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Our Trip To Universal Studios Orlando – VIP Tours of the Parks! #FamilyForward

by Nellie

Welcome to part three of our Family Forward Conference vacation at Universal Studios. Part one had volunteer fun, part two had artistic fun and part three might blow your minds a bit–a least it did for me.Universal Orlando VIP Tours-8248

Early on Saturday morning we were treated to a very yummy breakfast at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville. I love this place, I pretty much eat there every single time we are in Orlando!Universal Orlando VIP Tours-8255 SAMSUNG CSC Universal Orlando VIP Tours-8268

After a pretty awesome dance party and full bellies, we were directed to our VIP Behind the scenes tour of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. To say I was excited about this was an understatement. The best part about it was that I had my two NY girlfriends Scherrie and Staci  and their families with us so it was like a giant play date except in a really awesome theme park!

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Our tour guides name was Emmanuel. He was the sweetest person ever. He was so great with restroom breaks and other kid related stops. He brought us through both parks explaining history to us and keeping the kids engaged as well. He was really really good at keeping us captivated and in the moment during the six hour tour. Considering we had a total of six kids plus an infant, he had a lot of work on his hands!Universal Orlando VIP Tours-8303 SAMSUNG CSC

The best part of the VIP tour? You get immediate access to every ride. Every. Single. Ride. Apparently there is a secret passage for every attraction and we were escorted to the front of the line with no wait. It was out of this world. Everything you can think of, The Minions Ride, Shrek 3D, everything in the Harry Potter areas, all the kiddie rides–all good.SAMSUNG CSC

What was great about it was that we didn’t have to worry about carving out time during our trip to make sure we hit every ride at least once. I always feel that intense pressure to visit ALL the attractions or I didn’t get my money’s worth. We were able to see everything without waiting on a line and with close friends. You can’t beat that!Universal Orlando VIP Tours-8373

The tour lasted 6 hours! Believe it or not the boys weren’t exhausted. I totally was however. At the very end Emmanuel took us to the VIP room in the park that was air conditioned, full of great amenities and very comfortable couches. Perfect way to end the day.Universal Orlando VIP Tours-8415

The rest of the trip was pretty great, we were able to visit the parks at our leisure and recover at the hotel when we wanted. We also had breakfast at the our host hotel the Loews Royal Pacific which included characters! The boys were over the moon.Universal Orlando VIP Tours-8345 Universal Orlando VIP Tours-8336 Universal Orlando VIP Tours-8333

The trip ended with a very yummy dessert party while we watched Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular.

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A huge shoutout to the Family Forward team that somehow managed to outdo themselves this year. My family and I had a really phenomenal time and we truly hope we can do it again next year.SAMSUNG CSC

How often do you go to theme parks? What was your last family vacation?

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Janine HulDie October 1, 2015 - 6:10 am

Definitely looked like such a fun end to your trip. Hope you do get to go next year! 😉

Kita October 1, 2015 - 9:48 am

Barney I didn’t know he was still around. What ever happened to all those shows. You all look like you had a blast!

Staci October 1, 2015 - 1:45 pm

Your photos are gorgeous. Totally worth lugging that camera all over the parks! The picture of the three boys – melted my heart. They were so cute together all weekend. I hope we all get to return next year!

Elle October 2, 2015 - 1:17 am

Looks like you and the kids had an amazing time! I can’t believe that the tour was six hours and they didn’t get tired!

I used to love theme parks growing up! I still have very fond memories of the time I went to universal studios even though it was many, many years ago!

LaShawn October 2, 2015 - 6:23 am

You guys look like you had so much fun. It makes me want to go next year! ( awesome photos too!)

Tamara October 2, 2015 - 9:58 am

Six hour tour? Sheesh. What a great tour guide.
Also, that dragon on top of the “bank” scared Scarlet into tears! And she’s not afraid of anything!
I remember those cute bunnies!

Leslie October 2, 2015 - 11:50 am

Another fun day for you and the family…love it! The theme parks around here are pretty terrible, but someday I hope to take the kids to Disney and Universal. If the husband has his way, it will be during the annual races. 😀

Jyl Johnson Pattee December 16, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Wow! Your pics are phenomenal. So glad you could join us this year. Love your family!

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