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Universal Orlando will leave every adult with childlike wonder. This is an incredibly fun theme park to explore, it’s a place where you’ll experience all of your favorite tv shows and movies come to life. Whether you’re looking for thrill rides, amazing food or epic shows, this 541 acre park will not disappoint. Not to mention that this park is home to Florida’s biggest party, the Mardi Gras celebration!

This guide to Universal Orlando will help you plan the most magical vacation. 

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Universal Orlando Basic Information

Park Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 

Hours: Daily 9 am to 7 pm (this does change depending on time of year) 

Cost: Tickets starts at $109 per day for single day, 3 day tickets (2 parks) begin at $233 per adult ticket

When To Visit Universal Orlando

The best months to visit the park to avoid crowds are generally early September, mid January to early February and the first 2 weeks of December. 

You may want to avoid Universal Orlando during these times, during Mardi Gras celebrations (Feb-April), Halloween Horror Night (mid-Sept-October), and Christmas (mid-November-January). During these times you’ll face larger crowds and longer wait times. 

How Long To Visit Universal Orlando

Give yourself at least one full day at Universal Studios, but 2 or 3 days is optimal for visiting all of the Universal Orlando parks. Be prepared for larger crowds in 2022 then in the past. This means longer wait times for everything from parking, security, and food, attractions and shows. 

Getting To Universal Orlando

Flying: The closest airport to Universal Studios is Orlando International Airport (MCO). It’s an easy 19 minute drive from MCO to the Universal Orlando parks. 

From The Airport: In terms of getting from the airport to your accommodations there are plenty of options. You can rent a car from the airport and drive yourself to your accommodations, but keep in mind you will also need to pay $26 per car to park at Universal Studios if you drive yourself to the parks. 

Another option is hiring an Uber, Lyft or taxi from MCO, all of these should cost between $20-$30. There is also the option of booking a shuttle service from the airport, a popular Orlando choice is Mears. 

If you’re staying at an onsite Universal Resort hotel, all offer complimentary shuttle service from the airport. 

Where To Stay When Visiting Universal Orlando

You’ll find that staying at a Universal Resort hotel comes with amazing perks.

The perks at Universal Resort hotels depend on the category of your accommodations. However, all on site hotels do offer guests Early Park Admission. As a hotel guest, you’ll be able to enter the Universal parks an hour before everyone else. This is only applicable to select attractions and rides, but most of them are very popular, making this a great perk. 

All on site hotels offer easy shuttle service transportation from the airport to the resorts, as well as, easy transportation access to the parks. You can take a free water taxi or shuttle to the Universal parks right from your hotel. An added bonus of these modes of transportation is an easier security process. 

Another perk offered by all onsite hotels is the convenience of sending in-park purchases back to your room. That’s right, you won’t have to carry purchases around with you all day. You can also charge purchases in the park with your hotel room key. Purchases will simply be charged to the card on file. 

All guests also have free club access on CityWalk. If you’re over paying cover charges at the clubs on CityWalk, then this is a fantastic perk. Simply show your room key at the door. 

Premiere hotel guests have the added perk of free Express Unlimited Ride access. Meaning, you can skip the lines on all of the hottest rides and attractions in the park. Keep in mind this is not applicable on Wizarding World Of Harry Potter rides and attractions. Premiere guests also get priority seating at select restaurants.

There are a total of 8 properties onsite at Universal and they are generally broken down into categories including premiere, preferred, prime value and value accommodations. These include: 

Premier: Loews Portofino Bay, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. The premier hotels begin at $267+ per night. 

Preferred: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The Loews Sapphire typically begins at $181+ per night. 

Prime Value: Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Aventura Hotel. These budget friendly options begin at $131+ per night. 

Value: Both Endless Summer Resorts, Surfside Inn and Dockside Inn. These are an amazing deal at $91+ per night. 

Staying Off Property: Of course, there is always the option of staying off site in Orlando. This will absolutely give you more bang for your buck, but you’ll also miss out on the Universal perks. There are an incredible amount of options for every budget in Orlando. 

Tickets to Universal Orlando

When choosing what tickets will work best for you and your family, ask yourself a few questions. 

