Best Days to Visit Islands of Adventure | Simply Explained

In this page we'll go over the best day to visit Islands of Adventure, the best time of the day to visit, the best season to visit & even the worst season to visit along with reasons why.

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Best Day to Visit

The best days to visit Islands of Adventure are Tuesday through Thursday. Weekdays are typically much less crowded and visitors from all over the world plan their trips around the weekend.

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Most guests plan their entire trip to the park around the weekend. Normally on the weekends, kids are out of school, and parents are off of work. This creates the perfect recipe for a packed park on the weekends.

By going during the weekday, there's a high chance that you'll deal with minimal crowds, less waits, and you'll be able to experience much more in a shorter period of time.

Additionally, out of state visitors usually arrive to Orlando on Thursdays, stay for the weekend, and then hang our for a bit before eventually leaving on a Monday.

By visiting on a weekday (specifically those days), you won't necessarily have to follow the strict itinerary that you created beforehand, and can a more laid-back experience.

Best Time of Day to Visit

The best time of the day to visit the park is definitely as soon as the park opens. 

Islands of Adventure typically opens around 9 am, and you'll want to arrive 30 minutes early as there will be other visitors waiting to enter the park.

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This will heighten your chances of being one of the first people at the park, and you'll be able to head directly to your must-do ride with no waits.

By getting to the park when it opens, you'll also enjoy several hours of lighter crowds before the rest of the park begins filling up as the afternoon rolls around.

By the time that the park fills up, you'll have had several hours under your belt, and hopefully have done the most popular experiences as well.

Best Season to Visit

The Florida weather can be brutal for those that aren't used to the sunshine state. Not only is there sunshine year-round, there's also a ton of humidity.

Spring can be a great season to visit due to the cooler weather and lighter crowds.

Specifically in the May timeframe, right before any holidays such as Spring Break and Memorial day weekend.

There's normally a dead period in terms of crowds right before these holidays, as everyone is planning their vacation during the actual holidays.

Regardless, Islands of Adventure has many areas where guests can avoid the heat temporarily and cool off. This can be from just waiting in lines (inside), or visiting the different countries in World Showcase.

Underrated Season to Visit

Fall is one of the most overlooked seasons to visit! If you visit near Halloween, the park will go to through tremendous lengths to match the Halloween spirit. 

The park will be filled with Halloween decorations, the characters will be wearing Halloween-themed costumes, and there are even limited time rides and events that pop up!

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If you're not a big fan of Halloween, you can visit in November the week before Thanksgiving. 

The Halloween celebrations will have ended by this point, and the Thanksgiving crowds will not appear for another week or two.

Worst Season to Visit

The toughest season to visit as far as crowds go is during the summer as this is when the largest crowds arrive.

During the summer, most kids are out of school and on vacation, the weather is sunny and hot, which means parents will take off of work in order to plan an amazing vacation in the Sunshine state.

This naturally will bring in larger crowds to the park, which means more lines to wait in, and you may ride less rides than you were expecting as a result.

On the flip side, if you're not used to the Florida heat, it may be a tad bit too hot for a period of time until you become accustomed to it.

Summer time is often the hottest time, so if you do decide to go at this time, you'll want to protect your skin with sunscreen and ensure you remain hydrated!