Visiting Universal Orlando in January

Low Crowd Levels, Great Weather, and Seasonal Events

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••• You'll have time to ride the Hogwarts Express when you visit Universal Orlando in January. © Universal Orlando

If you want to enjoy Universal Orlando when its less crowded and Florida's temperatures are cooler, then head to its theme parks and resorts in January—if you can get away from your work or home, it is the ideal time of the year to visit.

Although there are plenty of Christmas events in  December and Valentine's events in February, Universal Orlando also offers visitors plenty of exciting attractions and special occasions in January including the New Year's Eve into Day party (must be 21 and over).

Read through the rest of our guide and plan your trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida today so you can experience the season's fewer crowds, less waiting in lines, and beautiful coastal "winter" weather.

Special Events and Attractions in January

Ring in the New Year with a rockin' party at Universal CityWalk. This event features live music, great food, and special parties at all the clubs of CityWalk. Note that the New Year's Eve party is for guests 21 and over, and a separate ticket from your admission to Universal Studios is required.

Sandwiched between the frenzied activity of the Christmas holiday season and the fun festivities of Mardi Gras, January does not have a lot of scheduled events after the new year begins, so head to Universal Orlando in January if you want to relax and enjoy the parks in comfort without the crowds.

There's also some great discount packages available this time of year to make up for the tourist season lull, so be sure to check the official website to plan your vacation around special offers during the month of January.

Weather and Crowds in Orlando

January is one of the coolest times of the year to visit Universal Orlando, so you'll need to pack a jacket or sweater and avoid water rides in the morning and evening, when it may be too cool to enjoy them. Expect warm days and cool nights in January; while it doesn't happen often, Orlando can see some frost this time of year, so pack accordingly.

January is also one of the least busy times of the year to visit Orlando, Florida, so you should take advantage of the low crowd levels this month and enjoy attractions like the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man with minimal waiting in line. 

You don't need to splurge on a front of the line pass this month as lines will be reasonable at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Orlando, but you will want to purchase the multi-park ticket so that you can ride the popular Hogwarts' Express between the two theme parks. The railway attraction that links Hogsmeade Station in Islands of Adventure to King's Cross station in the London area of Universal Studios should be less crowded this time of year as well.

Additionally, although the restaurants and bars along Universal CityWalk might be less crowded in January, you'll still want to book reservations ahead of time to ensure you've got a seat for dinner—despite low tourist numbers this time of year, many restaurants do fill up quickly at dinnertime.

Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert