The Very Best Times to Visit Universal Orlando in 2023 and 2024

by Leap on November 4, 2022 3652 Orlando

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Summary

This is what Universal Orlando Resort trip planning sounds like around the Frog Pond: "We have to do Hagrid's 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." 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 time to visit Universal Orlando in 2023 and 2024, as well as some factors to keep in mind when planning your awesome Universal Orlando vacation.

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Planning When to Visit Universal Orlando in 2023 and 2024

While we have no crystal ball (we wish we did!), we do have historical trends available to pull from when making predictions. But there's one important caveat in 2023: As more families are hopping back into action, we expect that crowds will be heavier than usual throughout the year. That said, there will still be some times when crowds are lower. We're here to give you our best guesses on crowd levels based on our years of data collection and insights. And, action!

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando in 2023 - Dates by Season

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 park plans and Orlando park plans app, and use Universal Express. For those of you who can, we highly recommend visiting the parks on weekdays, especially during peak times such as the week of Thanksgiving and the end of December into early January, as well as spring and summer breaks.

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando - Loews Portofino Bay Resort

We also 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. This skip-the-regular line benefit is a big help for saving time in the parks, especially if you're visiting on weekends. All Universal Orlando Resort hotels offer Early Park Admission, which is also a super hopful tool to get a jump on your day.

Keep in mind that the parks have and do hit capacity during peak times, even though a reservation system is not in place. We cannot emphasize enough just how much we recommend getting to the parks early! For even more tips for visiting Universal during peak times, hop over to our full post.

The sooner you can purchase your tickets, the better chance you'll have at selecting your desired dates (and the more hotel availability you'll find!). Planning ahead is the name of the game — and you've already taken the first step by reading this post :)

Other Factors to Consider When Determining the Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando - Family in Jurassic Park Area

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 times to visit, as well as Universal Orlando hours.

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There's no denying there are better times to visit Universal Orlando than others. It should come as no surprise that the best time to visit Universal Orlando usually falls along with school schedules. Generally, when the tadpoles are out of school, there are higher crowds at Universal. This applies to one-day holidays such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a weeklong spring break or the big draw — summer vacation. The week of Thanksgiving and from Christmas into the new year are notably busy, as well.

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.

Big openings can also bring big crowds who want to be among the first to experience the thrills. Even openings and events at other resorts, such as Disney World's 50th-anniversary celebration, have some trickle-over effect. I mean, if you're already coming to Orlando, why not experience the Wizarding World too? In 2023, this ripple effect may be felt with the opening of TRON Lightcycle / Run, opening spring 2023 at Magic Kingdom.

So When Is the Best Time to Universal Orlando in 2023 and 2024?

The very best times to visit Universal Orlando in 2023 are ...

  • Jan. 18 – Feb. 15
  • March 1-10
  • April 17-30
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September (minus the days around Labor Day)
  • Most weekdays in October (minus the days around Columbus Day)
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

The very best times to visit Universal Orlando in 2024 are ...

  • Jan. 17 – Feb. 16
  • March 1-8
  • April 15-30
  • Weekdays in the first half of May
  • The second half of August
  • Most days in September (minus the days around Labor Day)
  • Most weekdays in October (minus the days around Columbus Day)
  • Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Eve)

Historically, September has been the very best 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 the best month to visit. The popularity of Halloween Horror Nights, however, 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 - Hogwarts Castle

Keep in mind that September is 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 very worst times to visit Universal Orlando in 2023 are ...

  • Jan. 1-8, Jan. 13-17
  • Feb. 16-27
  • March 11 - April 16*
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The first week of December**
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

The very worst times to visit Universal Orlando in 2024 are ...

  • Jan. 1-9, Jan. 13-16
  • Feb. 17-28
  • March 9 - April 14*
  • Weekends in May
  • June
  • July
  • The first half of August
  • The week of Thanksgiving
  • The first week of December**
  • The week of Christmas through the week of New Year

*The big variable for spring is when Easter falls. When it's earlier in the season, there is generally a shorter, more intense "spring break" as school districts narrow down the week they give kids off. When it's later in spring, there is generally a longer but less intense "spring break" season as school districts have more variance in the week they give kids off. In 2023, Easter falls on April 9, and in 2024, Easter falls on March 31. That means we should expect two spring break seasons that are more compressed, making things feel a little extra crowded.

