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Universal Orlando Overview

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Acceptable Items and Information

It’s important to keep in mind the Universal is not Disney.  They each have their own joys and cons but are unique in their experiences. 

Below is a list of items you can bring into the park each day along with a few things to consider for your visit. 

NOTE: that all bags will be inspected prior to entry. 

  • Bottled water
  • Small snacks that do not require heating
  • Any food required for medical purposes and medically indicated nutritional supplements
  • Any food required for special dietary needs
  • Soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5″ wide x 6″ high x 6″ deep
  • Get free cold water at any Coke Freestyle machine using your own container. The Gilly water bottles fit under the water fountains. 
  • Universal Orlando’s pool closure rules are below 50º the water slides close – below 50º the pools close, and below 45º the whole pool areas close.
  • Speaking of weather, Islands of Adventure has more outdoor attractions while Universal Studios has more indoor attractions.

Click this link for a complete list of tips for Families & Kids.

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Regardless if you walk to the parks, or take the water taxi, you will pass through the City Walk area. 

What is CityWalk?

To give you a frame of reference this is similar to Disney Springs – only for Universal. It’s a major shopping, dining, and entertainment area before entering the Universal Orlando parks.

Here you have restaurants such as:
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co where the servers quiz you about the movie Forrest Gump. It’s fun and the food is good. 
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Pat O’Briens, Emil’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Moe’s, a Red Brick Oven Pizza and many more. 

At CityWalk there is lots of shopping, Mini Golf, & theaters. Those looking for some night time fun and dancing can access the night clubs located here. Not to worry, CityWalk is family friendly to walk through and not “adult” looking.

Lunch | Dinner City Walk
If you want to have a reasonably cost meal then you can grab lunch before entering the park then you have options like the pizza mentioned or Moe’s which are not as costly a dining inside the parks, if you’re looking to save money. ​

If you are near the front of the parks then this could be an option to go for lunch, however know that it will take time out of your day due to going back through line and bag check when you re-enter the parks.

Marvel & DC Comics
Throughout the parks you will find Marvel Characters experiences where you can take a photo with the Amazing Spider Man, Capt. America, Wolverine and more. Also, there Transformers come out for photo opportunities.

If you love LUCY – then she is usually near the entrance to Universal Studios park in the I LOVE LUCY area.

Blue Man Group offers military discounts.Tier 1 and Tier 2 seats, up to 6 tickets per military ID, $49 + tax per person, must be active or retired. (Pricing subject to change)  While I think some kids may like this I believe it will be too loud and confusing for children under the age of 2nd grade. There is child pricing for 3-9 yrs and you know your child best. 

One interesting place to have lunch in the parks is Mythos Restaurant. It’s like a Lost Continent of Atlantis themed restaurant (approx $9-18) & reservations are a must. It is located in Islands of Adventure. I recommend dining there during the week as it is very popular on the weekend. You can check the lunch & dinner menu at the link above.

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If you like the Simpsons there is a section with them & the Krusty Burger joint. This is located in World Expo & has the Flying Dutchman & Luigi’s Pizza as well. 
The ride is VOLATILE – it jiggles you around and I had a bad headache at the end of the ride. Still, others in my party loved it. It’s funny but a bit crude. 
Pregnant women should not ride – ever.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

No visit to Universal Orlando would be complete without seeing both section of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. A fan favorite for many – including my children. 

The most important tip for WWHP is that you need a park-to-park ticket to ride the Hogwart’s Express taking you from one park to the other. 

I hope you have enjoyed this bit of information overview for the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.
Until next time…

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