As a native Floridian, I grew up with theme parks basically in my backyard. While other kids were probably hanging out at the movies on the weekend, catching the latest flick, my friends and I were park-hopping at Universal Orlando Resort with our annual passes. But even though this was almost a routine occurrence for our crew, I have yet to find anything that tops that buzz of excitement and anticipation as you walk up to those larger-than-life attractions. Now, not everyone has it so easy as to have these thrills such a quick drive away, but if you’re staying on-site with us at one of our four (soon to be five) hotels here in Orlando, you’re pretty darn close.

So if you’re an enthusiast like me, check out these insider tips and tricks for the best theme-park experience at Universal Orlando Resort.


Early Bird Gets the Worm

Let me just say, I am no fan of waking up early on vacation. But with the on-site benefit of Early Park Admission, I am bright-eyed and ready to roll when that alarm clock goes off. You can’t beat the exclusivity of getting into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ an hour before the park regularly opens. Stop and grab a quick latte and breakfast pastry; you don’t want to run out of fuel for your head start!


Have a Plan

With so many amazing attractions, entertainment shows and restaurant options, you’re going to want to tackle it all with a game plan. But no need to stress – with all the awesome #UOResortPerks, you’ve got it made. If you’re staying at our deluxe hotels, save that precious theme park time with complimentary Universal Express Unlimited. Head to the Express Pass kiosks at an off-peak time in the lobby to grab these – the kiosks are open 24/7. You’ll be glad you did when you’re sauntering through the Express line. Just try not to gloat too much. And with all the annual events happening throughout the year, no trip to Universal is ever the same. Be sure to catch one of my favorites – Halloween Horror Nights – now in its 25th year!

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Take It Easy

Above all else, take it easy. I mean, isn’t that what vacation is all about? There’s nothing quite like a peaceful water taxi ride after a jam-packed day at the parks, not to mention giving tired feet a bit of a break! After that, you’ll probably find me bee-lining to the pool to grab a lounge chair and frosty beverage for a midday recharge. And if you just can’t live without that giant stuffed Minion plush, go for it. On-site hotel guests get free delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel.

So even though you may not live just a hop, skip and a jump away from Orlando’s fabulous theme parks like I do, there’s no reason you can’t live like a local with all these perks!

Catch you around our Universe!

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