Universal Studios Orlando is a place both me and Cora have loved going on more than one occasion.
We have spent as little as two days there and as much as 5 days there. There are a lot of factors in deciding how many days you should spend at Universal Studios Orlando so I came up with this post to break down the days and factors to help you decide.
How Many Days Should You Spend At Universal Studios Orlando?
There are a number of factors you want to look into before making the decision because for many this is a once in a lifetime trip. You definitely don’t want to miss anything out because you didn’t do your research.
All these small changes can be the difference between you leisurely having time to do everything you want or running around like a mad person trying to see and do everything.
Ticket prices can be the most confusing because there are deals around and what happens if you want to hop from park to park.
When looking to buy tickets on Universal Studios Orlando website you can put in how many adults and children are going, how many days you are looking to go and it will give you a deal on tickets. Below is my example of a family of 4, two adults and 2 children going to all 3 parks.
This will also determine whether you want to be able to hop from park to park and ride the Hogwarts express between parks. If you are nodding your head saying ‘ yes I must get on the Hogwarts Express’ you will be looking at buying the park hopper on the first image above.
Also if you are looking to make the most of your trip you can look into getting express passes. This will maximise your time in the parks and potentially minimise the number of days you have there. This is helpful if you want to get on all the rides and you are also fitting in a trip to Disney World too.
Staying On Site?
Though I know this may not seem a major factor if you are looking to stay on-site at Universal Studios Orlando you can get into the parks 1 hour before the general public. This can make such a difference if you use it and might mean you don’t need that extra day.
Also if you are staying on site you don’t have to worry about parking charges daily. Parking costs $25 per car for the day before 6 pm, after 6 pm it goes down to $10.
Volcano Bay Or Not?
We visited Volcano Bay not long after it opened and we really enjoyed it. We had gone purposefully to Universal Studios Volcano Bay over going to one of the Disney water parks as it was new. At the time we weren’t staying on site at either Walt Disney World or Universal Studios so it made no difference to us.
If you are staying on site at Universal Studios it is well worth looking into going to Volcano Bay. I would allow 1 full day to spend there along with 1 full day for each park. If you are staying on site at Walt Disney World I would use one of their water parks instead and just get a 2 day 2 park ticket.
How Much Time Should We Spend In One Universal Studios Park?
Honestly, I would say take 1 day for each park. This gives you plenty of time to get on rides, eat lunch and snacks and see everything. I generally spend the majority of my time in and around the Wizarding World of Harry Potter because that is my main reason for going to Universal Studios.
The best way to maximise your time is to make sure you have your ticket already purchased before the gates open. If you are looking at buying your tickets when you get there, arrive earlier to allow time for queues.
Tip: Universal Studios Orlando publish their opening/closing times for the parks 6 months in advance. The parks can stay open as late as 10 pm at peak season and close as early as 5/6 pm in the off season. Depending on when you are going in the year check the average closing time, this can make a big difference to how much you get can done in one day.
That is everything on how many days should you spend at Universal Studios Orlando. If you have any tips for visiting the parks or if you have spent more than a day to each park we would love to know what you did and what you loved about the parks.