Visitor tips for Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios fountain ©Lall/Flickr

Universal Studios fountain ©Lall/Flickr

Unrivaled in terms of entertainment facilities and family attractions, Orlando might as well be dubbed the ‘Fun Capital of Eastern USA’. With its famous theme parks, resorts and beaches, Orlando attracts millions of tourists every month, summer or winter.

The Universal Resort in Orlando is responsible for a considerable percentage of Orlando Tourists. Comprising of two theme parks, several hotels and numerous restaurants and shops – practically, it’s like a small town. You might need several days to explore all the rides, shops and attractions offered by the Universal Resort, but this article will focus exclusively on offering you some visitor tips for Universal Studios Orlando – one of Universal’s two theme parks.

What to find there

Universal Studios is themed around successful films and series – the park has dozens of such thrill rides, film setting reproductions and roller-coasters.  Some of the most popular attractions include  The Simpsons Ride, The Blues Brothers, Revenge of the Mummy Ride, Shrek 4-D or MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack.

Jaws experience ©williamsdb/Flickr

Jaws experience ©williamsdb/Flickr

Booking your trip

Orlando is a very popular destination, so you’ll often find vacation deal packages on the specialized websites. It depends entirely on you if you want to stay within the Universal Resort Orlando or book a nearby hotel. The advantage of choosing the first option is that you’ll get a special pass allowing you to skip queue for Universal rides, as well as various other bonuses and freebees. On the other hand, an outside hotel might be less expensive and might give you more flexibility.

Nickleodeon at Universal ©ross_hawkes/Flickr

Nickleodeon at Universal ©ross_hawkes/Flickr

When to go

The park is open all year round, every day of the week, with no exception. The opening hour is 9am, however the closing hour, sometime late in the afternoon, varies according to the season. Summer is the peak season for Universal Studios Orlando. If you want to avoid the crowds, then try to avoid weekends and aim to book your tickets for winter or autumn.

Tickets

Admission to the park is not cheap, but there are different ways to cut costs. Considering the time number of rides and the long queues in the busy days, you’ll probably need several days for visiting the park, in which case it’s best to buy a multi-day ticket. Also, Universal Studios’ official website offers periodic ticket discounts, so the sooner you start looking for deals, the higher you chances to find some good ones. Also, keep in mind that the price of tickets depends on weather you are a US citizen or not and that children discounts apply.

Universal Studios fountain ©Lall/Flickr

Universal Studios fountain ©Lall/Flickr

What to bring

Considering that you’ll be strolling around the park for at least half a day, wearing comfortable  clothes and shoes is essential. Also, don’t forget about sunscreen and bottled water. With the exception of certain food items which you are allowed to bring, you are more or less expected to get your food and drinks in the park.

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