It has been 4 weeks since we’ve been home from our second trip to Universal Orlando and I can honestly say I would go for a third! Which is saying a lot since our kids are 2 and 4. I think there are many reasons to take young kids to Universal Orlando but here are 5.
I wasn’t convinced going this year was a good idea at first. I was hesitant because I knew just how busy we would be with weddings and traveling to see family. I also unexpectedly lost two grandparents within months of each other. So planning a family vacation was on the very bottom of my to do list. But the hubs, being quite the kid himself, convinced me it was a good idea. And it was! We love Universal so much!
Our kids are at a prime age for developing their imagination and watching them discover the worlds and experiences Universal has created is a prime experience for a parent. Universal takes great care in creating these experiences for your family to enjoy. From the rides, to the people running them, every detail is planned out. Did you know that Dr. Seuss’ wife helped with the planning os Seuss Landing? Actually Universal asked several times for permission to create Seuss Landing before getting the ok on it. They had to convince it would live up to her husbands imagination!
* More on Seuss Landing: The music is played at a height for most kids to hear and there are no straight lines.
As a family we are always trying to find ways to spend time together but let’s face it life gets in the way. Before you know it weeks have gone by since the last time you played at the park as a family. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed as a parent but I understand how it tugs at your heart strings. We were at Univers
al Orlando for 3 full days and had so many great family experiences. It was like putting family time in a bubble and life couldn’t get in the way.
Photo by Melinda Jae Productions
*If you visit Universal Orlando I highly recommend staying on site. They have amazing pools and family movie nights. You can even pool hop! You might want to plan to spend at least a half day checking out a pool or two. We loved the water slide at Cabana Bay!
There are character meet and greets and character parades throughout the park. We even ran into Scooby in the Cabana Bay lobby! My kids were a little timid at first but as we stood with them they quickly warmed up to them! It was fun to see them give high fives, hugs, and dance with them a little. I think our favorites were the minions and Curious George! It was so fun watching them discover and interact with their favorite characters in real life.
Photo by Universal Orlando Resort
Something for Everyone
Our 4 year old remembers Universal from both years! Even though he wasn’t tall enough to ride pretty much all of the rides we found ways for him to thoroughly enjoy the parks. First of all there are rides with no height restrictions as long as they are with a parent. If you get a park to park pass you can also ride the Hogwarts express. Most rides have a parent swap location so one parent can wait in line and the other waits in an air conditioned room that has a movie playing. Then you just swap, the second parent doesn’t have to wait in line.
*The Hogwarts Express is a different experience from each direction. It makes sense, going from London to Hogsmeade is different than Hogsmeade to London. I just didn’t realize that until our second trip.
Easy to Plan Vacation
There’s not much to plan when it comes to a theme park vacation. You need airline tickets and a place to stay. We spent all of our time in the parks or at the pool so there’s not a ton of specific daily planning. Just some tips for saving money. Stay on site. You don’t need to rent a car so you won’t pay for parking plus your express passes are included (and you definitly want those). You also get early entrance to the parks.
We also packed some snacks for the kids. This worked out great for breakfast and snacks in the park. We all get tired and cranky and granola bars are a great way of keeping the Hulk at bay! In the park we love getting the refillable drink cup. We shared but if you have a large you can get a discount for buying 2 or 3 at a time. Then you just refill at the drink stations through out the park…you know the Coke stations with tons of soda options? Yeah it was fun to try new things!