I've been to Universal several times before, but always with a stroller and child swap. This time I am traveling with my Mom, 2 sisters, and my 2 daughters who are 13 and 16. Dec 1-3.
I'm trying to wrap my head around the metal detectors which I understand means no keys, no phone, no camera, nothing in the pockets. And the locker situation.
1. Are metal detectors only at Hulk, rip ride and Dragon Challenge? For Dragon Challenge, are they located close to Hogsmeade or inside the building? I'm trying to figure out where my non-thrill seeking 13 year old can wait with our bag. Maybe Grandma will stay with her?
2. Are the lockers tricky to use? Do they eat up lots of time? My 13 year old is unwilling to ride the 3 thrill rides, so she can hold our bag. But for any other rides with no bags, we'll have to use lockers.
3. Which other rides are no bags? Gringotts, Hogwarts, Kong? Water rides? Mummy? We've always had child swap, and left the backpack with the stroller and small children.
I'd say, let's just minimize what we bring, so we don't have to be getting in and out of Lockers throughout every day for 3 days... but since we are in early December, we'll likely need sweatshirts to start the day, and a backpack to hold the jackets if things warm up. I suppose I could tell everyone to tie sweatshirts around waists and we'd only have the 13 year old holding "the bag" for the thrill rides? Is it possible to do this without a bag at all? Cargo pants for everyone?
I'm also considering buying the interactive wand. I understand some of the longer ones don't fit in the lockers.
Would you adjust your touring plans to consolidate the "no bag" rides for the locker rental situation? Or only buy/carry the interactive wand on one day and avoid "no bag" rides and lockers that day?
Has anyone else thought about these issues, and how did the locker situation work for you?
Thanks for any thoughts you can offer!