Universal Studios Florida Touring Plan

Touring plans make it easy for you to get the most out of your trip by outlining the order you should visit park attractions and shows, allowing you to enjoy the top experiences there are.

This touring plan was created for those visiting only the Universal Studios Florida park for a single day; however, those visiting the park for a longer period may still take advantage of this plan. This touring plan assumes that you are entering the park at the opening time and staying until the closing time. Although this plan is specifically designed for those not staying on-site and for those without a Universal Express pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines at participating attractions, it may be still be used by such visitors.

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

You should fully review the information in this touring plan prior to using it to ensure the attractions you wish to experience are prioritized.

ENTERING THE PARK

We recommend getting to the park turnstiles at least 25 minutes prior to park opening, especially on projected busy days. You can view the predicted crowd level for the day of your visit 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 showtimes as well as other details. If you download the official Universal Orlando Resort app, this information and more can be accessed on it.

Experience by Midday

The following attractions typically experience the longest wait times, so we suggest visiting them as soon as possible. You should visit the attractions in this exact order to quickly access them. Please note the crowd levels throughout the day may impact when you are able to complete this section of the touring plan.

1. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Attraction details: This is a 3-D simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (101.6 cm); guests between 40 inches (101.6 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

2. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: Between 51 inches (129.54 cm) and 79 inches (200.66 cm)
Recommended audience: Teens

3. TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D
Attraction details: This is a 3-D motion base ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (101.6 cm); guests between 40 inches (101.6 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

4. 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 (101.68 cm); guests between 42 inches (101.68 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

Eat Lunch

If you completed the attractions listed above and it’s around 12 PM or shortly after, you should fuel up before continuing this touring plan. If it’s not quite that time, continue forward, and take a meal break when it does reach that time. Then, continue where you left off. We’ve highlighted some noteworthy dining locations located in the nearby area, but if you don’t want to take too much time out of the day, you can always pack snacks with you or purchase some at the many concession stands in the park.

Leaky Cauldron
This unique quick service restaurant is located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley. It is themed to the dining location of the same name in the Harry Potter series. Here, you can feast on British cuisine, including Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, Fisherman’s Pie, and more.

Springfield Restaurants
If you’re not too keen on British food, we suggest heading to the Springfield area. Eateries in this region include Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Krusty Burger, Luigi’s Pizza, Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck, and numerous other restaurants. The names of these eateries indicate the different meals you can order—chicken, burgers, pizza, and tacos. There are a lot of different quick options for you to enjoy in this area, and they’re all situated within close proximity of each other.

Vegetarians and Vegans
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you can find quite a few meals in the park. Click/tap here to view our Universal Orlando vegetarian and vegan guide. In this guide, we highlighted the different dining locations offering meals available to you as well as which options will satisfy your diet.

Experience by 5 PM

The attractions listed in this section are either relatively new or provide fun experiences. They may feature moderate wait times. It is recommended that you visit the attractions in this order. As previously noted, crowd levels may impact when you are able to complete this section.

1. The Simpsons Ride
Attraction details: This is a simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (101.6 cm); guests between 40 inches (101.6 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

2. MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack
Attraction details: This is an interactive dark ride.
Height requirement: At least 42 inches (106.68 cm); guests between 42 inches (106.68 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

3. Fast & Furious – Supercharged
Attraction details: This is a motion base ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (101.6 cm); guests between 40 inches (101.6 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

4. Revenge of the Mummy
Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 48 inches (121.92 cm)
Recommended audience: Teens

5. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
Attraction details: This is a 3-D simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches (101.6 cm); guests between 40 inches (101.6 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

Eat Dinner

After experiencing the attractions listed above, you should unwind and enjoy a meal. We’ve listed a few dining locations that are within close proximity to you.

Finnegan’s Bar and Grill
If you’re looking for non-fast food meals, this is your stop. Finnegan’s Bar and Grill is a full service restaurant that can be found across the Revenge of the Mummy ride. The location offers starters, soups and salads, sandwiches, and other specials. Meals from each offering include potato and onion Webb, split pea and ham soup, beef stew, baked codfish, and steak sandwich, but there’s plenty more you can order. If you’re interested in dining here, you should consider making a reservation. You can do so online by clicking/tapping here or by calling (407) 224-3663.

Universal Studios’ Class Monsters Cafe
Located close by the New York area is a quick service restaurant themed to the Universal Monsters. Fans of horror films and Universal Pictures’ past will enjoy the level of detail inside. If you decide to dine here, you can order pizza, rotisserie chicken, turkey, as well as ribs.

Mel’s Drive-In
This is a popular quick service eatery located directly across from Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show. This 50’s drive-in serves chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, burgers, fries, floats, and milkshakes.