**The Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships used to take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, but as of 2021, Universal Orlando Resort is the new home for the national championship a week in early December. While we wait for exact dates for 2023 and 2024, know that the championship is taking place Dec. 5-8, 2022.

Holiday Crowds at Universal Orlando in 2023 and 2024

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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, but there are a few other details of note if you'll be visiting Universal Orlando while this eerie (but epic) event is going on. While daytime crowds are typically not impacted too severely by HHN, know that Universal Studios Florida closes early on evenings when the event is taking place (Universal's Islands of Adventure, however, remains open!). So while you shouldn't worry about event crowds terrorizing your day, you'll want to plan accordingly if you want to maximize your time by either visiting Universal's Islands of Adventure, or opting for a park-to-park ticket to hop over once Universal Studios Florida closes for the event. Wanna know more about the best time to visit Halloween Horror Nights? We've got all of the details in our full post. For more information on Universal Orlando hours, and which nights HHN will be taking place, check out our Crowd Calendar.

Christmas has also become a bigger deal at Universal Orlando than in past years with the arrival of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Muggles and wizards alike are flocking to the parks to enjoy the holiday decorations, entertainment and food in Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. Plus, Universal is home to the green meanie himself — The Grinch!

Universal Orlando's Most Crowded Holidays

  • New Year's Day - Jan. 1
  • Easter - April 9, 2023, and March 31, 2024
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Thanksgiving - Nov. 23, 2023, and Nov. 28, 2024
  • Christmas Eve - Dec. 24
  • Christmas - Dec. 25
  • New Year's Eve - Dec. 31

Best Holidays to Visit Universal Orlando in 2023 and 2024

Best Time to Visit Universal Orlando - Adventure Sign Islands of Adventure

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. Do keep in mind that for 2023, we expect these dates to be busier than normal because of pent-up travel demand.

  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) - Nov. 11
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day -  Jan. 16, 2023, and Jan. 15, 2024
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 20, 2023, and Feb. 19, 2024
  • Labor Day - Sept. 4, 2023, and Sept. 2, 2024
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 9, 2023, and Oct. 14, 2024

Now you know the best time to visit Universal Orlando in 2023 and 2024. 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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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:25 p.m. TomB Says...

Great info hopefully 21 will be a better year to visit!

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:25 p.m. Tracy Says...

Thanks for the detailed information! We’re hoping to go next year, so this will be very helpful on deciding when!!

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:25 p.m. Cooper Says...

Hopefully we'll get to go while there are still no crowds!

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:25 p.m. Richard M Says...

Would love to go and see Diagon Alley haven't been since it has been open.

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:24 p.m. Christopher E Says...

I can't wait to come back. When I see Orlando is back in full working order, I know the world will be safe (enough) again.

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:24 p.m. Stephen A. Says...

Your website is great and we have been satisfied customers for 7 years!

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:23 p.m. Catherine Evans Says...

Hoping to hit UA in Feb so great blog!

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:21 p.m. Kamela Kern Says...

Thank you. I want to plan a trip to Orlando for Universal Studios and Disney World next year. I'd like to experience the Christmas season, but maybe in November???

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:15 p.m. Michael Staples Says...

Would love to take my son and family in a trip to get back to life

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:12 p.m. John Says...

Would love to go back to Orlando.

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:01 p.m. Alicia M Says...

Thanks for all the helpful info!!

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Oct 12, 2020 at 3:56 p.m. Amanda S. Says...

Can't wait for our next trip! Thanks for all the tips!

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Oct 12, 2020 at 9:53 a.m. Oliver Dickinson Says...

Hi. I know it’s far off but we are rescheduling our honeymoon to 2022 due to the virus.

We had originally booked April 2021 after Easter.

Easter in 2022 will be 15th April. Will the parks be quieter before Easter at start of April in 2022, for universal Orlando, Busch gardens and SeaWorld?

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Oct 13, 2020 at 2:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Oliver!

The beginning of April should be slightly less crowded in 2022 than 2021. Congratulations, and hoppy honeymooning!

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Oct 6, 2020 at 6:58 p.m. myra van horn Says...

Best tips for enjoying the park during Oct. 27 thru Nov. 1 Is it still worth visiting at this time with covid restrictions?

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Oct 4, 2020 at 12:04 a.m. Megan Says...