How many parks would you like to visit? Universal Orlando has a total of 3 parks, Universal Studios, Universal Islands Of Adventure and Volcano Bay Waterpark. For example, if you are interested in visiting the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, that is split between Universal Studios and Universal Islands Of Adventure. You’ll want to get Park To Park passes if you are visiting more than one park. 

How many days are you staying in the park? At Universal Studios, you can buy single day tickets as well as 2 day, 3 day, 4 day and 5 day tickets. As mentioned above, if you are planning to visit more than one park then 3 days is optimal. 

If you are visiting Universal Orlando, Park To Park passes are a great purchase and are a bit of a necessity if you are visiting more than one park. The cost of Park To Park passes is an additional $60 to $70 total depending on how many days you will be in the park. 

If you aren’t staying at a premiere resort, then Express Passes are a paid add-on. These passes allow you to have a shorter wait time in a separate line than other guests. They cost an additional $150 per person, per day. 

Security at Universal Orlando

If you’ve never been to Universal Orlando you may not realize that you will need to go through a security checkpoint before entering the park. Make sure to budget extra time for this because larger crowds means longer wait times at security. It should also be noted that this is a huge perk of staying onsite at a Universal resort, you will go through a much smaller security checkpoint before entering a water taxi to the park. 

Complete Guide to Universal Orlando – Universal Studios

Universal Studios Lands

At Universal Studios your favorite movies come to life right before your eyes. There are specific lands inside the park, although they are not as defined as they are at Walt Disney World. Some of these include: 

  • Wizarding World Of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley
  •  Springfield: Home Of The Simpsons
  •  The Lagoon
  •  Hollywood 
  • New York
  • San Francisco 

Universal Studios Rides And Attractions

There are 14 total rides and attractions at Universal Studios Orlando. Some of the park favorites include: 

Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts

In Diagon Alley, riders will discover the magical thrill ride, Escape From Gringotts. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the fire breathing dragon! On the ride, you’ll navigate the subterranean vaults of Gringotts Bank with Harry, Ron and Hermione by your side. 

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

On this ride, that’s fun for the whole family, you’ll join Gru’s minion army through a supervillain’s laboratory! This ride is consistently voted a family favorite, kids will love joining the minion army. 

Fast & Furious Supercharged

As one of the latest additions to Universal Studios, this attraction takes you on a super charged thrill ride with the Fast & Furious crew. It may not be suitable for children. 

Revenge Of The Mummy

On this thrill ride, you’re transported to Egypt into the world of The Mummy. You’ll race through pyramids, forwards and backwards to escape the evil mummy, Imhotep, on this racing rollercoaster. 

Men In Back Alien Attack

On this motion simulation thrill ride, you are a new agent in the Men In Black during an alien invasion. You’ll use your laser pointer gun to zap aliens and earn points! It’s a great family friendly attraction. 

The Simpsons Ride

On this motion ride, featuring 3D animation, you’ll join the Simpson’s on a trip to Krustyland. You’ll get to see see all of your Simpsons favorites as you careen through Springfield. 

Shows At Universal Studios

The shows at Universal Studios take you inside all of your cinematic favorites and you’ll get to see movie magic right before your eyes. 

The Bourne Stuntacular

You’ve never seen anything like the stunts in the Bourne Stuntacular. Although this show does have a parental advisory, it doesn’t get more thrilling than watching Jason Bourne in fist fights and shootouts. Complete with rooftop and motorcycle chases this show will leave your heart pounding. 

Tales Of Beedle The Bard

Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss the compelling Tales Of Beedle The Bard in Diagon Alley. This trunk show features the thrilling tales depicted in the famous wizarding book. It’s entertaining for the whole family. 

Dining At Universal Studios

Generally dining at Universal Orlando is broken down into 3 categories: full service restaurant, quick service restaurants and snacks. There are restaurants in-park and in City Walk.

You’ll want to make dining reservations online here or by calling (407) 224-3663. You won’t need to put down a deposit for any of the Universal Orlando eateries. CityWalk reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance. The in-park restaurants typically take reservations 30 days in advance.

Universal Studios has some spectacularly themed dining options. At this park, you’ll find amazing options like having a meal at Harry Potter’s Leaky Cauldron or grabbing a donut the size of your head at the Simpsons Lard Lad Donuts. 

