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PHOTO REPORT: Universal Orlando Resort 3/16/21 (Spring Break Crowds, Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop Opens, Several Attractions Loading Every Row, and More)

It’s Spring Break and the crowds have arrived at Universal Orlando Resort. The parks have been hitting capacity lately, so be sure to arrive early if you’re hoping to get into the parks for the day.

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Passing through CityWalk, we noticed more signage has been installed over the new Universal Studios Store, which is still under construction.

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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is only accepting Virtual Line, but the start of the line typically stretches all the way into the Lost Continent, so be prepared to wait.

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It’s another crowded day and it’s difficult to maneuver the crowds.

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Jurassic Park is packed and Raptor Encounter is typically at capacity. Many guests are hanging around the area hoping to line up to meet Blue or one of the baby raptors.

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The bypass bridge has been opening mid-morning, and it’s so peaceful right after opening, since most people aren’t aware it exists. We love watching the Jurassic World VelociCoaster testing.

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Lines are always long for food around the parks, so be prepared to wait.

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There are even long lines for the people dryers in Toon Lagoon.

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The Spring Break crowds are intense all over the park.

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Sometimes you just have to find a shady spot to chill.

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We made our way over to Universal Studios Florida and it was just as crowded. It’s also a very hot day, so many people are looking to get out of the sun.

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Everywhere we look, we find people just sitting around on curbs in the shade.

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A lot of people just look hot and miserable. Be sure to take plenty of breaks and stay hydrated on these hot days, especially with summer coming up.

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At least Diagon Alley is pretty shady, and you can’t beat the cool air from Knockturn Alley.

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Social distancing at its finest.

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Food lines are almost as bad as the lines for the attractions. Make sure you get in line before you’re hungry, or else you might get hangry before you get served.

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The line for Animal Actors On Location is even surprisingly long today.

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The line for Transformers: The Ride – 3D was very long but the wait time was only posted at 60 minutes. We found out that this attraction is now seating guests in every row. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Cat in the Hat are a few of the other attractions that are now seating guests in every row of the ride vehicle. This helps with capacity as well as cutting down your wait time to get on the attraction. You can read more about it here.

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It’s a hot day and the perfect day to open the new Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop location. We stopped in to check it out. There’s a variety of cold treats now available. Check out the menu here.

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The new Beetlejuice Halloween Horror Nights merchandise has been flying off the shelves and several items are already sold out. It might seem like it’s early for Halloween merch, but it sure is selling quickly!

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It’s been a busy day, so we’re going to get out of here. Thanks for joining us around the parks today. We’ll be back again soon to brave the crowds so be sure to stay tuned to WDWNT and Universal Parks News Today for more updates.

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Wear a Mask
Wear a Mask
1 month ago

In almost evert picture, people are STILL not wearing masks correctly.
Advice: stay far FAR away from USF/IOA this week.
You cannot fix stupid, selfish people.

Dland Fan
Dland Fan
1 month ago

Wow that’s a ton of people. I was honestly thinking it would not be that crowded when Disneyland opens but it looks most likely I am wrong.