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bulldog95
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North Louisiana
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Going to universal Orlando for the first time
I’ve been to Disney with my kids 7 times but now it’s finally time to take them to universal.

Anyone have any suggestions on decent places to eat inside the parks. I plan on eating there a few times.

Any other helpful hints or suggestions besides drink plenty of water, take a mid day break and go back to the motel to relax/swim, or wear plenty of sunscreen

I am staying at an on-site hotel where we get the unlimited fast pass .


SLafourche07
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
Mythos is good.


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theantiquetiger
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
Bring a ton of quarters for the water cannons at the end of the log ride.


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cajunbuck
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R-KANSAS
Member since Sep 2017
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
we just got back from a universal/disney combo trip. we never ate a real sit-down meal in the park, just mostly grab and go type stuff. chicken and waffles was pretty good in krusty burger/moes tavern area. back water bar was a nice place to grab a drink every now and again when passing by. We had sit down meals at night at hard rock and margaritaville in Citywalk and both were pretty decent. don't forget, theres a fat tuesdays daiquiri shop also over by margaritaville that we would hit pretty often. i wish that had been in the park......

unlimited fast pass from what i saw would be essential. we did not have that and the lines kinda sucked. depending on your group etc., single rider lines were wayyyy better, and sometimes we would end up riding together anyhow.


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Jimmy2shoes
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
check out the American Express lounge if you have little ones. air conditioning, water and snacks.


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Civildawg
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
I would just eat at the city walk and go back into the park. City walk has plenty of good options


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ImAComanche
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
I recommend The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar at CityWalk. It sounds kind of gross, but it’s not. I’ve been to Orlando a few times for work and my co-workers always ask to have dinner there. The service can be hit or miss, depending on the day/time.

The All-American Bacon Double Cheeseburgooshi and The High Class Hillbilly rolls are delicious.

The Cowfish Menu

I’ve been told by several people that that The Toothsome Chocolate Factory at CityWalk has a really good burger, but I’ve never eaten there. It’s a neat place and your kids will love looking around in there at the least. The desserts I’ve seen look incredible. We plan on eating there the next time we’re in Orlando.

The Toothsome Food Menu

Y’all have fun!


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specchaser
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lafayette
Member since Feb 2008
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
by staying on site w/ the fast pass, you're ahead of the game. I'm not a fan of the theme parks but this made it very convenient and the lines were reasonable.

city walk has several options. the mexican place was decent. all i got


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litenin
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Houston
Member since Mar 2016
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
At Disney parks, I always felt like I was in the middle of huge rushed crowds, while paying too much for below quality food. At Universal, there seemed to be many more options inside the park and also outside (Boardwalk area) at those places mentioned.

We stayed at the Italian themed on-site hotel and there were a few decent options there for food. With the unlimited fast pass, I don't think we ever waited more than about 20 minutes for a ride (even during a peak time like Thanksgiving week).


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brichard
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Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2010
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
You will be very happy you have the fast pass. As far as food inside the parks, its all pretty much burgers, pizza, quick type stuff. The Simpsons food hall place can get pretty crowded. We enjoyed the burger at Mel's diner (50's style place). Did not enjoy the pizza place by Jurassic World. There is a bakery place with pastries when you walk in to islands of adventure that worked well for breakfast for us. Download the Universal app for wait times, and maps. Spend a little time on it before you go, it has menus you can check out. Have fun!


Poppe
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Central FL
Member since Dec 2016
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
In the Simpsons area there is bumble bee taco truck and in London outside of Harry Potter is the jacket potato stand.


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GatorReb
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Member since Feb 2009
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
There a place at Islands back in Harry Potter where you can get a big family style tray of rotisserie still chicken, fries, and veggies and such. Its been about 5 year or so i believe. But i remember it being well worth it and nicely themed.

And yes the fast passes are super clutch. We did Islands/Uni a few times before we had kids. Now we have a 3.5 year old and a 15 month old. A week at Disney in September is our next big trip


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RougeDawg
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re: Going to universal Orlando for the first time
Food is MUCH better at Universal. Three broomsticks and the Cauldron in the Harry Potter areas are good. Mythos is pricey for what they give you. The San Francisco fish place is pretty good.


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