The Everything Universal Orlando Guide

We wrapped up our summer fun with a trip to the Family Forward conference at Universal Orlando. A few of my fellow bloggers attending this year shared their best posts about the parks. There’s some good stuff in here! I’ve put it all together here in the Everything Universal Orlando Guide.

 

It’s one-stop shopping to all you need to know for planning your next Universal and Islands of Adventure trip!

 

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

 

The Everything Universal Orlando Guide

Each of us shared a little of our experiences at the parks and hope you’ll find what you are looking for! Click around, check out the posts, and let me know if you are still looking for more info.

 

1. Start by doing a little homework.

11 TV Shows & Movies You Want to Watch BEFORE Your Trip

Trust me: you’ll appreciate the details in the park just a little bit more if you “get” what you are looking at.

And it’s a lot of fun, too!

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

What’s going on here?! Watch Jurassic Park or Jurassic World and it will all make sense!

 

2. Watch your Harry Potter again or reread the books.

Why? Because Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade are ah-mazing! You won’t want to miss any of the details in these sections.

Here are the must-dos for Diagon Alley.

And don’t forget to stop into Ollivander’s Wand Shop!

 

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

Diagon Alley Must-Dos! photo credit: Tania Lamb

 

3. Stay active on vacation.

While you are bound to get a lot of exercise just by visiting the parks, don’t forget to bring your workout gear if that’s your thing! The resorts have gyms & there are plenty of ways to get your sweat on outside of standing in lines.

Stay Active While on Vacation: What to Pack

 

4. Be a VIP if you can.

Want to splurge on your Universal Orlando vacation?

It’s highly recommended to take a VIP tour if you can swing the cost.

 

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

Photo: Michelle Price

 

Chellie has 5 ways to splurge at Universal, including the VIP tour.

Here are a few reviews of the tour that takes you to the front of the line and backstage at Universal Orlando!

Our Trip to Universal Studios- VIP Tour Review

VIP Tour at Universal Orlando: Worth Every Penny

9 Reasons to Book VIP Tour at Universal Orlando

 

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

photo credit: Nellie Acevedo

 

5. Stay onsite at Universal Orlando.

I can’t say enough about the hotels at Universal Orlando! You really cannot go wrong, whichever one you choose.

Family friendly Cabana Bay Resort is perfect for larger families like mine.

Kendra breaks it all down: where to stay when visiting Universal Orlando.

Here are 5 reasons to stay onsite – I’m sure you can see why we love it so!

 

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

The water taxis offer quick transportation around Universal Resort for hotel guests.

 

6. Universal Orlando makes a fabulous family vacation (or girlfriend’s trip!).

It’s got a little something for everyone!

All ages can find magic while being immersed in the movies & tv shows.

For a movie junkie, it’s very cool!

Tonya gives us 10 of her top moments during their family vacation.

Camp Jurassic Kid’s Playspace is one of the hidden gems of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure for smaller kids.

 

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

photo: Deanna Tousignant

 

I travel with my girlfriends and we had a fabulous time being kids ourselves!

Read all about the highlights and why I think Universal is ideal for a girls only trip.

The Girlfriends Guide to Universal Orlando

 

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

 

7. If you don’t read anything else, READ THIS. 

While all the other posts are fabulous in their own right, I have to give major props to the Ultimate Guide to Visiting Universal Orlando with Young Kids. 

If you like details and you want to #KnowEverything, bookmark this post and refer back as needed.

Britni did a fabulous job of covering just about everything you need to know!

 

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

photo: Britni Vigil

 

I feel like we’re all #ReadyforUniversal – how about you?

 

Stop here to start planning for your next Universal Orlando vacation! Tips, tricks, reviews, food: this is the everything Islands of Adventures & Universal Orlando guide.

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Patty Holliday


Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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