Vegetarians and Vegans
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, there’s no need to worry. We’ve highlighted the dining locations and meals that will satisfy your diet in our vegetarian and vegan guide, which can be viewed by clicking/tapping here.

Experience by Last Few Hours

The attractions in this list don’t necessarily need to be followed in this order, but we suggest following it in order to watch the available shows.

1. Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show (view showtimes)
Show details: This is a live-action show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

2. E.T. Adventure
Attraction details: This is a flying-based dark ride.
Height requirement: At least 34 inches (86.36 cm); guests between 34 inches (86.36 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

3. Shrek 4-D
Attraction details: This is a 4-D attraction.
Height requirement: Guests under 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

4. Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration (this show may not be available during your visit)
Show details: This is a nighttime show featuring pyrotechnics, projection mapping, fountains, and more.
Recommended audience: Everyone

Experience Anytime

The attractions in this section are not top priority experiences. They are generally not as popular and/or feature shorter wait times, so you can choose to experience them at any time of the day.

1. Fear Factor Live (this has scheduled showtimes)
Show details: This is a live-action show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

2. Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly, spinning-based ride.
Height requirement: Guests under 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families with young children

3. Animal Actors On Location! (this has scheduled showtimes)
Show details: This is a live-action show.
Recommended audience: Families

4. Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 36 inches (91.44 cm); guests between 36 inches (91.44 cm) and 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion
Recommended audience: Families with children

Unlisted Attractions

There are several attractions in the park that have not been listed in this touring plan. This is either because they are play areas, require a specific ticket type, or take too much time out of the day. Those visiting on a quiet day, for more than a single day, or traveling with children should consider experiencing them.

1. The Blues Brothers Show (this has scheduled showtimes)
Show details: This is a musical show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

2. Hogwarts Express – King’s Cross Station (this requires a park-to-park ticket)
Attraction details: This is a transportation system that features special effects.
Height requirement: Guests under 48 inches (121.92 cm) must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

3. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (this has scheduled showtimes)
Show details: This is a storytelling show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

4. Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees (this has scheduled showtimes)
Show details: This is a musical show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

5. Fievel’s Playland
Attraction details: This is an interactive play area.
Recommended audience: Children

6. A Day in the Park with Barney (this has scheduled showtimes)
Show details: This is a musical show.
Recommended audience: Families with young children

7. Barney’s Backyard
Attraction details: This is an interactive play area.
Recommended audience: Young children

8. Curious George Goes to Town
Attraction details: This is an interactive water play area.
Recommended audience: Young children

9. Universal’s Superstar Parade (this has a scheduled showtime)
Show details: This is a parade.
Recommended audience: Families

For full information about Universal Orlando’s attractions and shows, click/tap here.

TIP: If you don’t have a Universal Express pass, you have the option to reserve a return time for Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and Fast & Furious – Supercharged using Universal’s Virtual Line system. Doing so may reduce your time in line. Don’t rush your way to every attraction. Take time to enjoy the different areas of the park, especially The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley. Cherish your memories by taking photographs with characters and at the various themed areas.

NOTE: It is not guaranteed that you’ll experience all of the attractions and watch all of the shows listed by following this touring plan. We recommend skipping any attraction or show that you may not be interested in.

ON-SITE HOTEL GUESTS: We recommend taking advantage of early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Rather than visiting Despicable Me Minion Mayhem first, you should visit Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Afterward, you can experience Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and begin to follow the order of this touring plan.

UNIVERSAL EXPRESS VISITORS: Although you have the ability to skip the regular lines at most attractions, greatly reducing your wait times for the top experiences, following this touring plan will still allow you to visit the top attractions in an efficient way and will prevent you from making unnecessary detours.

GUESTS VISITING MULTIPLE DAYS: If you’re visiting this park for more than one (1) day, we recommend sticking to this touring plan for the first day to ensure that you visit the top attractions. The next time you visit the park, you can choose to revisit the attractions you enjoyed most or experience the attractions that you previously skipped.

 

How we determine the recommended audience:

The recommended audience for each experience is determined based on the intensity level and content. Intense roller coasters, for example, are generally recommended to teens. This is because this age group typically enjoys the thrill factor of such attractions; however, other age groups may like such rides as well. Moderate roller coasters with immense detail, on the other hand, may be recommended to all audiences. Other attractions that we will recommend to all audiences include most simulator rides as they are less intense. We will suggest some attractions and shows for families if it’s an experience we think all members will enjoy together. Experiences for young children are usually designed specifically for those under the age of six (6); whereas, experiences for children, in most cases, are intended for those 12 years of age and under. Each person may prefer different experiences.