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Tips when visiting Universal
I thought you may like a couple of general tips that apply to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure which could be of help and interest to you before you actually ‘try the parks’.
Universal Orlando makes a special effort for its disabled guests, in fact they employ many disabled staff at both parks. There are special viewing areas at most of the rides and there are even kennels for guide dogs that cannot accompany their masters on some rides.
Wheelchairs can be rented from the Hub as well as inside the parks. Electric Convenience vehicles (ECV) can also be rented just inside the entrances to both parks. You will need to pay a $50 cash deposit or credit card imprint and a signed rental contract. You usually need to give at least 7 days notice if you wish to reserve an Electric Convenience vehicle as they tend to sell out very quickly. You can call (407) 224 4233 to make reservations at either park. You can also rent a wheelchair at the Hub (near the parking garages) and then ‘upgrade’ to an ECV once you reach the park of your choice. When you return the ECV, your wheelchair will be waiting for you for the trip back to the Hub.
Children under three are admitted free of charge and strollers are available to rent if you don’t have your own. ( My tip would be to buy a cheap one from Walmart that you can use at every park instead of paying on a daily basis which works out far more expensive). There are diaper/nappy changing stations in all the major restrooms including the men’s.
You need to make sure you take an adequate supply of diapers/nappies, formula and baby food before you head for the park as there is nothing available once inside. The strollers and ‘kiddie cars’ can be rented just inside both of the parks. They also supply double strollers for those of you will 2 little tots.
All rides can accommodate parents whose little ones are too small to ride. One parent can do the ride whilst the other parent waits in the holding area with the youngster. The parents then switch and the second parent can ride without having to wait in line all over again. This is an extremely helpful system for those with very young children and can save so much time and energy! ! !
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