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FREE Universal Orlando 12-month crowd calendar with park hours & special events

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Welcome to our new 12-month Universal Orlando Resort crowd calendar, part of the world’s leading independent resource for Universal vacation planning. Our crowd calendar is just one page in our next-generation encyclopedia of obsessively-updated Universal Orlando vacation-planning info.

Review the calendar legend below to get started. Then scroll down to find the month you are interested in.

By the way, if you like this page, you will definitely want to check out our Universal Snapshot page, which includes an overview of everything that is happening right now at the resort.

NEW: we’ve completely redesigned our calendar to include weather from up to 15 sources, increased accuracy, expected wait times for each date, dynamic content, and more! Learn more here.

You can keep reading our legend for more advice or skip directly to: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

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PLEASE READ THIS – changes in park hours and other data

Universal does not provide notifications when it changes park hours after they are initially published, which can happen once, twice, or several times each month.

While we work diligently to provide you with the most accurate information possible, the policies and procedures of other businesses may change at any time without notice. Therefore, we’re unable to make any warranties regarding the accuracy or completeness of the projections and posted information below.

Our very earnest recommendation is that, regardless of what our calendar or Universal’s website shows, please contact Guest Services directly a day or two before you travel to confirm park hours for your visit: 407-224-4233, or toll-free at 1-877-801-9720.

You can view projected wait times, weather, and more

Click on any date to view detailed information about that day, including useful links, the weather forecast, which park Early Park Admission is located at, and our projected maximum wait times.

If Universal has not published park operating hours for a particular month, we provide last year’s hours and put an asterisk (*) next to them.

12-month crowd calendar legend

Very Busy

Theme parks are at their busiest. Expect huge crowds, very long lines for the popular attractions with wait times over 120 minutes, and extended park operating hours. Express Passes are highly recommended and may possibly sell out. Typically, during very busy days, USF and IOA are open until 10:00 pm or later. In addition, the parks may open to the general public at 8:00 am, an hour earlier than usual. (Need a touring plan?)

Busy

Theme parks are busy. Expect large crowds and long lines for the popular attractions with wait times between 60 to 90 minutes (lines will be noticeably shorter in the morning and evening). Express Passes are recommended but not necessary with good planning. Typically, during busy days, USF and IOA are open until 9:00 pm. (Need a touring plan?)

Moderate

Theme parks are moderately busy. Expect ample crowds and long lines for the popular attractions with wait times between 30 and 60 minutes (lines will be much shorter in the morning and evening). Keep in mind that Universal usually performs its routine ride maintenance during moderate and slow periods, meaning that one or two major attractions could be closed – this page lists all ride closures currently scheduled. Express Passes are only recommended for those guests who don’t want to deal with any lines, or who are trying to visit both parks in one day. Typically, during moderate days, USF and IOA are open until 8:00 pm. (Need a touring plan?)

Slow

Theme parks are slow. Expect few crowds and minimal lines with wait times for popular attractions 30 minutes or less. Keep in mind that Universal usually performs its routine ride maintenance during moderate and slow periods, meaning that one or two major attractions could be closed – this page lists all ride closures currently scheduled. Express Passes are not recommended. Typically, during slow days, USF and IOA are open until 7:00pm.

USF 9 am – 7 pm

Scheduled operating hours for Universal Studios Florida (USF). Please be aware that theme park operating hours may change at any time without notice. If no park hours are listed for a particular date, then Universal has yet to make them available to the public.

IOA 9 am – 7 pm

Scheduled operating hours for Islands of Adventure (IOA). Please be aware that theme park operating hours may change at any time without notice. If no park hours are listed for a particular date, then Universal has yet to make them available to the public.

HHN 6:30 pm – 12:30 am

Special events, which may require a separate ticket. In this example, Halloween Horror Nights is scheduled from 6:30 pm to 12:00 am.

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Click on any date to learn more. | Park hours with an asterisk (*) indicate last year’s hours.

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