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Park Crowd Patterns

Unexpected long lines can quickly put a damper on your day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Be prepared and plan accordingly with our wait time estimates based on historical data.

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Keep in mind, the below projections are approximate and not in any way guarantees. We recommend you check out our touring plans for guidance on avoiding long waits and make the most of your day.

The two most important things to keep in mind are:

Wait times are at their lowest at the beginning and end of the day. The first and last hours of the park’s operating schedule are the best times to hit the headliner attractions; most people either aren’t in the park yet or have gone home for the day. Smart planners can get more done in these two hours than many can do in an entire day!

Wait times are at their highest at the middle of the day. This probably goes without saying, but the majority of people tour the park from approximately 11 AM to 4 PM. Wait times will spike, restaurant lines will be long, walkways will be packed. Our touring plans generally call for seeing shows during this period.

But say it’s the middle of the day and you aren’t sure what to do next. Here’s what waits will probably look like:

Animal Actors
Slow: 5 minutes (before showtime)
Moderate: 10 minutes (before showtime)
Busy: 25 minutes (before showtime)
Very Busy: 30 minutes (before showtime)

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Slow: 20 minutes
Moderate: 45 minutes
Busy: 75 minutes
Very Busy: 100 minutes

Jurassic Park: The Ride
Slow: 20 minutes
Moderate: 45 minutes
Busy: 90 minutes
Very Busy: 120 minutes

Revenge of the Mummy
Slow: 20 minutes
Moderate: 40 minutes
Busy: 70 minutes
Very Busy: 120 minutes

Shrek 4D
Note: Shrek’s wait time sign never descends below 20 minutes, the approximate length for a complete show cycle. If you enter the line with a posted 20 minute wait, you will probably get into the next show.
Slow: 20 minutes
Moderate: 20 minutes
Busy: 40 minutes
Very Busy: 60 minutes

Silly Swirly
Slow: 5 minutes
Moderate: 5 minutes
Busy: 15 minutes
Very Busy: 20 minutes

The Simpsons Ride
Slow: 30 minutes
Moderate: 55 minutes
Busy: 80 minutes
Very Busy: 120 minutes

Special Effects Show
Slow: 5 minutes (before showtime)
Moderate: 15 minutes (before showtime)
Busy: 20 minutes (before showtime)
Very Busy: 30 minutes (before showtime)

Transformers
Slow: 30 minutes
Moderate: 50 minutes
Busy: 80 minutes
Very Busy: 140 minutes

Universal Studio Tour
Slow: 30 minutes
Moderate: 60 minutes
Busy: 80 minutes
Very Busy: 120 minutes

WaterWorld
Slow: 10 minutes (before showtime)
Moderate: 15 minutes (before showtime)
Busy: 25 minutes (before showtime)
Very Busy: 35 minutes (before showtime)