10 Tips for Surviving Universal Orlando with Little Ones
I have always known that Universal Orlando existed, but was told that I should wait until my kids were old enough to enjoy it. Well, being a kid at heart myself, I didn't want to wait! I HAD to see Hogwarts and the land of Harry Potter. I HAD to visit Jurassic Park and take pictures with dinosaurs! So, my family and I joined the Family Forward Retreat sponsored by Universal Orlando last year when my kids were 1 and 5. We had so much fun that we could not wait to go back. We were lucky enough to return and participate in this year's Family Forward Retreat as well. While parts of this event were sponsored, I was not compensated, and all opinions are my own.During each trip, we experienced the parks and all they had to offer for 3 days. This included a behind the scenes VIP tour (which I highly recommend)! With two small children (ages 2 and 6 this trip), our needs differed from families with older kids and teenagers. Here are the top 10 things I learned from our trips about surviving the parks with little ones. Hopefully this will help you plan and prepare so that you can bring your own little ones, and still leave with your sanity and fun memories beyond your wildest dreams!
1. Rent a Stroller:We rented a stroller from Simple Stroller two years in a row and were more than pleased. Why rent if you have one at home? Reasons to Rent a Stroller Before Heading to Universal Orlando:
- Save Space: This is obvious if you are flying; but if you are driving, why take up valuable trunk space?
- Accessories: Not everyone has a rain cover or parent console for their stroller. In Orlando, a rain cover is a must! You can't predict the weather, so having one on hand just in case is a life saver. Soaking wet kids=potential disaster (mine hate being wet unless they are in the pool, yours might not mind it).
- Insurance Policies: Spend the extra few dollars to insure your rental stroller against theft or damage. If you bring your own stroller and something happens to it, you are out a stroller. A rental company will help you get another one for your trip.
- Avoid Whining: Even if your children don't typically need a stroller at home (5/6 year olds), they are going to be walking a lot more in the parks and will get tired. You will appreciate not having to carry or drag them when they need a break.