There are plenty of great restaurants throughout the park, such as the great Italian cuisine at Louie’s Italian Restaurant. Or check out the throwback 50’s diner, Mel’s Drive In.

With over 30 restaurants to choose from there is something for everyone. 

Universal CityWalk Dining

Universal CityWalk has an amazing amount of dining options and offers something for every taste. This is known as Universal’s dining, entertainment and shopping headquarters, and it’s open until 2 am each morning. Some of the top dining options in CityWalk are:

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen 

This full service restaurant has a steampunk meets Willy Wonka whimsical theme. Toothsome is known for their delicious artisan milkshake creations, favorites include Cinnamon Fantasy, Red Velvet, Cookie Jar and Strawberry Shortcake. The warm chocolate almond bread appetizer is legendary, as is their decadent brunch menu. 

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food

This full service restaurant offers amazing authentic Mexican cuisine. This cantina is lively and has an in-house Mariachi band. You’ll find all of your Mexican favorites including empanadas, tacos and burritos. To complete the festive dining experience order one of Antojitos signature margaritas. 

VooDoo Donuts

VooDoo Donuts is a counter service bakery that specializes in spectacular donut creations. You may have heard of their flagship location in Portland, Oregon. In Orlando they offer 50 types of fun and creatively flavored donuts. These include fan favorites like the Devil’s Food Cake donuts and a wide variety of vegan options. 

Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

As one of the most popular full service restaurants on Universal’s CityWalk, you’ll want to try Cowfish. This eatery takes surf and turf to a whole new level. You can keep the two styles separate by trying a burger or sushi roll. Or get adventurous and embrace the unique fusion dishes like the What’s Shakin’ Tuna Bacon sandwich or the Cheeseburgooshi (cheeseburger+sushi). You can also opt for a bento box to sample a bit of everything. 

Vivo Italian Kitchen

Another full service option on CityWalk is the classic Vivo Italian Kitchen. Here they celebrate and fully embrace the nuances of Italian cuisine. Vivo even makes their own homemade pasta, and you can watch the entire process. If you love Italian food then Vivo is a must visit restaurant. 

Character Encounters At Universal Studios Orlando

There are several character specific zones inside the park that are dedicated to character meet and greets. 

Character Party Zone 

At the Character Party Zone, your family can meet favorite characters like Gru and the Minions, Spongebob Squarepants and many more. 

DreamWorks Destination

At the DreamWorks Destination you can see most of your DreamWorks favorites in an interactive experience. Characters here include Madagascar favorites, Kung Foo Panda, and Shrek among others. 

Hollywood Character Zone

At the Hollywood Character Zone meeting classic characters is the name of the game. These characters include Scooby Doo and the gang, Betty Boop, Doc Brown (Back To The Future), and Woody Woodpecker. 

Tips For Universal Studios Orlando

If you stay on property, take advantage of the early park entrance. 

If you are not staying on property, stay in the park later in the day. After 5 pm the park tends to start clearing out for the night. 

Take advantage of Single Rider lines which are available to guests over 10 years of age. The Single Rider lines allow you to skip the longer lines of the regular queue. 

Look into the Universal Dining Plans. The parks offer several dining plan options that will save you both time and money. You can choose from full service or quick service plans. 

Complete Guide to Universal Orlando – Universal Islands of Adventure

Islands Of Adventure is a family favorite theme park that’s part of the Universal Orlando experience. Known for its adventurous thrill rides and amazing theming, Islands Of Adventure is sure to delight the whole family. This park features incredibly immersive experiences including the Marvel Super Hero Island, Hogsmeade Village and Jurassic Park. Islands Of Adventure is home to some of Universal Orlando’s favorite thrill rides, Jurassic World VelicoCoaster and The Incredible Hulk Coaster.

How Long To Visit Universal Islands of Adventure

It is possible to see all of Universal Islands Of Adventure in one day but it would be an incredibly packed day. You’ll want to give yourself at least a few days because this park is incredibly immersive, and you’ll want to take in all of the small details. If you are visiting more than one Universal Orlando park then give yourself at least 3 days. 

