There you are, browsing the sites like cabinetiq.com for new kitchen cabinets and adding things you don’t need to your Amazon cart when you come across an ad for Universal Studios. From there, it’s game over. They’ve got amazing deals that offer you discounted stays at their hotels and the park itself looks like a theme park enthusiast’s dream. If you’ve got your tickets ordered, you’re in for a fantastic time. But there’s a lot to do at Universal studios, and you want to make sure you experience the best of the best during your time there. We’ve got you covered. Here are a few things you are more or less required to experience when you go.
Grab Some Grub
You might think dining within the park is a bad idea, what with the expensive price and the notion that taking a break from the rides to eat will cause you to miss out on certain experiences. However, you’d be missing out on some of the best experiences in the park by skipping out on some of the park’s crazy restaurants. There are loads of themed locations around the park that offer delicious meals tailored around respective themes that make traveling here worth it alone.
Within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visitors can check out The Three Broomsticks and The Leaky Caudron for a magical meal, and also grab a butterbeer while they’re there. There’s also The Simpsons Fast Food Boulevard, which allows you to eat at several small locations like Krusty Burger, Moe’s Tavern, and more. In the mood for seafood? Try out Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. from Forest Gump. Got a craving for something sweet? The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen has you covered. There are too many great options available not to try!
Experience a Thrill or Two
There are so many amazing rides at Universal it’s ridiculous. You’ve got thrilling coasters like The Incredible Hulk Ride, Hollywood Rip-Ride Rockit, and Jurrasic Park’s Velocicoaster, each of which will plaster your hair back and have you white-knuckled as you hold on for dear life. But some of the best rides in the park lie in its 3D coaster technology. Rides like Escape from Gringotts, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and The Simpsons Ride all utilize this technology in tandem with motion-based or track-coasters to fully submerse you in the world of the ride. These are great for people that can’t handle the intensity of a coaster, so long as they get motion sickness.
Explore the Shops
You’ll likely want something to take home with you after your days at the park comes to an end, and Universal has some truly terrific shops to browse. Harry Potter World alone has enough shops to keep you busy, like Honeydukes, Diagon Alley, and Olivander’s Wand Emporium, to name a few. There’s a comic shop over in Marvel Island that has plenty of relics from popular comics along with thousands of actual comics and graphic novels to purchase. There are also shops for The Simpsons, The Mummy, Despicable Me, Spongebob, and pretty much everything else within the park.
Enjoy Your Stay!
There’s no doubt that there are plenty of things within the park to keep you entertained, but you absolutely must do these activities when you finally visit. You don’t have to eat at every restaurant and ride every attraction in the park, but as long as you can stop by a few you’ll get the full Universal Studios experience.