Please do not just go there for one day and leave. Universal is so big you will need more than one day to try out all the rides that are available. The rides are so much fun. I would recommend the simpson ride which I really enjoy and I think even the children would enjoy this ride since it's not that scary. Also check out the Shrek one my little cousins really enjoyed that since it was 4D.
Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure are adjacent theme parks with shared parking facilities. Both are excellent outings for preschoolers, but this review focuses on Universal Studios. As the park is vastly entertaining, one day just isn't enough. Shoot for two if you're a first time visitor.
If you can afford them, purchase Express Access Passes. All day long I watched families with express passes breeze through lines. TIP: Express Access Pass prices vary dramatically depending on the day of your visit. Universal Orlando provides an online calendar which lists daily Express Access Pass prices. I advise planning your visit on the days where the pass is selling for $29.99. On-site hotel guests receive free Universal Express Unlimited ride access passes with each park admission ticket. Children under 3 get in free!
To save money and hassle, purchase your tickets online. (Universal provides the lowest prices online.) You’ll also save time if you print your tickets at home and go straight to the front gate of the park. My tickets were at Will Call and the line to pick them up was 45 minutes long.
Consider purchasing Meal Deal Tickets online. Once inside the park, Meal Deal tickets are exchanged for Meal Deal wristbands. The wristband entitles its wearer to unlimited food all day long at any of three participating restaurants. One entrée platter and one dessert may be selected per trip through the food line, but you can go through the line as often as you want. 1 Day/1 Park Meal Deal Ticket costs:
• Ages 10 & up: $21.99
• Ages 9 & under: $10.99
Without a wristband, I spent $11 per day on food for my 4-year-old, so the wristband is a great deal for kids! TIP: Small, soft insulated cooler bags are allowed in the park as are bottled water and small snacks.
DAILY PARKING FEES
• Regular Parking $15.00
• Florida residents free after 6:00 pm
• Preferred Parking $20.00
• Valet parking is available
I purchased Preferred Parking which entitled me to park in the enclosed parking garage. From the garage, it was an easy walk to the moving sidewalks leading up to Universal’s Citywalk and then on the park. I’d guess it was a 15 minute walk from the car to the park. (Strollers are not allowed on moving sidewalks.)
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA
I became a huge fan somewhere between Universal’s Superstar Parade featuring characters from Despicable Me and Hop and meeting Patrick and SpongeBob for photo ops. The section of the park featuring Curious George’s watery town center is magical. I'm not sure who had more fun, me or my son. You'd be wise to pack swimsuits for the kids.
Highlights of the day include watching the Shrek 4D movie, filming my son as he scaled a wall in a climbing harness, the ball pit and 200 ft. waterslide in Fievel’s Playground, and E.T’s adventure (a bike ride across the stars).
GOOD TO KNOW
A Character Breakfast is available from Cafe La Bamba. Adults $26.99, Children $10.99. Reservations are required.
Before each parade, character meet and greets occur outside of Mel’s Drive-In and Battery Park.
I could go on and on but this review must end at some point. If you've been holding off on visiting until your kids are older, don't. Go now; the parks are delightful for little ones.
My family received complimentary tickets to facilitate this review. My opinions are my own.
On our last trip to Orlando, we spent a day at Universal. We had their equivalent of a "fast pass" and made it through both parks in a day. It didn't hold our daughter's attention, mostly because she was too small to ride the larger coasters. She did really enjoy the Dr. Suess section. We also caught the Blue Man Group there at Universal and that was a blast!
Universal studios is my ultimate favorite part about being in Orlando. It is literally fun for the whole family! I myself loved every part of Islands of Adventure. Just going on the Dr Seuss ride about 10 times in a row was a blast just to see how much my little girl (5) enjoyed it so much! There is so much to see and do and a 2 day pass is probably the best way to go! I can't wait to go back!
My family loves Islands of Adventure! The two main roller coasters there, Dueling Dragons and The Hulk, are two of our favorite roller coasters of all time. The Spiderman ride is also very fun. It's like a virtual reality ride, but then you also move along a track. It is unlike any other ride we've been on--very innovative! The Seussland part of the park is really fun for the little kids. It is covered in whimsical decorations inspired by Seuss' books and has mild rides that even toddlers will love.
This is one of the best places for thrill ride.I definetly recommend buying the 2 park pass. You will be able to only enjoy one park per day,because they are so big.I think that Islands of adventure has way more attractions for smaller kids( Dr Seuss) and the Univeral is more for adults and teenagers.
Universal studios is a fun park with a lot of great rides and attractions. I think they had more for older kids and adults than the younger kids. There was a cute area for small children based off of Dr. Suess with some rides. We also really enjoyed the 3D shows.
Very clean parks, lots to do. We loved universal city- great shops and restaurants. The Dudley Do-Right ride is really fun but got us totally drenched. There is so much to do that it would be impossible to do it all in one day. It's also helpful to know that you can us the same ticket to be admitted to both parks.
