Things To Do

6 Super Fun Things to Do at Universal Orlando Resort Other than Rides

June 25, 2018
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Feeling a bit left out when planning a trip to Universal Orlando just because you are all like, “Definitely NOT getting on that ride!” While the big shiny roller coasters and blockbuster-inspired action rides are what bring many people to the parks, there’s so much more to Universal Orlando Resort.

Here are a few of our favorites things to do outside of the rides.

1. Channel Your Inner Wizard at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Butterbeer with Hannah from Getting Stamped

You could easily spend your entire trip to Universal Orlando exploring the lands of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Immerse yourself and get lost in the wonder of all things Harry Potter. While others in your group strap into one of the world’s thrill rides, like the multi-dimensional Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts in Diagon Alley or Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in Hogsmeade, you can head into Ollivanders wand shop. The shop is lined from floor to ceiling with wands of all shapes and sizes, and you can even experience how a wand chooses a wizard first-hand.

With wand in hand, make your way to one of the many purveyors of Butterbeer that can be found throughout both areas. Along the way, keep an eye out for bronze medallions on the ground where you can use your interactive wand. Your interactive wand can cast numerous spells throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The fun doesn’t stop there – both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade are packed with details big and small that will keep witches, wizards and Muggles entertained for hours.

2. A Ride to Consider Trying: The Hogwarts Express

If you can handle a little bit of motion simulation, consider hopping on-board this iconic train. The Hogwarts Express takes you on immersive journeys with familiar characters and creatures as you travel between King’s Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade Station in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

3. Satisfy Your Inner Foodie at Universal CityWalk

Citywalk - Cowfish

Take your taste buds for a ride at one of the top-notch restaurants at Universal CityWalk. With the choice of tasty food spots almost as abundant as rides inside the parks, it can be tough to choose just one restaurant.

It’s hard to go wrong with lunch or dinner at The Cowfish, which serves up amazing burgers and top-shelf sushi all under the same roof. NBC Sports Grill & Brew will keep you up-to-date with your favorite teams with a side of awesome pub fare. If you’re craving something south of the border head to the colorfully-painted Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food for some pretty legit tacos and out of this world table-side guacamole!

At the end of the day, grab a seat next to Jimmy Buffet’s seaplane at the Lone Palm Airport and catch the sunset with a tropical drink in hand. Sink your toes in the real sand beach and enjoy the tiki bar inspired menu – it’s the perfect place to unwind.

4. Sit Back and Catch a Show

Horror Make Up Show

Between the theme parks and Universal CityWalk, there are tons of live shows to check out. Check out the fun music and humor of Blue Man Group at CityWalk or one-of-a-kind attractions like the Horror Make-Up Show. There is sure to be a show that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

More must-see shows at Universal Orlando:

Universal Studios Florida

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

5. Get Into Character

The Secret Life of Pets

The rides are great for some, but it’s the characters that really bring the parks to life. Walking around the park you might bump into one of the Minions or even a Marvel Super Hero. Your little non-riders will love seeing characters from Dr. Seuss, and Scooby-Doo

More ways to have a character encounter:

Universal Studios Florida

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

6. Chillax at an On-Site Hotel

Onsite Hotel Pool

If a comfy massage table is more your style, then hang back at your hotel for a relaxing morning while the riders in your group take on the park. Pamper yourself with a spa treatment at Mandara Spa at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel or head down to the hotel pool with a good book in hand. Everyone will have a better time if they are doing what makes them happy, just set a time to come together again for some family or group fun.

Make a plan to meet your riders back at the hotel for lunch or dinner at one of the many great dining options. Each on-site hotel at Universal Orlando is home to a handful of restaurants that fit the style and theme of the hotel, like the Caribbean-inspired Strong Water Tavern and Amatista Restaurant at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. It’s a great spot to meet up before heading back into the parks, which are just a short water taxi or shuttle ride away!

Don’t let the big rides scare you away from making the trip down to Universal Orlando this year. Start planning now and get #ReadyforUniversal.

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  • Reply jon self June 27, 2018 at 10:30 am

    i thought the flying fish show had been cancelled since F&F is dominating that area along with rearrangement for new nighttime show

  • Reply victus July 3, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    at last the horror makeup show gets the spotlight!
    wonderful show
    maybe it should be open during horror nights
    thank you horror makeup show and peoples

  • Reply James Cassens January 14, 2019 at 9:56 am

    My wife and I are 65 and newbies to Universal. Not really into scary rides anymore but 25 years ago really enjoyed the shows at your park. Can’t really find a lot of info. on your website about shows other than Blue Man, Horror makeup, and Fear Factor Live? Is this a place we should visit?? seems awful pricy. Really enjoyed all the comical shows of past.

    • Reply Social Media Team January 14, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Hello James, we have new attractions that are family friendly such as Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and Fast and Furious- Supercharges as well as an epic new show that is lighting up the night at Universal Studios Florida with a colossal celebration of music, water and light that transforms the park and takes you into the movies like never before!

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