What to Expect at Universal Orlando in August

Mythos restaurant at Universal Studios Orlando.
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August is a busy time in Universal Orlando, but there are not many scheduled events. Most crowds flock to Universal Orlando to ride the rides and enjoy the attractions at this time of year as they get in their last chance at a vacation before school starts.

Some music programs like Velvet Sessions at the Hard Rock are ongoing, and you can catch the nightly fireworks show, "Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular," at Universal Studios each evening in August.

Weather

Expect to experience some of the hottest temperatures of the year when you visit Universal Orlando this month. Pack plenty of sunblock and stay cool by hitting the park early in the morning. Save watery rides like the Jurassic Park River Adventure for the hottest part of the day to stay cool.

No jackets are necessary but do pack an extra swimsuit. You may find yourself visiting the pool more than once during the day this month to cool off.

Crowds

Even though August is one of the hottest times of the year to visit Florida, it won't deter the crowds, especially during the first half of the month. Expect to wait in line for popular attractions at Universal Orlando. If you are interested in seeing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, make that your first stop when you arrive at Universal in the morning.

Most of Florida's school children head back to class by the middle of this month, so putting off your visit until the last half of the month can reward you with less crowded conditions in the theme parks.

Tips

  • Consider staying in an on-site resort like the Hard Rock Hotel or the Cabana Bay Beach Resort to cut your travel time to Universal Orlando's theme parks.
  • Arrive early (very early) or stay late each night to take advantage of the thinner crowds and cooler temperatures.
  • Use Universal's "Express Pass" to reduce the time you spend waiting in line for your favorite rides. This is complimentary for guests of Universal's on-site hotels, but it's a significant expense otherwise.
  • Does your August trip include some time in Disney World? Check out our guide to Disney World in August before you leave home.

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    Edited by Dawn Henthorn