If you’re anything like me, you take great satisfaction in avoiding mistakes. Especially costly ones. So if you’re thinking about planning a trip to Universal Orlando, I wanted to share with you 4 things that I won’t do again! By knowing what NOT to do, hopefully, you can avoid some of the same pitfalls and have a better trip!
1. Getting Soaked | Won't Do Again In Universal Orlando
To be honest with you guys, I’m going to say nothing is worse than walking around all day in wet clothes – especially at the very start of the day (it’s not very fun). Are the water rides fun? Yes, they are! The only time I’m game to go on the water rides right away is summertime, when the temperatures feel like 100 degrees. In nonsummer months I recommend that you hit the water rides on your way out of the park this way; you aren’t uncomfortable the rest of your park day. On some rides, you won’t get as wet – believe it or not – in Jurassic Park River Adventure, you sometimes don’t get soaked. However, you will definitely get soaked if you go on Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls. Did someone say, “Wet Girl Summer?!” 👀
2. Back Row on the Hulk | Won't Do Again In Universal Orlando
Firstly, I love the Hulk at Islands of Adventure – it’s always been one of my favorites. However, riding in the back row is something I won’t be doing again! I’m a speed queen and belong in the front row – to me, that’s the best place to be, but this last time, my friend wanted to ride the back row 🤦♀️. Let me just say it’s a rough ride. You will get whipped in every which way, and I feel you go slower than the air hitting you in the very front. You legitimately come out of your seat – thank goodness for those straps! I always say – “if you’re gonna do it, then you should REALLY do it – go front row!” That’s how I feel on all the rollercoasters; the back row wasn’t the move for me!
3. Standng at the hogsmeade butterbeer carts | Won't Do Again In Universal Orlando
Girl, I did a whole Butterbeer TikTok hack on this one right here! I don’t know about you, but if it’s not a rollercoaster, then I really don’t want to wait 45 minutes to an hour in a line, especially for something as simple as a Butterbeer. Firstly, the main problem with this is that everyone conjugates at the two Hogsmeade Butterbeer carts in the street, and the lines are just long. The real tea is that there are multiple other locations to get Butterbeer, not just those carts! Like I mentioned above, check out my TikTok, where I give you the secret place to skip all the lines because it’s not worth waiting that long for a Butterbeer! You sure won’t ever find me at a Hogsmeade Butterbeer cart again – unless I’m filming a TikTok on what not to do!
4. Forgetting a Lanyard | Won't Do Again In Universal Orlando
This one right here is huge! Here is the basic breakdown of getting on most rides now: you can’t bring anything with you on rides like the Hulk and Velocicoaster. You have to walk through metal detectors, and the ride attendants will ask you to place anything extra in your pockets in a locker (even your wallet FYI). Back in the day, years ago, you could put everything, and I mean everything, in a locker because you used your fingerprint to open your locker. Now, however, you have to carry your park ticket card with you at all times to open your locker (it’s like your key now).
Piece of mind
Having a lanyard is easy and a simple lifesaver. You slip your ticket in there, place it around your neck, and tuck it in your shirt when you’re on rides. Then when you’re finished, you whip it out to open your locker. It’s a piece of mind to have because it’s more secure than placing your ticket in your pocket… believe me, on the Velocicoaster especially – you go upside down and get tossed and turned in every way. With a lanyard, it takes the worrying out of the equation, so you can truly just enjoy yourself!
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In conclusion, mistakes are a part of life, and we all make them. But hopefully, by sharing what I did wrong on my trip to Universal Orlando, you can avoid making some of the same mistakes I made! Have you been to Universal Orlando? Above all, what tips would you share with others? Let us know in the comments below!