Universal Orlando

When I started this blog I used “home for all things magical” to describe it knowing that I love Disney so much, but also anticipating the trip that allowed me to write this post. It’s time to add a new touch of magic to this blog and I’m so excited!

I grew up in a Disney family.  We watched ALL the Disney movies growing up, and with only girls, we loved all the princesses.  When we visited Orlando, we only went to Disney World, but this year I was able to go to Universal Orlando for the first time!  

I enjoyed Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, but overall, I liked Universal Studios a tiny bit more. Universal Studios has a New York area and I loved it so much. Living close to Chicago, it felt like it could have been in what I call “the city” and I thought that it was really fun to suddenly feel closer to home. I liked the half Wizarding World better in Universal, and even though I have never seen a full episode of The Simpsons in my life, it was a really cool area. And how can you not love the old Hollywood?? Both parks were certainly worth the visit, and I will definitely be back to soon.

Part of Seuss Landing

I will be honest and say that I did spend the majority of my time in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (that will be a whole separate post), but did see the rest of the parks.  

First, both parks were both very clean and well kept. Second, as far as Covid is related, I felt very safe in both parks.  Hand sanitizer was even given to each guest before you even got on every ride.  

Many of the rides have you wear 3D glasses and have warnings for motion sickness.  I don’t usually get overly motion sick, and I was perfectly ok on some of the rides, but some of them did make me feel a bit gross. So take that warning seriously, especially if that is something you often have issues with.

New York area

I enjoyed the different nostalgia the park gave me with the ET Adventure Ride and Men In Black Alien Attack, but my favorite by far (outside of the Wizarding World) is Seuss Landing.  It was absolutely adorable and straight out of the books of my childhood.

We stayed on property at the Royal Pacific and it was beautiful.  Very easy walk to City Walk and then to the parks. If you didn’t want to walk, you could take a ferry over.  Since we stayed on property in a “Premier Hotel,” we got Universal Express Unlimited Pass included.  You can purchase this separately if your hotel doesn’t qualify you to get it. The Express Pass was so worth it!  If I stayed somewhere that I didn’t get it, I would certainly purchase it.  It was great to be able to skip most of the lines.

View on the walk from Royal Pacific to City Walk and the parks

Food was a bit limited because we were there on a weekday and they had some restaurants with limited hours (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only) or not reopened yet, but the food I did get was good and priced as I expected while in a theme park.

If you’d like to plan a trip and are looking for some help, I’d love to help you plan your next trip to Universal.  I may have only just gone for the first time, but my fellow agents at Faith and Trust Travel have been multiple times and can help me with any questions you have that I didn’t yet experience.  Email me at Jill@ThinkTheHappiestThoughts.com to get your next trip started!

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