Whether you’re visiting Universal Orlando™ for the first time or a long-time fan of the park, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced one of its many Orlando rainy days. While there is plenty to do at Universal Studios™ Florida and Islands of Adventure™ when it’s raining, you can always head to your Casiola vacation home for an afternoon break, but if you prefer to stay in the park, it might be tough to find things that don’t involve standing in line for hours. So we decided to put together a list of our favorite rainy day activities at Universal Orlando™ so you can make the most out of your next trip during these less-than-ideal weather conditions:
Get to the parks early
When you’re visiting Universal Orlando™, it’s likely you have a lot of things on your agenda. You may want to take advantage of the available attractions and maximize your time in the parks before an afternoon storm rolls in, so get to the park as soon as it opens at 9 am and make it happen!
Visit Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ in the morning
You may want to visit Islands of Adventure™ first thing in the morning because it is the park with more outdoor rides than Universal Studios™ Florida. When it starts raining in the afternoon head to Universal Studios™ for the indoor attractions and shows. You will find that many of the rides are designed for both sunny and rainy conditions so even if it starts raining you can still enjoy yourself!
Some popular attractions include Skull Island: Reign of Kong (which includes both an indoor queue and outdoor queue), Forbidden Journey, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Jurassic World VelociCoaster, and any one of our many water rides.
Do indoor activities at the parks
If you are visiting Universal Orlando™ during the rainy season, we have a few suggestions for things to do indoors. Some of our favorite non-ride activities include:
- The wand experience at Ollivanders (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter)
- The Bourne Stuntacular (Universal Studios Florida)
- The Universal Horror Make-Up Show (Universal Studios Florida)
Best Universal Orlando™ rainy day attractions
- Revenge of the Mummy
- E.T. Adventure
- Men in Black Alien Attack
- The Simpsons Ride
- Transformers: The Ride-3D
- Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
- Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon
- Fast & Furious – Supercharged
- Universal’s Horror Make-Up Show
- Animal Actors On Location!
- The Bourne Stuntacular
- Hogwarts Express (if you have a Park-to-Park ticket)
Island of Adventure™
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
- Skull Island: Reign of Kong
- The Cat in the Hat
- Poseidon’s Fury
- Hogwarts Express (if you have a Park-to-Park ticket)
Make backup plans
If you end up with a rainy day at Universal Orlando™ Resort, don’t worry! There are several things to do around the park that will keep you busy.
- Head over to Universal CityWalk™ and catch a movie at Universal Cinemark.
- Visit ICON Park™ on International Drive for indoor go-karting and other attractions. The park also has escape rooms, Madame Tussauds, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and more.
Take an afternoon break at your vacation rental
If the rain is relentless and your kids are complaining about being bored, try heading back to your vacation rental for a nap or some downtime. There’s no better way to spend a rainy afternoon than inside with family and friends relaxing in a comfy house with all the amenities of home.
If you’re staying at one of our Casiola vacation homes, it’s always nice to have an escape plan just in case the rain doesn’t let up! Many of our homes have games rooms with pool tables and video games that can be just as fun as spending time outside. And don’t forget about those restaurants nearby, they’re perfect places to stop by when everyone is hungry again later in the day!
Bright and cheerful, this townhome has everything needed for your vacation!
Townhome - Vista Cay Resort - OrlandoBright and cheerful on the inside this awesome townhome has been updated for your comfort. The inviting living room is the perfect place to gather as it provides a large comfortable seating area. Enjoy dinner and cocktails at the fabulous dining room table or coffee at the breakfast nook. Whether it's the family vacation or a convention center event there will be plenty of space for all. There are 2 bedrooms with king sized beds and a 3rd bedroom with 2 full beds. Each bedroom is equipped with a ceiling fan. There is also a sleeper sofa to accommodate any extra guests. You can also stay connected with high speed internet access. Flat screen TVs with cable are available in each bedroom so everyone can watch what they like! Vista Cay Resort is right next door to the Orange County Convention Center, and less than 15 minutes away from all major theme parks, including SeaWorld, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World.
Beautiful Home w/ Private Splash Pool in Solterra Resort!
House - Solterra Resort - OrlandoThis 5 bedroom/5.5 bath vacation home located in Solterra Resort features a modern open concept, expertly designed and decorated interiors, a private splash pool and plenty of amenities to make your Orlando vacation one you will remember forever! As a guest of Solterra Resort, you'll have access to all amenities, including: -5,600 Square Foot Clubhouse -Fitness Center -Pool w/Water Slide + Lazy River -Pool-Side Lounge w/Outdoor Fireplace -Poolside Cabanas -Café Sol Bar and Grill -Play Zone -Tennis Courts -And more! THE SPACE: The spacious kitchen offers beautiful granite counter tops and comes fully equipped, so you'll have everything you need to cook up your families favorite home cooked meals! The dining room offers seating for 8 and in the kitchen you'll find 4 bar stools at the breakfast bar making the living room and kitchen a great spot in the house for the entire family to gather. The loft area offers plenty of cozy seating for family movie night or game night! This home offers 2 spacious master suites. Both with en-suite bathrooms equipped with his and hers sink, a garden tub, and walk-in shower! In bedroom 3, you'll find a queen size bed and en-suite bathroom with tub! Bedroom 4 offers 2 full size beds, also with an en-suite bathroom! And lastly, in bedroom 5, you'll find a Mickey themed room with 2 twin size beds. **Each bedroom also comes with it’s own flat screen TV. ** After a long day out at the theme parks, what could be better than taking a dip in your own private pool!? This home has a large patio area making it the perfect place in the house for the entire family to unwind after a day of fun. **Optional pool heat is available for $35/day + tax. - We recommend adding this option to your reservation between the months of November and April.** This home comes with a full size washer and dryer, so you can pack light! This home's location offers easy access to Interstate 4, so you can be at Walt Disney World in less than 20 minutes and Universal Studios and SeaWorld in 30 minutes. Plus, there are tons of dining options, retail stores and two grocery stores just five minutes away.
