How Early to Arrive At Universal Studios in 2022


How Early to Arrive At Universal Studios in 2022

If you are planning a trip, and wondering how early to arrive at Universal Studios Orlando in 2022 we are here to help! In this article we are going to break down what time to get to Universal Studios Orlando, what time can you get into Universal Studios, the best time to arrive at Universal Orlando, and how to get into Universal Studios Early! 

We hope you find this post helpful! Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time and money on your next Universal Orlando vacation!  If you are planning a trip to Universal Orlando be sure to check out the latest deals on Universal Orlando vacation packages and our discounted Universal Orlando tickets which include EARLY PARK ADMISSION to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

So if you’re ready to learn about the best time to arrive at Universal Orlando in 2022 read on!

SPECIAL NOTE: If you need help picking the best time to visit Universal Orlando for your next vacation be sure to check out our Universal crowd calendar!

 Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar

How Early to Arrive at Universal Orlando 2022?


We are going to start this guide out with one of the most popular questions we receive and that is, what time should I get to Universal Studios? And, as a general rule we always recommend to arrive to Universal Studios Orlando 45 minutes before park opening. The biggest reason for arriving so early is because it will take you 15  minutes to walk from the parking garage over to the parks. And we find this time to be best for guests looking to take advantage of early park admission and some of the most popular attractions with very little waits. As you will see though we can also break this down for the different stages of your Universal vacation. Next we’ll look at all of the options when trying to figure out what time to arrive at Universal Orlando. 

What Time to Arrive at Universal Studios Orlando in 2022?

  • Arriving for Regular Park Opening:  Arrive at the turnstiles 30 minutes before the park opens
  • Visiting Universal from one of the On-site Universal Hotels: It can take an extra 10-15 minutes to arrive to Universal Orlando’s Citywalk depending on which on-site Universal hotel you stay at.
  • Arriving via Universal Parking Garage: It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk from the parking garage so plan to arrive 45 minutes before the park opens
  • Arriving for Universal Early Park Admission: To be sure you take advantage of being one of the first in the park we recommend arriving 30-45 minutes before park opening
  • Best time to Arriving at Universals Volcano Bay: Arrive at the turnstiles 30 minutes before park opens
  • One day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: You will want to be one of the first people in the parks arrive 30-45 minutes before park opens

Are you an early bird and trying to make the most out of your time at Universal Orlando? Be sure to check out our Universal Orlando early park admission tickets. Not only will you be some of the first guests into the theme parks but you’ll also be able to get onto some of the most popular rides with very little to no wait. We find this to be a great advantage when visiting Universal in just a few days.

Related Page: Harry Potter Early Park Admission Tickets

What Time Does Universal Studios Open?


So, if you are wondering how early should I arrive to Universal you might also be wondering what time does Universal Orlando open? And as a general rule of thumb, Universal Orlando opens up at 9:00 AM during a majority of the year for Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Volcano Bay will also generally open at 9:00 Am during the busier times of year and 10:00 AM during off-peak season.  This would mean that guests can take advantage of early park admission at Universal Orlando starting at 8:00 AM with all of our Universal Orlando tickets. 

What time does Universal Orlando typically open?

  • Islands of Adventure 9:00 AM
  • Universal Studios Florida 9:00 AM
  • Volcano Bay 9:00 AM

Related Page: The Cheapest Time to Visit Universal Orlando 

What is the Best time to Arrive at Universal Orlando?


You know the saying, “The early bird gets the worm”. Well when it comes to Universal Orlando think the same thing but except for birds think of wizards. I’m sorry that was a bad joke! What I’m trying to say is regardless of why you are visiting Universal Orlando we always recommend arriving 30-45 minutes early if you’re unsure.  We find the best time to arrive at Universal Orlando is always early, especially when you’re trying to get a lot done in a short amount of time.

It’s also important to figure out if you will be taking afternoon breaks when deciding how early to arrive to Universal Orlando! This is because if you don’t and are only looking to go on a few rides the best time for you to arrive might be later on in the day!

Related Page: Best Hotels Near Universal With Free Shuttles 

How to Get Into Universal Studios Early?


Another aspect to consider when figuring out how early to arrive at Universal Studios Orlando is Early Park Admission. Universal Orlando early park admission allows all Park Prodigy clients and on-site hotel guests into either Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or Volcano Bay one hour early. This can be a huge game changer for anyone who is looking to make the most out of their day. Especially if you only have one day to visit Universal.

The main reason is Universal early park admission tickets will allow you into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And the Harry Potter rides can have some of the longest wait times in the parks during the middle of the day. By getting on these rides early you’ll have more time to enjoy your day at Universal.

As discussed when figuring out the best time to arrive at Universal Orlando for early park admission we recommend 30-45 minutes before early park opening. Another tip we want to make sure to mention is if this is your first or only day visiting Universal and you still have to pick your tickets up. In this case, we recommend having your group jump onto the line to get into the park for early admission while your group leader goes to the ticket kiosk or will call to grab your tickets. This will make sure you keep your spot and you take advantage of arriving so early at Universal! 

Related Article: Universal Early Park Admission Tickets

The Best Times to Arrive to Universal Studios Early


Below are the reasons you’ll want to arrive early to Universal Orlando in 2022:

  1. You’re trying to ride the newest Universal ride the Velocicoaster with little to no wait!
  2. You’re trying to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and ride The Escape from Gringotss or Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure with little wait.
  3. You’re visiting during a day when crowds are heavy. (we recommend any crowds 7+ on our Universal Orlando crowd calendar)
  4. Any time your visiting Volcano Bay we recommend arriving early.
  5. You’re only visiting Universal for one day and you’re trying to get as much done as possible

Benefits of Arriving to Universal Orlando Early

  1. Everyone who takes advantage of Early Park Admission with The Park Prodigy will be able to hop on one or two of the most popular Universal Orlando rides before everyone else. This can save you up to three hours later on in the day!
  2. You’ll get to beat the Florida heat and get as many rides out of the way early in the morning
  3. You’ll have a chance to go on all of the outdoor rides before any afternoon rain showers

How Early to Arrive at Universal For Halloween Horror Nights?


It’s important to note that Halloween Horror Nights is one of the most popular events in Orlando. Universal also takes the security of its guests very seriously. For these reason we do believe that guests should arrive earlier than the tips and tricks noted above. We would recommend guests plan to arrive to the parking garage or drop off point at Universal one hour before your Halloween Horror Nights event. This will allow you enough time to go through security, pick up your tickets if need be and be some of the first guests into the park when HHN begins!

When Is The Best Time To Visit Universal Orlando?

Our Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We breakdown the park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices by day, and average temperature.

Are You Ready to Plan Your Next Universal Orlando Trip?

If you’re ready to plan your trip to Universal Studios, be sure to check out our Universal Orlando Tickets! All Park Prodigy Universal Orlando tickets will get you into the park one hour before regular park guests with Universal Early Park Admission! 

Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!