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Universal Studios Orlando 3 Day Itinerary


Ultimate Orlando Adventure: A 3-Day Itinerary with Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay!


Orlando, Florida is the epitome of family fun and thrills, and there's no better place to experience it all than at Universal Orlando Resort. With a Park-to-Park ticket and access to the incredible Volcano Bay water park, you're in for a whirlwind of excitement. In this 3-day itinerary, we'll make the most of every moment, ensuring you have an unforgettable time in this magical destination.


Day 1: Exploring Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure


Morning: Universal Studios Florida

  • Start your day early with a hearty breakfast at one of the resort's many dining options, or grab a coffee from Starbucks!

  • Jump on the complimentary shuttles if you are stay at a Universal Resort.

  • You will want to be at the park at opening, guests of Universal hotels get early entrance. Use this to your advantage!

  • Dive into the Hollywood experience with rides like Transformers: The Ride-3D and Revenge of the Mummy. Don't miss the Horror Makeup show! Its one of my favorites.

  • Don't miss out on the Simpsons Ride and the classic E.T. Adventure.

  • Head to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Immerse yourself in the magic of Hogwarts, ride the iconic Escape from Gringotts, and explore the charming shops.

I suggest eating lunch at the Leaky Cauldron! The food was yummy and unique and there was something for everyone, don't forget dessert!


Afternoon: Islands of Adventure

Universal Studios Milkshakes
Milkshakes from Toothsome Chocolate Factory

Cross over to Islands of Adventure via the Hogwarts Express for an entirely different adventure.

  • Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade. Be sure to ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and enjoy a frozen or hot Butterbeer.

  • Brave the thrilling rides in Marvel Super Hero Island, including The Incredible Hulk Coaster and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.

  • End your day with a leisurely stroll through Seuss Landing, a whimsical area perfect for families.

Eat in City walk for dinner. There are so many delicious choices to choose from, but don't miss the milkshakes from Toothsome Chocolate Factory, mmmm . . . .

Universal Studios
Pulled Pork Sandwich at Volcano Bay

Day 2: Conquering Volcano Bay

  • Head to Volcano Bay, Universal's spectacular water park & find a comfortable shady spot to relax!

  • Experience thrilling water slides like the Krakatau Aqua Coaster and enjoy the lazy river, Waturi Beach, and the serene wave pool.

Relax with yummy drinks, a float around the lazy river, and nap in the sun.


The pulled pork sandwich with pineapple is delicious and GF. I highly recommend it for lunch!


Enjoy dinner at City walk, I love Margaritaville, and a fun game of Mini golf!


Day 3: Revisiting Favorites and Wrapping Up


Morning: Islands of Adventure:

  • Be the first in the park with early entry and head to the Wizarding World. Get in line for Hagrids Motorcyles first, as the line in the afternoons can be well over an hour wait.

  • Use your Park-to-Park ticket to revisit favorite rides or attractions you'd like to experience again.

  • Take in any shows or parades you may have missed during your first two days!

Afternoon: Farewell and Last-Minute Adventures

  • Spend your final hours indulging in any last-minute adventures or grabbing those last-minute souvenirs.

  • Reflect on your incredible Universal Orlando adventure and bid farewell to this magical world.

Some tips & tricks to make use of every day!

  • Eat lunch a little early 11/11:30 before the long lines & rush of hungry guests.

  • Check the weather: Floridas weather is unpredictable, bring a poncho or umbrella.

  • If you are staying at a Universal resort, take advantage of early entry.

  • Bring a water bottle & drink often. I highly suggest this collapsing water bottle.

  • Don't try and cram it all in, and stress yourself out. Enjoy the time at the park & with the people you brought along!

This 3-day Universal Orlando adventure, combining Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay, promises non-stop excitement and unforgettable family moments. From the enchanting worlds of Harry Potter to the thrilling rides and water slides, your journey will be nothing short of extraordinary. Embrace the magic, make memories, and relish in the joy of this ultimate Orlando experience!


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