Hello! Great post, thanks! We'll be passing through on Wed. Dec. 30, 2020. We will only have 1 day and would focus on the Harry Potter parts of the park. Will it be worth it?

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Oct 12, 2020 at 8:51 p.m. Jessica M Says...

I love Orlando & the frog family!!

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Oct 12, 2020 at 6:04 p.m. Amanda N Says...

Hey! We are thinking of doing Universal around the beginning of January. This is typically slow for Disney, so we are hoping it’ll be the same with universal. Is it?

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Oct 12, 2020 at 6:02 p.m. Morey Says...

Any time at Harry Potter World is worth it. Gringotts is one of the best rides ever.

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Oct 12, 2020 at 4:39 p.m. Stephanie Eaton Says...

Looking forward to our trip this November! Your tips & guides are always so helpful.

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Oct 5, 2020 at 7:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

If you are big Harry Potter fans, we definitely think so! :) Have fun!

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Sep 5, 2020 at 6:58 p.m. Markus Says...

I am going to Universal in the weekend before Labour day next year. Ik you said it should be not that bad on Labour day but will the weekend before be busy? Because it’s Labour Weekend today and the parks hit capacity

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Sep 9, 2020 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Markus!

Generally speaking, Labor Day is busy not not unbearable in terms of crowds since kiddos are back in school - we expect that 2021 will go back to following this pattern. If we see this changing, we'll be sure to update this guide accordingly!

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Aug 24, 2020 at 6:04 p.m. Meghan Payne Says...

My in-laws are Florida residents and want to take our kids to Universal Studios. Do you know if they can purchase tickets for the grandchildren at Florida resident rates also? It’s my understanding that Disney World allows this for children under 18 but I couldn’t find any specifics about Universal.

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Aug 26, 2020 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meghan!

Minors don't need to present any form of ID to verify residency for Florida Resident tickets, only those over 18.

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Aug 22, 2020 at 6:07 p.m. Kathryn Says...

Since the FL resident deal ends on the 24th of December, is there any chance the Christmas to New Years week will be less crowded?

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Aug 24, 2020 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathryn!

It's definitely a possibility! Overall, we think it'll be a busier time than we've seen recently, but not nearly as crowded as previous holiday seasons. It may be worth keeping an eye on the crowd levels (which we'll continue to adjust and monitor) as we get closer, then springing for Express if it looks busy enough to warrant it. Hope this helps!

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Aug 18, 2020 at 8:58 p.m. Tyler Robb Says...

What is the cost of a wand at Olivander's?

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Oct 13, 2020 at 2:40 a.m. Lisa Says...

I paid $50 for mine

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Aug 18, 2020 at 4:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tyler!

Interactive wands are generally about $55.

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Apr 8, 2020 at 11:40 p.m. Nickell Says...

Will the theme park open by may or June when the virus is over

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Apr 9, 2020 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nickell!

At this time, all of the theme parks are closed temporarily without a set re-opening date. As soon as we hear of an opening date, we'll be sure to update! You can find a running list of up-to-date park closure information here.

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Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. Samantha Says...

Hi Leap,

why it's no good time to visit Universal Orlando between Feb. 13-21 in 2021? We want to travel to Florida for 3 weeks in February 2021, before Spring Break and without any school holidays. Wich 3 weeks are the best in this period?

Thanks,

Samantha

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Mar 31, 2020 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha!

We expect that Presidents' Day Weekend will see elevated crowds, not just on the long weekend, but throughout the week since it'll be a school holiday. Crowds otherwise in February should be manageable, according to our Crowd Calendar!

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Mar 1, 2020 at 4:30 a.m. Kimberly Perrotta Says...

When will Universal open up packages for 2021?

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Mar 2, 2020 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberly!

We aren't sure, but maybe someone in the Frog Pond has heard!

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Feb 28, 2020 at 2:36 p.m. Lori Says...

Hi! When is the best time to book for Feb 2021? We just got back and are already ready to return!

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Feb 28, 2020 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

It's never too early to start planning if you ask us! :) Counting down the days with you!

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Feb 27, 2020 at 3:42 p.m. Christina Says...

My sons birthday is April 19th. The crowd calendar is showing busy that weekend. I was thinking maybe going on the 25th. What do you recommend. Also I heard you can get a birthday pin like at Disney. Where would I pick that up at? Thanks

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Feb 27, 2020 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

The 25th looks to be a 7 in terms of crowds, but the week following (or even Sunday) should be a little less crowded. You sure can get a birthday pin - they are available at Guest Services in either park :) Hoppy birthday to your son!

