Just as Walt Disney World settles into its reduced park hours, Universal decides to do the opposite. According to the Universal Orlando Resort mobile app, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure will remain open until 8 p.m. the weekend of September 20.
Both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure will remain open until 7 pm on Saturday, September 12, Sunday, September 13.
Universal Studios Florida will also be offering Early Park Admission at 8 a.m., on September 12, and 13 while Islands of Adventure will offer the same Early Park Admission on September 19 and 20.
This means that both Universal Orlando theme parks will be open longer than all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. Operating from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. most days–not including the early admission–both Universal theme parks will be outrunning Magic Kingdom (now open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), EPCOT (now open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (now open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.), and Disney’s Animal Kingdom (now open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
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But this extension will be shortlived and only designated for the weekends. According to the Universal Orlando Resort mobile app, park hours during the weekdays and days beyond September 20 will return to a 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. closing time. Even Universal’s Volcano Bay water park, which is expected to remain open until 7 p.m. on one of those select nights is scheduled to be completely closed on select weekdays going forward. Universal’s shopping and dining center CityWalk is also open longer than its competition, Disney Springs, opening two hours earlier.
Planning Your Trip Back to the Walt Disney World or Universal
When planning a trip back to the Walt Disney World Resort or the Universal Orlando Resort during this uncertain time, it is important to remain up-to-date on new information–like a change in park hours–as it comes in. That is why we recommend our friends at Academy Travel. Not only will Academy’s travel agents work with you to plane the best Universal or Walt Disney World vacation for your budget, but they will also keep you informed on all of the latest updates so you can go into your trip with proper expectations and get as much fun out of your visit as possible.