I’m trying to decide if I should go to Kong or Hulk first this coming Saturday. Most days it seems Hulk takes a while to build, but Saturday it was somehow immediately at 40 minutes and stayed there all day, whereas Kong stays under 15-20 minutes in the first hour most of the time. My hope is to do Kong, Hulk, and Spider-Man by 10:30 so we can then do JP and Ripsaw Falls before the crowds build there (which happened pretty quickly Saturday), then head to Hogsmede for an early lunch around 11:30.
We will be coming from the Hogwarts Express (Is this a better idea than trying to do Gringotts and then walking over to IOA for a 2nd rope drop?), so hopefully a 9:05 arrival. So we’ll either head through Seuss Landing to Hulk or through JP to Kong. Either way we should get to our first ride around 9:10. It’s a predicted crowd level 6, but IOA has been consistently being an 8-9 even when 5s are predicted lately.
I was wondering if anyone could give me a little clarification on how to read wait times on the app, vs what is posted on the website.
Is the “expected wait” on the app normally more accurate than Universal’s posted wait? Or is the expected wait simply what the crowd calendar predicted for that time even before the day began? I’ve also noticed when trying to do a custom touring plan, the wait times given for the plan don’t really match up with what the touring plans app says. For instance, even if I put Spider-Man first thing in my plan, it tells me it will be a 20+ minute wait, despite the fact that the “expected wait” and posted wait are 5 minutes or less most of the first hour.
When comparing the graphs of individual rides previous days, I’m also not sure how to read those. What is the red line of adjusted predictions? Basically I’m wondering what data is actually the most accurate representation of what happens on a given day. Is it a certain line of the graph? Or should I use screen shots of the “expected waits” from throughout the day?
Please forgive all my questions. I don’t have much Universal experience and am just trying to get a good sense of what to expect Saturday. I’m used to Disney and have a good idea of their crowd patters and what their wait times mean.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.