Are you and your family heading to Universal Studios Orlando? Getting ready to plan your itinerary? Well I have to say that one of the must things to do is to start exploring Jurassic Park at Universal Studios Orlando. We had that opportunity when we went on a college exploring road trip, and my husband said we could take a side trip to the theme park. This was one of my favorites, second only to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So are you ready to step back in time to a lost world?
I have always been a fan of the Jurassic Park movies ever since I read the original novel. So to see these creatures come to life in the movie was scary and cool and awesome. I definitely would not want to come face-to-face with one of those guys.
Exploring Jurassic Park at Universal Studios Orlando:
Before I begin, I just want to say that staying on-site at one of the hotels near the theme parks is one of the best decisions you can make. We stayed at the Loews Royal Pacific Hotel, and it really made our time special. You don’t have to worry about driving, and early access to the Harry Potter attractions leaves you plenty of time to explore Jurassic Park at Universal Studios Orlando.
As you exit the Hogsmeade attraction, the first thing you see is the iconic gate.
Every time we walk through, and I mean every time, my husband would always quote Ian Malcolm: “What have they got in there, King Kong?”. Made us laugh every time!
If you keep walking through, you will eventually meet up with my favorite gal. Say hello to Rexy.
My kids thought I was nuts because I took close to 15 pictures just of her. I can’t help it, she was always my favorite in the movies. I wouldn’t want to run into her in a dark jungle, though.
Places to eat in Jurassic Park at Universal Studios:
There are a bunch of cute stands scattered throughout Jurassic Park at Universal Studios. We had purchased the refillable mug and you could get your refills there. From quick snacks to hot dogs, there was generally something for everyone.
But our favorite place to eat was the Pizza Predattoria. They had the best personal-sized pizzas that were so good, even my fussy youngest son ate them without complaining.
The other bonus was there was a refill station on the side and the restrooms were only a few steps away!
Things To Do In Jurassic Park At Universal Studios Orlando:
One of the first places you should visit is the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. Modeled after Hammond’s showroom in the movie, it has fun things for kids of all ages. Heck, my family had to drag me away!
The famous T-Rex display in the movie.
And, of course, there is the main attraction: the River Adventure. Riders beware, you WILL get wet. Best to leave your stuff with non-riders, and have some clothes to change into. We found out there is no safe seat!
And, one of my favorites, the Raptor Encounter.
Meet Keelo. This clever girl was up to no good the day we visited. See her eyeing everyone up?
I wasn’t paying close enough attention, and she decided I was looking like I would make a good snack. Uh, no girl, you don’t want to eat me!
She found it hilarious that I thought my entire family would protect me. Actually, she was just being a ham for the camera. Beware though, she has some horrible breath!
And, there are plenty of places to get some souvenirs to remember your trip. For me, it was all about the t-shirts. I did want to take Keelo home with me, but my family didn’t think our yard was big enough for her to run around. Party poopers!
So there is just a glimpse of some of the fun you will have exploring Jurassic Park at Universal Studios Orlando. I am already trying to figure out when we can come again!
So are you excited to step back into a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth? If not, maybe some relaxing by your hotel pool is what you need. Staying at an on-site hotel will make that a snap!
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