Ways to Escape the Heat at Universal Orlando

As we all know, Orlando stays pretty hot for most of the year. Whether you are visiting a theme park, a beach, or anywhere else outdoors for that matter, it is very important to know how to beat the heat. We’ve compiled some helpful tips on how to stay cool! Here is our list of ways to escape the heat in Universal Orlando.

Islands of Adventure


1. Jurassic Park River Adventure

This fun water ride is sure to cool you down on a hot day! Not only will you get to see some really cool dinosaurs, but you will get wet in the process! There are 1.5 million gallons of water used in this ride alone! Fun fact: The 85-foot drop on this ride is the longest water descent ever built!

2. Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Bargers

This white-water rapids ride will absolutely soak you! There is nothing better on a hot day than getting on a water ride and getting absolutely drenched. All the twists and turns on this ride make it almost impossible to stay dry.

3. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls

This ride is part roller coaster, part log flume and a great way to cool down! Join Dudley Do Right on a fun adventure with lots of twists and turns and one very exciting 75-foot plunge! This is another ride that you will get absolutely drenched on!

4. If I Ran the Zoo

If I Ran the Zoo is a fun, children’s play area in Seuss Landing. There are tunnels to slide down, fun creatures to climb on, and of course the splash pad area! The splash pad will provide hours of entertainment for your little ones and keep them cool on a hot Florida day!

Indoor Rides

If you want to stay cool without getting wet, here are some rides that can help you escape the heat. Everything mentioned below is indoor and also air conditioned (or has an air conditioned queue), a perfect way to take a break from the hot sun. 

  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
  • Storm Force Acceleration
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • Olivander’s Wand Experience (Hogsmeade)
  • Hogwarts Express
  • Jurassic World VelociCoaster
  • Poseidon’s Fury
  • Mystic Mountain
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong
  • The Cat in the Hat

Universal Studios

Universal Orlando Map

1. Curious George Goes to Town

Curious George Goes to Town is the perfect way to keep your child entertained and cooled down at Universal Studios. This fun splash pad will keep your little one happy, entertained, and cool! Your child can grab a pump, hose, or lever in the water play area and have a great time!

2. Fievel’s Playland

Fievel’s Playland is another fun splash pad area to keep your children cool! This whimsical playground is filled with lots of oversized props to keep your little ones fully entertained. There is a 30-foot spider web, giant tin cans, rope bridges, and more! There is also an enormous cowboy boot and a 1,000-gallon cowboy hat that they can splash around in. Be sure to also have them try the twisting 200-foot water slide! They will be entertained for hours and stay very cool!

Indoor Rides

There are currently no water rides at Universal Studios but there are plenty of air conditioned rides to help you escape the heat! If you want to stay cool at Universal Studios, be sure to check out:

  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hogwarts Express (Kings Cross Station)
  • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • E.T Adventure
  • Fast and Furious- Supercharged
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Transformers: The Ride- 3D

Other Tips

Universal - Butterbeer


One of the most popular places to visit at Universal Orlando’s two theme parks is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. While you are there, either at Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure or Diagon Alley in Universal Orlando, be sure to stop and get a Butterbeer. One sip of a frozen or cold Butterbeer will immediately cool you down and they taste so good too!

UIOA - Comic Strip Cafe


Eating in one of Universal’s many restaurants is another way to beat the heat! Not only will you get to enjoy a delicious meal, but you will also get to sit and enjoy the air conditioning and get off your feet!

UO Cooling Towel

Cooling Items

When planning a trip to the parks, it is always important to bring a portable fan and a cooling towel to stay cool. You’d be surprised how hot it actually gets by the early afternoon and you will certainly not regret bringing these items with you!


With so many ways to escape the heat at Universal Orlando, you will be fully prepared for your next trip! It is so important to stay cool during a hot day, as it can make or break your trip. Always stay hydrated, take frequent breaks, and take advantage of water rides and air conditioned buildings! Remember these tips on your next trip to Universal Orlando and you will have no problem beating the heat!

What is your favorite way to stay cool at Universal Orlando?

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