Universal Islands of Adventure Lands

The lands at Universal Islands Of Adventure have fun theming that truly pulls you into the experience. You’ll want to pay close attention to all of the small details. The lands include: 

  • Port On Entry (Park entrance)
  • Wizarding World Of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
  • Marvel Super Hero Island
  • Skull Island 
  • Jurassic Park
  •  Toon Lagoon
  • Seuss Landing
  • The Lost Continent

Universal Islands of Adventure Rides And Attractions

Wizarding World Of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is split up between Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. At Islands of Adventure you’ll get to experience Hogsmeade complete with Hogwarts castle. 

Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure

One of the newest additions to the Wizarding World, this thrill ride has been deemed one of the best rides in all of Florida. This rollercoaster is complete with surprises, animatronics and beautiful scenery. It’s one of the best and most popular rides in the entire park.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey 

This fan favorite is one of the most popular rides at Islands of Adventure. The queue is inside of the Hogwarts castle and the interactive nature makes the long wait times fun. Once on the journey, you’ll fly through the grounds of Hogwarts on the ride of a lifetime. A word of caution, this ride tends to leave adults dizzy and nauseous. 

Marvel Super Hero Island

If you’re a Marvel universe fan, then you can’t miss Marvel Super Hero Island. It’s anything and everything Marvel, including themed restaurants, coasters and character meet and greets. 

The Incredible Hulk Coaster

The Hulk Coaster is one of the premiere rides at Universal Islands Of Adventure. Although the coaster is 20 years old it still impresses with a quick launch and incredible corkscrews. 

The Amazing Adventures Of Spider Man

This 3D simulation action packed adventure has you bobbing and weaving through a variety of Spider Man’s unforgettable moments. The wait can get long for this ride so make sure to ride this thrilling simulation early in the day. 

Skull Island

Skull Island has one ride and you can easily guess which attraction that is, Kong! 

Skull Island: Reign Of Kong

This is a screen based ride where you will encounter all of the large inhabitants of Skull Island, including Kong himself. Keep an eye out for the giant animatronic Kong at the end of the ride. 

Jurassic Park

Be transported to the land of dinosaurs, Jurassic Park. Themed after the hit 90’s films and book, this land is incredibly immersive. 

Jurassic World VelociCoaster

This is the latest addition to Universal Islands Of Adventure and is known as one of the best in the entire Universal and Walt Disney World. Roller coaster enthusiasts will appreciate all of the thrilling twists and turns of the rip-roaring VelociCoaster. 

Seuss Landing

Seuss Landing takes you into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss and all of the fun that goes with it! 

The High In The Sky Trolley Train Ride

This trolley train ride will give you great aerial views of the park and a fantastic scenic overview of Seuss Landing. 

The Lost Continent

While the lost continent is pretty sizable, it’s also short on rides and attractions. 

Posiden’s Fury

Although this is widely considered a show, it consistently has wait times similar to rides and attractions at Universal Islands Of Adventure. This is a walk through attraction where you explore the chambers of the temple of Poseidon. The show lasts about 10 minutes and features fun effects and some scary moments. 

Shows At Universal Islands of Adventure

Frog Choir

At this show in Hogsmeade, you’ll get to hear the musical stylings of the choir of Hogwarts Schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Complete with giant croaking frogs just as they are in the Harry Potter films. 

Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear!

You can find this show in Seuss Landing, where whimsical characters like Cat In The Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, and the Grinch perform musical tellings of their stories. 

Dining At Universal Islands of Adventure

Islands Of Adventure has one of the most sought after dining experiences in all of Universal Orlando, Mythos Restaurant. The restaurant is award winning and features a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and American cuisine. The mythical setting is beautiful at this family friendly full service eatery. 

Of course, fans of Harry Potter can grab a bite at the Three Broomsticks or a pint at Hog’s Head pub in Hogsmeade. Kids will love Green Eggs And Ham and the Hop On Pop Ice Cream Shop. 

Character Encounters at Universal Islands of Adventure

Marvel Super Hero Island

Fans can meet the Marvel Super Heros who regularly parade through Marvel Super Hero Island. Super hero meet and greets include Spider Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Dr. Doom and many more. 

Dr. Seuss Character Zone

At Dr. Seuss Character Zone, kids can meet their favorite Seuss characters including Sam I am, The Cat In The Hat and the Grinch. 

