Visiting Universal Studios with a Toddler

Planning a visit to Universal Studios Orlando with a toddler has its challenges. However, there are ways to help reduce the risk of a toddler melt-down during your day in the park.

Know the Ride Height Requirements

Certain rides have height requirements as a safety feature. Before visiting Universal Studios, check out online the height requirements for rides that may interest your toddler. Little ones need to be at least 36-inches tall to ride Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster and at least 34-inches tall to ride E.T. Adventure. Children standing 40-inches tall can ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Simpsons Ride and even TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D. There is no height restriction for Shrek 4-D.

Plan for Breaks

There is a lot to see and do in the Universal Studios theme park—more than a dozen rides and attractions, shows, a spectacular parade, great places to eat and even two play areas just for the littlest visitors. Help keep your toddler from becoming over-tired and cranky by planning breaks throughout your visit, especially if you plan to be in the park from open to close. Take a break and enjoy a frozen treat from Hollywood or Bust, a cold drink from Lagoon Lemonade, or visit the San Francisco Candy Company for a candied apple.

Be Flexible

Traveling with a toddler or children of any age means being flexible. You toddler may chatter continuously about how much he wants to meet a Minion but when the time comes and he suddenly changes his mind, it’s often easier to go with the flow. He may be overwhelmed be the sights and sounds of the park and need a break.

Stay Hydrated

Central Florida is hot. The average temperature in July and August is 92-degrees—often temperatures soar much higher. To keep your toddler and every member of your group healthy and happy, it’s essential to stay hydrated. While a carbonated beverage may taste great, opt for plain water to maximize hydration for your toddler as well as everyone else in your group.

Follow these easy tips for taking a toddler to Universal Studios and your visit may be happier and less stressful.

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