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Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando in 2018 & 2019

by Leap on March 8, 2018 183 Orlando

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando in 2018 - Wizarding World - Diagon AlleyThis is what Universal Orlando Resort trip planning sounds like around the frog pond:

"We have to do Forbidden Journey first."

"Are you crazy? Escape from Gringotts!"

"I was thinking of splashing into the pool at Cabana Bay Beach Resort right after we check in."

"If I may add my two croaks, I'd hit Ko'kiri Body Plunge first."

"Whaaaat?"

"It's as if you don't even know us."

Yes. Even us savvy trip planners can get hung up on how to tackle a Universal Orlando vacation. One of the few things we can agree on is WHEN to visit. Crowd levels have a big impact on everyone's theme park vacation. This post outlines the very best times to visit Universal Orlando in 2018 and 2019. It also outlines the more crowded times to visit.

The Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando in 2018 & 2019

As we've said before with visiting Disney World, there's never a bad time to visit Universal Orlando. The Frog Family has hopped down during every season and successfully managed the crowds. We stick with our basic plan — get to the park at opening, take breaks in the afternoon when the parks are at their busiest, make use of our wait-time app and use Universal Express.

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando 2018 - Loews Portofino Bay Resort

We highly recommend you consider staying on site at one of Universal’s official hotels that offer Universal Express Unlimited, basically unlimited skip-the-line access on most rides at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The Universal hotels that offer the benefit are Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. For more reading, check out our guide on when to use Universal Express

Having a plan also helps manage crowds, which is why we've put all of our experience into these handy-dandy Universal Orlando park plans. There's no magic to our methods (well ... snacks and caffeine help). Simply follow our advice and you'll find the crowds manageable even during the busy times.

We know that the word "crowds" can conjure up visions of hour-long waits for the popcorn cart. While that's a little extreme, there's no denying that there are better times to visit Universal Orlando than others. It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Universal Orlando in 2018 and 2019 falls along school schedules. Generally, when the tadpoles will be out of school, there will be crowds at Universal. This is as true for a one-day holiday such as Martin Luther King Day as it is for a week-long spring break or the big draw — summer vacation. We won't judge you for pulling your kids out of school for a vacation (we have done it ourselves), but here are some things to consider.

Determining the Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando in 2018

Before booking your vacation to Universal on our site, we recommend you check our Crowd Calendar. You can get a view of the crowd levels by day, month or the whole year. You'll also find individual park recommendations. So you can easily see at a glance the best time to visit Universal Orlando in 2018.

Special events should also be a consideration in deciding the best time to visit, and they are also displayed on the crowd calendar. For example, Halloween Horror Nights can scare up a good crowd (yes, I went there). You might want to plan your visit around this event if you're into haunts, but be aware that it will bring in others as well.

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando in 2018 - Universal's Volcano Bay - River

Another consideration is Universal's Volcano Bay. Universal's third theme park has splashed onto the scene, and many visitors are extending their trips to experience it. (Check out our complete guide to Volcano Bay if you're planning to visit.) And, yes, it is open year round.

So When Is the Best Time to Universal Orlando in 2018 & 2019?

The very best times to visit Universal Orlando in 2018 are ...

  • Jan. 8-12, Jan. 17-25
  • Jan. 29- Feb. 15, Feb. 26-March 1
  • Weekdays in May
  • The second half of August
  • Most weekdays in September (minus Fridays with Halloween Horror Nights)
  • Most weekdays in October (minus Fridays with Halloween Horror Nights)
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the week of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

The very best times to visit Universal Orlando in 2019 are ...

  • Jan. 7-11, Jan. 23-Feb. 14
  • Feb. 25-March 8
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September (minus Fridays with Halloween Horror Nights)
  • Most weekdays in October (minus Fridays with Halloween Horror Nights)
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the week of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

Historically, September has been the very best of the month of the year to visit Universal Orlando in terms of crowds because the kids have just returned to school. It is still our pick for best month to visit, however, the popularity of Halloween Horror Nights has brought in more crowds, and the event regularly sells out. If you're visiting the resort for that time, and specifically for that event, make sure you purchase your tickets first and book your hotel early. Those weekends could see more guests who come in for the event and spend their daytime hours inside the parks.

