Universal Orlando with a 4 year-oldUniversal Orlando: Anyone with any ideas on how best to spend 2 days at Universal Orlando with a four year-old and three adults?
From Jonah SirotaDoing one day at IOA Oct 7, and one day at USF Oct 8 with my 4 1/2-year old son, and his aunt and grandpa. Any advice about how to balance the grown-ups' wish to spend a bunch of time at WWoHP with making sure my son will have age-appropriate fun stuff. We won't get early entrance, and we weren't planning on buying express pass, unless you feel it is money feel spent?
Posted September 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Thanks for your help!
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From Dominick DOne, Express isn't needed in October. Universal really isn't the ideal place to take a 4 year old (Disney would be the better option), but there are some things to do there with a 4 year old.
Posted September 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM
From Andrew DoughertyDom you forgot shrek 4-D, popye if he's tall enough, men in black, disaster.
Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM
From James RaoRegarding the Harry Potter section of IOA, remember that unless the child is 48" tall, all he can do is tour Hogwarts (can't ride Forbidden Journey), ride the Hippogriff youth coaster (formerly the Flying Unicorn), and visit the Wand shop. Further, Dueling Dragons... I mean, Dragon Challenge has a 54" height requirement.
Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM
Set expectations accordingly so your kid is not completely disappointed.
From Orrin CarstarphenIn IOA you have the entire Suess section (4 rides) and dont forget ET and the Woody Woodpecker coaster in Universal Studios.
Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM
From Tony DudaUniversal Studios has the Superstar parade at 2 pm (now) which would be good too. The closing-time cinema spectacular may not entertain him.
Posted September 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM
From Jonah SirotaThanks! I will check out the new parade at USF, we'll do all the cool stuff at IOA, and I won't forget ET. Anyone have a sense if whether MIB is a good idea? I remember thinking it was really fun, and silly, but I wasn't thinking like a four year old.
Posted September 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM
From Dominick DHe has to be 42 inches to ride. Might not be the best choice at that age.
Posted September 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM
From Jonah SirotaHe's 43.5 in!!! But the more I think about it the more I don't think he's ready for the intensity. We'll start with ET and the friendly aliens before moving on to the hostile ones!
Posted September 22, 2012 at 4:19 AM
From robert morrisGo there all the time with a 2 and 6 year old.
Posted September 27, 2012 at 7:25 AM
Depending on height: Spiderman and Stormforce (teacups at a nightclub)
Popeye if tall enough, Camp Jurrasic is blast, along with discovery center(make sure he names the new dinosaur)
Touring shops Hippogriff and tour the castle, mystic fountain will kill 5 minutes and posedions fury if under 20 minutes
All of Seuss including All the places you Go reading
Take advantage of child swaps for adult rides as most have tvs and/or play areas set up
From robert morrisFor USF Desp Me has stationary seating so all ages can enjoy, just one adult has to give up ride effects. Shrek is a given and do twister, disaster, horror make up show, animal actors and of course barney have no restrictions
Posted September 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM
Child swap at simpsons has a tv as does the mummy
Mib if tall enough should be fine more cartoonish aliens than evil, ET is like a longer peter pan and good, curious george is also pretty fun and for adults too, imagine a snowball fight in florida
Avoid t2 and plan around riprockit
If really wanna make a sacrifice have the adults go to barney
Depending on ur kid beetlejuice and blues brothers can be good or bad
But parade is great and so are mini parade elements, character greets
Overall Universal is fine for kids just not hyped for them, so sometimes easier lines
Also forgot Fieval for 15 minutes and have someone do the slide with the kid
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