Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2019 / 2020
Universal Orlando holidays take you right into the heart of the theme park capital of the world. Located in the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida, the famous Universal Orlando Resort puts you in the director’s chair, offering a unique glimpse into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with some amazing rides, too.
Universal Orlando is one of the top holiday destinations in the USA. Travellers come from all around the world to experience this adrenaline-pumping hotspot, where the magic of the movies really comes to life. A great alternative to nearby Walt Disney World, Universal is all about epic levels of exhilaration.
Whether you want to stay right in the midst of all the action at Universal Orlando hotels located across the resort, or you’d prefer to be among the lively shops, restaurants, and bars of International Drive, we’ve got some great deals that will bring Hogsmeade, Springfield, and Skull Island closer than ever.
As well as the fun rollercoasters and family-friendly rides, there are many other things to do at Universal Orlando, as well as in the surrounding area. Holidays to Orlando are often more active than you think!
- If rides aren’t really your thing, don’t worry! Located just outside the main theme parks is the Universal Orlando CityWalk; a self-contained village featuring all sorts of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. There are lots of events that take place in the CityWalk all throughout the year.
- Universal Orlando is all about celebrating the magic of the big screen, so it’s not surprising that one of the top attractions here is spending an evening at Cinemark Orlando; a huge cinema complex where you can watch the latest blockbusters. The highlight is the ‘Luxury Loungers’; big, cosy, comfortable seating.
- Just south of the resort itself is the world famous International Drive. Home to some of Florida’s best hotels and villas, this is a place where you could easily spend a full day or two. Along with shops, there are all sorts of fun things to do here, like mini golf, Madame Tussauds, and a massive ferris wheel.
- As the theme park capital of the world, there are lots of other parks located just a short distance from the Universal Orlando Resort. Walt Disney World and Epcot, Seaworld and Discovery Cove, and Gatorland are among the most well known. You could even have a day out at Busch Gardens, Tampa.
There is certainly no shortage of restaurants here, both inside the Universal resort itself and in the nearby area. Most restaurants cater brilliantly for children, as Orlando is such a family-friendly destination.
- Within the parks themselves, you’ll find many different types of Universal Orlando restaurants, from sit down, table-service restaurants to relaxed counter service cafes and even street food. There’s cuisine from all across the world, and one of the most popular vendor snacks is a massive, meaty turkey leg.
- Universal CityWalk just outside the parks is another great place to grab a bite to eat. You’ll find lots of fun chain restaurants here, such as the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. You'll also find some authentic Italian, Mexican, and Jamaican foods here, along with all sorts of other dishes.
- Some of the best Universal Orlando restaurants are situated within the resort’s hotels. Whether you’re staying at these on-site hotels or not, visitors are more than welcome to go for dinner in any one of the hotel restaurants. Reservations for hotel restaurants can be made online, or at the hotel and resort.
- Even more restaurants can be found dotted along International Drive, where you’ll be able to find anything you’re craving. There’s a huge selection of Brazilian all-you-can-eat steakhouses, along with British pubs, Cuban restaurants, and Indonesian food. There are also lots of family-friendly chains.
Orlando was made for families, and kids of any age will have the time of their lives here. There’s a lot of great things for families to do at the Universal resort, with rides, games, and character encounters!
- As well as the more adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters, you'll find some calmer Universal Orlando family rides in each of the parks. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure are among the best, with other options including the Cat in the Hat and the Caro-Seuss-el.
- If your kids are excited about meeting their heroes, you can find them all around the parks throughout the day, so keep those eyes peeled! For an even greater experience, book a character breakfast with the Grinch. You can enjoy a hearty, delicious meal while your kids have their photos taken with characters.
- There are all sorts of family-friendly shows that take place at the Universal Orlando resort, such as the Blue Man Group, the evening light show at Hogwarts Castle, and colourful Caribbean-inspired dinner shows. Even if kids aren’t too keen on the rides here, you’ll still find plenty to keep them entertained.
- Along with rides, you’ll find all of the Universal Orlando parks to be filled with fun games and activities for little ones. Toon Lagoon is a great place to find fun and excitement, with a range of fair-style games like whack-a-mole. There’s also a huge range of interactive exhibits, including dinosaurs, around the resort.
- If your children have a bit of pocket money to spend, they'll love browsing the shops at the Universal Orlando Resort. As well as some stores selling items for adults such as ornaments, there are others that are aimed specifically at little ones, such as Olivander’s wand shop, and the vibrant Hello Kitty store.
- For those times when the little one have a lot of energy to burn, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are a number of play areas dotted around the resort. Great options include Fievel’s Playland, If I Ran the Zoo, and Me Ship, the Olive. And for dinosaur-loving kids, be sure to check out the Camp Jurassic area.
Orlando isn’t particularly known for its historic culture or heritage, but it is famous all around the world for its lively entertainment culture. This attracts people of all ages, from all four corners of the globe.
- The Universal Orlando Resort is very multicultural, but if you venture beyond the park's boundaries you’ll find that Orlando itself is also very colourful and vibrant. With generations of Caribbean, Cuban, and Latin America immigration, the city is a true melting pot of beliefs, backgrounds, and cuisine.
