One question that comes up often with Universal Orlando Resort is whether or not it is suitable for families with young children. The short answer to that is- YES! Universal Orlando is a fantastic choice for a vacation if you have little ones. Not only are there a ton of attractions and entertainment for the entire family, there are also many things geared specifically for kids at all three Universal Orlando theme parks, as well as outside the parks. Here are my favorite things (in no particular order) for little ones at Universal Orlando Resort!
Universal’s Islands of Adventure features Seuss Landing, which is my personal favorite area in all of Universal for those young adventurers! Seuss Landing is home to several kid-friendly attractions such as the Caro-Seuss-el (picture a carousel mashed with Dr. Seuss characters) and The Cat in the Hat where you and your family can go through scenes of this classic story. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is also a favorite ride among littles- they get to sit in their own “fish” and control it with a joystick!
Runamukka and Tot Tiki Reef
Universal’s Volcano Bay features areas designed just for the littlest ones in your group- Runamukka and Tot Tiki Reef. Runamukka Reef features bubbling geysers, water slides, dump cups and more. Tot Tiki Reef (created specifically for toddlers) includes a tot-sized water volcano, a family of friendly Tikis, slides and water fountains that are perfect for your little ones! There are also several other areas of Volcano Bay that the entire family can enjoy together.
Hollywood Drive-In Golf
Does your family love miniature golf like mine? Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal’s CityWalk is such a fun way for families to have some friendly competition while on vacation. Here, there are two 18-hole golf courses themed based off of 50s sci-fi and horror movie fun. You and your family can choose from The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and Invaders from Planet Putt, or try out both courses! A haunted house, flying saucer and robot are just some of the neat effects you will see throughout. This is perfect for the entire family to enjoy.
This is an absolute must-do for any train-loving kiddos! Even if your children are not huge fans of trains, they will still be amazed by the Hogwart’s Express which is a part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Please keep in mind that you need to purchase a Park-to-Park ticket in order to board and ride this attraction- but trust me, it’s SO worth it! The Hogwart’s Express takes you between Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure. This is not just an ordinary train ride. While on board, make sure to keep an eye on what’s happening outside your window. You never know who or what may fly by!
What better accommodations to stay in with your children than Kid’s Suites?! These room types are located at Loews Royal Pacific, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Portofino Bay, Loews Sapphire Falls, and Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Each resort has different themes for their suites. Two of my favorites are the nautical themed suites at Loews Sapphire Falls and the Jurassic World themed suites at Loews Royal Pacific (pictured below). These accommodations all vary slightly in layout, but all feature private sleeping areas for your kiddos that will give mom and dad a chance to relax and unwind after a fun day!
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
This Steampunk inspired eatery will satisfy both parents and children! Toothsome’s is a full service restaurant and confectionary. The restaurant features both classic dishes and a full service brunch menu which will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. You MUST save room for dessert! From one-of-a-kind milkshakes to scrumptious sundaes, you can’t make a bad choice. My personal favorite dessert is the Cookie Jar Milkshake which consists of vanilla ice cream, Oreo, oatmeal, and chocolate chip cookies and is topped with fresh whipped cream. It cannot be missed!
A Day in the Park with Barney
Do you have any little ones who love this purple dinosaur? Then you’re in luck! Universal Studios Orlando is the ONLY place where you can see Barney and friends in a daily musical stage show. Families can sing and clap along while favorite songs are performed. After the show, hang out in Barney’s backyard which is transformed into a fun, educational play area. Please keep in mind that as of this blog post being published, the play area is currently closed due to Covid-19. However, it is expected to re-open as soon as conditions allow!
This is just a glimpse into the many exciting things there is to see and do with young children at Universal Orlando Resort. Questions? Feel free to contact us!
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