As always, one needs to check theme park hours and early park admission schedule at Universal Orlando often. For example, as of time of writing, park hours were released only through end of July 2022. Also, the early park admission schedule changed several times for the month of July in recent weeks. If you are going during the first weeks of July 2022, this may influence your experience.
Back in April 2022, the operating hours for Universal Orlando theme parks were released for July 2022. This announcement rates as early based on recent history. We also got the early park admission schedule for June then. Soon after, an early park admission schedule appeared online for July. The original posted plan indicated that both land parks would be open for early park admission starting June 13th though July 31st.
A few weeks later, Universal Orlando took away early park admission for Universal Studios Florida through the end of July. I, like others, concluded this meant Universal Orlando expected lower crowds during that time. As a result, they determined they could save money by only having Islands of Adventure open for early park admission. When this happened, I got several messages from people who booked for late June through July expecting early park admission to Universal Studios Florida theme park. I explained that early park admission is only guaranteed to one land park and Volcano Bay for resort hotel guests. All Orlando area theme parks like to change park opening procedures to maximize efficiency.
On Monday June 20th, I woke up early to book a dining reservation in Lake Buena Vista area 60 days in advance. After booking that successfully, I checked theme park hours at Universal Orlando in the mobile app. I found that early park admission returned for land-based theme parks from July 1st through 10th. In typical Universal Orlando fashion, their website does not reflect this change as of time of writing
Now, the standard pattern for some time at Universal Orlando involved early park admission at Islands of Adventure. The addition of Universal Studios Florida being open for early park admission indicates expected higher crowds then. Since the weekend before and after July 4th falls during this time, higher crowds present no surprise. One wild rumor relating to this could also be reason for early park admission being at Universal Studios Florida during those days in early July. That unsubstantiated rumor leads us to believe that the Revenge of the Mummy attraction will reopen July 1st. If that happens, people will line up early for Universal Studios Florida theme park admission. Once again, that is simply a rumor. Universal Orlando officially says Revenge of the Mummy will open by late summer which could be September.
However, good news, if you are staying on-site, hold a higher-level annual pass, or booked a vacation package/ticket media with early park admission, you have choices now. Bad news, many people will be joining you. I expect that Universal Studios Florida will be ideal for early park admission during those days in July. The vast majority of people will still flock to Islands of Adventure for the high-quality newer roller coasters there. If planning to visit between July 1-10, plan wisely. If planning to use early park admission, get there at least 45 minutes before official early park admission. Since early park admission officially starts at 8am, I expect both parks to open for early park admission by 7:40am. This phenomenon happens often. The parks might open as early as 7:15am.
If not able to or choosing not to use early park admission, sleep in a bit if possible. Try relaxing in the morning, then staying until the park closes. With a higher percentage of people visiting for early park admission, the chances of a lower crowd level in evening increase. Whatever you do, have fun. Thank you for your time. I hope this helps you plan.
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