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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
The trip ended with a very yummy dessert party while we watched Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular.
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.
How often do you go to theme parks? What was your last family vacation?