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Universal Studios Birthday Celebration
My daughter wanted to visit Universal Studios for her 20th birthday. We could not wait to visit Harry Potter and have some Butter Beer. First and foremost, I would suggest purchasing a Express Pass to help with the lines. We loved all the rides, shows and music. We did not stay until closing and most likely missed an awesome show for Mardi Gras. We had two wonderful full packed days visiting Florida and as much attractions as we could handle. Hopefully, our next trip to Universal we can stay longer than one day.
This place is truly amazing.
The Harry Potter Forbidden Journey attraction was a great experience. If you go this is a must ride.
Universal Studios is also home to TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, a mind-blowing, action-packed
ride experience – based on the hit movie series – that brings the intergalactic battle between the
Autobots and Decepticons to life.
Family Vacation Travel Tips to Universal Studios
1. Easily navigate the theme parks by downloading the Universal Orlando
Resort mobile app. Download the Universal Orlando Resort mobile app to help
navigate both theme parks and check out parade show times, character meet &
greets, attraction wait times and more.
2. Know before you go. Visit universalorlando.com and check out Universal
Orlando’s online family vacation planner, where you can completely customize your
vacation and access experiential videos, travel tips, sample itineraries, vacation
packages and more.
3. Experience it all with a park-to-park ticket. The best way to experience all the
excitement is with a multi-day, park-to-park ticket which is a great value and gives
you access to both theme parks.
4. Enjoy great perks by staying at one of our four on-site hotels. When you stay at
one of our four on-site hotels, you’ll be within walking distance to both theme parks
and Universal CityWalk . Plus, enjoy special exclusive benefits including early -park
admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park
opens, poolside movies and more.
5. Maximize your fun and see it all with an Universal Express Pass. Bypass
regular lines at participating rides and attractions in both theme parks with an
Universal Express pass. And if you stay on-site at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel,
Loews Royal Pacific Resort or Hard Rock Hotel, you’ll receive complimentary
Express access for the duration of your stay.
6. Be theme park savvy. If you arrive early to the parks , start in the back and work
your way to the front to avoid the predictable morning traffic patterns and longer
wait times for the attractions closest to the entrance of the parks.
7. If you are a Harry Potter fan, begin your day at Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade.
If you are a Harry Potter fan come to the park when it opens and head to either The
Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley (at Universal Studios Florida) or
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade (at Islands of Adventure) first.
Universal Express Pass isn’t available at each of the lands’ marquee attraction, so it’s
best to experience them at the start of your day to avoid long wait times. Once you
have had a chance to experience one of the lands, you can then journey to the other
on the Hogwarts Express (park-to-park admission is required).
8. Take advantage of child swap. If your kids are too small or unwilling to go on a
particular ride you want to experience, please take advantage of our “child swap”
program. Each ride and attraction has a child swap area wh ere one member of your
party can wait with the kids while the rest of your party rides. Once they are off the
ride, swap places and whoever rode can stay with the kids while the adult(s) who sat
out get the opportunity to enjoy the ride right away.
9. Make your meals easy and get great savings with a Universal Dining Plan.
You can pre-purchase one of four dining options at a great value and take the stress
away from planning out your family meals. Once you’ve purchased a dining plan, all
you have to do is select a venue at the theme parks or Universal CityWalk, present
your dining plan card for payment and enjoy mealtime with your family. Reservations
for full service dining locations are recommended.
10. Have fun cooling off. Cool off during those hot Orlando days by experiencing
Universal Orlando’s exciting water rides. From Dudley Do -Right’s Ripsaw Falls to
Jurassic Park River Adventure to water-filled fun in Kidzone, we make cooling off a
fun adventure of its own.
Did You Know?…
1. Children under 3 get in free. Children under three years of age receive
complimentary admission into both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks !
2. There are multiple children’s play areas within both theme parks. You’ll find a
number of unique children’s play areas in both theme parks that are perfect for the
little ones, including If I Ran the Zoo, Me Ship the Olive and Camp Jurassic in
Islands of Adventure, and Fievel’s Playland and Curious George Goes to Town i n
Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone at Universal Studios.
3. We have height certificates for the kids. Available at Guest Services, height
certificates allow younger riders who don’t meet the height restrictions to bypass the
line anytime in the future when they ar e tall enough to ride. They even get to bring
three additional people with them! And it helps children feel included on the bigger
attractions while also creating a special vacation moment for them.
4. We have children’s activity centers so you can enjoy date night on vacation.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Hard Rock Hotel at
Universal Orlando offer its hotel guests a supervised children’s activity center (for an
additional fee) where kids ages 4 – 14 can have fun while mom and dad enjoy a date
night out. The activity centers are open every evening with reservations
5. There are family rooms for new moms at both theme parks . At both theme
parks we offer family rooms dedicated to new moms who are visiting Universal
Orlando. They feature lounge rockers, baby changing stations and low light ing while
also providing a quiet atmosphere for nursing and quiet time with the little one .
6. Your furry family members can join you on vacation. At Loews Portofino Bay
Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Hard Rock Hotel , pets are welcome! For an
additional fee, up to two pets are allowed to stay with you in a specially designated
“pet-friendly” hotel room. They even get a special pet room service menu! Your
furry family member(s) can also enjoy various areas throughout the hotel, walking
paths, special check-in goodie bag and more. For more information please visit: http://csits.me/px5fn.
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