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Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando vacations can seem very similar. After all with both being in the greater Orlando area, you can expect a general packing list for your Florida vacation. Still there are some things you might not think of for a typical vacation that will be extra helpful for a Universal Orlando vacation.
Universal Packing Necessity #1: Lanyard
Disney World has switched to MagicBands which basically let you leave everything else in your hotel room. Universal Orlando still requires a number of paper items. Tickets for the park, room keys, Express Passes, and cash or credit cards can become disorganized in pockets over the day. (And if you’re like me, you’re likely to occasionally forget which pocket which item is end leading to unnecessary panic.) A lanyard can provide a fun and easy way to keep all these paper items together.
Universal Packing Necessity #2: Floats or Pool Noodles
This isn’t a necessity for all Universal Resorts, but if you’re staying at Cabana Bay or plan to use their facilities bring these with you to save a bit of money. Cabana Bay has an awesome pool including a lazy river, but they don’t provide floats. If you bring your own floats with you, they will inflate them for free. Floats are available for purchase at the Lazy River Pool, but will be a bit more expensive then bringing your own.
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Universal Orlando roller coasters now make you remove all bags and any items in your pockets and walk through a metal detector. (Free lockers are provided for the anticipated duration of your ride.) A few rides however (notably Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Mummy, and Men in Black) will let you wear a fanny pack, but not bring on any other type of bag. So while a backpack or crossbody may work for your Disney World trip, a fanny pack will save you time and hassle at Universal Orlando.
Universal Packing Necessity #4: Something to Dry Off after the Water Rides
Yes, you get wet on Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids, but Universal Orlando’s water rides at Islands of Adventure are roughly the equivalent of taking a shower with your clothes on. Bringing a change of clothes, money for the people dryer, or at least dry socks will save you some discomfort for the rest of your day.
There are several awesome packing list available but don’t forget these necessities to make your Universal Orlando vacation more enjoyable.
What are some of your musts to bring with you when you visit Universal Orlando? Share them in the comments!
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Jennifer is a 30-year-old lover of Disney, wine, running, coffee, and the arts. She grew up going to Disney on a regular basis but really fell in love with it on her trip to celebrate her high school graduation. Disney is in part her happy place, because it let's her scratch her be a foodie despite severe food allergies. She also loves RunDisney and has completed the Walt Disney World Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Tower of Terror Ten Miler. She doesn't always make it to the parks as often as she likes, so she also looks for ways to bring the Disney magic home.