universal studios florida family trip | bergen county, nj family photographer

We were lucky enough to travel down to Florida this winter for a quick getaway with Grandpa and Grandma to Universal Studios Florida. (Not so lucky that our trip was cut a couple days short because we got slammed with snow on the day we were supposed to fly down to Florida. Yes, the ONLY snowstorm of the winter happened on the day of our flight. But you can see here that we had a blast in the snow anyway.)


We had a free day to entertain ourselves before we hit the theme parks, so we decided to head to Dinosaur World in Plant City, FL. My two boys are especially obsessed with dinosaurs and can rattle off just about any dino name just by looking at a picture of one, so we thought it would be a hit no matter what. We expected a small, hokey but fun place. We did not expect it to be so awesome!  Dinosaur World was so clean, bigger than we thought and there were a lot of activities for the kids to do. There is something like 200 life-sized dinosaurs there, as well as a great, clean playground, a fossil dig, gem excavation and more. Such a fun place!

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On day two we decided to head over to the Crayola Experience in Orlando before settling into our hotel. We have always wanted to go to the Crayola Factory in Pennsylvania but haven’t made it there yet, so when we found out there was a similar spot in Florida we thought it would be fun to spend a couple hours there. This place was definitely a hit and my kids have already asked to go back. They are very much into drawing, coloring and anything art so it was no surprise that we came home with bags overflowing with things they had made at the Crayola Experience – even their very own crayons which they got to name and wrap themselves!


On day three we finally made it to Universal Studios Orlando! I would have never imagined that my children, at their ages, would enjoy Universal Studios as much as they did. Minion Mayhem, Transformers, Simpsons, Shrek, Harry Potter (mommy’s favorite!), Marvel superheroes, Dr. Suess, Jurassic Park – honestly, what isn’t there to love?! We spent two magical days there – one of which was VERY WET and RAINY (lucky for us, the rain meant less people). We played carnival games, went on our first roller coasters, mingled with Gru and his Minions, cast spells with our magic wands, compared muscles with Spiderman, climbed rock walls (my little girl amazed me here!), played in Jurassic Park, and enjoyed all things Dr. Suess. The fact that we spent two 8 hour days at Universal with NO TEARS from any of my little minions just tells you how much fun we had. You can only imagine how upset they were when they found out we had to go home.

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Such an incredible trip! And so exhausting! But hey, jamming this much fun into four days should be!


Cathy O'Donoghue Bastien - April 10, 2016 - 12:41 am

This was great, beautiful family, I am so happy for you.

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