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Last updated: December 1, 2023
The attractions at Universal Studios Florida are themed to movies and television shows. Much of the park has been transformed in the last decade to include rides from the Harry Potter, Transformers, and Men in Black films. There’s also a re-creation of Springfield, the cartoon home of The Simpsons. Universal’s parks are very popular for a couple of reasons: You don’t need park reservations to visit parks, and Universal opens new headliner attractions on a regular basis. Universal Studios will feel crowded even during the low season. We can help you see everything with minimal waits in line.
Universal Studios Florida is one of the most-visited theme parks in America. With new rides, no park reservation requirements, and special events like Halloween Horror Nights, it can be tough to figure out the best time to go. Luckily, that’s what Touring Plans does well.
We track wait times at Universal Studios Florida all-day, every day of the year. Check the Crowd Calendar to see what wait times will be like on the day of your visit. Crowd Levels vary a lot depending on when you choose to go. Levels can change often, too, so make sure to check back often.See the full Crowd Calendar
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Universal Studios Florida hosts popular events throughout the year. Mardi Gras brings colorful parade floats, special concerts, and holiday food to the park in February, March, and April.
USF’s headliner event every year is Halloween Horror Nights. Running most nights from September through October, this after-hours party features almost a dozen full-sized, walk-through haunted houses themed to different movie, TV, and pop culture franchises, plus free-roaming characters. It’s popular enough that it’s a key part of Universal Orlando’s overall attendance numbers. Don’t miss it.
Popular attractions are placed in the four opposite corners of Universal Studios Florida. That means Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is across the park from Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, and Revenge of the Mummy is far away from The Simpsons Ride. With everything spread out, it’s hard for first-timers to see where crowds are forming. With the right planning and the right tools, you can save a lot of time standing in line.
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The Wizarding Word of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is the centerpiece of Universal Studios Florida’s themed lands. Diagon Alley has enough to see and do to fill most of a day by itself.
Lines are inevitable, but we can recommend the best times to visit each attraction in Universal Studios Florida. See sample wait times below.
The best options for dining at Universal Studios Florida are probably its quick service locations and food stands. One of the highest-rated places in the park is Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley, with some very unusual flavors. If you’re looking for more substantial food, you won’t have to go far. The Leaky Cauldron, also in Diagon Alley, is the park’s top-rated restaurant.
For a more relaxed sit-down meal, Universal Studios has two choices. And both of them are above average in quality. Finnegan’s Bar and Grill is the highest-rated, and serves fish 'n chips, sandwiches, Guinness beef stew, and more. And Lombard’s Seafood Grille serves fresh seafood, pastas, and salads.
With over 10,000 restaurant surveys from Universal Studios Florida, we’ll show you where to find the best food and best values for your family’s meals.Universal Studios FL Dining In Detail
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