Visiting Universal Orlando in November

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Because November is one of the least crowded times of the year (except around Thanksgiving) in Central Florida’s theme park capital, it can be an ideal time to visit Universal Orlando. You'll likely find nearly perfect weather, low-season prices, plenty of deals, and relatively short lines at the rides. And later in the month, you could be among the first to enjoy the resort’s holiday events.

Weather at Universal Orlando in November

It should be warm and sunny during the day, but temperatures generally drop in the evenings, so you would want to wear a sweater or light jacket if you head out at night. However, it is unlikely you would need an umbrella.

  • Average High Temperature: 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius)
  • Average Low Temperature: 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius)
  • At 2.17 inches, November is the month with the lowest average precipitation in Orlando.

November is the end of hurricane season in Florida. While a storm seldom threatens during this month, it is advisable to keep an eye on the tropics and the weather forecast in the days leading up to your trip. If you are traveling during hurricane season, it might also be advisable to inquire about hurricane guarantees before you book your accommodations.

What to Pack

You may want to pack long sleeve shirts and pants, but if you tolerate slightly cooler temperatures well, shorts are also appropriate. Comfortable shoes are a must for those hours you'll be spending at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. You will need to pack a hoodie or other light outerwear for cooler evenings at Universal Orlando during November.

You don't necessarily need dressy clothes—if you want to go to Universal Orlando’s more upscale restaurants, consider bringing resort casual attire. And if you want to explore the nightclubs at CityWalk, you might want to pack clothes for the occasion.

Even though it's November, don't forget to pack your bathing suit, particularly if you are staying at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel. Pools are heated and there is enough sunshine this month to work on that tan. Heed your inner Mom, and remember to pack (and use!) your sunscreen. Just because it's late fall, Florida’s rays can still wreak havoc.

November Events in Universal Orlando

  • Holidays at Universal Orlando The resort transforms around the middle of November and gets decked out in its holiday finest. Special events include Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, a balloon- and float-filled dazzling procession at Universal Studios Florida. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is the star of the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular at Islands of Adventure, which features a live show based on the classic tale. Both of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands are decorated for the holidays, and Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure presents a special holiday projection show on Hogwarts Castle in the evening.
  • Halloween Horror Nights, perhaps the nation’s premier Halloween event, typically ends in late October, but sometimes extends into the first few days of November. If you could time your visit to coincide with the event, you could check out the incredible haunted houses, scare zones, and shows.

November Travel Tips

  • Save water rides like the Jurassic Park River Adventure for the warmest part of the day to avoid getting a chill when you visit Universal Orlando in November.
  • The rates are generally among the lowest of the year in early November; that‘s all the more reason to think about staying at one of Universal’s on-property hotels, such as Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, and Royal Pacific. Another reason: All of Universal’s resorts allow guests to get into the Harry Potter lands before the parks open to the general public.
  • Be sure to check Universal Orlando’s deals and specials, including package deals that combine hotel accommodations and park tickets. You might find some especially good deals for early November.
  • Since it's still plenty warm during the day in November, you should consider checking out the resort’s wonderful water park, Universal’s Volcano Bay.
  • If you are visiting the week of Thanksgiving, the crowds will be huge, and the lines will be long for the rides, shows, and attractions. Learn how to skip the lines at Universal’s parks by using the resort’s Express Pass program as well as how to navigate its Virtual Line system. If you have the resources, you could consider reserving a a VIP Experience, which would give you front-of the-line access to all rides and shows as well as a guide to escort you around the parks.
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