Best Day to Go to Universal Studios Hollywood in 2024

The best days to visit Universal Studios Hollywood are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, if you have to visit Universal Hollywood during the peak season, go midweek.

Universal Studios Hollywood is almost always quieter between Tuesday and Thursday. I say almost always, as there are some rare exceptions. For example, if a public holiday falls between a Tuesday and a Thursday. These holidays include:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • Halloween
  • New Years Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Independence Day (4th July)

Universal Hollywood will be very busy on public holidays, regardless of the day of the week.

Benefits of Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood Midweek

Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood midweek, instead of Friday to Monday, doesn’t seem like a big deal. However, there are several benefits to doing so. They include:

Fewer Crowds

Universal Studios Hollywood annual passholders are less likely to visit the park midweek. As too are locals and those visiting the park as part of a long weekend in Los Angeles. As such, you’ll find that Universal Studios Hollywood is quieter.

Lower Wait Times

Visiting Universal Hollywood midweek is great because wait times for everything are lower. This includes:

  • Parking
  • Security
  • Gate Entrance
  • Rides & Attractions
  • Character Meet & Greet
  • Food & Drink

But how much of a difference?

I visited Universal Studios Hollywood on a Wednesday and Saturday the same week. On Wednesday, I could walk straight onto Universal Studio Tour and The Mummy.

Yet, at the same time, on a Saturday, the wait time for the Universal Studio Tour was 45 minutes. Meanwhile, The Mummy had a 30-minute wait.

Multiply these wait times across all rides at Universal Hollywood, and you can see how visiting midweek can save you several hours.

Cheaper Ticket Prices

Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood midweek is also best because tickets are cheaper. Universal prices its theme park tickets using a dynamic pricing model.

A dynamic pricing model means the cost of park tickets varies depending on the anticipated demand. This dynamic pricing model applies to all types of Universal Studios Hollywood tickets. These include:

  • One Day Tickets
  • Two-Day Tickets
  • Universal Express Pass Tickets
  • VIP Experience Tickets
  • Super Nintendo World: Early Access Tickets

For example, a one-day ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood from Tuesday to Thursday usually costs between $109 and $129. While the same one-day ticket on a Friday to Monday usually costs between $129 and $154.

If you’re a solo traveller, this increased cost doesn’t sound like much. However, if you’re a family, then the day you visit Universal Studios Hollywood could save you $100+. That’s before you consider the savings on any ticket upgrades.

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