Private Pool Home w/Incredible Game Room! FREE Resort Access
House - Solterra Resort - OrlandoThis stunning 6 bedroom/4.5 bath home in Solterra Resort is just minutes from Disney World, Universal Studios and all the awesome Orlando attractions. Plus, it offers all kinds of extras like complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs in each bedroom and a washer and dryer in the home. As a guest of Solterra Resort, you'll have access to all amenities, including: -5,600 Square Foot Clubhouse -Fitness Center -Pool w/Water Slide + Lazy River -Pool-Side Lounge w/Outdoor Fireplace -Poolside Cabanas -Café Sol Bar and Grill -Play Zone -Tennis Courts -And more! THE SPACE: Equipped with everything you need, the gourmet kitchen boasts beautiful granite countertops, stainless appliances and a large island with seating for four. Just off the kitchen, a six-person dining room table is the perfect gathering spot for a great meal and even better conversation. Modern and comfortable meet in the living room where you can cozy up on the comfortable sofa and turn on the built in fireplace. The living room also has a flat-screen TV and sliding glass doors out to the patio and pool area. Get your daily dose of vitamin D splashing in the pool, relaxing in the spa and taking a nap on the chaise loungers. A patio table offers additional seating for dining poolside. **Optional pool and spa heat is available for $35/day + tax. - We recommend adding pool and spa heat to your reservation between the months of November and April.** Looking for the kids? They are probably in the game room! Equipped with a video gaming station, foosball table and ping-pong table for endless hours of fun. Up in the loft area is a large and comfy sectional sofa and a flat-screen TV making this spot in the home the perfect place for the whole family to unwind and watch your favorite TV shows and movies together. This home includes 6 luxurious, well appointed bedrooms with sleeping space for up to 12 guests. The master bedroom features a king bed and en-suite bathroom with double sinks, soaking tub and walk-in glass shower. There’s also a convenient door out to the pool; no more traipsing through the house with wet suits! Bedrooms two, three, and four each offer queen size beds and themes that take you into another world! The fifth bedroom is bright and cheerful offering a queen size bed. Bedroom six offers a king bed with beautiful colors and décor. No need to fight over counter space as the three bathrooms upstairs each offer a large vanity with double sinks. You will be out the door and off to the theme parks in no time! This home's location provides easy access to Interstate 4, so you can be at Walt Disney World in less than 20 minutes and Universal Studios and SeaWorld in 30 minutes. Plus, there are tons of dining options, retail stores and two grocery stores just five minutes away.
Luxurious 3 Bed/2 Bath Vista Cay Condo!
Condo - Vista Cay Resort - OrlandoBrand new property at Vista Cay Resort. You will enjoy the elegance of a fine property combined with the cozy comfort of your own home. This luxurious 3 bedroom 2 bath condominium is located in the resort community of Vista Cay. Tuscan themed Vista Cay offers spacious accommodations that are ideal for either the family wanting to be close to all the excitement of International Drive, couples getting away for a short break, as well as the discerning business traveler in town for a meeting or a big convention. Lavishly furnished, this beautiful 2,097 square foot open plan home with tasteful interior design boasts a master bedroom featuring one king-sized bed, the second bedroom also has a king-sized bed and the third bedroom have a set of twin-sized beds. This impressive home sleeps a total of 6 guests. This layout has a spacious owner's suite and a covered lanai. The comfortable living area has a superb suite, Widescreen TV with cable and wireless internet service. This is where you sit back, relax and think to yourself 'why have I stayed in a hotel room, when this condominium offering a generous layout, gorgeous furnishings and all it's comforts of home is available'? Entertaining, cooking and being able to share private time together with friends and family is fun and enjoyable. There is no need to miss out on any of the conversation, when using the 'open plan' fully equipped kitchen and dining area! Unit amenities include; towels, linen, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, microwave oven, refrigerator, electric stove, dishwasher, electric toaster, central air/heat, dishes, cookware and utensils. Also available are washing and drying facilities, making it easier to have those 'little one's' ready in time. Why pack a big suitcase when you can wash their favorite sports jersey or best-loved dress! Also, free local calls are a feature offered in this property. Vista Cay Resort is right next door to the Orange County Convention Center, and less than 15 minutes away from all major theme parks, including SeaWorld, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World.
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