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A YES DAY with the Kids at Universal Orlando Resort

We did it! The challenging school year we had is now behind us. Our kids worked really hard this year and they deserve to celebrate this Summer! 

After watching the movie, Yes Day, on Netflix, and having read the book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, I was inspired to try our own version! Here’s how I pulled off this epic surprise Yes Day at Universal Orlando Resort! 

Universal Orlando Resort was the perfect place for us to plan our very own, Yes Day! My boys had been begging to visit for years and Orlando is practically in our backyard, so it made for an easy choice! 

Planning the YES DAY to Universal Orlando Resort

I dropped a few hints to the boys that a surprise was coming a few days before we actually went. Then, the day before we left I gave them a gift bag with a few clues inside, hand sanitizer, sunglasses, and some spending money.

Universal Orlando Resort Surprise Tickets


Then came the big announcement, they were getting a Yes Day at Universal! Any ride, any place for lunch, they were in charge of our day, ALL DAY! Lots of screams and excitement followed! This was going to be fun! 

The Big Day!

We arrived bright and early to the theme park ready to start our Yes Day! The first thing I had to say yes too was a huge roller coaster, the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, GULP!

Rip Rocket Coaster Universal Orlando Resort

I’m not a huge fan of roller coasters, but I agreed and we did it! I learned on this trip that my 7 year old is a little thrill seeker! He asked to ride a different roll coaster, not once, but twice in a row! Mom agreed to say yes, so we rode that coaster back to back! By the end of the day, Mom was exhausted, but I was also happy to have made these memories with my kids. 

Universal Orlando Resort Mom Hacks

A few things that were super helpful in making this Yes Day at Universal easier, our Universal Express Pass and the Universal Orlando Resort App. The Universal Express Pass is an add-on to your park admission, but if you stay at select Premiere Universal hotels, it’s included for free in your reservation! This was a major perk in my book. I also loved letting the boys use the app to navigate our day and even order food while in line for another ride! 

The boys had a few rules we had to follow for our Yes Day, but they were simple. Masks had to be worn while in-line and on the attractions and inside buildings. Another rule for the day was we could do anything they wanted, but not at the expense of someone getting hurt or really scared. Other than that, yes was the answer for just about anything that day and it ended up being a blast! 

I strongly encourage you to plan a surprise Yes Day for your family! The kids had so much fun and making memories with my kids was the greatest gift! ? I hope my boys remember this day for a long time and who knows, maybe I’ll make it an annual tradition. 

Thanks to Visit Orlando for helping us to plan this fun Yes Day at Universal.

Universal Orlando Hogwarts Express

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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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