My mom and I just got back from our first trip to Universal Studios in Orlando mainly to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and I have to admit, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.
We’re usually beach people, so packing for a theme park weekend vacation perplexed me a bit, because I really had no clue what to expect. We spent a total of three days at the park (more on the park itself, as well as our hotel, in a future post!), and this post will focus on what to wear IN the park. I didn’t include my airport outfits, nor did I include what I wore in the evenings (future posts on those outfits, as well).
When you’re IN the park, you need to be prepared to lug around your phone, sunglasses (I wore these ones), park ticket, park map, money, mini-sunscreen, and, if you’re at the pinnacle of nerdery like I am, your wand. 😉
My mom and I also had early park admission, so we were able to access Islands of Adventure at 8am every day. Because of this, we both needed to wear a top layer in order to stay warm until the cool Florida mornings heated up as the sun began to beat down. I carried a mini backpack so that I could fit my sweatshirt in it and still have my hands free to perform spells and drink butterbeer, because if you’re in the Wizarding World and not doing either of those things, does it even really count?
The mini backpack was also key because it has side zippers for easy access to things I needed frequently (I swear I applied SPF chapstick every ten minutes.), AND it fit into the small lockers that are provided for you as you ride each ride. I also loved my mini envelope keychain. It fit my park ticket, hotel key, some cash, and my ID. I was able to hook it on my belt loop so that I could keep it as I escaped from Gringotts and went on a Forbidden Journey (both of which are awesome indoor coasters).
- Sequin Palm Tank // 2. Tie-Shoulder Ruffle Tank // 3. Pom-pom Linen Tank // 4. Heathered Hoodie // 5. 5″ Chino Shorts // 6. Mini Envelope Cardholder // 7. High-waisted Denim Shorts // 8. Pink Chuck Taylors // 9. Mini Backpack // 10. Sandals
A word about footwear: Thanks to my Fitbit, I kept track of my steps – we walked about 15,000 steps every day. The park is extremely spread out. Footwear is key. I got by with my Chuck Taylors, but my mom wore athletic sneakers that had more support. I also wore sandals like the ones above. Whatever footwear you wear, it’s important to know that 1) You’ll be walking a TON, and 2) Your shoes should not be able to slide on and off of your feet if you’re planning on riding any of the bigger coasters.
It’s also important to note that you can get wet on some of the rides. We didn’t ride any rides that get their riders soaked, but if you’re into that, I’d pack comfortable, supportive swimwear (and I highly recommend ModCloth for that!).
Have you ever been to Universal Studios in Orlando? If so, do you have any other packing recommendations for my readers? Leave a comment and let us know!
Until next time, don’t let the muggles get you down. 🙂