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Amazing things to do at Universal Orlando Resort other than the rides!

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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 worlds of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade 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 & the 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 surroundings.

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 The Cowfish , 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 neighbour.

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 Margaritas at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville , or get a taste of New Orleans Bourbon Street at the bayou themed Pat O’Briens where the world famous duelling pianos accompany a southern style menu.

You’ll also find some of Orlando’s best nightclubs on Universal CityWalk. The Groove 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 wet!

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 & Minions.

If you're brave enough, try and snap a photo with Blue and the other velociraptors at Raptor Encounter where you will be able to learn some amazing facts about raptor behaviour but be sure not to make any sudden movements!

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