Universal Orlando is one of my favourite places to visit. It is fun for all ages, and has some of the best rides I have ever been on in my life. If you haven’t been before, or you haven’t been recently, here’s some information to help you plan a trip!
You can get some incredible deals on tickets by purchasing multiple days at Universal. There is a fantastic deal on for Canadian and US residents right now, where you get your third day free when you buy the first two days. You can purchase tickets that let you into both parks, or tickets for one park at a time.
You can also purchase an express pass with each ticket so that you can avoid the long lines. We didn’t find the lines too long for most of the rides we could go on, but if you are going on some of the bigger and more popular rides, you may want to consider getting the Express Pass.
Food and Strollers…
Universal Studios Orlando has a Meal Plan that you can purchase. I suggest waiting to purchase the meal plan until you have looked at the restaurants available with the meal plan, and the prices. For us, it was worth buying the meal plan when we were going to be at the park for the entire day (morning until evening). We purchased the meal plan for one park, and we had the option to upgrade to both parks if we needed to. It turned out that we didn’t need to upgrade, so that saved us a few dollars. There is also an option to purchase cups that can be refilled at restaurants all day. We brought out water bottles so we didn’t choose this option.
We rented a stroller when we got to the park, and it was in the normal price range for a stroller rental at a theme park. We were told that we could take the stroller to either park, but when we left Islands of Adventure to go to Universal Studios Florida, they wouldn’t let us take it with us. We were within an hour of closing for Islands of Adventure and that is their cut off for taking the strollers out of the park. We were able to get a new stroller at the other park at no cost to us, but it was a bit of a walk to the other park, so if you have small children you may want to make sure you switch parks earlier to avoid having to walk with the kids.
Child Swap is one of the best inventions at a theme park. This is where parents can take turns sitting with children in the child swap room while the other rides with older children or alone. This was excellent when the kids didn’t want to try a ride but we did, and when we all wanted to do a ride, but Griffin wasn’t big enough. We didn’t have to stand in line over and over again…we just traded off as each of us got off the rides.
There are a lot of fun characters throughout the parks, including Dr. Seuss characters (who doesn’t want to meet the Grinch?), Super Heroes and my personal favourite…Hogwart’s students.
Universal Studios Orlando has pin trading! It’s a fun way to bring home some souvenirs that you got while having fun at the parks, and it’s a great way to interact with the staff at universal Studios Orlando.
Our Favourite Rides…
Universal Studios has the best rides I have ever experienced, and I’m not stranger to rides! Most of the rides at Universal are more than just a ride…they are 4D entertainment.
- The Cat in the Hat: Great for families and young children, and it’s so entertaining!
- The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: This is action packed and puts you right in the middle of an epic superhero battle…and my four year old could go on too!
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: This is my all time favourite ride. I could go on it over and over again. As a huge Harry Potter fan, it was incredible to be thrust right into the stories. And that it is right inside of Hogwarts, well that’s just icing on the cake.
- Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: This was so much fun! We got to become Minions…and that’s pretty cool!
There are a lot of great rides and attractions at Universal Studios Orlando. It’s one place you will definitely want to add to your list of Florida places to visit, and you don’t need to wait for the kids to be grown to do it! There are a lot of fun things to do for all ages.