Why It’s Important to Plan for This BIG Obstacle in Universal Orlando

Florida is no stranger to unpredictable weather and crazy storms.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster

For some, a random rainstorm may not be a bother. Just throw on a poncho, and embrace the storm. That’s definitely a good mentality considering you’re most likely to encounter at least a little rain during your vacation.

That said, if you’ve ever visited Universal Orlando you might recognize the big nuisance that makes this theme park notorious. When the thunder and lightning rolls in, SO many rides shut down. It’s always good to have a backup plan for your Universal vacation, just in case the storm gets bad.

We’re to help you prepare when you run into rainstorms and plan around this big obstacle at Universal Orlando!

A huge rainstorm in Universal can cause a lot of commotion and even a little panic. You might find yourself running from one closed attraction to another, desperately seeking somewhere to go. It’s best to know which rides might be down for the count. That way, you’re not wasting time trying to find a ride that is still running. Also, be sure to check the Universal Orlando app! Universal notes which attractions are closed during the day.

Kang & Kudo’s Twirl n’ Hurl

Rides That May Be Unavailable During a Storm at Universal Orlando

Universal Studios Florida

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Islands of Adventure

Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure

It’s not necessarily a guarantee that these rides will be down for the count during a storm. (We’ve seen the Hulk running when it was sprinkling a little.) However, all of the rides listed above are either primarily outside or have outdoor components. Given that, it’s usually a sign the attraction might see a temporary closure during rainfall.

Where to Find Shelter from the Storm at Universal Orlando

Now that you know where to avoid, you may be wondering what attractions you can run toward when the torrential downpour begins. We got you covered on that, too! Most of the time, the following indoor attractions remain open will a storm brews outside.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringott’s

Universal Studios Florida

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Plan B: See a Universal Show!

Looking for something a little longer to occupy your time? When it seems like the rain is never going to stop, check the Universal app for any upcoming shows. The shows tend to perform inside a theatre and have sheltered queues, too. They’re also longer than a ride so (hopefully) the storm will be over once the show is done.

Note: The Bourne Stuntacular usually has a line outside the door before Team Members let guests in. Remember to bring an umbrella or poncho with you if you run into an unexpected outdoor line!

The Bourne Stuntacular

Three of Our Favorite Universal Shows

Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show

Plan C: Have a Drink or a Snack!

Depending on your vacation priorities, this might end up being your Plan A. Sometimes, you gotta take the thunderstorm as a sign that it’s time to duck into the Three Broomsticks for another Butterbeer.

Frozen Butterbeer!

There are plenty of indoor restaurants and bars around Universal. Again, check the app for any available reservations. Or head to the nearest restaurant to see if they have any walk-in availability! You can head inside Backwater Bar for some light appetizers and cocktails, check out Finnegan’s Bar & Grill for a pint, or run to The Cowfish at CityWalk for some sushi rolls!

Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

As always, the best tip we can give you is to remain patient and flexible. Weather is unpredictable, and Florida weather is downright wild. Team Members are told to take extra precautions when it seems like a little rain could turn into a dangerous storm. It’s always good to have a backup itinerary for when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

And remember to pack for rain even if it seems like it’s going to be a clear day! You never know when it may turn from blue skies to angry rainclouds. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the rain without a poncho. We also recommend bringing an extra pair of socks if your shoes get wet. Soggy socks = no fun. Stay dry, friends!

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What are your best tips for visiting Universal Orlando in the rain? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Skull Island Reign of Kong can still operate during the rain- it has a special “inclement weather mode” that bypasses the outdoor portion and leads directly into the interior of the attraction after being dispatched from the station.