Universal Orlando Resort has undergone massive expansion in recent years. In our opinion, Universal Orlando keeps getting better & better. The introduction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has made Universal Orlando top of many guests must do list when visiting Orlando. The opening of a new Harry Potter roller coaster will ensure 2019 is the best year yet. Here are our Top 5 Universal Orlando Must-Do for 2019.
Visit the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
2018 was the year we eventually managed to visit the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, and it was worth the wait. After our first visit at Easter, we even managed to attend a second time during the summer.
The food at the Chocolate Emporium is sensational, both the Coffee & Chocolate Stout Chicken Wings and chocolate bread take some beating. However, the milkshakes are the star attraction for many guests, but we never manage to find room.
A third visit to the Chocolate Emporium is a Must-Do for 2019. Rumour has it Mrs Modernlifeisgood wants to visit for her birthday this year! Perhaps this time we will even find space for a milkshake?
Stay at a Universal Hotel to get a free Express Pass
Ok, it isn’t really free, but a stay at some Universal Hotels comes with an Express Pass. I hate the concept of paying for Express Pass and much prefer the Disney World Fastpass system. However, it does not seem as problematic if it comes with your room. A complimentary Express Pass is included for guests staying at Portofino Bay, Hard Rock & Royal Pacific Resorts.
Despite the cost, Universal Express pass is essential in our opinion when you are visiting during peak seasons. During peak periods waits at many attractions will be very long. The Express Pass allows significantly reduced waits at most attractions.
Visit During Mardi Gras
Universal’s Mardi Gras will be held every night from Feb. 9–Apr. 4, 2019. We attended in 2018, but unfortunately will not be going this year.
The event is inspired by the New Orleans’ Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebrations. However, the Universal version is a strictly family affair. The celebrations include Cajun food stalls, a nightly parade and a concert series.
The Mardi Gras Parade was the highlight of our trip last year and should not be missed. The parade is a wonderful spectacle of light with dazzling performers, crazy costumes, spectacular floats and beads. There is a lot of beads!
Ride & Visit Old Favorites
We recently created a list of our Top Attractions at Universal Orlando. Our choices were:
- Men in Black: Alien Attack
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
All are great attractions and all on my must-do list for 2019. There are not many poor attractions at Universal Resort Orlando, but these are our
A New Harry Potter Coaster
A new Harry Potter Roller Coaster is opening in Islands of Adventure this summer, but we do not know much about it. Unlike Disney, Universal do not publicise their developments much in advance. We do not even know yet when it will be opening or what it will be called!
However, based on previous attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter we think it is safe to assume this new ride will be a Universal Orlando Must-Do for 2019.