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Feb 26, 2020 at 7:21 p.m. Crystal Says...

We are limited on our ability to visit, so we will be going to Universal the last week in June leading up to July 4. Granted, I know this is going to be a busy and hot time of year. We will have the Express Unlimited passes. In general, during that time of year, what can we expect with wait times in the Express Pass line?

Also, can you do a blog (or if you have point me in the direction) regarding tips for best times to try for Hagrid's?

Thank you!

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Feb 28, 2020 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

When we recently visited and used Express, every ride (except Jimmy Fallon) saved at least half of the standby queue time, if not a lot more. We waited 30 minutes in the Forbidden Journey line when going in the wait time said 60 minutes, 30 minutes for Gringotts while standby was 50 minutes. This should be similar during the summer :) We don't currently have a post for Hagrid's tips, but we are working on it, so stay tuned! :) Have a great trip!

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Feb 25, 2020 at 7:46 p.m. Says...

The crowd calendar says that Univ Studios and Islands of Adventure are the best parks to visit on Easter 2020, but the article says Easter has one of the biggest crowds at universal. Does that make sense or am I misunderstanding the crowd calendar? Thx!

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Feb 26, 2020 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Of all the parks, these are most recommended on this day.

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Feb 23, 2020 at 2:49 a.m. Larissa Says...

Hello! Thanks for your helpful page. My husband and I are going to universal for the first time for 7-8 days in the fall. We definitely want to take advantage of the water parks and pools but of course also want to enjoy the amusement parks. What would you suggest weather-wise: September (I've heard it can be too hot), October or early November?

Also, do you think we are missing out on time in the parks with the HHN? We wouldn't mind seeing it one night but it's 5 nights a week that the park closes early. Do you know when Christmas activities start in November?

Thanks so much!!

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Feb 26, 2020 at 10:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Larissa!

Weather-wise, early November is probably your best bet. If you’re staying exclusively at Universal for 7-8 days, then we don’t think you’d be missing out on time because of Halloween Horror Nights (which only takes place at Universal Studios Florida; Islands of Adventure stays open a little longer on party nights.) Christmas activities usually start around mid-November; in 2019, they began on the 16th. Hope this helps!

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Feb 19, 2020 at 10:42 p.m. Hannah Says...

We are planning 8 days at Disney and 4 days at Universal over Thanksgiving. We plan on being in Universal on Thxgvg Day and considering buying a throw away night at Loews to get Fast Pass Unlimited. We will be buying annual passes for everyone, but would it be worth buying one of them way in advance on the chance that they offer a special rate for AP holders? Are the chances slim since it's a peak week? Do they often email special hotel deals to AP holders, and if so, is there any way to keep informed of them without buying the AP way in advance? (buying up front, not on payment plan, so maybe the start date can still be held off until actual arrival while still getting email promos?)

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Feb 21, 2020 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannah!

We don't know of any ways to know about Annual Passholder deals in advance without a pass, unfortunately, but are hoping someone in the Frog Pond can help weigh in!

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Feb 19, 2020 at 2:10 p.m. Alisha Says...

Hi! Looking to book a vacation to Universal with 2 older kids and hubby. Of course we are looking at crowded times but not sure which be better, do you have any suggestions? We will not be doing the Express Passes, too expensive in my mind. We are looking at 4/11/20 to 4/16/20 or 4/15/20 to 4/20/20 or 5/21/20 to 5/26/20. Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Feb 21, 2020 at 12:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alisha!

Both timeframes should be similar in terms of crowds, so we'd go with what works best with your family and schedule!

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Feb 10, 2020 at 11:43 a.m. Aisling Says...

First time traveller to Orlando!! travelling with 4 tweens/teens ( 15,13 & 2 x11 ) from Ireland . We are there for 8 days and we know the kids want to spend some time in Universal (Harry potter fans) and a water park . So we are thinking 3-4 days in Universal because this is something very different to what we have in Europe. We are struggling what to do with Disney - we have been to Disney in Paris pretty much every year which I know is smaller but there is a lot of overlap in terms of big rides, which is what the kids are interested in. The big difference is obviously Star wars - which is not in Europe - but it sounds like its highly unlikely we will get to ride the major rides cos of the queues.

