When in Orlando, Florida, families go to either two places: the Walt Disney World Resort or the Universal Orland Resort. Kids would usually choose the former than the latter, but there are a lot of reasons why your family should vacation at Universal instead this summer. What are they? Here are five things that make Universal Orlando Resort better than Walt Disney World Resort:
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
For Potterheads everywhere, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will fulfill your childhood dreams of becoming a wizard. You may not have received your Hogwarts acceptance letter when you were eleven, but now you can your favorite places from the books – Hogsmeade Village, Gringotts bank, Diagon Alley, Ollivanders Wand Shop, and the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes! At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can also drink butterbeer, buy your own wand and get your Hogwarts house uniform.
Other attractions include Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts where you take a mine cart ride through the underground bank, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey where you get to tour Hogwarts, and the Hogwarts Express which is only accessible with Universal park to park tickets.
- Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay is Universal Orlando Resort’s water theme park. Here, you’ll find an impressive wave pool, two lazy rivers, and eighteen (yes—18!) water slides. You will also see a man-made mountain that’s 200-foot-tall. It has a crater that explodes like a real volcano! Although, the only thing that comes out of it is water during the day and fire effects during the night.
- Universal Orlando Resort Hotels
The Universal Orlando Resort Hotels look like a waterside Italian village from the outside and an extravagant hotel on the inside. It’s a great place for families who are planning on staying at Universal Orlando for an extended period of time. It’s within the parks, so it is very accessible to visitors. Plus, if you stay at the hotel, you get an early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and other attractions!
- Universal City Walk
At the Universal City Walk, you will find numerous shops, bars and restaurants where you can find awesome souvenirs to take home for friends and family and have amazing dining experiences. Some of the most popular stops at the Universal City Walk include the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Chicken which will remind you of the film Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. As the name of the restaurant suggests, they offer a wide range of chocolates and chocolate-flavored dishes and treats! They also have delicious dishes for hungry diners who are craving for a great meal after a long fun day at the parks.
Of course, part of the awesomeness of Universal Orlando is its numerous attractions, live shows, and beloved characters. The whole family will have fun seeing the Simpsons, the minions from Despicable Me, Spiderman, the Transformers, etcetera. Go on rides, eat delicious treats, and have the time of your life with your family while at Universal Orlando Resort!