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando in 2018 - Incredible Hulk Coaster

September is also the height of Orlando's rainy season. You should prepare for daily afternoon thunderstorms and possibly more rain than that. Come prepared with ponchos. With those caveats out of the way, we still feel that fall is a good time to visit Universal Orlando.

The Most-Crowded Time to Visit Universal Orlando

The worst times to visit Universal Orlando in 2018 are ...

  • Jan. 1-7, Jan. 12-15
  • Jan. 26-28 (heavier concentration of crowds in the Wizarding Worlds for A Celebration of Harry Potter)
  • Feb. 16-25
  • March 12-April 15
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • August until the 12th
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The worst times to visit Universal Orlando in 2019 are ...

  • Jan. 1-6, Jan. 17-21
  • Late January, during A Celebration of Harry Potter - Dates TBD
  • Feb. 15-24
  • March 21-April 7, April 20-27 (elevated crowds March 16-April 27)
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

Following a successful 2017 event, the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl was again held in Orlando on Jan. 28. While some of the Pro Bowl activities were being held at Disney, it bring more additional people to all of the parks. It also coincided with A Celebration of Harry Potter. Typically during the Pro Bowl, we would expect Saturday to be the busiest theme park day, with the game day being less crowded. It is not certain that the Pro Bowl will return to Orlando for 2019, so for now, we'll just have to wait and see. The annual Celebration also brings additional people to the parks, but generally many are attending the special Q&As with film talent, panels and demonstrations. Expect more crowds in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade for all of the Celebration dates.

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando in 2018 - Universal's Volcano Bay - Atmosphere

Let's hop forward to spring break for a moment. In 2018, Easter falls on April 1 and will likely mean a slightly shorter, but more crowded spring break. Take those crowds into consideration when planning your visit.

Holiday Crowds at Universal Orlando in 2018 and 2019

Holidays bring crowds, and for good reasons. People are off from work and want to enjoy their time in the parks. Many families make it a tradition to gather at Universal Orlando to celebrate everything from Easter to Thanksgiving. Universal Orlando Resort has festive and frightening holiday events.

We've already mentioned the impact of crowds from Halloween Horror Nights. Christmas will be a BIG DEAL at Universal Orlando Resort in the coming years. Muggles and wizards will flock to Christmas In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which will bring holiday decorations, entertainment and food—welcome back warm Butterbeer! Universal's Holiday Parade will debut at Universal Studios, and the popular Grinchmas will once again return to Islands of Adventure.

Universal Orlando's Most Crowded Holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Easter - April 1, 2018, and April 21, 2019
  • July 4th
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 22, 2018, and Nov. 28, 2019
  • Christmas
  • New Year's Eve

Best Holidays to Visit Universal Orlando in 2018 and 2019

Stock up on those precious personal days and consider visiting on these less-crowded holidays. It will still be busy, but not as noticeable as Christmas. (Pro Tip: Don't use a sick day for a visit and then post a pic of you enjoying a Lard Lad donut.)

  • Labor Day - Sept. 3, 2018, and Sept. 2, 2019
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 8, 2018, and Oct. 14, 2019
  • Veteran's Day

Now you know the best time to visit Universal Orlando in 2018 and 2019. Wondering how crowds will be during your trip? Check out our Crowd Calendar. You'll find more resources to help you plan your Universal Orlando vacation on our When to Visit Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline!

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Aug 21, 2018 at 3:59 p.m. Kat L Says...

Thanks for such an informative post! I can't wait to go again and check out the new water park!

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Aug 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. Leslib0817 Says...