I feel like its not obvious which park to do - which park will interest the kids but also pack the biggest punch in terms of what we have done previously in Europe. It likely that we will only do 1 day.

Any thoughts

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Feb 11, 2020 at 4:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aisling!

We would definitely recommend Disney's Hollywood Studios! Like you mentioned, it has Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, in addition to Toy Story Land and some "big kid" attractions such as Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. The chances of getting on Rise of the Resistance via the virtual queue are pretty good! (Both Millennium Falcon and Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, in addition to having FastPass+ options, will also have standby queues.) You can find a whole post about the park and how to manage FastPasses in it, which you can find here. Have a great time!

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Feb 10, 2020 at 4:28 a.m. Kelly Nickodemus Says...

Hi! Love your website so so much! I am planning two upcoming trips. I wanted to see how the wait times would be for March 3-5th and April 20th to 23rd! Thank you!

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Feb 11, 2020 at 4:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Wow, thank you :) We're happy you took the time to say hello! According to our Crowd Calendar, March 3-5 will have crowd levels of 5 and 6, and April 20-23 will have crowd levels of 8 each day.

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Feb 8, 2020 at 5:04 a.m. RJ Says...

Hello!

My best friend, my mother, and I are planning on having some fun at the parks on April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. It’s in celebration of my mine and my mother’s birthdays. Universal is my happy place so I’m happy to go.

Just curious, I saw an event calendar where it said all those days will be intense with crowds. Why?! Just curious. I don’t want to purchase Express tickets at this moment until I’m certain of the crowds. Hopefully it won’t be too crowded. I also hear the weather is quite nice around this time.

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Feb 10, 2020 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi RJ!

We aren't seeing any events on our calendar for those exact dates, though the Star Wars Rival Half-Marathon weekend will be taking place the weekend prior to your visit at Disney World, so it's possible some runners may stay throughout the week. Overall, things look to be pretty manageable in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar! Hoppy birthday to you and Mom!

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Feb 6, 2020 at 10:28 a.m. Sandra Roney Says...

Hi again, I have one more question!

Do I have to stay in a Orlando hotel to have access to Express tickets? Or is there a way to buy them?

We are staying in a Walt Disney Resort, and not planning to go to a Orlando resort .

Thank you very much!!!

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Feb 6, 2020 at 4:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

You do not need to stay in a Universal hotel to access Express Passes! They can be purchased by anyone, regardless of where they are staying :) Universal's premier hotels do offer an Unlimited Express pass with each stay, but those can be purchased separately for non-resort guests too.

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Feb 6, 2020 at 10:24 a.m. Sandra Roney Says...

Hi, I love your site, is amazing and very useful!

We are planning to visit Disney World Orlando and Universal Studios next May (19th-22nd) and we well devote one day to Universal Studios.

I would like to ask you if you recommend to go both to Universal Studios and Islands Adventure, and if it is managable to do so in one day.

In this sense I've seen the One-Day-Park to Park ticket, is this the best ticket to purchase? Do you recommend the Express option?

Many thanks and regards from Spain!

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Feb 6, 2020 at 4:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

Wow, thank you so much! We're so hoppy you stopped by - bienvenida! Doing it all in one day can be pretty tough, but you have the right thought - for the best chances of doing everything, we'd recommend park-to-park tickets and Express so that you can manage your time and get the most out of your day. Ideally, we'd recommend a day in each park if you want to do and see all that there is to offer (but we'd say keep the park-to-park so that you can take the Hogwarts Express between the parks :) ) Hope this helps - enjoy your trip!

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Feb 5, 2020 at 5:06 p.m. Jaynee Says...

Son and I are heading to FL for spring break 2020 - plan on hitting up Universal Studios sometime between April 6-9. We know it'll be packed because it's spring break, but is there are particular day in that range that might not be completely miserable compared to the others?

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Feb 6, 2020 at 4:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaynee!

Those days actually look pretty moderate - the 7,8 and 9 are all 6s, according to our Crowd Calendar! We'd stick with Tuesday or Wednesday to avoid any crowds that might be coming in for Easter weekend.

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Feb 4, 2020 at 4:14 p.m. AMANDA Says...

