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Is Universal Orlando Resort kid-friendly?

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I often hear Universal Orlando Resort being called an adult-friendly theme park destination in Orlando. With its rollercoasters and dining district of City Walk, it certainly makes for a thrilling and adult-friendly theme park experience. But how does it fair for children and families? Is there enough to do, and is there enough in place so the adults can still enjoy thrills with their children?

Family-Friendly Attractions

As thrilling as many of Universal's coasters and simulator-style attractions are, there are many that are designed around families, younger guests and those who are not as fond of thrills. Rides like Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Hogwarts Express, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, E.T. Adventure and Race Through New York are great for families. Universal has a number of stage shows and theater shows, too.

Childcare Accessibility Services

Universal lists several services it makes available to families with children, including that of a child swap service, whereby one party member can wait with the guests who do not want to ride, and then switch places with those who rode so as not to need to wait in line again. In addition to child swapping, Universal also offers:

  • Diaper-changing stations in all restrooms

  • Nursing facilities in each of Universal's parks

  • In-park stroller rental

  • Family-sized locker rentals with all-day access for ease of retrieving childcare equipment

The Verdict

Between a large number of rides and shows that are both designed around and made appropriate for families, along with a wealth of childcare accessibility features, Universal Orlando Resort is just as great an option for families with children as it is young adults.

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