This Universal Studios Orlando review will give you an idea of what to expect during your visit, where to eat and meet characters, what attractions they have and decide if a Universal Orlando vacation is a good fit for your family.
Universal Studios Orlando is one of two parks at the Universal Orlando Resort. This is not to be confused with Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. Universal Parks are not related to Disney Parks.
At Universal Studios Orlando you step into the movies with thrilling attractions, family fun characters, and awesome lands to keep your family entertained all day.
This post will go into what you need to know if you are planning a visit to Universal Studios Orlando with your family.
The minimum height for each attraction is listed. If none, there is no height restriction.
Almost every section of Universal Studios has characters to meet. Some have designated areas and others are randomly walking around the park. Read the 65 Characters You Can Meet & Greet at Universal for more information and in-depth details about the characters.
You have many dining options when visiting Universal Studios that range from sit down to quick service. We have experienced both and I prefer the quick service because the food is great and it takes less time.
Reservations are taken at Lombard’s Seafood and Grill and Finnegan’s Bar and Grill. You can make reservations here.
I often get asked if Universal Orlando is worth a visit when you have young kids. My answer is yes and no…sorry!! We waited to visit Universal until my youngest was 42 inches tall. At that point we felt it was worth the cost to plan a visit. He was tall enough to ride everything except 2 rides.
With that being said, being tall enough and being ready and willing to ride some of the attractions can be different. My oldest kids are tall enough to ride the Mummy but are not ready and choose to skip it every time we visit. (It is a bummer because it’s an awesome ride!) I will never force my kids to ride an attraction they are not ready for and we skip it and enjoy something else.
There are many ways for younger kids to enjoy the park at the playgrounds, with shows, and with characters meet and greets but, it is not like visiting Walt Disney World. Your child will miss out on a lot of attractions if they do not meet the height requirements and it might be beneficial to wait.
Another thing to factor in is the scare factor and intensity of some of the attractions. If your kids are familiar with the Harry Potter franchise then a ride on Escape from Gringotts will not be a surprise. However if this is your first encounter with the Harry Potter characters, specifically Voldemort and dementors, it may be too intense.
You know your family best and can make the best decision for them. We started visiting Universal when my youngest was 5 and there were a few rides he didn’t want to do. We were okay with this and ended up loving our vacation. It depends on the ages and height of everyone visiting the parks.
I hope this Universal Studios review has given you an idea of what to expect during your visit and if it will be a good fit for your family. If you have questions please share them in the comments.