We just got home from an awesome 4 day trip to Universal Orlando! I thought I’d share a trip report, since reading other’s reports was really helpful : ) We are a family of 5, kids ages 9 (birthday on the trip), 11, and 14. This is our first trip to Universal in 13 years! First, general stuff:
Going when we did (late September) and staying at Portofino with EPs, we really didn’t need a touring plan. This was so nice! It made the trip much less stressful than our two Disney trips. The only thing we really planned around was Hagrid’s, which changed on the fly a lot. Also, we made sure to do USF early as it closed at 5 or 6 every day we were there b/c of HHN.
Whatever the CL for the parks is, double it for the Wizarding World. Maybe it’s because it’s narrower, but it felt MUCH more crowded back there. Still very worth it, but difficult to get into the shops and really look around. Because of that, forcing ourselves to wake up for the 7am EPA was WELL worth it, at least for the major HP fans. We could really look around and see everything. And, it was nice and cool!
The HP rides are amazing, even if you’re not a Potterhead. My husband (def a muggle) said those were his favorite rides.
For a family of thrill-seekers, we have decided we MUCH prefer Universal to Disney! The rides are better and so much closer together. With EP, we were able to ride everything we loved multiple times! We’ve never been able to do that at Disney.