Complete Guide to Universal Orlando – Guide To Wizarding World of Harry Potter

If you’re a fan of J.K. Rowling’s endearing characters and magical escapades, whether in book or movie form, then the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is a must visit. The Wizarding World is not just one, but two completely immersive Harry Potter lands within two parks. Experience wizarding attractions and rides, magical shows, shopping and dining.

There is a lot of ground to cover when it comes to the Wizard World, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Use this guide to the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter to make magic come to life in Orlando!

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is at Universal Orlando. Many call it Harry Potter Land and it’s split between two Universal parks, Universal Studios and Universal Islands Of Adventure.

Universal Studios – Wizarding World Of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

If you’re a Harry potter fan you’ll be mesmerized as you enter the magical Diagon Alley. Here you’ll find dining, shopping, shows and several amazing rides. Keep an eye on the dragon atop Gringotts Bank, it spits fire every 15 minutes. You can’t miss it if you are in Diagon Alley because you’ll hear the dragon rumble to life. 

Attractions And Rides In Diagon Alley

Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts 

On this action packed ride you’ll see the goblin bank tellers counting money as you enter the opulent Gringotts queue. Then you will go on an underground adventure where you’ll need to evade the evil clutches of Voldemort and Bellatrix with the help of Harry, Ron and Hermione. 

Hogwarts Express: King’s Cross Station

To get from Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade you’ll take the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross Station. As you travel through the English countryside you’ll be treated to the same sites that Harry, Ron and Hermione view on their way to Hogwarts each year. 

Tip: Make sure to ride the Hogwarts Express both ways because the rides are different and the scenery and experience changes depending on direction. 

Entertainment At Diagon Alley


Everyone knows that Ollivanders is THE place to get your wand in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As you enter Ollivanders, you’ll notice wands stacked to the ceiling just waiting to choose their wizard. Take in the show where one lucky guest is chosen by Mr. Ollivander to find their perfect wand. Or simply enter the store and shop for your favorite character’s wand. 

Tip: Interactive wands are sold exclusively at Wizarding World of Harry Potter. These wands allow young witches and wizards to perform spells throughout Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. You’ll notice the metal placards on the ground where spells can be performed. 

Knight Bus

As you head toward King’s Cross Station you may notice the large purple Knight Bus on the London embankment. The triple decker bus helps stranded witches and wizards in emergencies. Make sure to talk to the Knight Bus driver and the shrunken heads! 

Gringotts Money Exchange

For a fun way to fully immerse yourself at Diagon Alley, visit the goblin bank tellers at Gringotts Money Exchange. Here you can exchange your money for Gringotts bank notes and use them for purchases in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. They also make great souvenirs. 

Shows At Diagon Alley

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard 

True Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss the compelling Tales Of Beedle The Bard in Diagon Alley. This trunk show features the exciting wizarding tales depicted in the famous magical book. It’s entertaining for the whole family.

Celestina Warbeck And The Banshees

The singing sensation of the Wizarding World, Celestina Warbeck shares her magical voice and talent in this Diagon Alley show. The performance features never before heard hits like, “You Charmed The Heart Right Out Of Me.” 

Dining At Diagon Alley

The Leaky Cauldron 

The premiere eatery in all of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the famous Leaky Cauldron. They serve traditional British fare including Bangers and Mash, as well as Fish and Chips. This quick service option also serves a full English breakfast each morning, and delicious desserts like sticky toffee pudding. 

Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor

On a warm day at Diagon Alley there is nothing better than Florean Fortescue’s ice cream. This soft serve ice cream establishment dishes up delicious Butterbeer and Earl Gray ice cream day and night. They also serve pumpkin juice and sweet treats like crumble cakes. 

Shopping At Diagon Alley

Borgin and Burkes

This famous creepy shop is located in Knockturn Alley and is known for the bad reputation of its patrons. Here you’ll find Death Eater masks, skulls and a very special vanishing cabinet in the corner. They also sell apparel, accessories and collectibles. 

Madame Malkin’s Robes For All Occasions

This is the place in Diagon Alley to get your official Hogwarts uniform. Not only that, but Madame Malkins also sells house scarves, ties, sweaters and even jewelry. 

Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes

Run by the infamous Weasley twins, Fred and George, this shop has tons of personality. Filled with colors and sounds from the movies and a few surprises. Take your time here to take in all the small details.

