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Today I had a plan. Wake up early, get the girls ready for their first day of school and then take the perfect first day of school picture to post on Instagram, where I would talk about how bittersweet it is to watch my girls grow up into these incredible young women. 
But things don’t always go as we plan. Instead, Falynn and Iyla woke up at 3:30am, got ready for school and then came downstairs at 5:00am to let us know they were ready. 5:00am... two and a half hours before they actually needed to be at school. I rolled myself out of bed at around 6:50am, Super Dad made me some coffee and I quickly shooed them outside so I could take a picture and realized that Falynn was in a long sleeved shirt, a jacket, jeans and old sneakers. I’m pretty sure her hair wasn’t brushed either. Lucia wasn’t awake yet so it would be the first year without a first day of school picture of all three of them. 😫 Whatever. I was tired. So I quickly took a picture (swipe to see) and got them off to school. Lucia woke up late and I couldn’t take a picture of her because my camera lens kept fogging up. When we walked back into the house, the dog escaped, making her even later. 🤦🏻‍♀️ And my coffee’s cold. Anyway, since I couldn’t get the perfect first day of school picture, I hope you enjoy this shot of the girls and Super Dad in their @swimzip.
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Universal Orlando Resort – A Perfect Family Vacation, Day 1

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It’s been about 3 years since our family had a real vacation and this year, since it was a milestone birthday for both myself and Falynn, I knew that we had to plan something extra special.  I wanted to choose a destination that would be fun for the kids as well as for my husband and I. It wasn’t a hard decision.  In fact, I knew immediately where I wanted us to go… Universal Orlando Resort!

A Family Adventure.

Where else can you go and have a blast at any age?! It had been YEARS since I was at Universal Orlando Resort and my husband had never been.  In fact, the only one in our family that had been recently, is my oldest daughter. For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has created epic vacations for the entire family with incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.  I just knew that this adventure would be one my family would remember for years to come.

It was our decision not to tell the girls.  Instead, we let them believe that we were going to the beach. While they were excited, I knew that nothing could prepare them for what was about to take place.  Not telling them for weeks was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to keep to myself, but it was worth it when I saw the looks on their faces when we finally spilled the beans…

I’m not sure I’ve seen that level of excitement on their faces in a really long time.  And that was just the beginning.  We had planned an incredible three day vacation that would be packed full of fun.

We chose to stay at the Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. I’ll have to share that experience in it’s own post, but in one word… AMAZING!   There is nothing more convenient than walking downstairs and onto a bus that takes you to Universal Orlando Resort in just minutes.  No parking.  No wait.  You just get off of the bus, take the elevator up and walk over to the parks.

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We got to the park about 30 minutes before it opened.  They do offer the guests of the Universal Orlando Resort hotels access to Universal’s Islands of Adventure one hour before the general public; however, we decided to head to Universal Studios Florida first because I had always been under the impression that Universal’s Islands of Adventure was more for the older kids and adults (boy was I wrong… but more of that in my next post).

Universal Studios Florida features cutting-edge attractions based on pop culture icons, Hollywood blockbuster films and hit television shows.  Marquee experiences include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

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Falynn and I had our birthday pins on and every Universal Orlando Resort employee wished us each a happy birthday as we passed by, throughout the day. It was magical and made us feel so special. They even serenaded a few guests at the gate as soon as they noticed their birthday pins.

The girls had a list of rides they HAD to go on and thanks to Universal Orlando Resort, we were given Express passes which allowed us to skip the long lines.  I will never visit a park without an Express pass… ever!  We’re totally spoiled and had so much more time to enjoy the park and our time together without the long wait times.

Thanks to our Express passes, we were able to ride all of the rides on their list.  At the top of the list was Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Guests enjoy the full “Tonight Show” experience as they’re transported to Studio 6B to race against Jimmy Fallon in a crazy adventure that only he could imagine. It was exciting and funny and so good they made us go on multiple times.  It was definitely better than I could have imagined it would be.  They even had a great little show while you waited for your color to be called.

Not only were there so many rides, but this little spot in Krustyland that resembles a fair.  The girls each won a little plush toy and had a little break from the rides. It was magical.

