Universal Studios is awesome. Regardless of age or gender, you can have fun in this place. It’s spaciously laid out so you can always find some space to chill. It has so many amazing rides and things going on, you’ll love it.
But before going through with my Universal Studios advice, let me give you an overview of this fantastic theme park.
“Better than Disney? Maybe IT IS!”
Who is it suitable for?
Any age really. At one end of the scale, you have a junior Woody Woodpecker Rollercoaster and Barney the Dinosaur. On the other end of the scale, you have Rip Roaring Rocket and Jimmi Fallon. In between, you have Simpsons, Transformers, Shrek, Minions and so much more. Saying that in our experience, our daughter started to really enjoy Universal when she reached 42 inches in height. This meant she could ride Hagrids and Velocicoaster!
Are the rides as crazy as everyone suggests?
Yes. Say no more really. Rip Ride Rocket will almost pull your face off it’s that fast! Transformers will make you smile so much, it’s so interactive. Simpsons might give you motion sickness so be careful with that one. A personal favourite is Spiderman, that ride has such cool theming. Now in 2022 we also have Hagrids and Velocicoaster so there is lots of crazy fast rides. Make a note though, if you have a youngster under 42 inches tall they won’t be able to ride the more crazy rides.
If you can find Diagon Alley it is well worth a visit. I won’t go into too much detail here as it’s worthy of its own post but needless to say, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, it will completely blow you away. Make sure you pay a visit.
Now, this ride is a real classic. From the Egyptian Zombies outside the attraction to the theming inside it’s done so well. The ride itself is pretty scary too.
This new(ish) ride opened in 2017 and is very different. The queueing for the ride is as important as the ride itself which, to be honest, is pretty standard. We love Jimmy Fallon though so the queue for the ride was the best bit. I was a bit gutted that you couldn’t buy a Roots T-shirt in the gift shop though.
Like Disney, each ride has its own gift shop where you can buy gifts. And near the entrance, there is a huge Universal shop selling every t-shirt and merchandise imaginable.
No Universal Studios advice would be complete without a mention for the sweetshop just as you leave. A great chance to get some goodies for the journey back to your hotel or Villa.
Express Pass Universal Advice
You can Express pass every ride in Universal Studios so if you want to experience as much as possible it can be worth factoring that into your budget. Expect to pay between $99 and $199 per person per day for an Express Pass. If you get the unlimited one you can pass it between people as they don’t relate to a particular person. It’s worth getting there early if you don’t want to upgrade your ticket.
Virgin Holiday customers get to enter the park an hour early and most people use this to get up to the Harry Potter stuff and smash it in before the queues get too big. PLEASE NOTE, since this article was written back in 2017 Virgin Holidays do not get early entry to the parks. Virgin do provide an amazing Orlando experience but early entry is not part of it. If you want early entry to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure, you must be staying at a Universal Hotel.
Universal Studios Advice tip of the DAY!!!!!
Some days Universal seems to be quiet so don’t rush to buy an Express pass until you can see the queues, there are plenty of places to buy the passes should you wish to upgrade your ticket.
All in all Universal Studios is a brilliant day out. I would recommend doing this park in a day and Islands of Adventure on a separate day. It’s also worth noting that out younger party members 4 and 8-year-old girls much preferred the Magic Kingdom. Saying that we know a family with 11 and 13-year-old boys who don’t do any Disney and focus on Universal for their whole stay so its horses for courses as these things are.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on Universal Studios advice.