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den-jim-universal-studios-orlando-floridaDiscover Universal Studios with our own personal Universal guide, see how we've explored the park over the years.

Because of the children's different ages in the early days, we use too split into two groups, 'Two way radios can be helpful here'.

This was down to James our youngest, not being able to go onto the big rides due to age and height restrictions etc.

Here's our Universal Guide:

If your children are very young head towards Woody Woodpeckers Kidzone this becomes extremely busy in the high season . Pop in to meet Barney & Friends, and enjoy this timeless children's show. The kids will love Fievel's Playland and Curious George Goes To Town and don't forget Animal Actors on Location the animals are fantastic. Times for the shows will be displayed on your Universal guide park map.

Keep your camera close by as you will bump into a few characters along the way. As you can see from the photo below, James is a lot older here, but my darling wife Denise insisted on the Scooby Doo picture...he wanted to go on the 'Men in Black ride'...something not right there?

Ages 5 - 10:

scoobydoo-universal-studios-orlandoWe would recommend on our Universal guide you visit Shrek 4D first as this does get extremely busy...this is a brilliant show, and with the 4D effects you will want to go back for more. Then, if they are up for a bit of wind around the ankles and neck, hop over to Twister (this can be scary for some children so be careful).

Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast and ex Nickelodeon Studios now The Blue Man Group are a must visit.

Universal Guide Age 10 Upwards:

For the 10's upwards, if height restrictions are not a problem just go for it, here's our battle plan;

  • Shrek-4D

  • Twister

  • Revenge of the Mummy

  • M.I.B-Alien Attack

  • Doh! The Simpsons Ride

  • Holywood Rip Ride Rocket

  • E.T.

  • Disaster

Don't forget the other attractions...we class them as sit down shows i.e. Terminator 2 3D, 'Fear Factor Live (not for the squeamish) these two alone can become very busy in the high season.

Beetlejuice and The Blues Brothers, make great toe tapping sing-a-long venues, times displayed on your park map. Universal Horror Make up Show is fun, again some young children may be scared, and for the nostalgic members in your group The Lucy Ball Tribute show, the much loved American comedian from the 50's and 60's.

Apart from our Universal guide what we find useful are the public discussion forums, where people who are going, or just been to Orlando can keep you up to date with what's happening in or around the theme parks at Disney or Universal Studios. Here's a few forums that you may find helpful, pick a number and click away, we'll still be here on your return 1, 2, 3.

Oh nearly forgot, remember the Firework Displays in the evening over the lake...Fantastic...closing times change throughout the year

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