We received theme park tickets for review purposes. Visiting Islands of Adventure with Toddlers is based on my own opinions and experiences.
Visiting Islands of Adventure with Toddlers
This year’s family road trip destination was Orlando, Florida. It happens to be one of my favorite vacation spots. I’ve been many times in the past and would gladly go every year! The kids had never been before so I was excited to introduce them to one of my favorite places! As part of our trip we had the opportunity to go to Universal Studios Orlando.
I hadn’t been to Universal Studios Orlando in quite a few years. i was excited to check it out and I was very interested to see how family friendly it might be compared to other options in the area.
I was pleasantly surprised by our entire experience!
We only spent a day at the two parks that make up the resort so we didn’t see everything there was to see. But when traveling with a toddler and an infant, I didn’t plan on doing everything in a day. We could have easily spent at least two days exploring the parks. But the areas we did have the chance to explore were wonderful.
One of the things I noticed throughout both parks was that I had no trouble finding places to sit down. Both parks had a lot of benches and many of them were even located in shady areas! This is one thing that has become very important to me when we’re traveling as a family.
Exploring Islands of Adventure
The two areas of Universal Studios Islands of Adventure that we spent the most time in were Seuss Landing and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We figured Seuss Landing would be fun for the kids (and the teacher in me) and both J and I had been waiting to check out Harry Potter (J is a huge fan).
But one of the best things we did as we made our way through the parks was let W explore the things that caught his interest. It was fun to watch him get so excited by the things he’d never seen before. He was even willing to let me take a few photos of him with his discoveries!
When we first entered the Islands of Adventure park, we were in a bit of a crush of people and it made me a bit nervous. But when we reached the Seuss Landing area, I was thrilled to discover that it wasn’t crowded in the morning when the park first opened. We were able to walk on the rides which was great since it was W’s first theme park experience.
His first ride was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. And he was loving it until… water to the face. I would recommend that you seat your little ones on the inside and wish someone had made us sit that way. W got water straight to the face but he recovered quickly and enjoyed his first ride ever!
We were also able to ride the Caro-Seuss-el and The Cat in the Hat in a short amount of time. It was a great introduction to theme parks for W and we were off to a good start.
There were a lot of family friendly food options and Grambo was able to get her chocolate covered marshmallow. We had one many years ago on our first trip to the park and it had been on her mind since we started planning the trip!
Seuss Landing was a great start to the day. Both W and C seemed to have a great time! There were plenty of things for C to look at and Grambo had no problem finding places to sit and people watch.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was our next stop. If it had just been us without the kids, this would have been our first stop. The area was very crowded but that was something we expected. J went ahead of us so he could ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as a single rider. The rest of us stopped to get a bite to eat.
We ended up eating right outside of the area because there was a lack of shaded areas and places to sit down once you enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There was plenty of stroller parking outside of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey but definitely a lack of seating for those family members who might be waiting or watching younger children.
It was easy to get treats like Pumpkin Juice and Pear Cider but there were very long lines at the first cart we found Butterbeer at. Further into the area we found a second cart with lines that were moving much quicker. We were also able to watch the Singing Frogs perform while we waited. W definitely seemed very interested in the atmosphere and J was just in awe.
But the star of the show for my family was Flight of the Hippogriff. This is was W’s first “rollercoaster” and where we discovered his love for rides with just a bit more pick up then most of the kids rides. Using our Express Pass, we were able to ride without much of a wait even as the line got longer.
Grambo was thrilled to be able to buy a wand right outside Hogwarts while she waited for us!
We spent a bit more time exploring the park before heading next door to Universal Studios. Although we didn’t ride any more rides at Islands of Adventure, W loved walking through the world of dinosaurs and superheroes. And I continued to be happy with how easy it was for us to find a place to rest as we moved through the park.
So, when people ask me if I thought Islands of Adventure of worth visiting with the kids, my answer is a resounding yes! W still talks about the things we did at the park. And he asks if he can ride the rollercoaster again soon. That’s a sign of approval in toddler terms for sure!