If you think an Orlando vacation is just for sentimental time with the little ones, let me introduce you to an upgrade. As the kids grow their way into middle school, they're more than ready for Universal Orlando Resort™. There's a ton to do for the youngest, but the bigger kids will have more fun than they thought possible. But it's not just the kids who are in for an adventure. Moms, dads, uncles, grandmas, brothers, and sisters, no matter who sets foot here, everyone's gonna have a blast.
Think of this place as the theme park mecca for the thrill-loving family, the ones who want a little more adventure in their vacation. Three awesome theme parks beckon to the brave of heart and the young at heart. From speeding roller coasters to hilarious shows and attractions to spectacular on-site hotels, this is the place to be in Orlando.
Universal Studios Florida™
First up is the one that started it all, Universal's original Florida theme park. Universal Studios Florida™ was built on the idea that you don't just want to see your favorite movies, you want to ride them.
Like passing into Gringotts™ Bank in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ to join Harry Potter's quest to save the world. Or unearthing the crypts of undead Egyptians in The Revenge of the Mummy™. Or just laughing yourself silly as you chase Minions through Gru's lair in Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™.
From the streets of New York City and Hollywood, to the dark corners of Knockturn Alley, you'll lose yourself in the stories you love. And waiting for you next door—via a short walk or a ride on the fabled Hogwarts™ Express—is even more.
Universal's Islands of Adventure™
Stroll past the towering lighthouse and find yourself on the edge of a wide lagoon. Along its edges lay unique islands, each with stories to tell, the stories you know by heart. The heroes you cheer for have come to life at Universal's Islands of Adventure™.
Take the trip to Hogwarts™ you've always wanted at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade™. Travel the city streets of Marvel Super Hero Island® to go inside the pages of the world's most famous comics. Or travel back in time to the mysterious (and treacherous) Jurassic Park™. More lands abound—Seuss Landing™, Toon Lagoon™, The Lost Continent™—including the imposing realm of Skull Island: Reign of Kong™.
You'll find splash-down cheers and screams of delight as rides take you plummeting over the edge and soaring into the sky. As these stories come to life, so does your vacation—and the memories you make together.
Speaking of splash-downs, if you wanna get wet, have we got the place for you.
Universal's Volcano Bay™
Set to open in early Summer 2017, Volcano Bay is Universal's new water theme park. What does that mean? Well, when you take the creative geniuses who made all the stuff I just wrote about and let them loose on designing a water park, you get some pretty amazing results. You get a water park unlike any you've ever experienced. You get a water park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. You get a water park where your cares melt away. You get Volcano Bay.
Thrill seekers can enjoy unique experiences like surprising drop slides and white-water river action. Or if you're looking for a more relaxing experience, you'll be able to enjoy a soothing winding river, serene beaches and two-story private cabanas.
Plus, with the TapuTapu wearable technology, you'll be in line for a ride without having to wait in line. Just tap into your ride of choice, then grab a bite to eat or take a dip in a leisure pool—TapuTapu will let you know when your time has come. Less time in line = more time to play.
Triggering special effects throughout the park with the wave of a hand, this same technology adds interactive fun to your water-filled day.
With four separate villages, 18 attractions, and multiple interactive experiences and multiple eateries, Universal's Volcano Bay™ is a destination unto itself. It's like if your favorite tropical island was populated with the best water rides in the world. Quite a day indeed.
So, there you have it. A family vacation to Orlando can be so much more than what you might expect. At Universal Orlando Resort™, memories are made between peals of laughter, screams of excitement and moments of tranquility. If you're the family that's looking for those in abundance, then start packing.
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