- Orlando’s culture is heavily rooted in the performing arts, with the Universal Orlando Resort offering many live shows throughout the day and night, including talented musicians and dancers. There are also several theatres in the local area, and the city is home to the prestigious Orlando Ballet company.
- While Hollywood is perhaps more famous for its contribution to the movies, film and the silver screen is highly celebrated in Orlando, thanks to the Universal Resort. It’s a great place to learn about classic film and movie production, with great attractions like the Horror Make Up Show and Cinematic Celebration.
- Some historical museums can be found in the local area, like the Railroad Museum, but many of the museums closest to the Universal Orlando Resort are designed to teach kids about the world in a fun way. On International Drive, you’ll find museums dedicated to chocolate, skeletons, and all things quirky.
Universal Orlando is much bigger than you think! In fact, this huge resort complex actually has a number of different theme parks, each featuring a range of fun and exciting Universal Orlando park attractions.
- Universal Studios Florida is the resort’s main theme park, featuring many different ‘worlds’ such as Production Central, New York, Hollywood, San Francisco, World Expo, and Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone. Movie-related rides include Men in Black Alien Attack, The Simpsons Ride, and Shrek 4-D.
- Universal’s Islands of Adventure is all about celebrating the superheroes of the silver screen. Lands include Skull Island, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing, with some of the best rides being The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Doctor Doom’s Fearfall.
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the most popular parks, with rides located in Universal Studios, and Hogsmeade Village in Island of Adventure… you can catch the Hogwarts Express to transport you between the two! Be sure to stop by the Three Broomsticks for a refreshing Butterbeer.
- Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park is just what you need on those hot Florida days. Universal’s Krakatau volcano stands at the heart of the park, with rides including the Krakatau Aqua Coaster, Ko’okiri Body Plunge, the Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, and the children’s favourite Punga Racers.
New York is known as the City that Never Sleeps, but Orlando comes a close second. If you think Universal Orlando is lively in the day, you should see what happens once the sun starts to go down!
- The most easy and convenient place to enjoy Universal Orlando nightlife is at the CityWalk. There are some great bars and clubs here, including the Bob Marley bar and Pat O’Briens. For something a little more vibrant, the Rising Star karaoke bar is fun, and there are late night clubs like the Red Coconut.
- Along International Drive, there are plenty of nightlife options, open into the early hours. Popular chain bars include Senor Frog’s and the bar at TGI Fridays, but there are many small, independent places to relax with a drink, too, and Irish pubs especially are massively popular among locals and visitors.
- As one of the best family destinations in America, you’ll find that much of the nightlife in Orlando is very child-friendly, and there are lots of things for kids to do in the evenings. There’s a number of entertaining shows in the area, with CityWalk being home to the world famous Blue Man Group.
Think Universal Orlando is just for kids? Think again! The theme parks and fun atmosphere make this a great holiday destination for couples looking for excitement, romance, and unforgettable experiences.
- While there are many family-friendly rides at Universal Orlando, there’s also plenty for the big kids, too. If you’re travelling with children, it’s the perfect opportunity to try out some of the adrenaline-pumping coasters, such as The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, and Revenge of the Mummy.
- When travelling to Universal Orlando as a couple, consider your hotel carefully. There are lots of family-friendly options here, and also some which cater to couples looking for a more adult experience. Some even offer adult-only pool areas, so you can relax without any little ones around.
- The USA is famous for its large portion sizes, and you’ll certainly find them in and around the Universal Orlando Resort. One of the most romantic things to do here is order a supersized ‘Freak Shake’, or a huge plate of pasta and share, Lady and the Tramp style. A creamy milkshake for two? What could be better?
- Universal Orlando celebrates the magic and mystery of the silver screen, which makes it one of the best places in the world to enjoy a classic dinner and movie date. There are lots of great places to eat in Universal’s CityWalk, and the Cinemark cinema, with XD, is just a short distance away.
- While the nightlife in Universal Orlando is very family-friendly, some of the CityWalk clubs stay open until 2am and attract a more adult crowd. The Red Coconut Club and The Groove are all-night party hotspots, while Margaritaville, Rising Star, and Pat O’Briens are also open until the early hours.
People also ask
Can you do both Universal parks in one day?
The Two Park Explorer Ticket allows you to visit both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure on the same day. However, with so much to see and do, it is advised to allow at least one full day per park.
Can you bring water bottles into Universal Studios Orlando?
Yes! Each guest can bring a maximum of 2 litres of water into the parks with them, but bottles must be plastic, and must be sealed on arrival. Water and other drinks are also available throughout the parks.
Do they have lockers at Universal Florida?
Lockers are available at the entrance of each park for $10 per day. Larger lockers can be rented at Universal Studios for $15 per day. Small, free lockers are also available at the entrance to coasters.
What do you wear to a Florida theme park?
It’s important to stay cool in the Florida heat, so shorts and t-shirts are recommended. If you’re planning to ride the rollercoasters, wear well-fitting shoes to avoid them flying off (or take them off before riding).