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  • Writer's pictureCollin Brazan

How many days do you need for a 2021 Universal Orlando Resort vacation?

Updated: May 16

Things are finally starting to fire on all cylinders in the theme park world, with mask restrictions easing, rides and shows at full operation and new attractions opening. With the theme park experience as full as it has been in a long time, how many days should you plan to travel for Universal Orlando Resort?

Well, it depends.

Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay, Universal's innovative water park, requires a full day to experience what it has to offer. Theme parks and water parks don't make for my favorite to-and-from experience, so if you're planning on heading to Volcano Bay, just block off the day to experience it. Between attractions and relaxation time, you'll want the leisurely experience over a rushed one.

The Theme Parks

How long you spend between Universal's two theme parks all depends on how much you want to ride the bigger thrills. Velocicoaster, the Incredible Hulk Coaster and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will often see longer waits, and the excellence of those experiences is enough of an incentive to get in line again. If you want to see everything in both parks, a single park hopper isn't enough (though it is great for catching the highlights). Spend at least a day in each park, and consider hopping around and adding a third day if you're into the bigger attractions.


If you are going to Volcano Bay and Universal's theme parks, plan for at least a three-day vacation. Without the water park, plan for two days if you want to ride most attractions, but at least three if you want to spend any significant time on the big roller coasters, in the Harry Potter lands, or if there are rides you want to ride numerous times. Though not focused on above, booking a four-day vacation for those who want to do and see it all—especially the big rides, shows and Harry Potter—is an excellent decision.

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