We definitely need to check this out!!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 12:06 p.m. Jude Says...

We are thinking of travelling from 8-22 April 2019. are there like Disney Easter parades on for the whole month or would it likely be just the Easter week?

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jude!

The Disney World Easter parade (at Magic Kingdom) only takes place on Easter Sunday.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 29, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Kristin Says...

Hi!

We are a family of 4, planning a visit to Universal on Nov 1st and 2nd, taking a 2days-2parks pass. Do you think we will need express passes (probably meaning staying in an Universal Hotel) , considering Halloween?

Thanks!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but we don't anticipate the parks being too, TOO busy on November 1 and 2. Express passes always help you accomplish more and minimize wait time, but we don't see them as a necessity on these dates.

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Jul 11, 2018 at 11:25 p.m. Mel Says...

We are arriving July 28th and leaving August 3rd. Staying at cabana bay. Should we invest in the express passes for that time of year. Or just take our chances. Party of 8. Four adults and 2children?????

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Jul 28, 2018 at 3:54 p.m. Emily Says...

We just got back from our vacation there and stayed at the same location. We have season passes which includes the express pass after 4pm. It was well worth not having to wait in line for 1-2 hours at a time. We did the water park in the morning then went to the other two parks after the afternoon showers came through. I would recommend getting the express passes if you have impatient people who hate standing around just waiting.

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Jul 11, 2018 at 11:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mel!

As summer comes to a close, our Crowd Calendar does predict the parks to be quite busy during those dates. Express passes would definitely be beneficial and help you accomplish tons more with minimal wait times and stress.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 8, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi - we're planning a return to Universal Orlando *sometime* the week of Jan 12-19, 2019 (one day, as we're also at Disney), with 2 park tickets. Is there a particular day that seems better during that week (considering we're balancing it with Disney)? And, should express passes be necessary? Generally, we stay a night a Hard Rock, to get the passes, but we're not planning to do so this trip.

Thanks!

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Jul 9, 2018 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but we would recommend visiting Universal on the 12 or 13. Disney marathons are taking place that week, which will bring a lot of extra crowds to the Disney parks ... making it the perfect time to escape to Universal!

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Jul 3, 2018 at 6:58 p.m. Marsha Says...

Getting ready to plan a trip to Universal and just wondering when does the ticket with the Promos end? If I buy them now will they still be good in November! Thanks in advance!

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Jul 3, 2018 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marsha,

Take a look at the ticket details page. It'll tell you when the tickets expire and must be used by! You can also contact our customer service at 1 (800) 846-1302 (USA) or 1 (386) 239-8624 (Worldwide).

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Jun 28, 2018 at 1:06 a.m. Albert Ortega Says...

Why 2019 a difficult year?

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Jun 21, 2018 at 2:40 a.m. Bunny Says...

Why are weekdays in may good for 2018 but not 2019. Is there something going on??

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bunny!

We factor in holidays, school schedules, events and more when developing our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bunny!

We factor in holidays, school schedules, events and more when developing our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 18, 2018 at 9:36 p.m. Tracy Says...

Hey, Plan trip in June 2, 2019 for Universal crowds are heavy for the whole week. If we are buying the Express Passes, will it reallt matter what the crowd level is? Or should I just change trip to end of Aug and still do express pass. #Myfamilydontliketowaitinlines!

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Jun 21, 2018 at 12:12 a.m. Jennifer Says...

I live about 90 minutes from Orlando. Beginning of June will probably be crazy busy BUT not nearly as hot as end of August. The humidity stayed at bay until about a week ago. If you are not from here, August in Florida may be a little overwhelming for some. Just a suggestion.

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Jun 19, 2018 at 12:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

Express Passes are a huge help in saving time, but coming during the crowded season can still increase time spent in lines for the bathroom or food. Overall, we feel the parks are more pleasant and calm during the less busy time. We would recommend visiting the end of August and really enjoying those Express passes!

