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 for all you need to know for planning your next Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure trip!
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 before you go to Universal Orlando
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!
2. Watch your Harry Potter again or reread the books Before your Universal Orlando trip
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!
3. Stay active on vacation at Universal Studios
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.
4. Be a Universal Orlando 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.
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!
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.
And the Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando is a BIG fave!
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!
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.
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
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!
I feel like we’re all #ReadyforUniversal – how about you?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)