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  • Writer's pictureCollin Brazan

Our must-dos in both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks

Updated: May 20

With two theme parks connected by the innovative entertainment district Universal CityWalk, Universal Orlando Resort comes with a lot to experience (especially if you're spending just one day park-hopping between both parks).

Attending often has shown us our favorite rides, food, and shows, so whether our trip is extended or a single day, we always carry our must-do experiences with us.

Universal Studios Florida

Our Favorite Ride

Revenge of the Mummy has been one of our favorite Orlando rides since its inception, with a gripping story, stunning set pieces and a thrilling coaster that rips through the dark. A combination of multiple ride systems makes for one of the most electric coasters anywhere.

Our Favorite Eats

The Today Cafe takes the crown for best dining in Universal Studios Florida, with hefty portions and quality ingredients. Whether going for one of their incredible breakfast sandwiches or the enormous Carnegie Platter (a truly massive pastrami sandwich), there are heavyweight and light-fare options that should please all tastes and appetites.

Our Favorite Sights

The Bourne Spectacular is a great, up-close stunt show that's great at entertaining for an extended period (and thus a great reprieve from the Florida heat, too).

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Our Favorite Ride

Though Islands of Adventure is loaded with unbeatable rides (truly, we could list most of the park's experiences in this space), our favorite remains Velocicoaster, the world's best roller coaster (though those less attuned to thrills will find plenty to adore with our runner-up, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure). With thrills more exhilarating than those almost anywhere else, it's nearly impossible for us to attend Islands of Adventure without getting in a Velocicoaster ride.

Our Favorite Eats

Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade brings some of the most quality quick service in a theme park anywhere, bringing movie-authentic atmosphere to boot. A stellar destination for beverages, this has remained our favorite dining stop when attending Universal Orlando Resort's theme parks.

Our Favorite Sights

Students take the stage in Hogsmeade throughout the day to entertain crowds in a manner reminiscent of the glorious theme park days of old. Whether during the Triwizard Spirit Rally or the Frog Choir, the groups taking over Hogsmeade bring Universal's best land to life with immersive excitement unlike anywhere else.

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