Our oldest daughter is currently obsessed with Harry Potter so planning a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood during our spring break road trip was exciting. She is eight years old and doesn’t remember the Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter during our family visit to Universal Orlando many years ago. We knew she would have fun at Universal Hollywood but were unsure of the activities appropriate for her almost two year old little sister. Our day spent at the park was awesome and we had no problem keeping both girls busy! I’m sharing my favorite 10 things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood with a toddler so you can plan the ultimate family visit too.
10 Things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood with a Toddler
Front of Line Pass
If you’re visiting the park with a toddler, you’re not going to want to spend time waiting in lines. Our family did quite a bit of swapping – my husband and oldest daughter rode an attraction while I was playing with our toddler nearby – then we swapped roles. The Front of the Line pass permits each pass holder to ride every attraction one time bypassing the standard line. This is AWESOME and made a huge difference in our day.
Themed family shirts
Necessary? No. Should you do it? Absolutely. I used black, white and gold glitter Expressions Vinyl and my Cricut to make Harry Potter shirts for our family. Designs are not my own but I easily recreated them on picmonkey the week before our spring break road trip.
- “Mischief Managed”
- “Squad Goals”
- “If You Can Read This My Invisibility Cloak Isn’t Working”
- “First Stop Preschool Next Stop Hogwarts”
- “Waiting For My Hogwarts Letter”
There are so many characters with photo opportunities. Unlike other theme parks, the characters are roaming the park and interacting with guests in addition to staged photo opportunity areas. Both our daughters enjoyed stopping to visit with their favorite characters. Take the time to interact with characters your toddler recognizes.
Super Silly Fun Land
The elaborate play zone is located directly next to the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction so this is where little sister played while we were swapping time with her big sister. Rides, water play, playground and video games make this play zone a toddler favorite.
Near Jurassic Park you’ll find many fun photo opportunities including the raptor encounter. We didn’t stand in line for a photo but did have fun watching nearby.
Directly next to Juarassic Park the ride, you’ll find the Dino Play play zone. Our toddler played while we took turns riding Jurassic Park. Her big sister joined her and had fun too!
The Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter
While there are no rides for toddlers in the Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter area, there is plenty of fun to be had for the littles. Our toddler jumped from the doorsteps pretending to fly while her big sister enjoyed the rides. The candy store, many gift shops and stage show held little sister’s attention too.
Harry Potter Wand
There is a big selection of wands to purchase in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Some are interactive and others are simply to put on display. Our oldest daughter picked out an interactive wand that her little sister immediately wanted to share. Instead we purchased her a light up wand to practice her own spells.
Harry Potter wand purchase tip: The Ollivanders shop in Hogsmeade is a very personal wand shopping experience but also has a line to enter. Instead of waiting with a toddler, explore the wand selection at the booth just outside the Diagon Alley attraction. There was no wait and had the perfect light up wand for little sister!
The studio lot tour is now hosted by Jimmy Fallon and has so many iconic movie sets. The seated tour on a back lot bus is a perfect break for sleepy toddlers. After a few sets our toddler recognized, like Whoville, she fell asleep in my lap for a quick power nap.
Before our visit, assuming we would love it and want to return this year, we purchased our annual pass tickets in Arizona at Costco. The cost was the same as a one day park pass at the entrance. The passes do have blackout dates but do not apply to the first visit.
When planning your next visit, make sure you check out our 10 things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood with a toddler! What’s your favorite thing to do at Universal Studios?