So You’re Going To Universal Studios Orlando?

So You’re Going To Universal Studios Orlando?

You’ve watched Universal Studios Orlando featured on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and decided:  This year, you are going to Universal Studios Orlando for your family vacation.    Yes, I know, if you are going to Orlando shouldn’t you visit “the House of Mouse?”  But, let’s get honest, doesn’t your family crave and deserve a new adventure?   It’s time to indulge your older child and explore a new “world.” Enter Universal Studios Florida, also called Universal Studios Orlando.

You’ve made the decision to go and and as the official “Family Vacation Coordinator” you are now wondering what your family should see and do first. My first bit of advice:  Assess with whom you are traveling: with or without kids?  Older, younger or all ages?  Are the grandparents joining you or are you on your own with your children?  These are important questions to ask because, at Universal Studios Orlando, there is no prescribed list of things to see or do and your itinerary can really depend on the ages of your entourage. 

So let me get this point out of the way: I am 100% convinced that Universal Studios Orlando’s target audience is not children ages 5 and under.  Yes, I know that there are rides (and islands) that cater to younger children but I found that I had the most fun when Lulu was old enough to take advantage of the more vigorous rides.  Now, I know that there are some people who would TOTALLY disagree with me but having visited this theme park a few times, I feel strongly that more fun is had being able to ride the adventurous rides like “The Hulk” and “Dragon Challenge” on the Islands of Adventure with your family than taking turns riding separately because one of your children is too young to partake in the adventure. (Am I being too harsh?  I don’t mean to–I’m just telling you how I see it.)   Those rides are not designed for the faint of heart or the small of age and stature.  If you want rides targeted toward your “wee ones” and have classic photo opportunities with memorable (and somewhat historical) characters, I know a park down the street that will be happy to oblige.  Lulu is the perfect age to enjoy ALL of the rides on the Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida.  We got lucky–Adam and I wound up “fighting” over who got to ride with her on her first “big” roller coaster. As it turns out, thanks to a change in my center of gravity I get completely and totally ill riding roller coasters. Yet, one more reason that getting old sucks! So Adam and Lulu enjoyed the roller coasters while I sat out to “check Facebook.”

After five Disney Cruises, our little (okay, now big) adventurer was Disney’d out and wanted to see something new–and something for “a more sophisticated” traveler.  And guess what?  Universal Studios Orlando delivered!  We are both diehard Harry Potter fans: she loved the movies while I devoured the books almost on the same day as they were released. (Fortunately, Adam agreed to indulge our addiction to the world of wizards and witches.)  We were anxious to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!  But not before we had a chance to embrace our inner Lorax and pay homage to the man who taught us the fun of using words to rythme and teach us valuable lessons about respecting the trees: Dr. Seuss at Seuss Landing.

Looking for our list of great things to do while at Universal Studios Orlando? It’s coming. Check this site over the weekend and we will post a list of our favorite adventures!

 

 

The Keats Take Universal Studios

The Keats Take Universal Studios

The minions got me thinking about our last trip to Universal Studios Orlando Resort in 2011.  I know that there are a few of you who have asked me what was my favorite part of the park?  Judging from the photos, I have to say being in Hogsmeade and at Hogwarts (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) were really tops on my list.  It was magical for both Kayla and for me who are big fans of “The Boy Who Lived,” Harry Potter.  I think that my husband enjoyed the Marvel Comics based rides like “The Hulk.”  Sorry, I couldn’t take any pictures of him getting on or off the ride because the mere site of the ride made me a bit queasy.  Here are some of our pictures from our trip in 2011.  Enjoy!

Universal 2011-Medium

After looking at these pics over 100 times, I have to say that our next trip to Universal is going to be WAY over the top.  The Minion Mayhem alone, which I understand is in the front of the entrance to the park, will put us in the right frame of mind to party all day!

We are super psyched to get down to Orlando ASAP!  Will we see you there?