Universal Studios Announces Theme Park Closure For the Next Four Days

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Credit: Universal Studios Orlando Resort/Canva

Universal Studios Orlando has announced a theme park closure for the next four days, beginning on Saturday, December 16, 2023.

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Something strange is happening in Central Florida this week, and it doesn’t look like the “strangeness” will end in the next few days.

As such, Universal Studios Orlando Resort has announced the closure of one of its three theme parks beginning Saturday, December 16. The closure will last at least through Tuesday, December 19, 2023, as inclement weather is being forecast for the Central Florida region.

On Universal’s calendar of park hours, there are no times available for Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort’s water park, from December 16 to December 19, representing a four-day closure of the theme park.

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Credit: Universal Studios Orlando Resort

Central Florida Weather Over the Next Few Days

On Saturday, a high of only 70 degrees is expected in the region, with a 100% chance of rain. Lows will be in the mid-60s. On Sunday, there’s a 33% chance of rain early in the day, with high temperatures near 70 degrees and lows in the lower 50s.

Then, on Monday, the high will only be in the mid-60s, with lows in the mid-40s under partly cloudy skies. Tuesday looks to be the coolest day of the week, with high temperatures of only 59 degrees and north winds at 12 miles per hour. Lows on Tuesday will be in the mid- to upper-40s.

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Credit: The Weather Channel

Universal Orlando Resort is home to three unique theme parks–Universal Studios, Universal Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay water park. A brand-new theme park, Epic Universe, is currently under construction with plans to open to guests in the summer of 2025.

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Universal Orlando Resort Announces the Closure

Universal announced part of the closure via X, formerly Twitter, with a note for guests to call the resort or stay tuned to Universal’s social media accounts for the latest updates about closures.

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Volcano Bay/Credit: Universal Studios Orlando Resort

In response to Universal’s announcement via X, formerly Twitter, one user asked whether the theme parks (Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure) would be open to guests. Universal Studios Orlando Resort responded with the following:

“Guests can visit Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure tomorrow [Saturday, December 16] between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. All of our park hours can be viewed online here: We can’t wait to see you!”
Universal Islands of Adventure

Universal Islands of Adventure/Credit: Universal Studios Orlando Resort

For the latest updates about inclement weather and related closures at Universal Studios Orlando Resort, guests are encouraged to call 407-817-8317 or visit the website shown above.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!