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Jun 8, 2018 at 10:25 p.m. Greg Says...

Why are weekdays in May good in 2018 and not good in 2019??

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Jun 8, 2018 at 9:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Greg!

Awesome question. Our Crowd Calendar factors in a variety of things such as when certain holidays fall, events taking place at the park, when school breaks are scheduled and more.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 21, 2018 at 2:43 a.m. Bunny Says...

Frog, can you elaborate on what days/holidays you are expecting to impact those weekday crowds in May? Mother’s Day is usually not a big deal. That only leaves Memorial Day.

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bunny!

We factor in holidays, school schedules, events and more when developing our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 6, 2018 at 1:35 p.m. Robin Says...

Do you know when dates for a Celebration of Harry Potter will be released for 2019?

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Jun 6, 2018 at 10:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

A date for the following year is usually set in the September prior. Keep an eye out on our post for details about this magical event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 4, 2018 at 11:19 p.m. Pam Says...

Hi, we’re thinking of coming to Universal Studios and Disney, July 27-August 3rd. I don’t care for the resorts at Disney, but we would like to stay at Sapphire Falls and maybe do 3 days at Disney and the remaining time at Universal. I’m wondering how expensive it would be to get an Uber/Lyft to Disney for those days. I’m also a little worried about the humidity and heat being so bad, but we want to surprise our son before he goes back to school. None of us have ever been, so any advice is welcome!! Thank you!!!

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Jun 4, 2018 at 11:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam!

As long as you stay hydrated and plan time to rest, the heat and humidity is bearable in the summer months. First of all - Sapphire Falls is an awesome choice, and we love the idea of splitting your trip between parks. It's only about a 20 minute drive between Disney and Universal, so Uber or Lyft-ing is a totally affordable option. It sounds like you will have a blast before your little one heads back to school!

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Jun 2, 2018 at 8:43 p.m. Sue Says...

We’ve visited Disney many times and have decided to do Universal as well at end of May first week of June in 2019. Have they announced if there will be any attractions closed during that time? Is there somewhere I could go to check these dates myself?

Thank you

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Jun 4, 2018 at 10:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue!

You can check out our refurbishments page for updates on scheduled closures.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 30, 2018 at 4:52 p.m. Anna Says...

I visit Universal every year in Feb but am thinking I would like to try going in Dec...the week before Christmas. Do the Lights go up right after Thanksgiving? Wondering if you have ever been in Dec and if you think it's worth it at that time of the year? Thank you for all of your suggestions!

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May 30, 2018 at 9:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for how busy we expect the crowds to be. But yes, decorations go up soon after Thanksgiving and are absolutely amazing ... toad-ally worth it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2018 at 12:27 a.m. Mason Says...

We've been thinking of enjoying our Columbus day weekend at Universal. I'm already dreading the weekend crowds. Also, if I'm reading right, the park closes early the entire month of October for Halloween Horror Nights?? Do you think it will be worth it considering we won't be going to that event?

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May 29, 2018 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mason,

If you go the weekend of Columbus Day, you can still enjoy Saturday at the park without Halloween Horror Nights. Also, Islands of Adventure is still open during Halloween Horror Nights (the event only takes place at Universal Studios Florida). We think you'd still have fun!

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May 28, 2018 at 11:59 a.m. Sharon Says...

Hi there! Firstly, I am so grateful for your website. Thank you! We are planning a trip to Universal and Disney World over 11-21 January 2019. Grom your crowd calendars it seems best to do Universal first then Disney World? Can you please kindly advise. We are from Australia and so I don't really know about the US holidays. And I think there is a Marathon Weekend in there too? Huge thanks!

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May 29, 2018 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

Since you'll be visiting during Walt Disney World Marathon weekend (January 9-13), it would definitely be wise to visit Universal Orlando for the first part of the trip and then head over to Disney World. Other than the marathon, you're visiting during a relatively quiet time at the parks, so enjoy!