Hi great site but I'm panicking now. I checked spring break times and Easter so booked to arrive in between. 18th March to 2nd april. Is it going to be huge lines at all the parks ? Thank you for any help

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Feb 4, 2020 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Oh no - deep breaths! Yes, things will be a little busier than usual during that timeframe because it's spring break season (think 7s, 8s and 9s). You can see a day-by-day breakdown on our Crowd Calendar here. That said, it should still be manageable! Spring for Express if you can and arrive at park opening to get a hop on your day. You can also follow our park plan to make the most of your time. Have a great time!

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Feb 2, 2020 at 10:43 p.m. Martha Alvarado Says...

Hi! Love your site. We are planning on visiting universal the week of Thanksgiving 2020, and yes, i see it's the worst time to visit :) but I am purchasing 3 day park to park tickets, do you think it's necessary to purchase the express passes? And if so, do the passes work for both parks or do I need to purchase a pass for each of the parks as well for each day that I have park tickets? We are considering staying at one of the hotels that offer the unlimited express pass, just not sure if it's worth it? Thank you in advance!!

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Feb 4, 2020 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martha!

Thank you - we love that you took the time to say hello! :) We would definitely spring for Express and would recommend looking into how much it would be stay at a Premier to take advantage of Unlimited Express - it may actually be more cost effective than adding Express on and staying off-site!

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Feb 2, 2020 at 12:57 a.m. Rex Schoolcraft Says...

Planning on going Dec 7th-Dec 12th 2020. We are hoping to purchase a Harry Potter package deal. Do the prices vary with different seasons, or will it pretty much be the same price if I buy it today or wait?

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Feb 4, 2020 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rex!

If you purchase before May 22, the promotion includes Volcano Bay admission for free. After May 22, the package includes the regular 3-Park, 5-Day Park-to-Pack Ticket, but the hotel rates will continually adjust, which in turn affects the overall package pricing. So we'd recommend booking sooner rather than later to lock in a lower rate! If you see that a better rate come out closer to your trip, you can always call ticketing to see what options are available to adjust your rate. Hope this helps!

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Jan 22, 2020 at 1:35 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Thanks for all the info! A bit confused as to why saturday 25th January is expected to have such large crowds considering it's the weekend after the holiday? I thought it would have been a good time to go...

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Jan 22, 2020 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

We expect higher crowds since it's a weekend. Hope this helps!

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Jan 21, 2020 at 1:57 p.m. Steven Says...

Hi, when are the Orlando Premium Labour say sales this year?

Thanks,

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Jan 21, 2020 at 2:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven!

These generally take place close to Labor Day, which will be taking place on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020.

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Jan 16, 2020 at 1:58 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi,

I would have thought January, post-winter break would be less crowds than usual. Why would the Universal Studios calendar show high crowds January 18-20? Something event/holiday I'm missing?

Thanks!

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Jan 17, 2020 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Crowds are a bit higher those days because of the MLK Day holiday weekend.

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Jan 16, 2020 at 12:33 p.m. sherman Says...

Hello! We will be visiting Disney World on April 2 and 3 and then we will go to Universal Studios-Island of Adv-Volcano Bay, on days 6.7 and 8. Will they be busy days? Is it convenient for those days to buy the express pass? thanks!

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Jan 16, 2020 at 12:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherman!

You'll see a mixed bag in terms of crowds on your trip, according to our Crowd Calendar, with 6, 7 and 8s (out of 10) throughout. We'd definitely spring for the Express Pass if you can!

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Jan 7, 2020 at 10:10 p.m. Erika Says...

Visiting from 2/14-2/16, is the express pass going to highly recommended that weekend? It doesn't have that holiday weekend listed as good or bad. Also can we do the two parks in two days?

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Jan 8, 2020 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika!

Those days look to be fairly busy according to our Crowd Calendar (7,8 and 9), so we'd definitely recommend an Express Pass if you can swing it! With Express, doing the parks in two days is definitely possible.

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Jan 6, 2020 at 1:38 a.m. Tessa Says...

Hi,

I’m bringing my daughters to Hollywood Studios on Jan. 16th and then to Universal on Jan. 17th.

We’re just doing those two days and we want to make the most of our short trip. What are crowds predicted to be during those dates and is it better to purchase tickets on line or at the gate with a 20% off code I was given from Universal Guest Services?

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Jan 6, 2020 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tessa!

