When Is the Best Time to Go to Universal Studios?
The best time to go to Universal Studios Orlando is September after Labor Day through the middle of October. This is based on a variety of factors, including ticket pricing, crowds, events, and weather.
The first factor is ticket pricing, which we based on a one-day, one-park ticket with no discounts or add-ons. You will find some of the cheapest ticket pricing of the year between September and October. There are many weekdays where you can purchase park tickets at Universal’s lowest ticket tier, which is $109 for 2022 during this period of time.
Prices increase slightly on the weekends and rise closer to Halloween.
Ticket pricing and crowd levels are often linked together: you can expect fewer crowds when ticket pricing is low. Universal and Disney intentionally set their prices in this way (referred to as “surge pricing”) to encourage guests to visit during slower times. Lower ticket pricing usually indicates the least crowded days to visit Universal.
Crowds are typically lower after Labor Day through mid-October because most children have returned to school by the end of Labor Day weekend. Families are less likely to take their children out of school for vacation right after the summer break, making it a great time to visit Universal and other Orlando theme parks.
You can expect a slight increase in crowds on the weekends due to visits from locals and annual passholders, but you won’t generally notice it compared to other busy times of the year, such as during the summer or spring break.
One of the primary reasons September and October are the best times to go to Universal is to experience Halloween Horror Nights, by far Universal’s most popular event of the year.
This ticketed event is held on select nights throughout September and October from around 6 pm to 1 or 2 am. Halloween Horror Nights are usually held on the weekends through most of September, and then two or three weekday events are added toward the end of September and throughout October.
Visiting on a weekday event night between mid-September and mid-October will give you the best opportunity to enjoy Halloween Horror Nights while avoiding the large crowds that descend around Halloween.
The weather in Central Florida is another excellent reason to visit Universal between mid-September and mid-October. Florida usually transitions from a tropical, wet-season pattern with daily afternoon thunderstorms to a dry, low-humidity pattern with very few rainy days during this time. When visiting in October, expect days with highs in the low and mid-80s with low humidity and comfortable, breezy nights. These are the perfect temperatures for a night out at HHN.