It’s Actually Been Cold In Florida (No Really), So Of Course Universal Orlando Is Brr-y Cheerful About It

Universal Orlando Resort Globe
(Image credit: Dirk Libbey)

Contrary to popular belief, it does actually get cold in Florida. Having said that, it doesn’t usually get quite as cold in Florida as it has been the last several days. The Sunshine state is dealing with an unusual streak of awfully cold weather, especially this past weekend, which is probably surprising tourists as much as it is the locals. Many of those tourists are probably visiting theme parks, and Universal Orlando Resort is ready for things to get warmer again. Of course, they’ll still find a funny way to deal with the cold.

The Twitter account for Universal Orlando, which is always ready with a good joke, has been focused in recent days not on throwing shade at Walt Disney World, as it often does, but instead it’s just been focused on the weather. The resort is ready for this to be over. 

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Florida is dealing with literally freezing temperatures which is just unusual for Florida, even in winter. While it can get cold, and certainly rainy, in the state, it’s far less likely for things to become just this bone-chilling cold. It’s probably difficult to think of anything else if you’re not used to overnight freezing temperatures, which is why Universal Orlando has been of such a one track mind of late. But at least they’re having fun.

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Florida simply isn't ready to deal with this. While t's not nearly as cold in Florida even now than it is in many other places, this is just not the norm for the people who live here.  One of the main reasons that Walt Disney chose Florida for his new theme park, which ultimately turned Orlando into the global tourist destination it is today, is because the weather was so pleasant all year round, meaning that the park would never need to close due to weather. That’s not a concern here, but it likely isn’t the vacation many tourists were expecting. The only time weather is usually an issue in Florida is if there’s a hurricane coming

Temperatures haven’t been too terrible during the day. It’s mostly the overnight temps that are getting so low you really don’t want to be out in all that. Still, it’s a little on the cold side during the day too, so if you’re going to visit Universal Studios Florida, maybe consider the indoor attractions, or, as the Twitter account suggests, getting a warm hug.

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Things appear to be warming up following the exceptionally chilly weekend, but they’re still on the cool side, especially in the evenings and overnight. On the plus side, Universal Orlando Resort is probably selling a lot of hot butterbeer. There are certainly worse ways to beat the cold than by grabbing the popular Harry Potter beverage. The theme park is probably selling more jackets and sweatshirts too. 

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian. Armchair Imagineer. Epcot Stan. Future Club 33 Member.