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A Month-by-Month Guide to Universal Orlando

Best Times of the Year to Visit Universal Orlando

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Visit busy areas like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter during Universal Orlando's slow season.

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One of the most difficult parts of planning a vacation to the Universal Orlando theme parks is deciding what time of year to visit. Depending on your travel party size and the ages of the individual members, you may need to plan your trip around school, work or sports commitments.

While many families find that the summer is an ideal time to visit Universal Orlando, the parks will be crowded and the Florida heat will be at its year-round high. If your schedule demands it, there are some benefits to visiting during the high season, including extended park hours and extra events.

If your schedule is flexible, consider visiting Universal Orlando during the off season in the fall and winter. As long as you avoid big holiday weeks like Halloween and Christmas, you will be able to experience more of the parks' offerings with minimal waiting times.

Need more help deciding which month is the best for your trip? Click through the individual months listed below for detailed information about crowds, weather, events and more. You'll be able to get a good idea of the right time for your visit by looking at some of the positives — and the negatives — each month brings to Universal Orlando.

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