Here are some notes that apply specifically to Universal Studios Florida. General notes that apply to both parks will be found in Chapter One.
First Aid. There is a first aid station and nursing facility on Canal Street, across from Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue and just beside Louie’s Italian Restaurant. You’ll also find help at Family & Health Services on the Front Lot.
Getting Wet. The Curious George play area in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone is straight out of a water park, and kids who visit there will not be able to resist the temptation to get absolutely drenched. On cooler days when a wet child could catch a chill, bring a towel and a change of clothes.
Height Restrictions and Other Warnings. Due to a variety of considerations, such as sudden movements and the configuration of lap restraints, a few rides will be off-limits to shorter (typically younger) guests. The following rides have minimum height requirements:
- Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster 36 in. (91.4 cm.)
Despicable Me 40 in. (101.6 cm.)
(Stationary seating is provided for shorter kids.)
Men In Black 42 in. (106.7 cm.)
Revenge of the Mummy 48 in. (121.9 cm.)
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit 51 in. (130 cm.)
In addition, any child under 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult on all these rides (except the Mummy and Rockit, which they can’t ride at all) and must be able to sit upright without help.
PG-13 Ratings. Universal urges “parental advisory” for kids under 13 on the following rides and attractions:
- Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue
- Terminator 2: 3-D
- Universal Horror Make-Up Show
In addition, Jaws may be too intense for very small children. Most parents seem to ignore the warnings. In this day and age (sadly, perhaps), it’s hard to imagine a child being shocked by anything.
Reservations. Both Lombard’s Seafood Grille and Finnegan’s accept dining reservations. They are highly recommended at any time and especially if you are visiting during the busy season, although a reservation is not an absolute guarantee of avoiding a short wait. You can make your reservations first thing in the morning when you arrive or by phone up to 24 hours in advance. The number to call is (407) 224-3613 or book online through OpenTable.com.
Single Rider Lines. To help shrink long lines, "Single Rider" lines can cut you to the front of the queue provided you are willing to be separated from your party. Men In Black and Revenge of the Mummy have a single rider line open most of the time, and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit offers one intermittently. Single rider entrances may shutter if there is too much demand (or not enough), so you can't always count on this option.
Special Diets. Lombard's Seafood Grille and Finnegan's can provide kosher meals with 48 hours advance notice, and offer dishes with gluten-free ingredients. Call Food Services at (407) 363-8340 to make arrangements. The 2-Park Map's list of dining spots calls out restaurants offering "healthy choices," which usually means vegetarians can be accommodated.
Universal eliminated trans-fat oil from its menus in 2007. Still, if you're on a low-fat regimen, sticking with salads and fruit plates is probably the best strategy. Lombard's has a nice selection of seafood and salads.
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