5. Volcano Bay
Universal's Volcano Bay is a "wet" theme park. Forget everything you know about a traditional water park, they have thought of ways to improve that! No carrying tubes around, no waiting in long lines in the sun, and no burning feet on hot concrete! Oh, and you can't forget the incredible Tapu Tapu wearable - no more needing to carry methods of payments around, or even a camera! You can use your wearable to pay (link your payment method via the Universal Orlando App) and to activate selfie spots throughout the park. There are a variety of rides and experiences for thrill seekers to relaxation finders so there's something for everyone. And, the food at Volcano Bay is even a notch above what many would expect. You can add this third park to your Universal tickets for a small upcharge, and it's totally worth it!
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4. Rides for Thrill-Seekers (but also lots for families)
Both Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida have some amazing coasters and thrill rides. The two coasters you can see towering from a distance are The Incredible Hulk at Islands of Adventure, and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios. There are also Doctor Doom's Fearfall, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Islands of Adventure and The Mummy and Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts at Universal Studios if you are looking for more thrills.
However, there are also plenty of family-friendly rides to be found at both parks, so don't shy away from planning a trip if your whole party aren't thrill seekers. At Islands of Adventure, Suess Landing is one of my personal favorite areas in the park, it's so colorful and fun and has a variety of mild rides for kids and families. Additionally, Flight of the Hippogriff is a small, family-friendly coaster to explore. Over at Universal Studios, E.T. Adventure is a classic family attraction and there are great rides everyone can enjoy such as Minion Mayhem.
3. Wizarding World of Harry Potter
This is a major draw for many a Harry Potter fan, but even if you've never read a book or seen a movie following the adventures of The Boy Who Lived, Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios are still two of the most impressive themed lands out there today. You will feel instantly transported to another place as you see witches and wizards wandering around and new treats to try around every corner.
On top of the incredible themeing, these lands are home to some of the most popular rides in the parks, and some of the best quick service food. Pop into the Three Broomsticks or the Leaky Cauldron for British-inspired fare that will satisfy your hunger.
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2. Location, Location, Location!
Universal Orlando Resort is much more compact than the Walt Disney World Resort. When you stay on site at Universal, you are only a short walk, short water taxi, or short bus ride away from all three of their theme parks. Most of their on-site hotels have a walking path to at least one of the parks, the exception being Endless Summer, which offers shuttle services instead.
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are both accessible via CityWalk, and with the Hogwarts Express linking them, we highly recommend getting Park to Park passes. It's the only way to experience the Hogwarts Express, but it's also just so convenient to go from one park to another, so why limit yourself? And if you don't want to ride the Express, the front entrances are also only a very short walk from one another.
Staying on site to take advantage of the location opens up great package perks as well! When booking a Universal Orlando Resort Vacation, you can customize your own package with your Kingdom Konsultant Agent to get the perfect trip for you. All packages come with Early Park Entry, which allows you to get into the parks an hour before they open to the general public. And if you stay at a Premier hotel, you get the additional perk of the Universal Express Unlimited Pass, so no waiting in standby lines for you (there are a few rides that don't offer Express, but overall it's an amazing perk)! For Harry Potter Fans, there is an exclusive package that includes some great Wizarding World extras and an adorable keepsake you can only get through booking the package.
1. Stress-Free Vacation
At Universal Orlando, you don't need to plan your days months in advance. With the proximity of everything, it's easy to hop back and forth on a whim depending on how your day goes. Dining reservations? You can make them a few weeks in advance or just check the wait times when you are ready to eat. There are tons of great options for food at Universal CityWalk, so if one wait seems a little long, you still aren't far from finding something delicious.
You can also add lots of stress-savers into your package to make your trip seamless. Add-ons such as airport transfers, photo packages, and dining packages make it so you can have everything you want in your package, and nothing you don't.
But the best thing? Universal has price points for everyone - so you can build a vacation that fits within your budget. With resorts ranging from Value to Premier, there is a hotel to fit into your budget. They even offer suites that sleep up to six for low prices that are sure to surprise you. A great benefit for those with bigger families or just wanting to share the fun with more friends!
|Endless Summer Surfside Inn and Suites - a Value Resort|
|Portifino Bay - a Premier Resort|
Contact your Kingdom Konsultant Agent today or email@example.com to get a free, no obligation quote to see just how affordable these trips can be!
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks. You can email Maci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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