Orlando is a fabulous city filled with lots to do, but you don’t need a park pass to all the theme parks to enjoy what they have to offer. In fact, my in-laws flew down from Michigan a few weekends ago to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary and they wanted to go to Universal, since none of us have park passes we decided to plan a day trip to Universal that didn’t involve the park!
You would be surprised how easy it is to spend a day at Universal Orlando without park passes, we had an absolutely wonderful time!
And just as a tip, if you plan on going later in the day, parking is just $5 starting at 6 PM.
Here are 9 Things You Can Do at Universal Orlando Without Park Passes
See a Blockbuster Movie
Grab your friends, family, or just go by yourself and see one of the latest and great movies at AMC® Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX®. Each theater features all-stadium seating with high backed rocking chairs, and state-of-the-art projection and sound systems. Hungry? Thirsty? They have food and adult beverages available on site too!
Mini Golf and Teleport Back to the 50s
If you have ever been to Universal Orlando, you seen Hollywood Drive-In Golf™. There are 36 holes of golf that are offer two themes from movies from the 50s, The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and Invaders From Planet Putt. You can putt your way through a cemetery and a flying saucer, under a giant spider, around a 30-foot robot, into the basement lab of a haunted house, and more. With the LED lighting, you can play day, night and even late-night! This is definitely something the whole family can enjoy together.
You can find everything from gear from the latest Universal Studios films to beautiful handbags and watches from Fossil. In all there are over 12 shops on Universal CityWalk, so take some time and browse!
Who can resist amazing food? I know I can’t. There are so many amazing food options for you on Universal CityWalk you can totally spend the day snacking away! When we were there, we ate at The Cowfish. Cowfish has deliciously exotic sushi options that are sure to please the biggest sushi fan.
NOT a sushi fan? Even though I don’t know how that could be possible, they have you covered there too, they have so many different burgers to choose from you are bound to find your next favorite meal.
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Oh, and the kids menu is fantastic. My son got mini-burgers and my daughter got the Ninja Nuggets (chicken nuggets). The kids meals were generously portioned and came with a side and dessert. They even came to the table in adorable bento boxes.
The Cowfish is full of bright colors, smiling faces, and great food – the next time you are at Universal Orlando, my family and I strongly recommend checking them out!
Need a place to go and just unwind and have a beer or margarita with friends? There are lots of great places to choose from at Universal CityWalk.
When the lights go down, the music is turned up! There is a club for everyone, from the dueling piano bar to Bob Marley tunes to traditional clubbing music!
Watch Your Surroundings
There are street performers, something fun happening on the Center Stage – when we were there, the DJ was having the kids do a scavenger hunt, or play in the water fountains to cool off.
Take a deep breathe, smile, hold your loved ones hand, and just relax, reconnect, and have FUN.
Be Amazed by the Blue Man Group
You guys know that we have seen this show before from my past review, and I would totally see it another 100 xs! My in-laws actually requested to see the show on their visit and we were happy to oblige.
The Blue Man Group is a show that everyone in the family will just love. From the chopping of Cap N’ Crunch to the Bootie Shaking to the mysterious happenings with Twinkies, this show will leave you laughing and wanting more.
Have you been to Universal CityWalk before? What are some of your favorite parts?