It’s no secret that the food at any theme park can be expensive, and Universal Studios is no exception. This is just one of the reasons it’s worth considering packing some snacks when visiting the parks.
However, are you permitted to bring snacks into Universal Studios, and if so, which snacks should you bring?
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Am I Allowed To Bring Food & Drinks To Universal Studios?
The good news is that you can bring food, drinks & snacks with you to Universal Studios, provided that you keep them within the guidelines.
These guidelines include;
Bottled Water – You can pack up to 2 litres of water.
Food & Snacks – Any food that does not require heating is permitted inside the parks.
Food & Supplements – Any food required for medical purposes and medically indicated nutritional supplements are permitted.
Special Needs – Any food required for special dietary needs (gluten-free, lactose-free, diabetics, etc.) is not restricted.
Baby Food – Any baby food is accepted; no restrictions apply.
Baby Formula – There are no limits or restrictions on baby formula.
Containers – Glass containers are not permitted inside the park, nor are any food bags larger than 8.5″ wide x 6″ high x 6″ deep.
Alcoholic Drinks – You are not permitted to bring alcoholic drinks into the park.
Security is incredibly strict on what you can and can not bring into the park; all bags are checked, and rules will be enforced, so it’s not worth trying to sneak in anything you shouldn’t.
While there are no limits to the amount of food you can bring into the park, try to avoid overpacking. It won’t be comfortable or fun to lug around a backpack filled with food & drinks all day long.
However, if you choose to bring a large amount of food into the parks either for dietary reasons, to save money, or for a large family, you might consider hiring a locker.
Lockers which you can rent for the entire day (and have unlimited access to all day long), can be found at the front of each Universal Studios park just after the turnstiles – this applies to all Universal Studios parks in Florida and the Universal Studios park in Hollywood.
Renting a locker allows you to keep your food cooler bag or food items inside the locker and then return to pick up whatever you need when you need it, as many times as you like.
There are two sizes of lockers available here;
The Standard size lockers (12 in x 13 in x 16.9 in) cost $12 per day.
The family size (12 in x 16.25 in x 16.9 in) costs $20 per day.
The lockers are incredibly easy to set up and can be paid for using either cash or a credit card.
Upon payment, you’ll be given a locker number and asked to enter a personal six-digit code for security.
Make sure you record your locker number and personal number safely and keep the receipt for the locker just in case.
Best Snacks To Bring To Universal Studios
Not all snacks are created equal, and certainly, not all snacks will be able to withstand a trip to Universal Studios.
In most cases, you want snacks that can withstand heat, don’t smell, require no heating, are suitable for the entire family & don’t cause too much of a mess.
With those fundamental principles in mind, our favourite snacks to bring to the Universal Studios parks are;
Light but filling, this is probably the best snack to carry with you as you explore the Universal Studios park.
Energy bars make little mess, are small, lightweight, and keep your appetite at bay for a significant amount of time.
We recommend avoiding bars with chocolate in them – especially during the summer. Instead, look for bars with dried fruits or nuts.
Nuts & Seeds
Healthy and packed with good fats, fibre, and proteins, nuts are the perfect energy snack to bring to Universal Studios.
We look to pack the likes of almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecan nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds. Alternatively, consider bringing a homemade granola mix inside a ziplock bag.
Great for kids, plain cereals are perfect as a light snack while waiting in line for a ride.
Sandwiches can be the perfect lunch option for Universal Studios, provided that you pick your ingredients wisely.
We try to keep it simple with the likes of ham or cheese and avoid the likes of tuna, which will smell and taste bad if you’re visiting the Universal parks on hot days in the summer.
Apples, bananas, oranges, pears, and grapes make excellent portable snacks to keep in your backpack.
You can even slice larger fruits, such as melon, watermelon, pineapple, and mango, and keep them cool and fresh in a sealed plastic container or ziplock bag inside your cooler.
Alternatively, if you want to avoid the mess that could come with fresh fruits, you could go for dried fruits such as raisins, dried mango or dried apple slices instead.
Popcorn is readily available at Universal Studios; however, it comes at theme park prices.
Instead, you can be prepared and bring your own from home in a small ziplock bag. Ideal for hot weather, lightweight and easy to store popcorn is the perfect choice for kids and adults when exploring the Universal parks.
A small plastic container filled with small cherry tomatoes, peeled carrot sticks, and chunks of celery can be the perfect healthy snack to enjoy while waiting in line for a ride.
Cookies can be a fantastic sweet snack choice when visiting Universal Studios.
However, be sure to consider your ingredients carefully. For example, soft cookies and cookies with chocolate in could quickly melt and create a mess, while hard, crunchy cookies such as wafers and gingerbread will often store better in the heat.
Chips are another brilliant snack to bring to Universal Studios.
Lightweight, easy to share and affordable, you could bring a large share size bag or several smaller bags in various flavours.
Much like chips, pretzels are an easy-to-pack snack to bring with you to Universal Studios.