July is among the hottest times of the year to visit Universal Orlando as well as one of the rainiest. With school vacations in full swing, it is also one of the most crowded times at the popular theme park resort. With that in mind, there are things you should consider as you plan a July vacation.
The nighttime spectacular, Universal's Cinematic Celebration, Epic Cinema Under the Stars, is generally shown every evening during the month (as opposed to select nights at other times of the year). And you could beat the heat by hopping over to the resort’s wonderful water park, Universal’s Volcano Bay.
Universal Orlando Weather in July
It's Florida in July. Of course it’s going to be hot.
- Average High Temperature: 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius)
- Average Low Temperature: 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius)
Central Florida can also get very humid in July, yielding an even higher heat index and hot, sticky conditions. As for precipitation, July is smack in the middle of Florida’s rainy season with average rainfall of 7.27 inches. It rains frequently during the month, often for days in a row. Instead of steady rain, there will often be intermittent thunderstorms. Unfortunately, the rain typically does not bring any relief from the heat or humidity.
What to Pack
If you’ll be visiting Universal Orlando in July, do yourself a favor and pack a portable umbrella as well as a rain poncho for every member of your park posse. You could buy these items at the resort (and get a nifty Universal logo on them), but you’ll pay dearly. Conserve your vacation budget and bring the gear from home instead.
You’ll want to wear shorts, T-shirts, and comfortable shoes. You’re going to be doing a ton of walking throughout the parks and the resort (unlike Disney World, Universal Orlando is fairly compact and quite walkable), so make sure your footwear is built for walking—and with all of the rain, it's a great idea if your shoes are water resistant as well. Be sure to bring a bathing suit for the water park as well as the pool at your resort. There's no need to pack dressy clothes, although if you want to go to Universal Orlando’s finer restaurants, make sure to bring resort casual attire.
Finally, be sure to bring tons of sunscreen and a hat to shield yourself from Florida’s rays. It’s also important stay hydrated amid the summer heat. Consider bringing your own water bottle to save money on purchased beverages. (But you're going to want to splurge on butterbeer.)
July Travel Tips
- July is one of the busiest times of the year in Central Florida, so whether you’ll be staying at a Universal Orlando resort or off property, 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 in the middle of the summer. You’re going to want to learn how to skip the lines at Universal’s parks by using the resort’s Express Pass program as well as how to navigate the Virtual Line system. If you have the resources, you might want to consider booking a a VIP Experience, which would grant you front-of the-line access to all attractions as well as a tour guide to escort you around the parks.
- Although the rates are typically among the highest of the year in July, there are some great reasons to think about staying at one of Universal’s on-property hotels, including the Express Pass program in their room rates. (Visitors staying off property have to pay for Express Pass.) And all of the resorts enable guests to get into the Harry Potter lands before the park opens to the general public.
- Consider taking a mid-day break at your resort to cool off in the pool and/or your air-conditioned room and get away from the most crowded time of the day at the parks.
- Make sure to check Universal Orlando’s deals and specials, including package deals that combine hotel accommodations and park tickets.
- If you're able to consider planning your vacation outside of July, check out the best times of the year to visit Universal Orlando.