I know what you’re thinking…Universal AND Disney in THREE DAYS…you have to be out of your mind! Well I can’t exactly say you’re wrong, but when you’re on a mission, can only take one day off of work and are DYING to visit both theme parks you make it happen! I will say one thing, if you’re with kids I don’t suggest having this packed of an itinerary, but if this is an adults only trip and you want to make the most out of a short period of time in Orlando I’m sharing exactly what we did and how we did it!
We spent a long weekend in Orlando (Friday night to Monday night), we flew in on Friday night on a 7:00pm flight, landed around 10:00pm, took an Uber to our hotel and went to sleep! We debated on flying in on Saturday morning, but it ended up being the same price flying out the night before (even with one extra night in the hotel)! We booked our whole trip (flight + hotel) through jetBlue Vacations and got a great deal! We stayed at the Caribe Royal (Guys it’s pink! And you know us bloggers can’t pass up a pink hotel!), and it was perfect for everything we needed. Our room was huge, there was a coffee shop right in the downstairs of our tower which was great for breakfast, the staff was very helpful, and the pool was beautiful (even though we didn’t get to enjoy it).
We made sure to eat breakfast at our hotel before we left and took an Uber over to Magic Kingdom. We started in Tomorrowland and worked our way around the park. While waiting in line at Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin we downloaded the My Disney Experience app and started booking FastPass+! You can actually book them up to 30 days in advance, but since this was a spontaneous trip we didn’t do that. (Also worth noting, you only get three Fast Passes a day and they all have to be used at one park, so be strategic!) We were able to get FastPass+ tickets for Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for later in the day so we changed our itinerary a little bit.
We rode Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, “it’s a small world” and the Haunted Mansion, then we took the monorail over to Epcot! On the way over we made a reservation at San Angel Inn Restaurant in the Mexico Pavilion for dinner. When we arrived we rode Spaceship Earth, walked (& had a few drinks) around the world, ate dinner then rode Soarin’ Around the World! By the time we were done the park was just about to close and we headed back to Magic Kingdom to ride Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain at our FastPass+ times. Walking around Magic Kingdom at night is “magical” pun intended, and I’m so glad we ended up going back at night! If you plan on cramming both Universal and Disney in three days I suggest leaving a full day (or almost a full day like we did) for Magic Kingdom, it’s the biggest park and the rides have the longest lines so it can take up a lot of time.
Not going to lie I was SO excited about going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! The last time I had been to Universal Orlando was way before the time of Harry Potter (I think around 2001) and it was number 1 on my list of things to do in Orlando. We bought Single Day Park-to-Park passes, which gives you access to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Island of Adventure! I without a doubt think you could easily do both of these parks in one day (The lines seem to move WAY faster than any lines in Disney)!
One secret I will give you that saved us SO much time and made it possible for us to get on every single ride we wanted to go was utilizing the SINGLE RIDER LINE! All of the popular rides in Universal have a separate line for single riders and if you don’t care about sitting by yourself or potentially with people you don’t know then DO IT! Myself and my 2 friends got on the single rider line on every ride it was available for because the wait was a fraction of the regular line, you got to wait in line with each other, AND 9 out of 10 times we ended up sitting together anyway once we got on!
We took our time in the morning because we had to pack our suitcases, have the concierge hold our things and check out of the hotel. Then we headed over to Animal Kingdom. Since Pandora – The World of Avatar was so new we didn’t get to go on any of the rides (the lines were over 2 hours and there were no FastPass+ available on any of the days we were there), but we did get to walk through it. It was so cool and if you’re a big Avatar fan this is definitely worth seeing!
We explored a little more then headed over to Hollywood Studios to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror, both of which we had FastPass+ tickets for! These rides are what people go to Hollywood Studios for so if you can score a FastPass+ I highly suggest it! Parks like Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom aren’t too big so you definitely don’t need to allot a full day at either. And if we were staying that night you could probably even do Epcot again at night for dinner, that’s the beauty of the Park Hopper passes! I’m so excited to go back to Hollywood Studios in the next couple years with so many new things opening like Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
We left Hollywood Studios and went back to our hotel to get our things and headed right to the airport to go home!
Were we tired after packing Universal and Disney in three days? Absolutely, but it was 100% worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat (maybe next time I’ll make it 4 days and spend one day relaxing at the pool and giving my poor feet a break)! Also make sure to check out the Florida Highlight on my Instagram stories to watch all of my videos from the trip!
Disclosure: I was provided with 2 1-Day Park Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World.