Family of four enjoying pool time at Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando Resort.

Why Universal Orlando Resort™ is Ideal for the Savvy Traveler

Plan an Affordable Family Vacation to Universal Orlando Resort™


Affordability can be one of the largest factors families consider when planning a vacation. The goal is to find the perfect destination that will be fun and memorable for everyone without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for a great vacation idea for the entire family, you should consider staying at Universal Orlando Resort™ for at least 4 nights to experience all of the thrills and adventures the resort has to offer. Thousands of visitors flock to its three theme parks every year, and with help from one of Vacation’s expert travel agents, you can get there, too!


Look… we understand that spending a few days at Universal Orlando™ might seem like a pricey vacation for you and the kids, but it’s actually more affordable than you think. When it comes to theme park vacations, many parents try to find a cheap deal at a nearby hotel, but we have a better travel tip! Parents looking for affordable accommodations can stay at one of Universal Orlando’s resort hotels at for a great rate, and take advantage of the amazing perks and benefits at the theme parks.

Family of four playing in a pool at one of the hotels at Universal Orlando Resort.
Maximize Your Fun: Plan your theme park vacation and stay at at a resort hotel to maximize your family fun at Universal Orlando Resort™. 

Consider a stay at one of Universal Orlando’s two Prime Value resort hotels.  At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you can enjoy vibrant, retro-style with rooms and suites designed for fun and affordability. Unlike some hotels where you have to book two separate rooms to fit everyone, this hotel features Family Suites that sleep up to 6, and 2-Bedroom Suites that sleep up to 8. Both suites feature a kitchenette with a mini refrigerator, microwave and sink so you can enjoy a quick breakfast, snack or a light bite to eat whenever you like. At Universal Orlando, Universal's Aventura Hotel is a perfectly priced hotel that offers great views of all three Universal Orlando theme parks. Here, you’ll find Kids’ Suites that sleep up to 5 and feature a separate interior area that includes two twin beds, so parents can put the kids to sleep, and then enjoy some downtime in their own private bedroom.

Kid looking out of the window at Volcano Bay from his room at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Easy Access to Theme Parks:Guests staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort can reach the epic Volcano Bay water theme park in 2 minutes on a walking path. 

Get a taste of the Caribbean Islands at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, where blue waterfalls cascade over lush grounds and the calming sounds of steel drums can be heard at a distance. Decked out in modern Caribbean décor, this resort offers a variety of suites that sleep up to 5 people, including a kids’ suite where Mom and Dad can live on island time and kids can enjoy their own nautical-themed room. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort features a variety of amenities, including a 16,000-square-foot pool, the Calypso Game Room, and five on-site bars and restaurants that serve Caribbean cuisine.


Staying at a Universal Orlando resort hotel also offers exclusive theme park benefits that you won’t get elsewhere. Guests who stay at any of the six resort hotels will get Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the theme parks open, free transportation and walking paths from each hotel to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk™, and more. How cool is that?!

Child Walking into Diagon Alley
Early park Admission: Stay at a Universal Orlando resort hotel and get Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal's Volcano Bay™ an hour before the theme parks open!

For parents who have a little extra money to splurge, consider staying at Universal Orlando’s Premier resort hotels: Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. In addition to Early Park Admission, guests of these hotels also receive FREE* Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access, which allows hotel guests to skip the regular lines at select attractions at Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. That's a value of $129^ per person, per day. (Valid theme park admission required.)


These hotels also provide a variety of accommodations, including themed suites that your kids will love. Hard Rock Hotel’s Future Rock Star Suites are ideal for a family of five. The space includes a master bedroom for the parents, and the adjoining, stylish room for the kids has 2 twin beds, a flat panel TV, and yes, even a stage for the budding rock stars to perform!

Rock Star Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort.
Rock Star Suite: An expert travel agent can plan your vacation to include a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel where your kids can rock out in this celebrity-worthy suite with parents in an adjoining room.

At Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, there are select kids’ suites that sleep up to 5 people as well and have a movie-themed surprise. Parents can enjoy the privacy of their beautiful master bedroom, while the kids will enjoy their adjoining Minion-themed room – perfect for fans of the Despicable Me movies. Now, that’s an experience you won’t find at an off-site hotel.


And at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, parents can book a Jurassic World™ kids’ suite, a 2-bedroom suite that sleeps up to 5 people and has plenty of space for the whole family. Parents have their own private room, but the real wow factor is the adjoining Jurassic World™-themed room. Kids sleep within a world of dinosaurs in their recreated gyro-sphere beds. It’s part of creating an epic extended vacation at Universal Orlando Resort™.


There are also amazing hidden perks associated with staying at an on-site hotel resort, too. Even though it’s not widely advertised, guests staying at a Universal Orlando resort hotel can swim at any of the other resort hotel pools, too! Just use your room key to open the pool gate to enjoy these value-added amenities such as a relaxing dip at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel or a swim in a pool that plays music underwater at Hard Rock Hotel®.


Planning your vacation to visit Universal Orlando Resort during shoulder season can save you some money, too. Visit in January and early February when it’s not as busy and you can take advantage of lower rates. And because most kids are back in school, September is also a great time to visit.


From Early Park Admission to themed suites with adjoining rooms to reasonable hotel rates with perks, Universal Orlando Resort™ is an affordable vacation that families can book without raiding the college fund.

Inspired by this article and want to speak with an expert travel agent about how you can plan an unforgettable vacation to Universal Orlando Resort™? Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with an expert travel agent to customize an itinerary you’re going love.

Minion-themed kids suite at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Kids Suite: Located a free water taxi ride away from the theme parks, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel also offers spacious accommodations for families, including this Minion-themed room for kids. 


HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

Aventura Hotel TM & © 2019 UCF Hotel Venture IV. All rights reserved. Cabana Bay Beach Resort TM & © 2019 UCF Hotel Venture II. All rights reserved. Portofino Bay Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort TM & © 2019 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Hard Rock Hotel ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. Jurassic World is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. † Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida™ or Universal's Islands of Adventure™ as determined by Universal Orlando and Universal's Volcano Bay™. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. ^Based on average price of a 2-Park Universal Express Unlimited™ pass ranging between $84.99 and $189.99. *Requires separate theme park admission. Valid at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Universal's Volcano Bay or at Pteranodon Flyers™ at Islands of Adventure. Excludes separately ticketed events. Park-to-Park admission required to board the Hogwarts™ Express. Benefit valid only for guests of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.


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