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Universal Studios: Quick Guide

Updated: Sep 24, 2021

Universal Studios Resort in Orlando is home to two major theme parks, an entertainment district, water park and world-class hotels. We were able to stay at a on-site hotel, in the heart of the excitement, and within walking distance to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk.

Here is my guide to visiting Universal Studios Resort in Orlando!

Where To Stay

I recommend staying at one of the three onsite Universal hotels Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort. We stayed the Hard Rock Hotel, but all three are top notch hotels.

In addition, you get early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens and complimentary transportation to both theme parks!

You'll also receive priority seating at select restaurants, unlimited skip-the-lines access to all rides and early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Luckily for you, hotels offer guests free water taxi or shuttle bus service to the parks.

The Three Different Theme Parks!

Universal Studios

It’s all about fun and thrill at one of the biggest movie-based theme park in the country. There are eight themes: Hollywood, Production Central, New York, San Francisco, World Expo, Springfield, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone and- of course- Diagon Alley.

Enjoy an action-packed weekend alongside Optimus Prime in Transformers: The Ride, battle the evil Lord Farquaad with Shrek, and swing high on skyscrapers with Spiderman.

Learn all about movie-making in behind-the-scenes shows, and grab your souvenirs and snacks at themed shopping and dining. Don’t forget the heart-stopping rollercoaster Revenge of the Mummy.

Islands of Adventures

Next on the list of theme parks are the Islands of Adventure, seven distinct themed areas that celebrate worlds of books, comics and myths. Here you’ll find Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, Marvel Super Hero Island, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

City Walk

The CityWalk is where you’ll find all the dining, drinking and shopping venues at the resort, and find awesome souvenirs from the Universal Store.

Try spicy shrimp at the Bob Marley—A Tribute to Freedom Jamaican restaurant, and down fresh avocado and fish tacos at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

Volcano Bay

Universal's Volcano Bay water park, packs twenty slides and attractions. There are four areas to choose from, depending on your preference: Super Thrills, Kid’s Thrills, Group Thrills and other attractions.

With everything from drag races, body coasters, plunges, free falls, to toboggan rides, waterfalls, and lazy rivers- there’s something for all ages!

If you interested in going to Universal Studios Orlando, contact David Shields at Are We There Yet - Travel Group and start planning TODAY!

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