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Top 10 Must-Do List at Universal Orlando Resort

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

#1 Staying at one of Universal’s Premier Resorts

Not only do Loews Portofino Bay Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort offer convenient access to the parks, but all guests staying at these hotels automatically receive Unlimited Express Passes to bypass the long attraction lines.

#2 Purchasing a park-to-park ticket

Universal’s park-to-park tickets allow you to visit both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure on the same day.

These multi-park tickets are essential if you want to ride Hogwarts Express, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction which takes you between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

#3 Ordering dessert at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen

This steampunked themed restaurant at Universal’s City Walk is the best place for mouthwatering desserts such as gourmet chocolates, artisanal milkshakes and sumptuous sundaes.

#4 Immersing yourself in Marvel Super Heroes Island

This land pays homage to your favorite Marvel characters such as Captain America, Wolverine, Spiderman and many other super heroes and villains.

Plus, there's also a character Marvel character dining experience for the die-hard fans.

#5 Cooling off at Universal’s Volcano Bay Waterpark

Universal’s imaginative waterpark is a mix of thrills and relaxation. From towering waterslides to lazy rivers and cabana rentals, this water theme park has everything you need to cool off while transporting you to the tropics.

#6 Sampling your favorite butterbeer

Whether it’s cold, frozen, hot, soft serve ice cream, potted cream or fudge, no visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is complete without savoring some type of butterbeer.

#7 Testing your bravery on one of Universal’s thrill rides

From The Incredible Hulk Coaster to Revenge of the Mummy and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, there’s no shortage of thrills at Universal's theme parks.

#8 Discovering whimsical Seuss Landing

This playful land features everything you love about Dr. Seuss including attractions and experiences with The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and other classic stories.

#9 Casting spells in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Experience the mystery of Ollivanders wand ceremony and test out your spell casting using your unique wand at the various attractions in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

#10 Exploring the Jurassic World

Get up close and personal with a raptor, take a Jurassic Park River Adventure or fly high in the sky with Pteranodon Flyers.

Plus, you can experience Universal Orlando Resort’s newest high thrills attraction, Jurassic World VelociCoaster.

Need tips on how to optimize your vacation days at Universal Orlando Resort? Make sure you read my recommendations on How to spend 4 days at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Plus, did you know that every February and March, Universal Orlando Resort features a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration? Check out the details on my blog, A Fun Way to Celebrate Mardi Gras with Kids.

Lissa Ryan is a Senior Travel Advisor with Kingdom Destinations specializing in luxurious family vacations. Lissa helps busy parents who want to create travel memories with their families through luxury travel experiences, but are too busy or overwhelmed with all the effort and research that is required to plan that perfect vacation.

For more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss a trip to Universal Orlando Resort or any other luxury family vacation, please contact Lissa Ryan at


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