We are a large family group traveling together in July with three children 9 years old and under. We come from Texas so everyone can deal with some heat. We will have up to 4 days in the parks. Here is the plan I have devised:
Day 1 - Universal Islands of Adventure - Spiderman is a big favorite so we’ll start with that. I took the standard touring plan for families with small children and removed everything Harry Potter because we’ll be doing the Marvel Character Meal for dinner and leaving the park for around 2 hours during the heat of the day to rest. I’m not seeing anything we have to stay in the park late similar to the Magic Kingdom show at the castle so some of us will take the little kids back to the hotel after dinner and some will go ride some adult rides.
Day 2 - Universal Studios - Also took the touring plan for families with small children and removed Harry Potter on this day so we could have a longer rest during the heat of the day and a comfortable dinner somewhere air conditioned. We will stick around for the Epic Cinema Under the Stars at 8:45 pm this day.
Day 3 - All Things Harry Potter - I realize this may be a bit of overkill but with 3 Harry Potter crazed adults and 2 kids who also enjoyed the movies I wanted to have time to let everyone explore as leisurely as possible when crammed in with all the other Harry Potter crazed folks. We will have lunch at the Leaky Cauldron and dinner at the Three Broomsticks. I’ve got my fingers crossed we can get everything done in a day in both parks before closing but if not we can finish up on Day 4.
Day 4 Grandparents (That would be my spouse and I) will run the grandkids back through a few favorites then head out early afternoon to enjoy the pools and hopefully some quiet time at our hotel. Some of us have very early flights the next day.
Lastly could someone please point me to information on acquiring a Virtual Line? We aren’t planning to purchase Universal Express for everyone though some of our group may buy it for themselves if they wish.