You are ready to explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and all the fun at the Universal Orlando Resort. However, you need to decide – when is the best time to go? Here, we break it down for you and explore the best times to visit the Universal Orlando Resort.
First of all, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a loaded question because any time of the year is a great time to visit for different reasons. However, there are fun events and great perks to visiting during certain times of the year. In addition, weather and crowds may also play a role in your decision of when to visit.
Each spring, Mardi Gras comes to Universal Studios Florida. This event typically starts in early February and runs into April. It features street performers, a spectacular parade, amazing food options, and the biggest names performing live in concert on select nights! The best part is that all the festivities are included with your theme park admission! You may even get the opportunity to ride on a parade float!
We love visiting during this time of year because this event is SO much fun! The highlight of this event is, of course, the Mardi Gras Parade! Make sure you line up early for the best view! You will find a whole line-up of festive performers in gorgeous costumes. The theme changes each year and the floats are always outstanding!
In previous years, guests have been able to purchase a lanyard that allows them to try the different food options throughout the event. There are food kiosks throughout the park, inspired by various regions around the world. The live entertainment is always a highlight too! In previous years, bands such as Styx, LL Cool J, and Marshmello have all performed and again, these concerts are all included with admission!
In addition, the weather is usually very nice. Plan to wear layers in February and March, especially in the evening.
Fall & Halloween Horror Nights
Each fall, it’s time for the spooky season at Universal Orlando Resort! At Universal Studios, Halloween Horror Nights is a popular event that takes place on select nights through Halloween. The event typically starts in early September and features plenty of opportunities for screams!
This year, there are 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, and 2 live shows. In addition, find themed food and drinks and special merchandise. Plus, some of the park’s best attractions are open during the event too!
For those who love all things Halloween, there are event special hotel packages, event add-ons, and multi-night tickets.
As you prepare for your scary experience, you should also prepare for the weather. During this time of year, it’s often still quite hot during the day and into the evening. As you get closer to Halloween, the evenings may get a little cooler. Please note that this event occurs rain or shine and there are no refunds.
We love this event because it’s the perfect way to celebrate the fall season and Halloween. The themes of the Haunted Houses change each year and it’s very exciting to see the big reveal! This is a specially ticketed event that takes place during the evening hours and is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, as it may be too intense. It’s a fun option for a group of friends or even a date night!
If you are not planning to head to Halloween Horror Nights, Universal’s Islands of Adventure remains open for all guests. Make sure that you purchase a park-to-park ticket so that you can enjoy Universal Studios during the day and ride the Hogwarts Express over to Hogsmeade in the evening.
If you are a fan of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you don’t want to miss the nighttime entertainment! As darkness falls, look around to witness the darker side of magic! The Dark Arts at HogwartsTM Castle takes place on select nights during the fall and features DementorsTM, Death EatersTM, and even Lord VoldemortTM himself!
Holidays at Universal Orlando
The Holiday season at Universal Orlando may just be this Professor’s favorite time to visit! From Christmas in the Wizarding World to Grinchmas and all the festivities in between, you won’t want to miss it! Let’s explore a few of the highlights of visiting during this time of year.
Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM
There are festivities across the Wizarding World, in both Diagon AlleyTM and HogsmeadeTM.
In Diagon AlleyTM, sip on hot ButterbeerTM as you listen to seasonal tunes by Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees and wander the streets to explore the festively-decorated shops.
In Hogsmeade, be sure to stop and watch the Frog Choir as they celebrate the holiday season with festive tunes. Then, as night falls, make sure you stop and enjoy “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM”.
Head over to Seuss Landing to enjoy festive décor and a little bit of mischief! Chat with the residents of Whoville and watch musical performances. Then, don’t miss the fun of The GrinchmasTM Who-liday Spectacular, a live re-telling of how the Grinch stole Christmas. There is even a photo opportunity with the Grinch himself so be ready with your most mischievous smile!
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s
Find a spot along the streets in Universal Studios to watch this magical parade filled with larger-than-life balloons and floats filled with some of your favorite characters! Wave to Shrek, the Minions, and more during this festive celebration. It’s a grand finale too when Santa Claus joins the celebration!
Other Favorite Times
There are a few other times of the year that we especially love to visit the Universal Orlando Resort. These other two options are largely due to the crowds and the weather during the time of year.
In January, the weather in central Florida can be a little unpredictable but if you are looking to avoid the heat, this is a great option! Be prepared with layers but in general, it’s a great time to visit! In addition to cooler temperatures, the crowds are often lower as kids return back to school from the holiday season.
In May, the weather is quite a bit warmer but also gorgeous! Typically, there are not the crowds that you will see during spring break or the summer months. It is certainly warm enough to take advantage of the water rides or pool time. However, it’s generally not as hot as it is during the peak summer months!
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