It’s a place we all dream of visiting, even us grown-ups. BUT it comes with a hefty price tag. That dream trip, Universal Studios.
I’m not sure when we will have the money to visit such an amazing place, but when we do, I want to make sure we get everything out if the trip we possibly can. Because I have no doubt it would be a once in a lifetime holiday.
This is the sort of holiday I’ll be researching for at least a year before we book. Sounds crazy, but I want to make sure we do it right.
Can we brave it in the summer holidays? Do we take a hit and pay the fine for going during term time? Do we go for 2 weeks? Should we travel to a few places?
There’s so many questions I have regarding this sort of holiday to make sure we plan the perfect trip to complaint out family.
Luckily we live in a world where we have access to millions of reviews and recommendations online, and there are plenty of bloggers and influencers who have shared their experiences to ensure you get the best out of your trip.
Currently my children are aged 6 and 3, but I’m guessing by the time we could afford a trip to America they will most likely be 8 and 5 at least.
I suppose that gives me 2 years of saving and planning!
I’ve asked around some other bloggers for their tips for taking a trip to Universal Studios with young kids and will leave them here for you to read. I’ve found them super useful and hopefully you will too!
“We found the Dr Seuss area in islands of adventure fantastic for our little lady (aged 3). She could ride all the rides in that section. We were also surprised at how much she loved walking around and looking at the Harry Potter areas. She was the one that pulled us into the wand shop for the selection process“. (ourlittleescapades.com)
“Always carry snacks for waiting in line. Their are plenty of rides for younger ones but waiting isn’t their forté. Snacks hell! Also consider the time of year. We went in July with a 2.5 year old and it was too warm for him in parks all day. Schedule in time to rest/nap“. (www.leeleeloves.co.uk)
“Both of the parks are much easier on little legs than the Disney parks. We would highly recommend meeting as many characters as possible with little ones. The queues are usually quite small and the characters are engaging and fun. I’d recommend staying at a universal hotel as the complimentary bus service is fantastic. It’s a lot less stressful than trying to park there. Bring a towel for woody woodpeckers area as there’s a great splash area which young kids will love“. (ourbucketlistlives.co.uk)
“I recommend taking or buying a cheap buggy when you get there, even if your kids are way past the stage of needing one ordinarily. Mine are 8 and 6 and the 6 year old really needed it, and the 8 year old used it quite a bit too”! (PinksCharming.com)
“Would highly recommend staying in one of the on-site hotels (Hard Rock etc) you get early access to the park and this allows you to beat the queues and tick lots of your list before the crowds.” (www.mummyandboo.com)
If you fancy reading more about Universal Studios I loved this review from Toby & Roo.
If I get anymore tips I’ll update this post as and when I get them, as I know I’ll be looking back over this when it comes to planning our trip! I hope you find this useful!
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