We received theme park tickets for review purposes. Is Universal Studios Orlando Kid Friendly is based on my own opinions and experiences.
Is Universal Studios Orlando Kid Friendly?
Before loading up the family for our summer road trip to Orlando, I had been to Universal Studios Orlando once before with Grambo and my sister. I was in my early twenties and she was a teenager so I had never been with kids. From my memory I was pretty sure that Islands of Adventure was kid friendly and I was right. It was a great experience for our family.
But I wondered how W would like Universal Studios because I couldn’t remember it being quite as kid oriented.
All I can say is that I will gladly say that I think Universal Studios Orlando is kid friendly!
We had the chance to explore quite a bit of the park although we did visit in the afternoon after spending the morning at Islands of Adventure. So we didn’t get to hit all of the rides and experiences that I would have enjoyed, but isn’t that the life of a mom?
Here are my tips for enjoying Universal Studios with kids:
- Bring a stroller that works for all of your kids. Otherwise we would have been very limited in how long we could keep W moving.
- Buy a refillable souvenir bottle. We drink a lot of soda when we’re on vacation and this was a great way to get very affordable drinks while we were visiting!
- Prioritize. The park has a lot to see so but when it comes to young children, you might not be able to see it all. So prioritize to make sure you get to see everything you want to see.
We focused on our priorities which for J was all about The Simpsons. So while we walked through the rest of the park, we spent the majority of our time in that area. It was fan boy moment number two of the day (after Harry Potter) for J as we stepped into Springfield, USA come to life.
The Simpsons at Universal Studios Orlando
W has watched a few episodes of the show with J so he immediately recognized a lot of the shops and the characters. That made it fun for both of them. I thought the area was extremely family friendly for a number of reasons. The bright colors and cartoon style of the buildings definitely holds appeal for kids.
As we walked along the street in Springfield, there were many familiar locations from the show. There was also plenty of shade and lots of benches so we had no trouble finding places to sit down and rest.
Family Friendly Food
Eating in the area was the most family friendly that we ran into while visiting Orlando theme parks. In addition to the kid friendly options available as we walked around, there is a large indoor food court. It offers great variety of food including the Krusty Burger that J had to try as well as chicken strips for W.
When your child only wants chicken and french fries, it’s nice when it’s convenient.
And when your child loves doughnuts and you spot the big pink doughnut, it was great to discover that it was an affordable treat too!
And W still talks about his big pink doughnut. He wants to know when we’re going to get another one. And I wish I could tell him it would be tomorrow! It was affordable and delicious!
The Simpsons area was also great because it featured carnival style games that the family could play together as well as rides that appealed to everyone.
Family Friendly Rides
We discovered that W is a brave little boy. He was willing to try the smaller roller coaster type rides while we were in Orlando. But he wasn’t a fan of rides that spent a lot of time in the dark.
There are only two rides in Springfield, USA but W was excited to go on both of them. He rode The Simpsons ride with J and I have to admit that it was a bit much for him. It’s more of a thrill ride and W said it was too scary for him. J agreed that it wasn’t the best fit but Daddy certainly enjoyed it.
The Twirl ‘N’ Hurl was much more his speed. You ride on flying saucers and get to attack the citizens of Springfield. The premise was enough to get W excited and the ride was more more his speed. There wasn’t any hurling though which was a good thing in my opinion.
Any ride with hurl in the name makes me a little nervous!
But the line was short and moved quickly which made it perfect for my impatient three-year old!
Since we’d spent the morning at Islands of Adventure, we didn’t get to stay as long as we might have liked at Universal Studios. My biggest tip for traveling with kids is to follow their lead.
When it became obvious that W needed to be done for the day, we followed his lead and made our way leisurely out of the park.
Although I didn’t get to ride some of my favorite rides, I enjoyed experiencing the park through the eyes of my son.
And although there is no picture proof, we also enjoyed Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster more than few times before we headed back to our hotel. But while we enjoyed the area that seemed more directed towards kids, we absolutely loved our time spent in Springfield, USA at Universal Studios Orlando!