Does Universal Studios Close When it Rains? | Explained

Many theme parks have different policies when it rains, and Universal Studios is no different. 

In this page we will cover whether or not Universal Studios closes when it rains.

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Does Universal Studios Close When it Rains?

For Both Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood, the parks remain open when it rains. If it is a light shower, outdoor rides will remain open but if the rain begins to pick up and/or thunderstorms are on the horizon, outdoor rides will temporarily close.

They will open back up when the weather is suitable to continue.


If you are visiting Universal Orlando, there's a very good chance that it is going to rain at some point during your visit.

Florida is notorious for being sunny one minute, and then having severe thunderstorms the next. 

If you are visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, you'll be pleased to know that thunderstorms are very rare.

In fact, there's only a few thunderstorms that happen throughout the entire year.

Know About iPhone Rain Notifications

If you're visiting a theme park, especially on a day that there's a chance of rain, you'll want to enable rain notifications.

iphone weather app rain notifications

We use this at almost every theme park that we visit, and it notifies us ahead of time when the rain is approaching, or when the rain is clearing up.

When we receive the notification that the rain is approaching, it gives us plenty of time to seek shelter, or find an indoor ride.

incoming rain weather notification

When we receive the notification that the rain is clearing up, we know that we can start heading over to rides very soon.

This small feature gives us a 'leg up' on everyone else on the park, as we're able to know what's going to happen a few minutes before everyone else.

Preparing for the Rain

For those visiting Universal Orlando, you should simply expect the rain. That way, when it does you'll already be prepared to deal with it and not have it affect your experience in a negative way.

We've made a checklist of items to have and do in case of the rain:

  • Bring a Poncho
  • Download the Universal Studios app
  • Know what the indoor rides are, and ride these rides when it rains
  • Watch a show inside

The Universal Studios app is extremely handy as it provides live wait times, an interactive map of the park, allows you to pre-order food, and you can join the Virtual Line experience for rides.

Our Poncho Choice

Poncho's in particular are very cheap, and very worth it.

This unisex, lightweight reusable poncho has worked wonders over the years at dozens of theme parks.




Our Umbrella Choice

The most reliable umbrella that we've used over the years has been the Repel Umbrella.




The main reasons are that it's:

  • Wind Resistant - Won't Bend or Fold During High Winds
  • Portable - Easy to Put Away After Use
  • Only Takes 1 Button to Open and Close
  • Non Slip Grip Allows For an Easy Hold Even During Severe Storms
  • Can Be Used For Both Men and Women 

Many visitors are prepared for the rain when they come to the parks, but they forget about the wind.

Don't overlook the fact that there will be plenty of wind if there's rain.

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