Are you planning an Orlando vacation? I have some tips to share that will help you get more bang for your buck when visiting the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks – two of my favorite places to visit in Florida.
Jam packed with fun, there is a whole lot to see and do at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. If you are planning a visit to one or both parks, you’ll want to use some or all of these tips to get the most out of your visit to Universal Orlando Theme Parks.
During my recent Universal Orlando media visit, I learned some insider tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your visit to Universal Orlando theme parks and bypass some of the mayhem.
Arrive early. Beat the crowds and be at the gates before they open at 9 a.m. Plan to visit your favorite attractions first. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll want to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first thing to avoid the largest crowds. It gets very crowded as the day goes on.
Guests who stay on-site at one of the Universal Orlando Resort Hotels have the added perk of early park access to Universal Studios. Have access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter a whole hour before everyone else!
Get a Universal Express Pass. Who likes to wait in line? I have great news… you don’t have to! For an extra fee you can purchase a single park or 2-park Express Pass. With this pass you will maximize your fun and get through the line faster on your favorite participating rides and attractions.
If you are staying at a Universal Orlando Deluxe Resort, you get your Express Passes for FREE. That’s a nice perk!
Single Rider Option. Don’t mind sitting with strangers? If you are 10 years or older, you have the option of grabbing a quicker spot as a single rider. Most people ride in groups of two or more, so if there is an extra spot available the attendants will ask for a single rider and youll get to skip ahead in the line.
Purchase a VIP Tour. You don’t have to be a celebrity toget the VIP treatment at Universal Orlando. With the VIP Experience, you’ll be personally escorted by a Universal Orlando expert on a guided tour throughout Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or both theme parks where you’ll get exclusive backstage access, learn fun insider information, and enjoy the parks’ most amazing rides and attractions – all without waiting in line! I have been on this tour twice and can say that it’s well worth it. Learn more about the Universal VIP Tour.
Want to purchase souvenirs and still go on rides? Both theme parks offer package pickup at the front gate. This means that you no longer need to carry any souvenirs or merchandise you pick up along the way. Also, if you are staying at one of the on-site Universal Resort Hotels you get an added perk of free package deliver to your hotel room! How awesome is that?!
Take advantage of the Child Swap Waiting Areas. You don’t have to leave your little Minions at home when visiting Universal Orlando theme parks. Both parks are very baby friendly. Both Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure have a child swap waiting room available for their rides. If you have kids in your party who are too young to ride, Mom and Dad can take turns riding alone or with the other kids while the other parent waits in the child swap waiting room with the little Minions. You don’t have to get back in line! I am loving this family-friendly option!
As with any family vacation or outing, a little pre-planning goes a long way. I hope these tips and tricks will help you and your family get the most out of your visit to Universal Orlando theme parks.
If you aren’t sure where to stay, be sure to check out my review of Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.