Universal Orlando Resort

Have Fun Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

There’s a good chance that you’ll find something to like at Universal Orlando Resort, whether you’re visiting with young children, teenagers, friends, or your significant other. In addition to two theme parks, this expansive entertainment complex also houses Universal CityWalk, a pedestrian mall with stores, eateries, a theater, and nightclubs.

The Simpsons Attraction and the 3-D Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride may be found at the original park, Universal Studios Florida, while the “Jurassic Park”-themed rides and activities at Universal’s Islands of Adventure are among the park’s other highlights. There is also a water park, called Volcano Bay at Universal.


But the Harry Potter sections of Universal Orlando’s parks are its biggest lure. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley can be found in Universal Studios Florida. Here, you can eat at the Leaky Cauldron, escape from Gringotts, and have your wand picked at Ollivanders. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, which features the Three Broomsticks, Hogwarts, and Hagrid’s cottage, is also located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Many visitors cite their experience at Universal Orlando Resort as the high point of their trip to Orlando, despite the fact that they advise that crowds are commonplace here (especially in the Harry Potter areas). Visit on a wet day or during a period when classes are in session to reduce your wait times for rides. Alternatively, if an express pass isn’t already included in your entrance ticket, you can pay extra daily fees for one. These passes, which are available for one park or both, allow you to skip the lines at participating rides a single time or an unlimited number of times.

The International Drive, Orlando International Premium Outlets, and Fun Spot America’s Orlando park are all within a block of the Universal Orlando Resort. You can drive (on-site parking is subject to an extra charge), call a cab, or take the No. 21, 37, or 40 LYNX bus to the Universal Boulevard and Hollywood Way stop to get to the resort grounds. If you stay at a Universal hotel, you can go to Universal CityWalk or any of the theme parks using one of the hotel’s free shuttle buses or water taxis. Both parks have restaurants, grab-and-go food stands, gift shops, and bathrooms.

On the website of the Universal Orlando Resort, single-day tickets for one Universal Orlando park start at $115 for adults and $110 for kids aged 3 to 9. Peak hours do see price increases. There is an extra fee of $55 for a one-day entrance to both parks. When purchasing multiday tickets, further savings are offered. Normally, each theme park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., however on some days, additional hours are available. The amenities of Universal CityWalk have varying hours.


Universal Orlando Rides & Attractions

Universal Studios Florida

  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Fast and Furious Supercharged
  • Hogwarts Express
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Men In Black Alien Attack
  • Kang & Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl
  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Transformers: The Ride 3D
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

  • Jurassic Park
  • Marvel Super Hero Island
  • Port of Entry
  • Seuss Landing
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong
  • The Lost Continent
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade
  • Toon Lagoon

Universal Orlando Hotels

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

9 thoughts on “Have Fun Universal Orlando Resort”

  1. Wow, they’ve really upgraded their rides at Universal Orlando. 

    Just 2 years ago, when we were there, I remember The Simpsons rides, and I remember the Harry Potter themed rides WERE the top go to entertainment areas.

    I believe Transformers was there and I know the biggest attraction for us was Splash Mountain. 

    I think I enjoyed Orlando more than the Disney Parks, as it seems there was more to do, and see. Plus, it’s attractions and rides seemed more enjoyable.

    Mind you, it was almost 3 years ago, so I guess alot has changed, and I’m glad i stumbled on your page to see these changes firsthand.

    1. Universal Orlando Resort is a great fun place that improves every year with new rides and holiday enjoyment. There are two separate Harry Potter theme adventures at Universal Orlando. I first went about 15 years ago, and finely went back this year to celebrate a family member graduating from high school. We did not plan enough time, and are already planning to go back next year before school gets out to avoid long lines. 

  2. It sounds like this place is so good for traveling with your family. I’m definitely gonna travel there on my next vacation. My son is so excited to go to the Harry Potter section, and I want to eat at the Leaky Cauldron. I think the Fast and Furious section would be so cool too. Our family loves the Jimmy Fallon show. We will all try the Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon section.

  3. Their Inn and suites look a good fit for families. You got my attention with the fabulous list of universal islands of adventure. Jurassic park and reign of kong are adventures I like my wife to see. She likes adventure and discovering new herself. Top of it is the nice suite for holidays. We will consider Universal Orlando when planning for next year’s holiday

  4. Thank you so much for this post over things to do in Orlando.  I plan on going here sooner or later, because I really want to go to Hogwarts Express.  I think that would be fun as a huge Harry Potter fan.  It’s not easy being in the army and finding time to do things like that though.

  5. I have heard a lot of good things about Florida but what excites me the most about this state is the Universal Studios in Orlando. My kids will be delighted to hear that we’re planning on vacationing in Florida early next year. They’ve seen Universal Studios in Singapore and Japan but they can’t wait to see the one in Orlando.

    My kids love the Simpsons, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter and so I can’t wait to see the excitement on their faces when I tell them about the surprise. ☺

    By the way, what do you think would be the best day of the week to visit Universal Studios? I know that most theme parks are crowded during the weekends. I am thinking to go there on the weekdays and just spend the weekends shopping or bonding in the hotel.

    1. Excllent thinking, the question you are asking about when is best days to visit, I just addressed in new published article. By you having kids, you are probably wanting to travel during school breaks which are very crowded during those times. I have to ask are you wanting to travel during spring break, hot summer months, or during holidays? 

      The Harry Potter theme is amazing, our family visited for just one day as we live close by and after the kids rode and seen everything Harry Potter there was no time to visit and enjoy any of the other themes like Jurassic Park. 

  6. Well, I love Universal. It has been a few years since I have been there.  I found that staying at the resorts is a little pricey, and you are paying for all those little extras you won’t use unless you have a lot of time to stay.  The resort is suitable for upper-class families and maybe families (with small children because you need to rest), but like a family, we couldn’t see the use of staying there on a budget.  We always choose outside the park and a short ride, and we are on our way. We have found some great deals with great offers.  

    I would love to stay at those resorts, but we try to save all the money we can and see as must as we can.   Love all those links.  

    1. The resorts at Universal Studios are more expensive and upper-class, like you indicated. There are more budget friendly hotels near by, as mentioned in another post linked to Orlando travel. Thanks for leaving your opinion about Universal Orlando Resort in regards to staying. 

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