Universal Studios provides a unique experience unlike some of the other major amusement parks. We thoroughly enjoy Universal because they provide rides and experiences based on some of the hottest movies and events that are going on. The only thing I would warn against is going to this park during the summer time because it is extremely hot here in FL from June-September. The best time to go is in the Fall or Spring, but either way your family is sure to have a blast.
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Orlando are geared more to Older kids and adults. Thrilling roller coaster rides (if you like that kind of thing), behind the scenes look at movies, loud music etc. Definitely not for the teeny tiny tots. Disney theme parks would be a better bet. But for the older kids UNIVERSAL ROCKS!!!
Universal and Islands of Adventure has fun rides and attractions for everyone! Dr. Suess for young ones, the comic heros are really cool, behind the scenes movie shows, amazing roller coasters, audience participation shows, rides from the movies like Jaws and Earthquake.
The prices of the tickets are pretty expensive. It is a lot of fun but sometimes the price may keep families from being able to go.
This is such a fun place! I would definitely recommend this as a family outing or a great day to spend with the kids - or even without the kids! There are great rollercoasters at Islands of Adventure if you are into that... and a fun-loving spirit throughout the park. The Hulk coaster is great, as is the Fire and Ice. Dr Seussland is adorable for smaller kids and there is a cool bakery with some of the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted. A wonderful, magical place!
Universal Studios is a great park! It features rides from lots of different movies, so it's a lot of fun, especially if you've all ready seen the movies. I'd consider this park to be more a teenager-adult park. It is very expensive though, just like any of Disney's amusement parks. It's worth spending the money on 1 time.
Universal studios orlando is the best vacation package.There is a lot of fun here.They are the most thrilling rides.Its really a heavenly feeling to see this universal studios.My kid also enjoyed the 3d movies.Its really speechless experience.Water park in resorts is enjoyable for the whole family.The live music here is really rocking.Its a wholesome package for all age groups where they enjoy together.
I would say this park is more for the pre-teen-adult crowd. There is really not a lot to do for the under 10 scene. The rides are mostly thrill rides, roller coasters, and shows with noises and themes too loud and adult for the kid-o's. The only area geared towards kids is the "Dr. Seuss" area. In that small corner of IOA there are roughly 2 rides and 2 exhibits, and one show. Not enough to keep the kids happy ;0(
The main Universal park is a little better with a few more options, but for the most part, if you have babies, toddlers, etc. stick with Disney. The customer service is better as are the activities!
I found Universal to be pretty neat. I still think that the California Universal is better, but this is definitely worth the trip. Prices are a little high, but there is a considerable amount to do. I didn't do the Islands of Adventure because my husband was a little intimidated by the rides (I know I know) but the Mummy ride was still thrilling and worth the time. If you are traveling with toddlers and preschoolers skip it and do Disney, however if you are traveling with preteens and teens, the Nickelodean attraction and the rides are going to appeal to them. The Mummy ride is probably the highest thrill in Universal, but from what I can see inside Islands of Adventure, that park seems to have more attractions, including a new Harry Potter attraction.
This place is so much fun! The rides that go along with the movies are incredible. It is like you are in the movies experiencing what they are except you are having fun while doing it! I have not been in the past few years so I am sure they have added several rides and shows since I attended last. Now that our kids are older I think it is time to make a trip soon!
I'm sort of a comic book geek so this park was my personal favorite on our trip to Universal Studios. They have a whole section of the park devoted to Marvel Comic characters. There aren't many rides for the kids in this specific section but when you get to the Dr. Seuss area and the cartoon areas in the park there are more kid friendly rides. In the Marvel area they had the Hulk rollercoaster which is crazy and everyone should ride. The best ride hands down though was the Spiderman ride because it was 3D and was so realistic.
The kids loved the Dudley Do-Right log ride and this whole area was pretty kid friendly. I suggest bringing the older kids to this park because it's geared more towards them and adults. Younger kids can still have fun but they just won't have as many rides.
My tips: 1) Get to the park somewhat early so you can ride the rides your family wants to ride.
2) Research the park map online before your trip so you won't have to fight too many crowds as you know where you're going.
I LOVED this place!! it doesnt have but a couple of rides for little ones. it is mostly for older kids and adults. it was a park asically full of roller coasters!! And i love roller coasters. They definitely have the best ones that ive ever ridden on! We stayed from the timeit opened until they closed and got our money's worth! It was my favorite park on our trip to Orlando!!
Islands of Adventure is great fun and offers quite a few options. If you want to be a part of it all, but don't want to pay the price, you can simply visit City Walk. If you want to ride the movies, then Universal Studios is your choice. If you want a more traditional amusement park, then Islands of Adventure is for you. Just don't try to do them all in one day!