How to Surprise Your Kids with a Theme Park Vacation
Plan an Extended Stay at Universal Orlando Resort™
by Kwin Mosby
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Throughout the years, Universal Orlando Resort has been offering unique opportunities for kids (and kids at heart) to get up-close and personal with their favorite TV and film characters and engage in unforgettable, heart-pumping adventures, with world-class hotel accommodations conveniently located on hundreds of acres of fun. Unlike a typical day trip to an amusement park, parents – with the help of a travel agent – can plan a fully immersive stay at one of Universal Orlando’s six on-site hotels and experience three amazing theme parks: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. There’s no way to cover all of these in just one day! Vacation recommends parents splurge a little for the ultimate family vacation. Here’s how you can surprise your kids, and create unbelievable memories that will last a lifetime.
Buckle Up and Let Your Kids Experience Cutting-Edge Rides at Universal Studios Florida
Surprise your kids with the chance to bring their favorites characters and super heroes to life. Guests can step into the Fast & Furious blockbuster franchise and straight into the heart of the films right alongside the Fast & Furious crew, or step into a virtual set of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for an exciting race through New York – you just can’t possibly experience it all in one day.
Enjoy free Universal Express Unlimited to skip the regular lines at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Plan your stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, where parents can get a little privacy and book separate, but an adjoining Despicable Me’s Kids’ Suite, designed to capture the excitement and playfulness of Gru’s Laboratory. It makes your stay extra special if your kids are fans of these lovable characters. And at another on-site hotel nearby, Hard Rock Hotel, kids can hang out at Camp Lil’ Rock while parents have their own fun. You’ll thank us later! This hotel also has the Future Rock Star Suites with a stage, where your kids can unleash their inner Rockstar!
Staying at an on-site Universal Orlando hotel – specifically Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort – allows guests to skip the lines to some of their favorite rides! That’s right… guests at these hotels enjoy free Universal Express Unlimited to skip the regular lines at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It’s a huge perk that you and your anxious kids will appreciate.
Give Your Kids Unforgettable Thrills at Universal's Islands of Adventures
Plan a longer stay at Universal Orlando Resort, and let your kids experience one exciting thrill after another. Visit Universal’sIslands of Adventure where they can embark on an unforgettable journey through the worlds of heroes, myths and legends. From the comic book streets of Marvel Super Hero Island to the jungles of Jurassic Park, once-in-a-lifetime adventure awaits around every corner.
Stay at any on-site resort and you get into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal's Volcano Bay one hour before the parks open.
And if your kids are Harry Potter fans – and we know they are – consider The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Exclusive Vacation Package. This bundled deal with perfect perks includes a ride on the famous Hogwarts Express that provides an opportunity for the entire family to experience Hogwarts castle and stroll the streets of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, as well as enjoy magical experiences, a mind-blowing thrill ride and more at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.
But wait, most importantly, families can beat the crowd by walking through the entrance earlier than most visitors. Stay at any on-site resort and you get into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the parks open. How cool is that?! And all guests staying on-site also receive complimentary access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk while visiting, too! Clearly, on-site lodging is the perfect way to make the most of your extended stay at Universal Orlando Resort.
Wow Your Kids with a Visit to the Ultimate Water Theme Park Universal's Volcano Bay
In addition to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, parents should never leave Orlando without a visit to Universal’s Volcano Bay, a water theme park only Universal could create! Kids will enjoy this tropical paradise that features numerous unique experiences, including the Ko’okiri Body Plunge, the Krakatau Aqua Coaster and an assortment of rapids, reefs and raft attractions. Parents will enjoy not waiting in long lines with a heavy inflatable water tube. This fun-filled water theme park using a Virtual Line system through the TapuTapu wareable, which tells you when you’re next in line to ride, and you never have to worry about carrying around that weighty water tube. Need a little downtime and R&R? Chill out in the park’s calm lagoons, leisure pools and winding rivers. Consider renting a cabana or premium seating, and enjoy concierge services and other resort-like amenities, while embracing the life of the Waturi islanders.
This fun-filled water theme park uses a Virtual Line system through the TapuTapu wareable that tells you when you're next in line to ride...
If you’re looking for the closest accommodations to this park, stay in one of the two newly-opened towers at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – retro inspired, beach themed resort – where the two-bedroom suites sleep up to eight people and have jaw-dropping views overlooking Universal’s Volcano Bay. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Aventura Hotel (scheduled to open in August 2018) provide complimentary shuttle service to and from Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Or for an experience kids will never forget, stay at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort or Loews Royal Pacific Resort, where fun water taxi rides are provided to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida! All on-site resorts feature one or both of these transportation options, making it so much easier for families to make the most of their multi-day vacation at Universal Orlando Resort, a world-class travel destination.
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