Universal Orlando in February

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
••• Universal Orlando Mardi Gras. © Universal Orlando

If you're planning to visit Universal Orlando in February, you can expect a variety of fun events, great weather, and lower crowd levels at this exciting adventure park. With special holidays like Valentine's Day and the added bonus of kids being in school for most of the season, February is ideal for visiting   Universal Orlando Resort.

Although the lower crowd levels of the winter months of January, February, and March may seem like the biggest draw, the annual Mardi Gras celebrations on select evenings in February, March, and April are definitely worth the visit.

Still, you'll want to be sure to pack for the "winter" weather in Florida—it sometimes gets cold in the evenings, at night, and in the early morning so bring a light jacket just in case you want to do some late-night or early-morning exploring.

Mardi Gras and Other Events

The biggest event of the spring season kicks off at Universal Studios in February—Mardi Gras. Celebrate with extravagant parades, live concerts and music, high energy street performers, authentic Cajun cuisine and beads for everyone at this over-the-top street party, held on select evenings in February, March, and April at Universal Studios.

The 2018 Mardi Gras celebration kicks off February 3 and includes concert performances by a diverse group of musicians, depending on when you visit the park. Be sure to check out the official Mardi Gras website for up-to-date concert listings and show times.

You can also check out the monthly cocktail party and live concert held at Hard Rock Hotel's Velvet Sessions on the last Thursday of the month—Velvet Sessions parties cost an additional fee, and you must be 21 to attend, but be sure to visit the Hard Rock website for tickets to and information on concerts coming February 2018.

Weather, Crowd Levels, Tips, and Warnings

There's a reason vacationers travel to Florida in the winter — the weather. Expect to enjoy comfortable temperatures during the day and evening, and pack a light jacket, just in case. Even though the weather is ideal in February, expect lower than normal crowd levels when you visit Universal Studios this month—use the front of the line pass option if you need to, but plan on enjoying most of your favorites without a huge wait.

For an extra-special time, book a romantic meal at Mythos and celebrate Valentine's Day with an unforgettable meal in an unforgettable location or take advantage of the lower crowd levels and explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at your leisure. This is one of the best times of year for thrill-seekers to visit Universal Studios—you'll be able to pack in plenty of rides each day.

While the parks won't be busy, special events like Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras will draw extra crowds, so be prepared for more of a wait on Mardi Gras party nights. Additionally, some areas may be closed for refurbishment or updating during your off-season visit, so plan accordingly.