Universal Studios Florida 1-Day Touring Plan

Touring plans provide a great way to get the most out of your vacation by highlighting the top rides, attractions, shows, and dining locations.

This touring plan is designed for those visiting Universal Studios Florida for one (1) day from park opening to park closing. This touring plan works for those with and without a Universal Express pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions; however, it assumes that you have not purchased a pass. This plan may require adjustments based on the crowd levels throughout the day, show times, unexpected events, and the park closing time.

Prior to visiting Universal Orlando, we recommend that you download the official Universal Orlando Resort app on the App Store or Google Play Store. The app provides wait times, show times, a resort-wide map, and more.

Tip: This touring plan may be combined with any of our other touring plans to fit your vacation duration or ticket plans.

Entering Universal Studios Florida
We recommend getting to the park turnstiles at least 25 minutes prior to park opening, especially on projected busy days. You can view the likely crowd level for the day by using our FREE Universal Orlando crowd calendar. When you have entered the park, you can grab a guide map to help locate the park’s attractions and shows and to view shows times as well as other details. If you download the official Universal Orlando Resort app, this information and more can be accessed on it.

1. Ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Attraction details: This is a 3-D simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

2. Watch Shrek 4-D
Attraction details: This is a 4-D attraction.
Height requirement: Guests under 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

3. Ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: Between 51 inches and 79 inches
Recommended audience: Teens

4. Reserve a return time for Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
Note: This ride gives you the ability to reserve a time so that you may return to the attraction with little to no wait. You may do this through the Universal Orlando Resort app or at a kiosk near the ride entrance. If you wish to reserve a return time through the app, we recommend doing so while making your way to TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D. If you wish to reserve a time at a kiosk, we suggest doing so after experiencing Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. It should be noted that you may be required to adjust this touring plan to ride this attraction. If possible, try reserving a time that may work with this touring plan. If the Virtual Line is not available, you can proceed either directly into the attraction or into the stand-by line, if available.
Attraction details: This is a 3-D simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

5. Ride TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D
Attraction details: This is a 3-D motion base ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

6. Ride Revenge of the Mummy
Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 48 inches
Recommended audience: Teens

7. Eat lunch
We recommend eating earlier in the day so that you may avoid the crowds later in the day. If you wish, you can skip lunch and instead purchase snacks at locations throughout the park to avoid taking time out of the day.

If you did not pack any lunch meals, we recommend dining at Finnegan’s Bar & Grill, Louie’s Italian Restaurant, or Leaky Cauldron because of their tasty food and close distance to the attraction you just experienced or will experience.

Finnegan’s Bar & Grill serves fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, stew, sandwiches, and more. Louie’s Italian Restaurant serves pizza, pasta, subs, and more. Leaky Cauldron offers pies, fish and chips, bangers and mash, and more.

8. Ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Attraction details: This is a 3-D high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 42 inches; guests between 42 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

9. Ride MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack
Attraction details: This is an interactive dark ride.
Height requirement: At least 42 inches; guests between 42 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

10. Ride The Simpsons Ride
Attraction details: This is a simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

11. Ride E.T. Adventure
Attraction details: This is a flying-based dark ride.
Height requirement: At least 34 inches; guests between 34 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

12. Watch Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show (view park map for show times)
Note: You should arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes prior to the show time.
Show details: This is a live-action show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

13. Eat dinner
To ensure that you complete this plan, we suggest eating dinner by at least 5 PM. If needed, you may eat dinner in a different order than listed here.

Universal Studios Florida offers great dining locations throughout the park. Our top favorite restaurants include Mel’s Drive-In, Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe, and the restaurants in the Springfield area. These locations offer great food in larger quantities compared to other locations in the park.

Mel’s Drive-In sells burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, fries, onion rings, milkshakes, and more. Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe serves chicken, pizza, pasta, lasagna, hot dogs, and additional meals. Restaurants at Springfield’s Fast Food Boulevard offer a wide variety of dishes, including chicken & waffle sandwiches, pizza, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, seafood, and tons more.

14. Watch Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movies Memories (view park map for show times)
Note: You should choose a location around the lagoon at least 35 minutes prior to the show time.
Show details: This is a nighttime show that features pyrotechnics, synchronized water fountains, and more.
Recommended audience: Everyone

For full information about the park’s rides and attractions, click here.
For full information about the park’s shows, click here.

If you have spare time, we highly recommend experiencing the rides, attractions, and shows not listed in this touring plan. To view all of the park’s activities, follow the links provided just above.

Note: It is not guaranteed that you’ll experience all attractions and watch all shows listed by following this touring plan. We recommend skipping any attraction/show that you may not be interested in. Because of scheduled show times, you may be required to adjust this touring plan to accommodate their timetable. You may also be required to adjust this touring plan’s dining schedule depending on the park’s crowd level.

Rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida for thrill seekers:
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Rides, attractions, and shows at Universal Studios Florida for young children:
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl
  • Animal Actors On Location!
  • E.T. Adventure
  • Fievel’s Playland
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
  • A Day in the Park with Barney
  • Curious George Goes To Town
  • Universal’s Superstar Parade