Planning a family vacation can be difficult if you’ve got a wide range of ages coming along. Your teenager may not want to do the same kinds of activities that your eight-year-old wants to, and vice versa, but a certain vacation destination offers fun for the whole family: Universal Studios, Orlando. Whether your child is learning cursive in the third-grade or enrolled in an online high school trigonometry course, Universal has plenty of different family-friendly attractions that will keep every age satisfied.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
A great start to your adventure, the Spider-Man ride is one of many motion-based 3D rides throughout the park. Not quite a roller coaster, this immersive ride requires special 3D glasses that lets you feel like you’re actually on the run from some of Spidey’s most infamous villains. It blends motion rails, 3D technology, and interactive environments to create a wholly unique experience.
Men In Black Alien Attack
This rail shooter is a classic throwback that sees its riders blasting aliens with lasers in order to get the high-score. This adds a little friendly competition to the fun as you’re pushed through a dark cityscape of pop-up aliens and flashing lights with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
Jurassic Park River Adventure
Prepare to get wet on this dino-inspired adventure! Take a leisurely float through the Jurassic environment and do some amazing sight-seeing with realistic animatronics and delightful commentary. The ride takes a thrilling turn, however, when carnivorous dinosaurs escape their confines. Be sure to check out your flash-photo after the ride!
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Yer a wizard, Harry. Well, you feel like one, at least, after getting in line for this Harry Potter themed ride. Explore the halls of Hogwarts itself on your way to board this motion-based attraction. Once the ride starts, you’ll fly on your broom alongside Harry and the gang, traveling through the Forbidden Forest, fleeing from dementors, and soaring through the sky with a dragon. This is a must-ride for any Harry Potter fan of any age.
We skimped out on the roller coasters for this one, but if your kids are old enough for them then check them out by all means! They have plenty of crazy coasters to choose from. Another option is to pair a parent with a kid if one wants to ride something that the other can’t or doesn’t want to. Overall, Universal Studios is a great family getaway if you’re looking to accommodate all ages and still have a great time.