Cooling Off at Universal Orlando

13443237_10154163675477488_142014048729414421_oSummer is here, and that means it’s time for summer vacations as well as summer heat! Anyone heading to Universal Orlando Resort this summer should definitely be prepared with hats, sunscreen, and hydration. Here are a few tips on enjoying the parks as well as finding ways to cool off.

Of course, one way to cool off in the heat is to get yourself soaked! Toon Lagoon in Islands of Adventure has a couple of ways to help you with that. One is Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls, a log flume ride that takes guests through a tale of Dudley Do-Right thwarting the plans of the evil Snidely Whiplash. The ending sends you down a soaking 75-foot drop. Another option is Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges, a Popeye-themed water raft ride that will also get you sopping wet.

Next to Toon Lagoon, you can also navigate through the dangers of Jurassic Park on the Jurassic Park River Adventure, complete with a thrilling, splash-filled drop at the end. While this ride will get you wet, it generally won’t soak you like the rides in Toon Lagoon will.

For more soaking, those with kids have several water play area options. In Toon Lagoon, there’s Me Ship, The Olive, a multi-level play area next to Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. Guests can also head over to the Woody Woodpecker Kid Zone in Universal Studios. At the back of the area is Curious George Goes to Town, a large water play area made up like a small town with plenty of interactive ways to get wet. Be aware that playing in this area will probably get you and/or your kids soaked, so be prepared!

If you’d like to cool off without getting wet, you can also seek out some air conditioning – preferably with seating. There are a few indoor shows that will offer a respite from the heat. At Universal Studios, try Universal’s Horror Make-Up Show or Terminator 2: 3D. If you want to stay focused on rides, there are quite a few that are much more bearable in the hot afternoon because the queues are indoors and air-conditioned, such as Revenge of the Mummy, Transformers: The Ride 3D, E.T. Adventure, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and Men in Black: Alien Attack.

Another way to stay cool is to find something cold and refreshing! Any visiting Harry Potter fan will already be keen to try the Butterbeer, and our favorite version of it is the frozen version – perfect for the summer heat. Another favorite of ours is just about any flavor from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor in Diagon Alley. Elsewhere in the park, you can also grab a frozen treat at Schwab’s Pharmacy or Ben & Jerry’s.

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I’m Elizabeth, and I’m a planner, a vacation enthusiast, and quite the nerd. Even better, I’m dedicated to helping you plan an unforgettable vacation without all the stress. I like to say that I specialize in nerd travel – to me, being a nerd has always meant being unashamedly passionate about the stories I love. This is why I love planning for my favorite destinations – these are places that can take you right into the world of your imagination and make it real. If you’re just a grown-up kid like me, you’ll love these destinations, too. Whether you’re imagining fairytale castles or adventures with wizards and dragons, I can help you make it happen! I’m putting all that I’ve learned about vacation planning and my nerdy love of fantasy to work for you, so that you can write your amazing vacation story. Visit my blog NerdTravelPro.com to learn more about how you can get help planning your next adventure, and come visit me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for even more vacation fun and tips. Contact me at elizabeth@theaffordablemouse.com to start planning.

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