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We love hopping to the lands of wizards, superheroes and minions any time of the year, but there's just something special about the fall season. Whether it's the beautiful weather or the seasonal festivities, we have quite a few reasons why we enjoy visiting Universal Orlando Resort in the fall. Let's explore all of the fall fun that we can expect later this year!
Our Favorite Reasons to Visit Universal Orlando This Fall
Lower Crowd Levels
Harry Potter heads back to Hogwarts on Sept. 1, just like many other tadpoles in the muggle world who have to hop back to school by the time Labor Day weekend is over. Because school is newly in session, fewer frog families plan trips to Universal Orlando in September. Not to say there aren’t any crowds, but wait times are generally shorter during this month. For that reason, September is one of the best times to visit Universal Orlando!
It’s usually not until the end of the month when the Halloween crowds start to creep in. Last year, the theme parks saw higher crowds throughout October, especially around Columbus Day weekend and Halloween. If you want to get your scares in with the lowest amount of crowds (you know, fewer people to see you cowering in fear at Halloween Horror Nights), shoot for an earlier visit during the spooky season.
With the exception of Thanksgiving week, November can be a great time to visit too. The holiday hoppenings begin right around the middle of the month, so you can catch the seasonal decorations and festivities before the Christmas vacationers.
Toadally Awesome Hotel Deals
During a time with lower crowds (and thus, fewer families staying on-site), be on the lookout for amazing rates at the Universal Orlando hotels. Help your wallet out even more by booking through your favorite frogs! Whether you’re sticking to a budget or wanting to splurge, Universal Orlando has a variety of eight different options, ranging from value to premier hotels.
Take advantage of the special perks you get when you stay on-site, such as Early Park Admission. If your frog squad is staying at a premier hotel, the entire party will be able to skip the lines with free Universal Express Unlimited passes at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Already thinking about making a reservation? Take the leap, and book your hotel stay for the fall!
When fall hits in Florida, there isn’t much of a significant change in temperature during the day compared to the summer months. It remains warm and toasty, so you can still wear a T-shirt and shorts and hop on those water rides! But once the sun sets, it cools down and you may actually need a light jacket or sweater. September can still have moments with inclement weather (be prepared with a poncho or an umbrella!), but the overall rainfall begins to decline this month, which makes it less humid too. It isn’t usually until November when the first cold front of the season passes through. Generally, you’ll get enjoyable weather if you visit Universal Orlando in fall!
Haunting Halloween Horror Nights
I can already smell the fog machines and hear the chainsaws that signal impending doom. This event basically defines what it’s like to visit Universal Orlando in fall. Best of all, Halloween Horror Nights will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, so we can’t wait to find out what scares are up Universal’s sleeves.
The event never fails to get our adrenaline pumping as we come face-to-face with creepy creatures and evil forces. Exact details about this year’s haunted houses and scare zones haven’t been released quite yet, but we can expect a mix of all-new scares and chilling haunts from the past. Stay tuned — we’ll be updating our Halloween Horror Nights survival guide as we learn more!
Hoppy Holidays at Universal Orlando
Halloween transitions into Christmas faster than you can say, “Jack-o’-lanterns and jingle bells.” After the last Halloween Horror Nights event, colorful garlands quickly replace the somber decorations from spooky season. The festivities of Holidays at Universal Orlando usually start off by mid-November.
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Grinchmas toadally get you in the holiday spirit. It’s hard not to hum along to familiar Christmas tunes during the Mannheim Steamroller concerts. Lastly, we love seeing our favorite characters in their holiday best during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Even Santa takes a break and visits from the North Pole to light up the towering Christmas tree!
Scrumptious Seasonal Sweets and Treats
Two words: HOT BUTTERBEER. Forget pumpkin spice lattes. I know it’s officially fall when Hot Butterbeer returns to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This Butterbeer option is only available seasonally, which makes me appreciate it so much more. Last year, it apparated on menus by the middle of October.
You can find lots of festive food in the theme parks and Universal CityWalk throughout the fall and into the holiday season. Voodoo Doughnut makes specialty treats, such as a “Stranger Things”-themed waffle doughnut during Halloween and a Stuffed Santa Suit doughnut set during Christmas last year. And we can’t froget about the infamous Halloween Horror Nights pizza fries! Last year, a new “Sweets & Sounds Dessert Party” debuted, kicking off Nov. 16 for the holidays. It featured seasonal desserts and beverages, as well as exclusive viewing for Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and the Mannheim Steamroller concert performance.
While it may technically be fall, there is one area of Universal Orlando that denies the existence of any other season besides summer. Last year, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites opened its doors as the first value hotel on-site. And now, the summer party is continuing as its sister hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites, welcomes guests to its sunny paradise this year. The opening date had been scheduled for March 2020, but it was postponed due to COVID-19. Since it was just about to open, we don’t anticipate any lengthy setbacks once things go back to normal. So, we’ll be ready for summer in the fall!
The Bourne Stuntacular will be another brand-new addition when the theme parks reopen. It also had a premiere date in spring 2020, so hopfully there won’t be any delays with this one either. This live-action stunt show merged with high-tech screens follows Jason Bourne around the world. It promises action-packed chase scenes, fistfights and death-defying leaps. Rad!
What do you like most about visiting Universal Orlando in the fall? If you're planning a fall trip this year, let us know in the comments and share this post with the rest of your frog squad!