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Universal Studios Orlando Opening Hours

Universal Studios Orlando theme park hours are from 9 am to 6 pm/10 pm, depending on the day and season. 

Both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure are accessible every day of the year. 

Universal Studios Florida’s opening hours are from 9 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 8 pm on weekends.

Islands of Adventure’s opening hours begin from 9 am to 8 pm, but they may sometimes extend until 10 pm.

Volcano Bay at Universal usually opens at 9 am and closes at 7 pm on weekdays and 8 pm on weekends.

The opening hours at the Universal Water Park vary, depending on the time of year.

At the peak of the summer season, Volcano Bay will often open at 9 am and shut at 9 pm. You should get the Universal Express ticket for a hassle-free experience.

Conversely, winter’s shorter, colder days typically see hours of 10 am to 5 pm.

The water park remains open almost every day of the year but can sometimes close if the temperature drops too low, particularly on frigid days.

Once you have finished your day at the theme parks, you can head to Universal CityWalk to relax and indulge in delicious cuisine, refreshing beverages, and live entertainment.

Every day of the year, from 11 am to 2 am, Universal CityWalk is open for business.

Universal CityWalk offers a vibrant nightlife with clubs and restaurants hosting live music and DJs well past midnight.

The opening times and Universal Studios Orlando closing hours for all attractions are as follows.

Attraction/Theme ParkOpening TimeClosing Time
Universal Studios Florida9 am8 pm
Islands of Adventure9 am8 pm
Volcano Bay9 am8 pm
CityWalk11 am2 am

Note: Orlando Universal opening hours change depending on the peak season and crowds.

On specific nights during the Halloween season, Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror Nights hours are typically from 6.30 pm until 1 am.

Universal Studios Orlando Thanksgiving hours sometimes change, so it’s best to check their official website for the most recent information.

Best Time to Visit Universal Studios Orlando

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The off-season is the best time of year to go to Universal Studios Orlando because there are fewer tourists and great weather. 

This often occurs on the weekdays of non-summer months, from September to early November and January to February.

However, if you want to see the park during peak season, the best times to visit are on weekdays or in the first few weeks of December, when there are fewer people.

The best time of day to go to Universal Studios Orlando is early in the morning, especially the first few hours after the opening hour, as there are fewer crowds in the park. 

In the table below, we have curated the best time to go to Universal Studios Orlando in 2023.

WinterSpringSummerFall
January 18 – February 15March 1 – 10The second half of AugustMost days in September (minus the days around Labor Day)
Weekdays in December (minus the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Eve)April 17 – 30Most weekdays of October (minus the days around Columbus Day)
Weekdays in the first half of MayWeekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)

How Long Does it Take?

If this is your first visit, we advise allocating at least one full day to each Universal Orlando theme park. 

With a park-to-park pass, three days is the optimum time to tour Universal Studios Orlando because you can thoroughly explore each park and return to your favorite attractions.

Get your Universal park-to-park tickets and the number of days based on your preferences.

Although it is possible to do a highlights tour of both parks in one exhausting day, you would miss many lovely little things.

So getting the 2-day dated tickets for Universal Studios Orlando is essential.

You can also buy the Universal Orlando 1 Park per day tickets to get to all three parks for a whole day each.

Note: Arrive at the park about 30 to 45 minutes before the official opening hour with your entrance fee already paid.

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