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May 27, 2018 at 4:04 p.m. carol Says...

We will be staying at sapphire falls and going to the park May 29, 30th and could do some of the 31st (2018) if necessary. With the current storm, weather will be horrible - heavy rains and thunderstorms. Any suggestions for a game plan? (besides not going - LOL) Harry Potter is our main interest. Will we still need to purchase ultimate express passes - what's the best strategy with finances, rain/storm, attractions, timing. Thanks!!

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May 29, 2018 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

Wear plenty of waterproof items (shoes, ponchos, etc.) and be prepared to have a flexible schedule! Most of all the Harry Potter rides are indoors (excluding Flight of the Hippogriff) and there's plenty to see in terms of shops in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.

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May 27, 2018 at 1:55 p.m. Travel Person Says...

Great tips! Very helpful for my family's upcoming trip to Orlando...

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May 15, 2018 at 4:24 p.m. adventureist Says...

I would love to visit during the holidays, but I am very wary about the crowds.

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May 10, 2018 at 2:54 p.m. Gianna Says...

We were thinking of going February 15-19, 2019. Can you tell me why that week is one of the worst times of the year please? Thanks!

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May 17, 2018 at 10:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gianna!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like that will be a crowded weekend due to Presidents' Day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 3, 2018 at 11:48 p.m. Chastity Says...

Am I looking at the park hours correct, does the parks really close at 6pm on Friday night May 11 and at 7pm on Monday May 14?

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May 8, 2018 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

That is correct.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 3, 2018 at 5:42 a.m. Kosta Says...

Hi,

we are a family of 4 and plan to visit Universal Studios in Orlando at October 10th / 11th with 1-day per park ticket. Your calendar show moderate crowds. Do you recommend also an unlimited pass?

Thanks.

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May 3, 2018 at 12:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kosta!

If you're visiting for two full days, moderate crowds shouldn't prevent you from experiencing all of Universal's attractions. If you're wanting to splurge, Express passes are still a great way to assure minimal waits and maximum fun :)

Keep hopping!

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May 1, 2018 at 1:09 a.m. Christine Says...

Hello ????

My husband and I are pulling out our hair trying to figure out the best time to visit Universal without pulling the kids out if school. I would like to go the end of August when it’s less expensive and less crowded. My husband says the end of June because it won’t be as hot as August. But we are also kicking around the week before Easter. What are your recommendations?

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Apr 30, 2018 at 11:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine!

Check out our Crowd Calendar to compare how busy we predict your desired dates to be!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 26, 2018 at 10:31 a.m. Christine Says...

We are going to universal on the 14th & 15th jan 2019. Do you recommend express passes? Also can we do 1 park a day or are park hopper the way to go?

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Apr 26, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds on Jan. 14-15. We don't find splurging on an Express pass necessary. Park hoppers are awesome, but as long as you're spending two days to see both parks, it's not totally necessary either. We're all about saving money, but it just depends on your preference!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 24, 2018 at 4:36 p.m. Darrell Says...

We will be visiting in July and we will have Express Passes which will allow us to skip the lines. With that said, will we be able to see both parks in one day? Family of 5. Thanks

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Apr 26, 2018 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darrell!

It's definitely an awesome choice to use Express Passes for a busy July visit. You'll definitely be able to venture through both parks in one day and ride a majority of the rides you want!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 22, 2018 at 9:34 p.m. Nora Says...

We are a family of 4 staying in cabana bay from Feb 7th 2019. Should we buy separate express passes? If so how much would we be paying ? Thanks

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Apr 24, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nora,

You'll be visiting during a relatively quiet time of year at the parks, so Express passes aren't really necessary. If you do wish to purchase them, you can check prices here!

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Apr 16, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. Teri Falcon Says...

We are debating which day would be the best for less waiting and crowds at Universal and Island of Adventure. We are debating between Mothers Day 2018 or the Monday after Mothers Day.

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teri!

