How to see Universal Studios In Just a Day

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With attractions ripped from the pages of Harry Potter and a way to experience Minion mania in real life, you may find your family wanting to spend the day at Universal Studios.

Yes, you can see Universal Studios in ONE day. We used to take three days to go through both parks, but we have found that it is possible to do it in a day. It can be tough to tackle a theme park in a day, let alone three theme parks, but with some insider knowledge, it can happen!

Get a handle on the grounds before you go.

When you plan to spend the day at Universal Studios , note that there are two separate parks: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Download the Universal app in advance so you can familiarize yourself with the lay of the land as well as check wait times on-the-go upon arrival.

Stay at their resort

Park hotel guests get an extra hour of amusements each morning with paid admission, which is essential for fitting it all into one day. If you can’t afford their resort, make sure you arrive extra early to get through the long security checks.

Start with a short lines first

Start the day at Universal Studios at the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem’s 3D simulator, The next short line should be the  TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, which have long lines in the afternoon. From there, go to the Diagon Alley to ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Jump on board the Hogwarts Express train, that doubles as transportation to Universal’s second park, Islands of Adventure.

End your day with shopping

I like to save my evening time for shopping! You probably have done all the rides you wanted to do. Now is the time to relax, shop and slow down and take in all the little details that make Universal Studios amazing.

If you’re a huge Harry Potter fan, wander through all of the shops. They really put a lot of detail into making all of the shops accurate and you will feel like you are actually in the movie. The Harry Potter merchandise is all over the park, so make sure you check out all the stores to find that unique souvenir.

Simply accept that you can’t do it all.

Reality is, since you’re only there for one day, some attractions will need to make the chopping block. The park has plenty of simulators and  roller coasters, so choosing the ones that you really, really want to go on must be a priority. Wasting time at shows probably isn’t wise either. Be careful to time out your meals accordingly, no matter what itinerary you choose. If you are a coffee drinker, grab a Starbucks (located in both parks) for a pick-me-up during the afternoon.

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