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Best Time to Vacation?
Try the week after Labor Day until the week before Thanksgiving, when the kids have just returned to school; the week after Thanksgiving until mid-December; and the 6 weeks before and after school spring vacations (which generally occur around Easter).
Its not uncommon for the skies to open up on Orlando, even when the day begins with the sun ablaze. Florida is well known for its afternoon downpours, so dont be too concerned storms dont usually last too long. Most people simply run for temporary cover, and then resume their activities when the rain slows to a drizzle or stops altogether. It is wise, however, to bring along some type of rain gear, as storms can spring up rather quickly. A small fold-up umbrella can protect you until you can get to shelter. If you forget your gear, rain ponchos can be purchased throughout the parks for about $6 for a child-size poncho, or $8 for an adult size. The child-size poncho also happens to cover the average stroller quite well, protecting camera equipment and souvenirs not to mention the child sitting inside it.
Banks, government offices, post offices, and many stores, restaurants, and museums are closed on the following legal national holidays: January 1 (New Years Day), the third Monday in January (Martin Luther King, Jr., Day), the third Monday in February (Presidents Day), the last Monday in May (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day), the first Monday in September (Labor Day), the second Monday in October (Columbus Day), November 11 (Veterans Day/Armistice Day), the fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving Day), and December 25 (Christmas). The Tuesday after the first Monday in November is Election Day, a federal government holiday in presidential-election years (held every 4 years, and next in 2016)
Best Time to Visit
As at Disney World, theres really no off season for Universal, but the week after Labor Day until mid-December (excluding Thanksgiving week) and January to mid-May (excluding spring break) are known for smaller crowds, cooler weather, and less humid air. And you wont have to worry about the daily thunderstorms that often plague Orlando during the warmer months. The summer months, when the masses throng to the parks, are the worst time for crowds and feature hot, sticky, humid days.
Best Days to Visit
Go near the end of the week, on a Thursday or Friday. The pace is somewhat fast Monday through Wednesday, with the heaviest crowds on weekends and during summers and holidays. If you do end up visiting during peak seasons or on holidays (when the parks are open late), consider waiting until late afternoon and staying until closing time after the dinner hour the parks are generally much less crowded.
Note: Universal Studios Florida is probably the best of all the major theme parks to visit when the weather is bleak simply because the majority of its rides and attractions are indoors (theres still a ton of walking outdoors, but at least you dont have to worry about many of the attractions closing because of lightning or heavy rain). A shower or two is almost inevitable in Central Florida on a summer afternoon, but if the forecast for the day calls for a sustained downpour, then USF is a great bet.
The park is open 365 days a year, usually at least from 9am to 6pm, though its open as late as 8 or 9pm, sometimes later, in summer and around holidays. The best bet is to call before you go so that youre not caught by surprise.
Like Disney, Universal juggles park hours to adjust for varying attendance due to seasonal shifts and holidays. The hours listed in this guide are generally accurate, but sometimes the parks close earlier, or some rides or shows open later. Park Guest Tickets Powered by All Guest Services is responsible for the incorrect as this information is subject to change without notice