We'd definitely suggest purchasing your tickets online ahead of time to save you some time on the day-of! Crowds those days look to be 5/10, according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Jan 2, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. Seaghan O hAllachain Says...

Hi there,

Well done on your amazing website. We are on a royal caribbean cruise and hoping to visit universal on Monday, July 27th. The ship doesn't dock until 1.00 p.m. and we will beheading to the park for aprox 7 hours. We intend on buying the express passes, may I ask,

Is there much of a waiting time for the rides with the passes, given that our time will be limited?

What time does the park remain open until in late July?

When and where are the best sites and times to purchase these tickets?

Thank you for your help with this.

Shane

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Oct 12, 2020 at 5:53 p.m. Lilly Says...

I cannot wait to go back to Universal and Disney

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Jan 3, 2020 at 2:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shane!

Thank you for the kind words! We're hoppy you stopped by! Most rides will likely have 5-10 min. waits. For the more popular rides, you may need to wait in line up to 20-30 min if it’s very crowded. Since you’re going in the middle of the summer, the parks will likely stay open until 10 p.m. We highly recommend purchasing Express Passes in advance, as on-site Express upgrades can run out on the day-of. Have a great time!

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Dec 30, 2019 at 2:41 p.m. James Says...

Would a fast pass be needed for universal studios from 15th September to 25th will be visiting on a weekday

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Dec 30, 2019 at 12:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James!

That time of year should have pretty low crowds (especially on the weekdays!) so we don't think it's necessary (though we do love Express Pass even in low-crowd times, since we can get more rides done!).

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Dec 11, 2019 at 9:53 p.m. Kim Adamczyk Says...

We are planning a trip for both Universal parks Feb 15-22, 2020. It appears from your site that this is a busy time do to Presidents Day. Do you recommend doing the parks later in week like Wed - Thursday to avoid biggest crowds instead of Sun-Mon? And should we get the express pass? We may just go to the beach for a day and enjoy our hotel pool another until mid week if you feel the crowds would be less. Thank You.

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Dec 16, 2019 at 4:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

Yes, the weekdays following Presidents Day will be much better than Sunday and Monday. We always recommend Express Pass because we love skipping the lines, but crowds should be manageable (6/10), so that part is toadally up to you :)

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Dec 11, 2019 at 1:25 p.m. Laurie Watson Says...

Visiting over the weekend (Fri and Sat) Feb 6/7 2020. Hoping to avoid major crowds by coming the weekend before Presidents Day weekend! Is it crazy not to get express passes for weekend days during that time or should we be ok? Thanks!

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Dec 11, 2019 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laurie!

Those days are projected to be a 5 and 6 out of 10 in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar, so we don't think you need to spring for Express unless you're looking to maximize your time :)

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Dec 4, 2019 at 4:43 p.m. Jerry Says...

Awesome!

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Nov 27, 2019 at 11:57 p.m. Jenn Says...

This is an amazing site. I'm considering a surprise trip for 1/9/20-1/12/20 for our family of 4. One of our daughters has some mobility challenges so we're not the most intense theme park visitors but they sooooooooo love Harry Potter. What is the difference between the 2Day Park to Park with Extra Day and the 3Day Park to Park? We'd stay on site but would welcome any advice on which location has easiest access (not a wheelchair need, just tires sooner). Would expect to come back for break mid-day. Access to swimming would be a plus. We've done Disney years ago, but not Universal. Food plans? Sorry for so many questions, but I know nothing about Universal. Thank you for anything you can offer!

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Dec 5, 2019 at 11:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn!

We’ve found that while all rooms and amenities at the Universal Orlando hotels are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible, some are more convenient and accommodating than others. Staying on Universal property is an ideal first step, thanks to the built-in Express Pass that comes with certain hotel stays. Beyond that, we’ve been very happy at the Loews Portofino Bay. Distances between amenities are short and there is a lot to do in a space with a relatively small footprint, making it easier to get around. Don’t overlook the medical parking lots at both Universal and Disney World. Even if you do not have a handicap placard for regular parking, you can access these lots to drop off guests who can’t walk as far in the parking areas. Let the parking attendant at the special needs lot know you need this, and you will either be able to park in the lot (in a close, but not-handicapped spot) or drop off part of your group in a closer, easier to traverse spot. Others in the Frog Pond may be able to weigh in with their favorites, too!

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