There are two types of people in this world: People who love theme parks, and people who hate them. I fall into the former category, and I could spend days at a time hanging out at Universal Studios and going on all the rides.
But if you don’t plan ahead, you may find your trip to universal studios more stressful than it needs to be.
Here are some tips for visiting Universal Studios:
Stay close to the parks
Sure, you’ll probably pay a little more to stay in a hotel close to Universal Studios, but this is one of the best ways to make your visit even more exciting (and easier). These hotels usually have shuttles which are continually running to the parks, so you can spend a whole day exploring the theme park and then head back to your room and relax, without needing to do any driving or pay for parking.
Buy your tickets in advance
Some people just assume that they can only buy their tickets at the door, but you can avoid queues by buying your tickets online instead. This will save you time and money, and you’ll be able to quickly enter the park without standing in line for an hour.
This is especially important if you have kids. Check what the weather is doing before you arrive (I got caught out when I went to Florida at Christmas and had to stop in at Walmart for jeans and a sweater), and take a few extra layers just in case. Of course, it can also be ridiculously hot, so you’ll want to bring sunhats, sunscreen, and anything else you need to keep the kids healthy and safe. As soon as you arrive at the park grab a map and jump on the parks’ website. This has a list of all of the rides and shows the wait times for each one. This will allow you to plan your day strategically, as you won’t be waiting in line for 50 minutes when you could instead go have fun on another ride.
This may seem like an unachievable feat, once you see the size of Universal Studios but you can actually do the entire theme park in one day. You’ll just need to arrive a little bit before 9am so you can be one of the first people in line. You can then go straight to the lower level and do the most popular rides like Jurassic Park and Mummy, Transformers, and more. These rides usually have huge wait times, and if you can get them done first, you can then have an early lunch (beating the lunch crowd) and go do some more rides while most people are eating.
Have you been to Universal Studios? What are your favourite tips? Let me know below.