April at Universal Orlando: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Simpson's Ride at Universal Orlando
During busy times use Universal's Express Access Pass on rides like The Simpson's to eliminate spending time in line.

Universal Orlando

Orlando's abundant sunshine and warm weather make Universal Studios a must-visit location almost anytime during the year. But in April–with its mild temperatures and perfect spring break timing—this theme park is teeming with action. Summertime crowds have yet to descend on the park and fun April events make it worth planning a vacation there. While you may run into a few people around Easter, the CityWalk dining, shopping, and entertainment complex experience average crowd levels during the rest of the month. Still, be prepared to wait in line for popular attractions like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and make sure you check the park's schedule, as it may close early for private events like Grad Bash.

Universal Orlando Weather in April

Spring comes early at Universal Orlando in April. Expect sunny days and comfortable nights, and enjoy the park's flowers in full bloom. April is a great time to stand in line for outdoor rides or wander through the park enjoying the atmosphere before the heat becomes oppressive.

  • Average high: 83 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius)
  • Average low: 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius)

Orlando experiences low humidity during April, making the sunny days mild and dry. Expect around 10 hours of sunshine each day, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy daylight hours in the park. During this dry month, the city receives an average of 2.4 inches of rain spread throughout the month.

What to Pack

Because the Florida sun can be incredibly harsh, the first item on your packing list should be sunscreen. A bad sunburn can completely derail your Universal Orlando vacation. You'll also want to pack lightweight, easily-layered clothing items, like shorts, t-shirts, and a long-sleeved shirt for when the sun sets. Comfortable walking shoes are a must for theme-park goers. Closed-toed sandals or supportive sneakers make great options. Pack a nice sundress or romper for dinners out at resort restaurants. And, don’t forget to pack a bathing suit for the pool at your hotel or Universal's expansive water park, Volcano Bay.

Universal Orlando visitors should also include:

  • A foldable, lightweight backpack for carrying your items throughout the park.
  • A packable rain jacket, in case of a surprise afternoon shower.
  • A light sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt for the occasional chilly evening.

April Events at Universal Orlando

On top of Universal Studio's year-round offerings, the park also has some unique April experiences worth planning your vacation around. Graduating seniors will have a blast during their special week, and Easter brunches make for a quality morning outing with family.

  • Mardi Gras: One of the biggest Universal Studios parties of the year starts in March and continues into April. The festivities include an extravagant parade, street parties, live music, an international food festival, and lots of beads. Check Universal Orlando's schedule for concert listings and showtimes.
  • Grad Bash party: Universal Orlando opens both of its theme parks to graduating seniors as part of their annual graduation celebration. Grad Bash features age-appropriate fun, special ride access, live music, and dance parties. Grad Bash is open exclusively to high school seniors and chaperones.
  • Easter at Universal Orlando: Many resort hotels offer a brunch or buffet on Easter Sunday, each with its own special twist. Make reservations ahead of time to assure a table, and, who knows, you may even see the Easter Bunny hopping around.

Some events have been canceled for 2021. Please check updated park schedules for more information.

April Travel Tips

  • The theme parks at Universal Orlando close early some evenings during Grad Bash. If you aren't a graduating senior from a participating school, you'll need to find something else to do on those nights.
  • Take advantage of Universal's "front-of-the-line pass" during Easter and spring break to eliminate your time spent waiting in line for the resort’s top attractions.
  • Consider staying at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel for quicker access to the theme parks, especially during peak spring break periods. On-site hotels offer VIP park access, including complimentary line-skipping "express passes," early entry, and more.
  • Enjoy water-soaked fun in the middle of a hot day with rides like Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges. Some park-goers may be hesitant to get doused in the spring, so you might be able to speed through the lines.
  • If you are not attending the Mardi Gras party, avoid the food area and parade route, as they will be very crowded.
  • For the best experience, grab a park map as soon as you enter the park. Or download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App.