Many of these guidelines leave room for some interpretation and every security guard is different. In our experience, security is more interested in looking for security threats and aren’t as worried that packed some sandwiches for our family. One of the best investments we’ve made for vacations is our backpack cooler
. Having a backpack cooler allows us to pack a substantial amount of food for the parks without being too burdened. It’s up to you on what you try to bring inside the park, but we’ve found that we can bring in an entire lunch for 6 people and then most of the time we choose a restaurant within the park for dinner. Park food can get expensive so being able to cut out paying for a meal on a park day is huge.
Pick off-times to eat
Park Restaurants get busy around normal meal times, from noon to 1 pm and 5 to 6 pm. Choosing to eat at off times or during events like park parades will help with restaurant wait times and finding an open table.
Bring in-line distractions
Waiting in lines is a part of life at theme parks, including Universal Studios. If you aren’t purchasing an express pass, you will be waiting in lines most of the time. Of course, the lines at Universal Studios are great for people watching. Often, there is also in-line entertainment and atmosphere and as a last resort, you could even have meaningful conversations with your family. It helps to bring other distractions in case those aren’t enough to keep everyone entertained and in good moods. Most of us hate our kids being on electronic devices so often, but standing in lines is a good exception. I’ve seen many families who download the Heads Up App
and play games together in the line. I’ve even seen complete strangers play that one.
Bring a portable phone charger
Your cell phone will die at some point during the day at Universal Studios. Having a small portable phone charger will come in handy, like this one.
Everyone needs to stay hydrated while at Universal Studios, especially if you go during the summer. Dehydrated kids (and parents) become cranky kids (and parents). We make it a point to make kids hit the drinking fountains each time we make a restroom stop during the day. The kids get sick of hearing us tell them to drink more water, but it makes a big difference on a hot day at the parks.
Start walking before you get to the park
Theme parks cover miles of area, which means tons of walking for your family. I would estimate our family normally walks between 5-10 miles in a day at Universal Studios. Unless you are an avid walker normally, that’s more than your body will be used to and it will take its toll eventually. Add walking to your daily routine at least a month before visiting Universal Studios. Your body will thank you for being prepared.