It should come as no surprise that August is among the hottest times of the year to visit Universal Orlando. It is also one of the rainiest months. But the summer crowds start thinning at the resort in August, especially during the latter part of the month as school resumes in many places. Let’s explore things to consider as you plan your theme park vacation.
Every park is open open all day, every day, into the evening. But as the month progresses, the parks generally scale back their operating hours and close an hour earlier than during the busiest times of the year. Then again, the resort charges “value pricing,” its lowest tier, for one-day passes later in August.
Universal Orlando Weather in August
It’s the dog days of summer. And it’s Florida. You’re going to be hot during your Universal visit.
- Average High Temperature: 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius)
- Average Low Temperature: 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius)
In addition to the soaring mercury, be prepared for excessive humidity. Central Florida in August will be muggy and sticky, yielding an even higher heat index. As for precipitation, Florida’s rainy season extends throughout the month with average rainfall of 7.13 inches. Expect frequent rain during the month—even for days in a row. Instead of steady rain, however, there will often be periodic thunderstorms. The rain generally does not offer relief from the heat or humidity.
What to Pack
If you’ll be visiting Universal Orlando in August, consider packing a portable umbrella along with a rain poncho for every member of your group. You could purchase these items at gift shop (with cool Universal logos imprinted on them), but you’ll pay a premium. Bring the gear from home instead, and save your vacation budget for important things like Wizarding World of Harry Potter wands.
You’ll want to wear T-shirts, shorts, and comfortable shoes. You’re going to be doing lots (and lots!) of walking throughout the parks and the resort, so make sure your footwear is ideal for walking and ideally water resistant. Be sure to bring a bathing suit for the water park. There's no need to pack a jacket or sweatshirt, and you don't need dressy clothes—if you want to go to Universal Orlando’s more upscale restaurants, do bring resort casual attire.
Be sure to pack tons of sunscreen and a hat to shield yourself from Central Florida’s punishing rays. It’s also critical to stay hydrated amid summer’s heat. Consider bringing your own water bottle so you wouldn’t have to constantly purchase beverages. (But you're absolutely going to want to try at least one butter beer, the parks’ addictive drink.)
August Events in Universal Orlando
No special events or celebrations are usually offered during the month. (If you want to see Universal’s world-class spookfest, Halloween Horror Nights, you'd want to plan your trip from early September through late October.)
- Universal's Cinematic Celebration, the resort’s nighttime spectacular with projection and pyrotechnics show, is typically scheduled every evening during August (as opposed to select nights at other times of the year).
August Travel Tips
- The beginning of August is one of the busiest times of the year in Central Florida, so whether you’ll be staying on property at a Universal Orlando resort or elsewhere, you’ll want to book your accommodations well in advance.
- The crowds will be huge, and the lines will be long for the rides, shows, and attractions, at least for the first couple of weeks of the month. Learn how to skip the lines at Universal’s parks by using the resort’s Express Pass program as well as how to navigate its Virtual Line system. If you have the resources, you could consider reserving a a VIP Experience, which would give you front-of the-line access to all rides and shows as well as a guide to escort you around the parks.
- The rates might be among the highest of the year in early August; nonetheless, there are great reasons to think about staying at one of Universal’s on-property hotels. The three premier-level properties, for example (Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, and Royal Pacific), include the Express Pass program in their room rates. (Visitors staying at other hotels, both on- and off-property, have to pay for Express Pass.) And all of Universal’s resorts allow guests to get into the Harry Potter lands before the parks open to the general public.
- Think about planning a mid-day break at your resort to cool off in the pool and/or your air-conditioned room and get away from the hottest and most crowded time of the day at the parks.
- Be sure to check Universal Orlando’s deals and specials, including package deals that combine hotel accommodations and park tickets. You might find some especially good deals for the latter part of August.
- Beat the heat and humidity by checking out the resort’s wonderful water park, Universal’s Volcano Bay.
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