7 Things You Need to Know about Universal Orlando in Florida

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Is it your first time at Universal Orlando? Okay firstly, you’re going to absolutely love it… you and your family will fall in love – trust us. Before you head off your Universal Orlando holiday there are just a few things you need to know about the park… all good of course, but the Universal basics that will help you not miss out on anything!

What parks make up Universal Studios?

Universal Studios has three parks and entertainment area: Volcano Bay (waterpark), Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios and their entertainment hub is CityWalk.

How can I get there?

Dependent on where you stay, there might be free scheduled transportation so just double check with your hotel. If you’re driving, it is located on Interstate 4 in between downtown Orlando & Walt Disney World just off 75A and 75B. There are two big parking garages and parking is $17. There are moving sidewalks as you approach the theme parks and CityWalk has security station where your bags will be checked so just be aware of this.

Wait.. what’s CityWalk?

So you might see us talk about the CityWalk over on Holiday Genie’s Facebook Page, but the Universal CityWalk is the hub of entertainment and is a 30-acre shopping, dining and entertainment complex which is the entrance to the parks. Just on from CityWalk you will Islands of Adventure to your left and Universal Studios to the right.

In the CityWalk you can find everything from bars and clubs to live entertainment and plenty of restaurants making it a hot-spot when the sun goes down and the parks close. The Blue Man Group famously perform their act here most nights inside their theatre so don’t miss this. Read more about CityWalk here.

Where can I buy tickets?

Always pre-purchase your tickets before travelling as it is much cheaper. Get in contact with our sales team today and they will be able to assist.

Do Universal have FastPass like Disney?

Yes they do, they are called Universal Express Unlimited Pass which work across all the parks excluding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions. Click here for more details about their Express Pass.

Is Universal good for younger kids?

Absolutely! Whilst there are more thrill rides than Disney, there are still plenty of options for younger kids across all of the parks so there is no reason as to why you shouldn’t bring them here.

What should I bring to the Universal Studios parks?

As when you go on any day out, you must make sure you bring comfortable shoes and be prepared for rain. Whilst Orlando doesn’t suffer from rain often, it is still worthwhile bringing a poncho or a rain coat – it can also double up as protection from the water rides! The parks also allow you to bring in snacks and drinks in a small cooler so you can save money there too.

These are just a few things you need to know about Universal Orlando Studios and we don’t want to spoil the surprise. We’d love to hear your first time travel tips over on Holiday Genie’s Facebook Page!

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