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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Ormesher

The Ultimate Guide to Universal Orlando: Unleashing Unforgettable Adventures

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

When planning a trip to Orlando, many travelers flock to Walt Disney World, overlooking the incredible experiences offered at Universal Studios. Don't miss out on this hidden gem!

Just like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios offers a captivating and immersive adventure. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned theme park enthusiast, we've got you covered with tips to make the most of your Universal vacation.

Explore Universal Studios Three Amazing Theme Parks

That's right, there are three theme parks at Universal Studios! Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay. Universal Studios is home to classic movie sets, Diagon Alley, The Mummy Returns, Fast and Furious- Supercharged, and other thrilling attractions. Interested in The Hulk, Hogwarts, Jurassic Park, or Seuss Land? Islands of Adventure is your go-to. For a refreshing day in the water, head on over to Volcano Bay and conquer exhilarating water slides.

Choose the Right Ticket for an Unforgettable Experience

Universal Orlando offers several options when it comes to tickets. Want to ride Hogwarts Express? The answer is simple. You will need a park-to-park ticket to get through the gate at Platform 9 3/4. Hogwarts Express carries passengers between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Your park ticket will be checked upon entering King’s Cross Station (Universal Studios) or Hogsmeade Station (Islands of Adventure).

Universal Express Pass or Universal Unlimited Express?

Universal Express Pass is a ticket add-on that allows you to bypass the regular lines at most rides throughout Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. Universal Express is good once per ride per day. Universal Unlimited Express is good multiple times on the same attraction each day. You may purchase this ticket add-on through your travel advisor. Staying at one of the Universal premier hotels? You will receive this complimentary add-on (approximately $129/person value) as part of your room package.

No matter which option you choose, we promise it will be much easier to navigate than Disney's Genie +!

Find Your Perfect Stay

Universal Orlando offers a range of hotels for every style and budget. Choose from Value, Preferred, or Premiere based on your preferences. When you stay on property at any of the Universal Orlando hotels, you will receive early entrance and complimentary package delivery to your room when you purchase souvenirs throughout the parks.

Value hotels are budget-friendly properties a bit further away from Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, and City Walk. The hotels in this category are Universal’s Aventura Hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn & Suites, and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites.

Our favorite value hotel is Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Located walking distance to Volcano Bay, it has spacious family suites with split bathrooms. a lazy river, bowling alley, and all the "kitsch" needed to give it a retro vibe.

Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort is the only hotel in the moderate category. It is a step up from the value properties and a water taxi service is available to City Walk.

Premiere hotels provide bigger rooms, luxurious amenities, closer proximity to the park, water taxi service to City Walk, and complimentary Universal Express Unlimited passes. The three properties in this category are Hard Rock Hotel, Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel, and Lowes Royal Pacific Resort.

Enhance Your Experience With Ticket Add-Ons

Mark your Universal Orlando vacation even more extraordinary with enticing add-ons. Enjoy a meal with your favorite superhero at the Marvel Character Dinner, capture memories with photo packages, and even be part of the Mardi Gras parade where you can throw beads to happy onlookers.

Not sure which one to choose? We're here to help explore the options and tailor the adventure to your preferences.

Immerse Yourself In City Walk's Vibrant Atmosphere

Experience the heart of excitement at City Walk, where dining, nightlife, and shopping come together. Indulge in delectable dishes at renowned restaurants like Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, and Hard Rock Cafe.

Fun For The Whole Family

While Universal Orlando boasts some of the biggest and best thrill rides in the area, it's not just for older kids and adults. From Pteranodon Flyers in Jurassic Park to Seuss Landing, there are attractions, character meet-and-greets, and parades for your littles too.

Pack Smart, Travel Light

To ensure a hassle-free visit, pack light. All bags are searched when you enter the parks. Additionally, most rides do not allow bags and you will be required to put your personal items in a locker.

Unlock the magic and excitement of a Universal Orlando vacation by following these tips. From exciting theme parks to thrilling rides, delightful dining experiences, and endless entertainment, Universal offers an unforgettable vacation for everyone!

Ready to embark on a journey filled with fun and memories? Contact our travel advisors today and let us tailor your perfect Universal Orlando trip. Don't miss out, start your adventure now!

We wish you well. We wish you safe and happy travels. And we can't wait to see you under a Canopy of Stars!


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