What’s better than 1 day at Universal Orlando Resort? How about 5 days? This allows guests to enjoy everything from the 3 Universal parks to CityWalk’s popular dining and entertainment, and everything in between. If you’re wondering what exactly to do for 5 days at Universal Orlando here are our top things to enjoy:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida - Take a journey into the fantastical world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida. The park takes guests inside the film’s Diagon Alley where they can shop, dine and even visit Gringotts Bank. Pop in to the Leaky Cauldron for some authentic BRitish cuisine likeBangers and Mash and Toad in the Hole. Then make sure you sneak a ride on Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. The thrilling adventure takes riders right inside the famous bank and into the famous scene from the films.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade - Meanwhile over at Islands of Adventure step into the wizarding village itself and explore Hogsmeade. The snow capped village is home to enchanted shops, a tavern and of course Hogwarts Castle. Speaking of, get a better view of the castle as well as the village with Harry Potter and friends in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Then go beyond the village grounds deep into the forest with Hagrid on the all-new roller coaster, Forbidden Forest.
The Thrills of a Roller Coaster - Islands of Adventure is also home to some of the most suspenseful and scream-inducing roller coasters in all of Orlando. The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Jurassic World - Velicicoaster are just a few must-try thrills. And of course, in the summer months you can’t skip the park’s popular water rides like Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls and Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. Universal Studios has its own fair share of thrills including the popular Revenge of the Mummy, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Fast & Furious Supercharged and Transformers: The Ride 3D
Fun Kid-Friendly days - I could spend over a day at Universal Orlando just doing kid-friendly activities. If I had 5 days at Universal Orlando, a couple days could just be dedicated to having fun at kid areas in the park. My son really enjoys E.T. Adventure Ride; we could hang out there for a while and do that ride a few times before leaving. It’s the only OG opening day ride left at Universal Studios Florida. Of course after E.T., we’ll spend a few hours playing around Fievel's Playland, where we will both take the stairs all the way up to top for one of the most underrated attractions at Universal Studios Florida. Get on a raft and slide down one of the most fun twisting waterslides ever. We definitely could stay here for a while going up and down the 200-foot water slide at Fievel’s Playland. Then after that, the most logical next ride would be Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster. It’s a great kid-friendly rollercoaster that I don’t mind going on over and over again. After that, continue on this path to Curious George Goes to Town. Now, this water playground might not be for everyone, because you can get really soaked in this area. On a hot day though, you and your kids will dry up really fast, and that splash will feel so good. But let’s say it’s a cold day, I’d still make my way down to Curious George Goes to Town because there’s definitely a way to navigate through the wettest areas of the play area to get to the ball pit area, where you can collect soft balls all over the ground, put them in a handy bag they have available there, and choose one of the many ball cannons to shoot up a storm of balls. We hava a blast! Before leaving the whole Kid Zone area, I’d check out DreamWorks Destination, where you can meet your favorite DreamWorks Characters from Madagascar to Trolls! So, that’s a lot of Kid-Friendly time well spent at Universal Studios Florida, and that’s not even it. Plus Universal’s Islands of Adventure has so much more too like Camp Jurassic playground with Pteranodon Flyers, the fun activities at the Jurassic Park Discovery Center, Me Ship, The Olive, and of course all the fun in Seuss Landing. I’ve spent whole weekends just doing these activities, so five at Universal Orlando Resort is a must if you want to get the full experience.
Dinner at Universal CityWalk – After a day of thrills and adventures enjoy dinner, drinks and desserts at Universal CityWalk. Stop for some authentic tacos at Antojito’s Authentic Mexican Food. Pat O Brien’s is a popular spot to grab a beer and test out your singing voice. For a sweet treat look no further than VooDoo Doughnuts for some of the most sinfully delicious doughnuts you’ve ever tasted. You really can’t go wrong no matter what you choose to do at CityWalk.
Universal’s Volcano Bay – If you’re looking for some splashy fun make sure to take a day at Universal’s water park, Volcano Bay! The tropical oasis is home to a giant volcano with thrill slides coming out of it as well as other thrill rides and slides, a relaxing beach for sunbathing, cabanas and much more. Volcano Bay has a little bit of something for everyone and is a nice break from Universal’s other theme parks.
Resort Fun – We highly recommend you stay on-site at a Universal Orlando Resort to enjoy all of the benefits, but even if you don’t you can still enjoy some resort fun. There are several Universal Resorts to choose from, all of which offer unique pool experiences, activities for the kids, dining and more. If nothing else, pop in to take a peek and scope out where you’ll stay next visit.