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While we weren’t planning on waiting in line to meet characters, we ended up meeting Shrek and Donkey, Krusty the Clown and Side Show Bob and a few others.  The girls were totally star struck when they saw their favorite characters. I loved that Donkey actually spoke to the girls and interacted with them.  He had them laughing the entire time.

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It happened to be the perfect time of the year to visit Universal Orlando Resort. Where else can you see the Minions join Santa Claus in the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s?  What a fun and festive parade!  Watching Falynn sit on her Daddy’s shoulders and point out every character and huge balloon was priceless.  I’ll never forget the look on her face.

As we returned to the hotel that night, we went over every detail, taking about our favorite parts of the day. We couldn’t imagine that Day 2 could be any better… but check out what we thought of Universal’s Islands of Adventure in our follow up post.

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While this post is sponsored by Universal Orlando Resort and we were given free admission in exchange for our review, the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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19 Comments
  • Anosa
    January 29, 2018

    I would love to visit Orlando one day it is definitely on my Bucketlist and sounds like your family has fun

  • Bohemian Babushka
    January 27, 2018

    First of all, can’t believe it’s been over 25 years since Universal Orlando opened- Babushka remembers when they had their grand opening! It’s been years since BB’s gone, and from your post she can tell it’s time to go back. Gracias for the reminder of what a fun place it is. BB2U

  • Mimi Green
    January 26, 2018

    I freaking love Orlando, Florida. I’ve not been in years. We are long overdue for a trip. My 6-year-old needs that vacation experience. She wants to do all things anything related to Disney in any way.

  • Sara Welch
    January 26, 2018

    I am loving the photos, they were making me giggle. It’s definitely a super fun place to visit.

  • Jenn
    January 26, 2018

    I would love to take our girls there. I’ve been for work, but never just for fun. Looks like a trip they will never forget. Love your photos!

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    January 26, 2018

    The Universal Orlando Resort is indeed a great family getaway.Of course the kids are gonna love it. The reaction of the girls says it all.

  • Chubskulit Rose
    January 26, 2018

    Oh that is adorable picture of them with shrek. We have been to Orlando once but we explored Disney World. Orlando Resort looks beautiful!

  • Sarah Honey
    January 26, 2018

    Looks like you had a wonderful vacation! We are heading there this summer for the first time in years!

  • Ricci
    January 26, 2018

    Now this looks like my kind of family vacation!! I would love to take a trip to Universal!!

  • Heather
    January 25, 2018

    I so want to go here! I just know my family would love it. There’s so much to do. We’ve already been to Disneyland, Sea World and Legoland, now its time to see things like this on the east coast. What a fun vacation you had.

  • Carol Cassara
    January 25, 2018

    What a lovely surprise for the kids! I’m pretty sure you all had an amazing time and it’s really such a great place to go to for families. I like that you went during the Holiday season, it’s more magical during that time of the year!

  • Pam Wattenbarger
    January 25, 2018

    I have been wanting to go back to Universal for a while. It’s such a fun place to spend time with the family.

  • Sarah Bailey
    January 25, 2018

    Universal Orlando is on my I would love to revisit list, it always looks like there is so much fun to have and Harry Potter world I NEED to see that for myself.

  • Emily
    January 25, 2018

    How fun! We hope to get to Orlando next January and see all of the amazing parks they have there. It is all about the memories made and fun had with family. This is what our kids will remember.

  • Amber Myers
    January 25, 2018

    We went to Universal Orlando last March and had a blast! I wish we could have spent more time there. The rides were so much fun, and we loved The Simpsons characters.

  • Tomi C
    January 25, 2018

    Looks like you and your family had an awesome vacation. We love visiting Universal Orlando. There’s so much to see and do and it is a memory the kids will cherish for years to come.

  • Terri Steffes
    January 25, 2018

    What a fun event! I would love to give Shrek a hug, too. One of my favorite movies!

  • Robin Rue
    January 25, 2018

    We are heading there this summer. My kids are mainly just interested in the Harry Potter stuff, though, so that is where most of our time will be spent 🙂

  • candy
    January 25, 2018

    We have never been to Universal in Orlando. Only been to Florida once and that was when we went to Disney. Sure we would love and have fun at Universal.

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