidays

Notable holiday dates in April are:

  • Apr 1st – Easter Monday

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April Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in April are:

  • Apr 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th & 26th – Grad Bash

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April 2024

April’s crowds are flipped compared to March as the continuation of the Spring Break holiday carries through the first fortnight of the month, also encompassing Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Avoiding the peak Spring Break crowds, late April is still a great time to visit for warm weather without the humidity of the summer months.

April 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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May

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May Holidays

Notable holiday dates in May are:

  • May 12th – Mother’s Day
  • May 27th – Memorial Day

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May Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in May are:

  • May 3rd 10th, 11th & 17th – Gradventure

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May 2024

Low to moderate crowds coupled with fantastic weather and no significant public holidays until the end of the month make May a brilliant time to visit Orlando if you want to avoid peak crowds but still have the weather.

The better weather brings out more locals at the weekends but weekdays are a lot more crowd free particularly at the start of the month.

May 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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June

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June Holidays

Notable holiday dates in June are:

  • Jun 3rd – US School Holidays Start
  • Jun 16th – Father’s Day

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June Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in June are:

  • Select Nights – Hogwarts Always Projection Show

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June 2024

June heralds the start of the US School holidays in many US States running through to the first week of August.

Expect busy crowds and turbulent weather, especially in the afternoons, along with extended park opening hours and long lines for popular attractions.

Days are universally busy with no better time to visit over any other day like weekdays compared to weekends in May. You will find that the park will be open latest during June and July to deal with the extra influx of visitors.

June 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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July

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

July Holidays

Notable holiday dates in July are:

  • Jul 4th – Independence Day

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

July Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in July are:

  • July 4th To 7th – 4th July Celebration
  • Select Nights – Hogwarts Always Projection Show

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July 2024

Now every US state school is guaranteed to be off you can expect crowds to be uniformly busy throughout the whole month. Weekends are just as busy as weekdays with the park remaining open until around 10 pm to deal with the extra crowds.

The last week of July can be marginally busier once international schools are also on their summer holidays but there really is very little difference between the beginning or the end of the month.

If you want to guarantee your attraction is going to be operating your best months to visit are June and July to coincide with the US School holiday system.

July 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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August

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

August Holidays

Notable holiday dates in August are:

  • Aug 4th – US School holidays end

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August Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in August are:

  • Select Nights – Hogwarts Always Projection Show

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August 2024

August is a quiet month to visit Islands Of Adventure if you need to visit during UK school summer holidays.

US School term starts the second week of August. If you want to experience a lot of the fireworks and entertainment you will be better sticking to early August as park hours and entertainment budgets will be cut when US schools return to their classrooms.

Remember that hurricane season in Florida runs from June through September so there is a small chance your holiday may be impacted but it’s usually only one or 2 days as a worst case scenario.

August 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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September

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

September Holidays

Notable holiday dates in September are:

  • Sep 2nd – Labor Day

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September Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in September are:

  • There are no special events scheduled to run in Islands Of Adventure in September

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September 2024

September is largely a buffer month between summer holiday madness and Halloween celebrations which actually start in neighbouring Universal Studios Florida around the middle of the month.

September weekdays are some of the quietest in the park all year as people hold off visiting until the weekends when they can also Do Halloween Horror Nights at USF. As a separately ticketed (and increasingly expensive add-on) many locals avoid the parks all together in the day and just visit HHN.

On event days you should expect Islands Of Adventure to become busier around 5 pm as Universal Studios Florida shuts to convert into HHN so visitors will spend their last 2 hours in IOA.

September 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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October

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

October Holidays

Notable holiday dates in October are:

  • Oct 14th – Columbus Day
  • Oct 31st – Halloween

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

October Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in October are:

  • There are no special events scheduled to run in Islands Of Adventure in September

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October 2024

October has always been a popular time for people to visit Orlando because of separate ticketed events at Universal Studios Florida and at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

While October day times in Universal Orlando aren’t quiet as quiet as September crowds you should find Islands Of Adventure pleasantly crowd free compared to June, July and December with either average or just above average crowd levels.