Universal Islands Of Adventure: Hogsmeade

Hogsmeade is the magical village below Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll find dining, shopping and some of the most popular Wizarding World rides here. 

Rides And Attractions At Hogsmeade

Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure

One of the newest additions to the Wizarding World, this thrill ride has been deemed one of the best rides in Florida. This exciting rollercoaster is complete with surprises, animatronics and beautiful scenery. It’s one of the best and most popular rides in Wizarding World. 

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey 

As one of the most popular rides at Islands of Adventure this is a fan favorite. The queue is inside Hogwarts castle and the interactive nature makes the long wait times fun. Once on the journey you’ll fly through the grounds of Hogwarts on the ride of a lifetime. A word of caution, adults often leave this ride feeling dizzy and nauseous.

Entertainment At Hogsmeade

Dark Arts At Hogwarts Castle

This spectacular illumination of Hogwarts castle shows darkness descending upon the famous wizarding school. You’ll see Hogwarts cloaked in Death Eater symbols as dementors fly around the grounds. The lights and music really make this show quite an  experience. 

The Nighttime Lights At Hogwarts Castle

This illumination event is a great celebration of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Taking place on select nights, watch in awe as the dazzling lights and music unfold to have the most magical end to your day at Wizarding World. 

Shows At Hogsmeade

Frog Choir

At this show, in Hogsmeade, you’ll get to hear the musical stylings of the choir of Hogwarts Schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Complete with giant croaking frogs just as they are in the Harry Potter films. 

Dining At Hogsmeade

Three Broomsticks

Widely known as the place both students and teachers gather outside of school, you’ll find the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade. This quick service eatery serves traditional British food including Shepherd’s Pie and Turkey Legs. 

Hog’s Head

Located in the back of the Three Broomsticks is Hog’s Head pub. You can grab a Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice or imported beers and specialty drinks with a magical twist. 

Shopping In Hogsmeade


This sweet shop is legendary with the students of Hogwarts. Make sure to get a few chocolate frogs, cauldron cakes, and Bertie Botts Every Flavour Bean during your visit. 

Dervish and Bangs

If you’re a fan of Quidditch then this shop is for you. You’ll find brooms, golden snitches and your favorite Quidditch team t-shirts. You can also purchase Hogwarts uniforms here. 

Owl Post

For all your stationery needs stop at the Owl Post. You can also mail letters complete with the official Hogwarts stamp and postmark. 

Tip: While at the Owl Post, you may notice that different owls pop out at different times of the day, like a cuckoo clock. 

Wizarding World Tips

At Diagon Alley you will find 12 Grimmauld Place, the meeting place of the Order Of The Phoenix, where you can catch Kreature leering out the window. 

Moaning Myrtle haunts a bathroom in Hogsmeade. 

The top rated souvenirs at Wizarding World of Harry Potter are wands, Wizarding house apparel, and Honeydukes candy. 

Butterbeer comes in several different varieties and you’ll want to try as many as possible. These include: 

  • Frozen Butterbeer
  • Cold Butterbeer
  • Hot Butterbeer (in season)
  • Soft Serve Butterbeer Ice Cream (Florean Fortescues)
  •  Butterbeer Fudge (Honeydukes) 

With Park to Park Passes, the easiest way to get back and forth between the parks is by riding the Hogwarts Express. Ride it both ways for different experiences. 

Any time spent at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will ensure that you and your family have a magical time!

A Little Extra

Not included in this guide is Universal’s Volcano Bay water park. Water parks are a very different type of theme park and many families don’t utilize a water park when they can easily sit around the pool at their resort.

My family happens to be one that loves water parks and Volcano Bay is definitely our favorite. We prefer Volcano Bay over the Walt Disney World water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon). It’s much newer, has much more available for every age of the family, the food is better, the cabanas outstanding and overall a much better day if you’re a water park family!

If you’re already planning a trip to Universal Orlando, I think it’s definitely worth adding an additional day to experience Volcano Bay.

What are you waiting for? Universal Orlando will show you the magic of movies while inspiring the kid inside of you to let loose! No matter what you do at Universal Studios Orlando or Islands Of Adventure, you’re sure to have an amazing time packed with family fun! 

I hope you found this guide to Universal Orlando helpful!