You can usually always count on weekdays being less busy than weekends and especially holidays. Our Crowd Calendar predicts the Monday after Mother's Day will be slightly less busy.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 12, 2018 at 12:16 a.m. Jo Says...

Question- I know why Easter (April 21st 2019) is a high crowd week, but why is the 1st week of April of 2019 so busy?

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Apr 19, 2018 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo!

The spring break season in general tends to be quite crowded! We factor in school breaks, events taking place and more in order to calculate our predictions.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 11, 2018 at 10:17 p.m. Melissa Says...

We are thinking of going the last week of August when the crowd levels are pretty low. One deluxe on property hotel is 600 more for the four nights, but comes with the express unlimited pass. With it being lower crowd, should I save the 600?

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Apr 12, 2018 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

If you can swing it, Unlimited Express Passes are always a great idea. However, you're correct - the crowd levels will be pretty low during the last week of August! That being said, if you want to save some extra cash and stay at one of the on-site hotels that does not include Unlimited Express Passes, we think you'll be totally fine.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 9, 2018 at 7:51 p.m. Mario Says...

I will be going to Orlando April 21-25. What day would be best to visit Universal Island of Adventure, and is it worth getting an express pass if I will be going only one day

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Apr 10, 2018 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mario,

Weekdays are usually always less crowded than weekends, so if you're able to, we recommend choosing a weekday to visit! You're not visiting during a very busy time, so Express Pass isn't completely necessary. But if you can swing it, it definitely does help you skip the lines and ensure you get to experience the attractions you want!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 7, 2018 at 12:32 a.m. Bonnie Says...

Hi there, we are planning a trip Thursday/Friday January 10th/11th. We want to do almost all the rides. Do you think its necessary to get an Express pass? Or should the wait this time of year be short enough to do everything without it? Thanks!

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Apr 9, 2018 at 12:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bonnie!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds on these days, so an Express Pass won't be necessary if you're spending two full days in the parks. However, it is a great way to save time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 5, 2018 at 2:32 p.m. Frederick S Taylor Says...

Thinking of going Friday April 13th 2018. Should I expect larger than usual crowds or fairly average for a weekday?

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Apr 5, 2018 at 7:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frederick!

Crowds are pretty heavy this month since it's spring break season. Check out our Crowd Calendar for details!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 1, 2018 at 7:24 a.m. Fred Says...

Hi there! I love all the great information and discounts on your site! Thank you!

My question is I purchased 2-park 3-day Park to Park Universal Studios tickets. On the tickets, it says they expire six days from first use. I would like to use the first day on Sunday. Can I use the last day on the following Saturday, or is Friday the last day I can use them? Maybe I am being silly, but it seems a bit unclear to me. Man, six days is not much time at all! Hope you can help me out! Thanks again!

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Apr 6, 2018 at 1:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fred!

You have seven days total including the first day, so you will be fine using the first day on Sunday and last day on Saturday. Let us know if you have any other questions :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 26, 2018 at 12:58 a.m. Laurie Says...

Hi! My son and I will be in the area May 22-27, 2018. We were going to do one day at Disney and two at Universal. I was wondering if the crowds would be very bad. Since we have to days at Universal should we do Disney that Wednesday? Wondering about Friday crowds especially. Thank you!

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Mar 18, 2018 at 4:12 p.m. Kim Says...

I am thinking about taking my children to Universal and Islands of Adventure on the Monday and Tuesday after Easter. Is that a terrible idea? I was only planning to pay for the express pass for one of those days (Tuesday).

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Mar 19, 2018 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

Any holiday week is bound to be crowded, but purchasing the express pass one of those days will make a huge difference. You'll have a great time!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 12, 2018 at 5:55 a.m. mrunal mestri Says...

Hi my name is mrunal, my family and I are planning to go to universal studios in the second week of June and I am someone who hates crowds so is it the right time to visit?

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Mar 16, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mrunal!

