13 of the Best Kid-Friendly Activities at Universal Orlando Resort™
Getting everyone to agree on what to do during a vacation is nearly impossible, so having something for everyone is the secret to a truly memorable trip. The three parks of Universal Orlando Resort™ offer so many rides, attractions, and ridiculously fun ways to spend a day that even the most hard-to-please travelers will have the time of their lives. To help get your planning underway, here are some of the best kid-friendly activities Universal Orlando Resort™ as well as a few insider tips on how to make the most of your stay.
Family Friendly Attractions at Universal Orlando Resort™
While not every ride or attraction is suitable for young kids, there is no shortage of memories awaiting their arrival.
Meet your favorite characters
If your kids long for adventure, a stroll through the Character Party Zone can lead to run-ins with SpongeBob SquarePants and friends, Dora the Explorer and her crew, and even the nonsensical, banana-loving Minions.
People say you should never meet your heroes, but that couldn’t be further from the case Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. Come face-to-face with super heroes like Spider Man, Captain America, Storm, Rogue, and many more. You can even dine with your favorite Marvel characters at the Marvel Character Dinner.
Nothing caps a day of hanging with your fictional best friends quite like a parade, and you can’t beat Universal’s Superstar Parade™. The streets become one giant stage for elaborate floats, music, and performances that include all of your child’s favorite characters.
Insider Tip: Put lunchtime to better use
Because you arrived early, you’ll likely be hungry early. That works out perfectly as the typical lunch hour is often the best time to take advantage of shorter lines for thrill rides.
Burn off that extra energy
Tired of chasing your kids around the park? Let them wear themselves out while running around Fievel’s Playland™. They’ll see the world through Fievel Mousekewitz’s eyes while climbing a 30-foot spider web, crawling through giant tin cans, and exploring an enormous cowboy boot.
If you’re looking to cool down without venturing over to Universal’s Volcano Bay™, your little monkeys can have a blast playing in the water area of Curious George Goes To Town℠. And if you prefer your kids remain dry, the Man with the Yellow Hat’s Ball Factory is home to thousands of soft foam balls just waiting to be thrown about.
Insider Tip: Staying on-site maximizes your fun
In addition to being able to quickly slip back for a nap in the middle of the day, staying in an on-site hotel offers multiple benefits. You get free transportation to and from the parks as well as Early Park Admission for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™. Some hotels even include free Universal Express Unlimited™ passes for every guest on the reservation, meaning you can skip to the front of the line as many times as you’d like!
Become a powerful witch or wizard
Magic wands aren’t just for the children of Hogwarts. Head to Diagon Alley™ to watch as a wand picks its wizard at Ollivanders™. Even if your child isn’t The Chosen One for this impressive demonstration, there are plenty of options to ensure everyone can find their perfect wand.
You won’t want just any wand though; opt for an Interactive Wand. This hand-held sorcery will allow you and your kids to create truly amazing magical experiences throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ — Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™. A map of everywhere you can cast a spell is included with each wand.
Insider tip: Take advantage of a “child-swap”
Don’t let a child who’s too small or doesn’t want to ride a ride stop you from enjoying yourself. Each attraction has a family room, often with its own entertainment, just beyond the front of the line. One member of the party can wait with the child while the others go for a ride. Once they’re back, whomever didn’t go the first time is at the front of the line for the next go-around!
Give your kids a taste of your childhood
Flying isn’t just for super heroes. Relive the wonder of your own childhood as you ride a flying bike in E.T. Adventure™. Your family will take to the sky as you dodge bad guys and help save E.T.’s home planet. The music for the attraction is written by John Williams himself to truly take you back.
Travel to Isla Nublar to experience all that one of the world’s most dangerous fictional island has to offer. Kids can get an amazing view of Jurassic Park as they soar gracefully beneath the impressive 10-foot wingspan of the Pteranodon Flyers™.
Jurassic Park introduced many people to raptors in the 90s, and Jurassic World recently brought Blue into our lives. Now your kids can actually meet this clever girl if they’re brave enough to experience the Raptor Encounter.
Insider tip: Let in-room babysitters free up your night
It might be time for the kids to call it quits, but the adults can continue the fun. Kid’s Nite Out provides sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR.
Finish the day in epic fashion
As the day comes to an end, there’s one last must-see event that’s the perfect end to a fun-filled family adventure. Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration™ is an epic show at Universal Studios Florida that combines music, walls of water, and light to bring movies like Jurassic World, Fast & Furious, and Despicable Me to life. It’s Hollywood meets Las Vegas – all at Universal Orlando Resort™.
Whether you want to meet your favorite characters, get lost in a Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, or explore meet a raptor face-to-face, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep everyone happy at Universal Orlando Resort™. Let AAA help you create an incredible experience for your family.