How Many Days Do You Need for Universal Orlando

Planning a trip to Universal Orlando and wondering how many days you’ll need to spend there?

I’ve been to Universal Orlando several times over the past decade. I’ve been solo, as a couple, with elderly parents and even with a baby. As such, I know exactly how long you will need at the resort.

If you want to visit both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, I recommend at least 2 days. If you are visiting with young children or the elderly who may need more breaks, increasing this to 3 days is advisable.

If you also want to visit the water park Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando, then I recommend 3 days. But again, if you’re visiting with young children or the elderly, I’d suggest increasing this to 4.

Of course, you can spend less than 2 days at Universal Orlando. I’ve done an entire guide on maximising a one-day trip to both Universal theme parks. However, without a Universal Express pass, you may have to miss some rides and experiences.

Two Days at Universal Orlando

If you only have two days at Universal Orlando, I recommend sticking to the two main theme parks:

  1. Universal Studios Florida
  2. Islands of Adventure

With two days at Universal Orlando, you can dedicate one day to each park or invest in a park-to-park ticket for flexibility.

I’d also suggest staying onsite in one of the hotels at the Universal Orlando Resort. Staying onsite comes with several benefits to help you maximise your time inside the theme parks:

  • Quicker and easier to get to theme parks
  • Early entry into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Premier onsite hotels at Universal Orlando come with free Universal Express passes. This is an excellent deal since Universal Express passes typically cost around $200 pppd. You can use Universal Express passes on all rides at both theme parks except:

  • Fievel’s Playland
  • Pteranodon Flyers
  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • Jurassic World VelociCoaster

Three Days at Universal Studios

Generally, three days is the perfect amount of time to spend at Universal Orlando. If you’re travelling solo as an adult or couple or with teens, this should be enough time to visit all three parks:

  1. Universal Studios Florida
  2. Islands of Adventure
  3. Volcano Bay

However, if you’re visiting Universal Orlando with young children or older adults, I’d suggest sticking to the two main theme parks. This way, you can do half days or take longer breaks.

If you plan to visit all three parks at the Universal Orlando Resort in three days, consider staying onsite or buying a Universal Express pass. One or both of these things will help you to maximise your days. Which in turn allows you to experience everything each park has to offer.

Four Days at Universal Studios

Four days at Universal Orlando gives you enough time to visit all three Universal parks:

  1. Universal Studios Florida
  2. Islands of Adventure
  3. Volcano Bay

While four days at Universal Orlando will be more expensive than two, there are several ways you can save money if you want to.

With four days at Universal Orlando, you will want to visit Universal Studios on day one. Then, Islands of Adventure on day two. On day three, head to the Volcano Bay water park. Then, on your last day, day four, go back to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure for any rides or attractions you missed.

However, to travel between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, you will need a park-to-park theme park ticket.

Staying onsite at the Universal Orlando Resort makes your time at the theme park easier. However, four nights can be expensive. As such, you may want to stay in one of the hotels within walking distance of Universal instead.

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