Universal Orlando Theme Park: Great for Young Kids

We have 3 kids ages 7 and under. We did not take baby girl, 2, because we had Nana watch her at the hotel. She got to play in the pool, but she would have had a blast too. We were given free media passes to review the park which also gave us Express+ to go the the separate shorter line on rides. Many rides did not need it, but the big ones like Transformers and Minions did.

Universal Orlando with kids


My son is right at 40in, which is the minimum height for many of the rides. It was frustrating to have the employees that checked his height to view him ok for some, and not for others. The biggest let-down for us was the Transformers ride which I had to sit in the kid swap area while the rest of our group rode.

sitting in kid swap is no fun

Thankfully, he was more excited once he got to meet Bumblebee just outside the ride. Yes, the real, live moving and dancing Bumblebee. The only thing that could have made that moment better would be if they could have given him High-5, but they were allowed to stand just in front and not touch. That is hard to explain to young kids. I understand that they are high tech equipment, but a quick moment to allow kids to shake hands, hug, or give five, would be an amazing addition to this. We are able to hug on other characters throughout the park, so I hope they can figure out a way to make this happen.

Transformers Universal orlando


They wanted to ride some bigger coasters, but we did find a roller coaster they both could ride over in the Curious George and Feivel land.

Woody Woodpecker roller coaster

We commemorated the moment because it was his first real roller coaster ride. This happened after the 3rd time riding it. It’s safe to say he had a great time. The kids needed to run and play instead of standing in line for a while, so we hit up Feivel’s play area and Curious George land. We spent several hours here and the kids had a blast.

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Their favorite area was a place designed best for a monkey named George.

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The ball factory is a place to throw, suck up, drop, and play with balls in a ton of different ways. It is two stories and has several ways for kids and parents to get around.

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Enjoy exploring an area as if you are the size of a mouse.

Warning: You will get wet in the Curious George area. Have quick dry clothes or bathing suits ready, and protect the electronics.

Like REALLY wet.

Curious George water fun at Universal Orlando

Fun for kids at Universal Orlando

Curious George Land Universal Orlando


There is still more fun to be had. My 6 year old loved the Twister experience. She loves natural disasters.

Twister Experience

My husband was glad to have beer and other adult fun that we headed back to later for the Mardi Gras celebrations going on through June. You must check out the fun.

#mardigras at Universal Orlando


We didn’t even make it over to Islands of Adventures, and we didn’t get to see and do everything at the main park either. This is worth several days to enjoy. If you are in the Orlando area, be sure to stop in and check out the Mardi Gras events and concerts on select nights. You won’t regret it.



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