Each season of the year offers unique and fun happenings at Universal Orlando Resort. In this week’s poll, let’s find out which one is your favorite!
Spring at Universal means it’s time to kick back with a drink, enjoy the tastes of New Orleans and dance the night away at Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration. The event’s biggest highlight: the boisterous parade featuring beautiful, handcrafted floats, party music, and best of all, so many beads! After the parade, some of the best known bands in the country take to the Universal Music Plaza stage — and the Mardi Gras concerts are included with admission. Spring also means that families are celebrating Spring Break, which can be very busy but also very exciting.
Beginning in June, Universal kicks off summer with their Summer Concert Series, featuring even more of the biggest names in music. The summer season is also when new attractions usually debut. In 2012 Universal introduced us to The Superstar Parade, Cinematic Spectacular, and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Then in 2013, we were asked to “prepare for the greatest battle you’ll ever ride” when Transformers: The Ride 3D officially opened on June 20. Next year, rumors point to June again for Diagon Alley’s grand opening.
The fall season at Universal Orlando is best known for the award-winning, absolutely terrifying Halloween Horror Nights. From the gory details of the haunted houses, to the elaborate outdoor scare zones and all-around immersive atmosphere, this event does not disappoint. Fall also brings with it lighter crowds and lower temperatures, providing some of the most beautiful weather for touring Universal’s theme parks.
During the holiday season, guests are dazzled by the Macy’s Holiday Parade and filled with cheer by Mannheim Steamroller live in concert at Universal Studios Florida. Over at Islands of Adventure, Seuss Landing becomes Whoville as the park celebrates Grinchmas, complete with a charming stage production of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. And don’t forget to come back on New Year’s Eve, when Universal CityWalk throws one of Orlando’s biggest end-of-the-year parties!
There is one more theme park “season” we need to mention: the time in between major events and holidays, when kids are in school and the crowd levels at the parks are very low. We’ll call this the slow season, and it happens several times each year: parts of January and February, the lull between Spring Break and summer, most of September and November — like we said, basically whenever kids are in school. Low crowd levels may mean shorter park hours, but when you only have to wait 20 minutes instead of two hours for Despicable Me, the shorter park hours don’t seem so bad.
And now the moment of truth…
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HHN?! Fall will always be the best time to visit.
ps i voted fall as i love hhn just a pity im in the uk and im missing what looks like an amazing yr
Have been at Fall time but after this years visit prefer Summer 😉
I remember 2 years ago I came down during Christmas. We had no clue what was going on but the parks were horrible. Here they had 2 large football events going on at the same time. Now we know to check before we come down. Lines at Disney were +3 hours long.
Easter – the weather is perfect 🙂
I like to go when it’s slow, and when the Florida weather is a bit cooler. Sometimes it’s unpredictable, though, and my favorite Islands of Adventure experience so far has been on my birthday in June when it was SURPRISINGLY slow and the weather was actually quite nice for the summer! The humidity was low and the breeze was cool that day.
Halloween by far
I’ve been in May both times and it was nice and quiet. Next time will be in September for HHN and hoping it will still be a quiet time to visit
Summer and Christmas
Christmas we go every year dec17-26!!!!
Melissa, how do you deal with the crowds? Do you stay onsite? We love this time of year too but we used to pull kids out of school and go in early December to see decorations but avoid crowds. Our oldest son began at University this year so taking our kids outside of official days off is out. Thanks for any thoughts or tips.
I like any time with low crowds… I hate waiting in lines, and only go during slow times!
First week in February – have to pull the kids out of school, but so worth it, no lines.
We went in first week December before. Love it as its Xmas season!:)
Christmas was great. Our family was young and loving the grinch! It’s the only time we’ve been during holiday.
I find the best time to visit is in May, but will be visiting in January as I’m running the Walt Disney World Marathon
We like to visit in march, we are planning to go in 2014 since the last time we went to universal was 2011. Looking forward to the new attractions and expanded ones like Harry potters world
We like to stay at Universal when the weather is cool. Since it is warm so often in Orlando, arriving during cooler weather makes everything feel even more unique to our family. We love December when the Christmas festivities are in full gear, We also love January and February since the crowds are low. We did hit one year during either Presidents Day or MLK Day and the parks were packed so we try to avoid those holidays now.
I love going when its slow!!! Slow seasons are the best, but hours/attractions are limited because this is when they do construction, updates and refurbs. But I hate crowds so its the best!!!
Otherwise I’ll spend the extra to stay onsite because there’s no way I’m waiting more than 30 minutes for anything lol. Express passes are essential during non-slow times of the year!!!!
Hhn and grinchmas are my favorite