Universal Studios Orlando is comprised of two different parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. While tweens, teens and adults will love Universal Studios Orlando, thanks to Harry Potter and thrill rides like the Hulk, what about preschool aged children? Multidimensional TravelingMom, Kristi Mehes, recently took her preschool aged son to Universal Studios Orlando and discovered that there are plenty of things to do for younger children. Here are 8 reasons Universal Studios Orlando is kid friendly!
8 Reasons Universal Studios Orlando Is Kid Friendly
Character Meet and Greets
A Day in the Park With Barney
Curious George Goes to Town
Universal’s Superstar Parade
Reason #1: Character Meet and Greets
My son is at an age where he loves meeting the characters as well as getting them to sign his autograph book. There are popular characters in both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida.
For example, an area in Islands of Adventure is exclusive to superheroes. Your whole family, including younger children, can take pictures with popular superheroes like Spiderman and Captain America. As for Universal Studios Florida, you and your family can have photos taken with characters like Scooby Doo and the Minions.
Reason #2: Seuss Landing
This Dr. Seuss themed area in Islands of Adventure is a huge hit especially among preschool aged children. Enjoy several fun, whimsical rides for younger children, including a train and a carousel, called Caro-Seuss-el. My son likes Dr. Seuss books. Now as a result of our trip, he is extremely interested in all things Dr. Seuss. Characters like the Lorax are also available for pictures.
Reason #3: A Day in the Park With Barney
A Day in the Park With Barney is a show located in Universal Studios Florida. Parents can sit on benches, while children sit on the floor. Barney and his friends, like Baby Bop, make appearances and sing songs from the TV show. My son, along with other children, stood up several times throughout the show and danced along with the music. And Barney was available for pictures after the show! There’s also a fun play area outside of the theater.
Reason #4: Curious George Goes to Town
This is a play area in Universal Studios Florida modeled after a town. Children love it, but be prepared to get soaked. Because of this, I made sure to take an extra pair of clothes for my son. I’m glad we did. My son’s clothes were soaked, so we changed him afterward, but he loved the time we spent there.
Reason #5: Universal’s Superstar Parade
There is a parade at Universal Studios Florida called Universal’s Superstar Parade. Several popular Nickelodeon characters make an appearance, such as Dora, Diego, and SpongeBob Squarepants. My son loves parades, so we made a point to watch the parade while we were there.
Reason #6: Camp Jurassic
Camp Jurassic is located inside Islands of Adventure and is another play area. While it is primarily a play area, it also has a dinosaur themed ride. My son could easily spend his entire day in this area and was disappointed when I told him it was time to move on to another attraction. From slides and rope bridges, it’s a child’s dream playground. Plus, it’s dinosaur themed! It’s a great area of the park to take children to burn off some energy, too.
Reason #7: Hogwarts Express
Hogwarts Express is fun for the whole family. This train ride connects Islands of Adventure to Universal Studios Florida and vice versa. If you want to take a ride, buy a park hopper ticket for both parks; otherwise, you will not be able to experience it. In my opinion, it’s well worth it. My son doesn’t know anything about Harry Potter, but he loves the train ride. It was hard to capture it on film, but needless to say, this is something you and your family should experience for yourselves.
Reason #8: SpongeBob Squarepants
A store located in Universal Studios Florida is solely dedicated to SpongeBob Squarepants. This could easily have been its own attraction especially since SpongeBob is available for pictures. Once my son found out there was a SpongeBob store, all he wanted to do was go there and see it for himself.