Universal Orlando Resort: Help Us Plan Our Trip

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Universal Orlando Resort logo As many of you know, we just returned from Orlando, Florida, where we spent a day at the Universal Orlando Resort. We knew we were returning 2 weeks later for a trip to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, so the first time around we just caught the highlights. This time, we're doing it right! Spending two full days exploring the parks, getting up close and personal with City Walk, and staying on resort property at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. And even though we were just at the parks, we need a little help deciding what to include in this vacation.

If you haven't been to Orlando before, why don't you join our trip virtually. We'd love to take you along. How about we start with a little planning! Check out the options below and leave a comment, letting me know what you think we should do. Majority rules. So, we'll go with the most popular recommendations and we'll be sure to update you real time while at the parks.

The Rides

First of all... the rides! Are you into thrill rides, simulators, fun for the whole family, or all of the above? Check out the attractions below and let us know what your preferences are.

Popeye & Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges attraction

1.      At Islands of Adventure, what 3 attractions do you suggest I go on and why?

2.      What 3 attractions should my family go on at Universal Studios?

The Food

Let's not forget the food! I always get super starving at theme parks, but never plan my meals in advance. Let's change that! Where do you think we should eat?

Three Broomsticks in the Wizardry World of Harry Potter

3.      There are lots of kid-friendly options for lunch at Universal's Islands of Adventure and I need help. Where should my family and I eat lunch?

4.      We are eating out at CityWalk one of the nights and we can eat at any of the below places. Where do you think we should go?

The Treats

Finally... our two boys, ages 7 and 10, are wacky for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So this last question is all about that!

5.      We are heading to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Last time we had both cold and frozen Butterbeer. Which one should we have this time? Cold or Frozen? (I'll be sure to post a picture of my family's frothy mustaches either way!)


Finally... what have we forgotten to plan?

6. Any other recommendations?

Stay tuned Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18 for our Universal Orlando Resort adventure. We hope you'll virtually join us!

Disclosure: My upcoming trip to Orlando is part of an all-expenses-paid press trip provided by Universal Orlando Resort. The thrills, screams, adventure, and pre-planning excitement is all my own!


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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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