The summer months are always more crowded as kids are out of school during this time. Our Crowd Calendar predicts it will be pretty busy during the second week of June. If you hate crowds, we recommend visiting during less busy seasons, or purchasing the Universal Express Pass to avoid waiting in lines!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 1, 2018 at 12:16 a.m. Hailey Says...

Hello,

My husband and I are going to Universal April 21st and 22nd. We plan on getting the park hopper passes for both days so we can leave one park when it closes and go to the other to spend the rest of our day there. It says on your crowd calendar that it's expected to be a 6/10 day, do you think we need the express passes unlimited or would you think it's going to be a waste of money? We've never been and we're really excited to ride all the rides and go see all the attractions! We just don't like super long lines and being too hot!

Thanks!

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Mar 8, 2018 at 11:15 p.m. ang Says...

usually both parks close at 9, sometimes one closes at 8, its a lot of money to pay extra for park hopper for an hour...but you have to have park hopper to use the train at hogwarts

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Mar 5, 2018 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hailey!

We toad-ally recommend getting the express pass. While crowds won't be too crazy and you should be able to experience a majority of attractions, the express pass is your best bet to avoid long lines in the heat. It will make your experience that much better!

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Mar 7, 2018 at 2:53 a.m. Jongab Says...

While I think the express passes are ideal, for my family of 5, the passes would cost us $1000 for 2 days. That's ridiculous! You have to weigh those options

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Feb 24, 2018 at 4:10 p.m. Kathy Robbins Says...

So are your calendar recommendations based on last year or do they take into consideration this years events like spring break etc. I’m not sure how you come up with your light average and heavy days and most importantly your green check days!

Thanks

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Feb 25, 2018 at 12:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy,

You can click the SHOW ME button under "How does our crowd calendar work?" on our Crowd Calendar page for further insights. We factor in last year's crowds, this year's events and more!

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Feb 23, 2018 at 12:29 a.m. Peanut Says...

Hi, we are planning on going on May. I saw in the aricle that weekends in May are not good? Why is that? How is that different from other weekends? We have fast pass will that be okay?

Thanks.

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Mar 6, 2018 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peanut!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but weekends in May are pretty busy due to locals heading to the parks for the fun happenings taking place. You will still have a great time with an Express Pass at Universal!

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Feb 14, 2018 at 5:06 p.m. Donna Says...

Hi, I am thinking about planning a trip to Universal at the end November 2018. I feel that the pricing at Universal is significantly higher than Disney. When I am on the website, they always have a spot for a promotional code. I started entertaining this trip in the spring of 2017 and yet to see any promotional codes. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

We aren't sure of any promotional codes, but we do offer discounted tickets for Universal Orlando Resort that you should check out!

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Feb 13, 2018 at 10:07 p.m. Eric lilly Says...

We are going to universal studios orlando, march 28th-april 7th 2018 staying at sapphire falls do they do anything for easter

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Mar 5, 2018 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

Last year, Sapphire Falls offered a special Easter brunch. Sounds like a wonderful time to enjoy with your family.

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Mar 5, 2018 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

Last year, Sapphire Falls offered a special Easter brunch. Sounds like a wonderful time to enjoy with your family.

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Feb 13, 2018 at 12:39 p.m. Mari Says...

Hola! I planned a very short trip and have been stressing out about being able to actually enjoy it. We will arrive May 1st but probably won't make it into the park until 1pm. We will be there a full day on the 2nd. Staying at Cabana so early access to HP. Would it be smart to do non HP stuff the day I arrive then after closing at 7pm hop over to the other park that's open until 10? Then the next day HP early access then before general opening run to the other side where despicable me is and get on those rides then work our way back to HP before 10PM closing? Im hoping all the spring break crowds will be cleared and it won't be so busy. Thank you! -Stressed out mama

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mari!

You seem like an expert to us! This sounds like a great, efficient plan to make the most of your time. If you are able, purchase Express passes to minimize time spent waiting in line so you can experience the parks at a more leisurely pace.

