When planning your holiday to Orlando the first thing that comes to mind is
the world famous super-fast, stomach-churning, scream-inducing
roller-coasters. But there is so much more to experience at Universal
Orlando than just rides.
Here are a few of our favourite things to do at Universal Orlando Resort if
you’ve had too many thrills for one day, you can’t handle any more
screaming or if roller-coasters simply aren’t for you.
Explore the fabled Wizarding World of Harry Potter
There is much to explore in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and you
could very easily find yourself spending your whole holiday there! The 2
offer a variety of immersive experiences for you to take part in. Head over
to Ollivander’s Wand Shop and learn how a wizard’s wand chooses its
perfect, or catch one of the many shows available daily whilst at the park,
our favourites are
Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees
Hogwarts Frog Choir
Once you have been chosen by your wand, you will have the ability to
interact in a completely new way with the world around you. Keep an eye out
for any bronze coloured medallions located around the park. These are your
key to getting a fully immersive Wizard or Witch experience! Using your
wand, you will be able to complete a number of spells that will affect your
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter also offers some of the most unique
dining experiences in any of the theme parks and even the whole of Orlando.
You can experience first-hand the most iconic food and drink from the
movies and books including Butterbeer, Chocolate Frogs & Gilly Water to
name just a few.
Wine, Dine & Unwind at Universal CityWalk
As mentioned previously, Universal Orlando Resort is home to some of the
best food in Orlando and at CityWalk you’re able to experience any cuisine
that takes your fancy, it will be hard to choose just one restaurant.
Nowhere is the choice of food more apparent than at
, which serves up amazing burgers and top-shelf sushi all under the same
roof. Fancy watching some sport whilst on your holiday? Then head over to
NBC Sports Grill & Brew
where you can catch your favourite team on the screens whilst chowing down
on some of their Championship wings. And if you’re craving Mexican food
then head over to
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
for their famous tacos and other favourites from America’s southern
CityWalk is also home to great nightlife with some of the best clubs &
bars in Orlando. As the sun goes down, CityWalk comes alive giving you a
variety of venues to choose from. Enjoy up to 10 different varieties of
Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville
, or get a taste of New Orleans Bourbon Street at the bayou themed
where the world famous duelling pianos accompany a southern style menu.
You’ll also find some of Orlando’s best nightclubs on Universal CityWalk.
is a club themed around an old movie theatre featuring resident DJs who
play a mixture of dance, pop & R ‘n’ B. Alternatively you can visit the
Red Coconut Club
where you the theme is a mixture of tiki-chic and Cuban flair. Split over
two floors, you can expect to hear a blend of live Latino bands and top 40
chart hits. At both of these venues you will have your choice of speciality
drinks including signature cocktails & a broad wine list.
Sit Back & Catch a Show
Whether it’s in the parks or at CityWalk there are some amazing options if
you fancy catching a show during your visit to Universal Orlando Resort. As
mentioned previously, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter offers magic
themed shows that are sure to please the most avid of Potter fans, but
that’s not all that Universal has to offer.
Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the global phenomenon that’s
captivated 35 million people around the world,
Blue Man Group
is an incredible blend of a comedy, theatre show and a rock concert all in
one! Delivering a multi-sensory experience suitable for all the family but
be sure to buy a poncho if you’re sitting in the front rows as you will get
If you don’t enjoy roller-coasters but are still looking for a thrill then
compete against your fellow park goers as a participant on the
Fear Factor Live
show. You will need to face your phobias and tackle some crazy physical
challenges if you’re going to win, this one is not for the faint of heart.
Meet your favourite Universal Characters
It’s impossible to visit Universal Orlando Resort without bumping into some
of your favourite movie characters. During your visit, it’s easy to see
that this is what really brings these parks to life, with memorable heroes
(and villains) that are sure to entertain visitors of all ages.
If you want a personal experience with your favourite characters than sit
down and enjoy breakfast or dinner with them. Young visitors will love
meeting characters from their favourite shows including Scooby Doo, Barney
If you're brave enough, try and snap a photo with Blue and the other
where you will be able to learn some amazing facts about raptor behaviour
but be sure not to make any sudden movements!