October 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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November

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November Holidays

Notable holiday dates in November are:

  • Nov 11th – Veteren’s Day
  • Nov 28th – Thanksgiving

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November Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in November are:

  • Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort are still to be officially released
  • Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular dates are still to be released
  • Christmas In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter dates are still to be officially released

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November 2024

November in Orlando is largely another buffer month in between two popular holiday celebrations. As soon as Halloween ends you will see parks preparing and launching Christmas celebrations soon after.

Mid to late November is a great time to visit to see parks in full Christmas mode without the crowds that throng to the area in late December.

Weekends at Islands Of Adventure are typically moderately busy as locals flock to the parks outside of work for some Christmas cheer. Thanksgiving, a hugely popular public holiday in America, packs the parks to bursting for the last week so try to avoid visiting from the 18th to the 27th if you can.

November 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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December

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December Holidays

Notable holiday dates in December are:

  • Dec 24th – Christmas Eve
  • Dec 25th – Christmas Day
  • Dec 31st – New Year’s Eve

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December Events

Islands Of Adventure’s events in December are:

  • Dec 31st – New Years Eve at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort dates are still to be officially released
  • Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular dates are still to be released
  • Christmas In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter dates are still to be officially released

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December 2024

The first fortnight is a great time to visit to see the parks in full on Christmas mode without the crowds of the last fortnight but bear in mind the Islands Of Adventure may close earlier in December than later.

If visiting later in December, and its within your budget, consider Universal’s premium queue option, Express Pass. This will also be when it is at it’s most expensive but without it you will struggle to get all attractions done in one day and either of Universal’s parks. 

December 2024 Islands Of Adventure Crowd Calendar

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Explaination Of My Crowd Calendar Colours

LIGHT MODERATE BUSY PEAK
Light Crowds: 30-45 minutes or less for most attractions. Moderate Crowds: Busier but bearable. 45-90 minutes for popular attractions. Heavy Crowds: 1-2 hours for popular attractions. Peak Crowds: Very heavy crowds; 2 hours+ for popular attractions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I hope you have found the Islands Of Adventure crowd calendar useful. Here are some popular questions that people usually ask but please reach out on the button below if you have any further questions.

Does Islands Of Adventure Publish A Crowd Calendar?

No, there is no official Universal Orlando Resort crowd calendar.

But using a crowd calendar combined with your own research will help you figure out the best time for you to go and, to a degree, manage your expectations.

If your dates are set a crowd calendar will help you get the most out of your time and manage expectations about how much you think you will get done versus the reality.

Overall when is the quietest month?

There are a few weeks dotted throughout the year that are quieter than surrounding weeks.

Early March and late April are good if you want to avoid the heat and humidity of summer but, conversely, late March and early April is uber popular with university students on their Spring Break.

September is a good month to visit if you like the heat and don’t mind the small possibility of a hurricane stopping your plans for a day or two.

If you need to visit in the school holidays late August is actually a lot quieter than July as US schools start the autumn term in early August but there is humidity, heat and a lot of rain to deal with.

Easter and May school holidays in the UK are good times to visit for decent weather (hot by our standards) without the crowds and peak rainfall. Remember this is the tropics and you should pack to expect rain any time of the year.

For the main holidays, early October is great for Halloween and early December gets you the Christmas overlays without the crowds later in the month.

How do you come to your scores?

Parks don’t release official crowd data so my score is a combination of historical data, special event announcements, daily entrance pricing and a little educated guessing.

The score is representative of this park only. That is to say that a score of 9 here is not the same as a score of 9 for Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

9 represents a day that is much busier than an average day in this park alone where you can get most everything done.

Are premium queue options a necessity?

That’s going to depend foremost on your budget and then the time of year you are visiting.

Premium queue options are not cheap and please don’t ever get into debt because you feel pressured that you need to purchase it. You can still have a great holiday without purchasing up-charge experiences and add-ons.

Premium queue options are dynamically priced, that is when you will derive the most value from them is also when they are at their most expensive. In universal’s case this will mean more than doubling the cost of entry into a park for a day.

How accurate is your crowd calendar?

No crowd calendar is an exact science. Crowd calendars should only be used as part of your own research to manage expectations on a given day.

Do crowd calendars help? Absolutely! But having said that, relying solely on a crowd calendar is nowhere near as effective as putting a little planning into your days in the parks.

I know you don’t necessarily want to plan your holidays but an Orlando holiday is not your typical beach holiday. Even a little planning will go a long way.

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