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Feb 1, 2018 at 3:32 p.m. Lil Says...

Valuable info but very hard to read with this font! Too small and light.

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Jan 24, 2018 at 5:51 a.m. NATER Says...

I'm bringing a group of friends to Universal somewhere between Feb 20 and Feb 24. All the crowd calendars say this is an extremely busy time, but wondering why. I know President's Day weekend (Feb 17 & 18) as well as the Friday before (Feb 16) and Monday after (Feb 19) are busy since a lot of people are off. But that Tuesday through Friday (Feb 20-24) isn't any type of holiday or spring break for anybody. So why is it so busy then?

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Jan 24, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Great question! Our Crowd Calendar depends on a variety of factors. First of all, any weeks with a holiday (in this case, President's Day) will always be more crowded. Disney is hosting its Princess Half Marathon that weekend, which will bring large crowds to the Orlando area...even at Universal! Lastly, Mardi Gras is taking place at Universal during this week which is a huge event. We hope this helps!

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Jan 27, 2018 at 12:13 a.m. Christina Corr Says...

This is a school vacation week in many New England states.

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Jan 21, 2018 at 2:15 a.m. Lisa Says...

I took my daughter in 2017 the week after April Vacation and it was absolutely the BEST time ever!! No lines, no crowds and the weather was fantastic. I am surprised April isn't on your list at all!

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Jan 18, 2018 at 5:46 p.m. Jack Says...

Thinking of doing Universal March 2-9th, is this a bad idea as I do not like long lines or crowds. We would be staying at Lowes Royal Pacific.

Thanks.

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Jan 18, 2018 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jack,

Looking at our Orlando Crowd Calendar, it looks like crowds will be moderate. This is also right before the start of spring break season! It shouldn't be too crowded or crazy yet, but do expect it to be moderately busy. Keep in mind - if you stay at Loews Royal Pacific, you'll receive complimentary Universal Express Unlimited passes, which will help you skip the lines and cut your wait time down significantly!

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Jan 17, 2018 at 10:34 p.m. Kim Says...

Thinking about booking a quick trip through Costco for 2/9 - 2/13. Looks like crowds will be moderate to low. Should I worry about Express passes? We would be staying off site.

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Jan 17, 2018 at 6:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

We are always trying our best to be budget-conscious, so if we were in your shoes, we would try going without Express passes. However, if you aren't able to visit often and want to make the most of your time, it may be worth the investment.

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Jan 13, 2018 at 2:37 p.m. Chasity Says...

My daughter is a huge Harry Potter fan and I'd like to take her to Universal Orlando to see the Harry Potter parks. How many days should we spend in the parks for her to have plenty of time to see everything? We won't be interested in the non-HP stuff. I know we definitely want to do the express passes too--financially are we better off to spend more money to stay in one of the hotels that includes those? Or stay in Cabana bay and pay the extra for tickets-or is it a wash? Thanks so much and love your site!!

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Jan 16, 2018 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chasity,

It depends on the time of year you plan on visiting, but if you're just wanting to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then we recommend two days to be sure you can take it all in! The hotels that offer the Unlimited Express Passes are Loew's Portofino Bay, Loew's Royal Pacific and the Hard Rock Hotel. They are pricier, but the money actually might even out since you won't have to purchase the passes. We recommend checking our hotels page, putting in your dates and comparing prices!

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Jan 3, 2018 at 10:08 p.m. Sandra Says...

Is it worth including volcano bay in our trip. Definitely want the two day universal but not sure if the weather will be god enough for waterpark. Jan 29th to Feb 3rd thanks

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Jan 4, 2018 at 3:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra,

Orlando weather can always be a bit unpredictable. That being said, it's not uncommon to enjoy the pool and water parks during January and February! You'll definitely want to keep your eye on the weather and temperatures if Volcano Bay is a priority for you.

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