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Top 4 Reasons You Need to Book the New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been dreaming of a Harry Potter vacation since the moment you opened your first book. I’d picture myself walking through Platform 9¾ with fellow witches and wizards. Never in my wildest dreams did I actually think I would be able to ride the Hogwarts Express or stand beneath the towering and enchanting Hogwarts castle.

Now, you have the chance to experience all this and more. Universal Orlando Resort has a ‘you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package with all-new exclusive offerings. This vacation package is so incredible that my fellow Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss these details and the top four reasons that the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package is perfect for your next visit.

1. Special Themed Keepsake Box

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This brand-new customized, special themed keepsake box is a perfect collectible for any Potter fan-family. Not only is this exclusive to this vacation package, but when you see the special items contained inside, you’ll see why this will kick-off the vacation of your dreams.

What makes this exclusive to this vacation package?

  • A red, unique special themed keepsake box, exclusive to this vacation package with gold lettering that includes:
    • A personalized vacation welcome letter
    • Set of (3) luggage tags, featuring:
      • Harry Potter
      • Ron Weasley
      • Hermione Granger
    • Hogwarts Railways Lanyard —one for everyone in the family
    • Travel planning guide that includes: fun facts, information about Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, including each lands’ unique dining options, shops and rides

2. Three Words: Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio

Have you ever dreamed of being a part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? You know, really picture yourself here. Well, Shutterbutton’s at Universal Orlando Resort is making this fantasy a reality. Wear your favorite Harry Potter-themed outfits, house colors and other wizarding gear and this magical shop will place you in your favorite Wizarding World sights and scenes!

Why is this so unique??

  • Only this vacation package will unlock an exclusive background
  • Vacation package guest(s) will now receive a complimentary 8” x 10” photo

TIPS & TRICKS:

  • Enjoy (12) iconic scenes from Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley
  • Bring your wizarding world props like wands, merchandise, hats, etc
    • Don’t worry if you don’t have a robe because you’ll be able to borrow robes there
  • (5) guests are allowed per session
  • Reservations are required

3. The Details: Vacation Package & Breakfast

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So, what exactly is included in this vacation package? It was carefully created by Universal Parks and Resorts Vacations to help fans make the most of immersing themselves in the wizarding world. Take it from me, this curated package offers exclusive experiences and convenience – making it something you truly something you can’t miss on your vacation.

What’s included?

  • Hotel accommodations at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel
  • Admission to all (3) Universal Orlando theme parks:
    • Universal Studios Florida
      • In this park, you’ll roam the streets of London before entering Diagon Alley
    • Universal’s Islands of Adventure
      • This park is where you’ll enter the snow-capped village of Hogsmeade and get to experience the awe-inspiring Hogwarts castle
    • Universal’s Volcano Bay
      • Relax in Waturi Beach and enjoy the towering views of the Krakatau volcano

Fun Fact: With your park-to-park passes, you’re able to ride the Hogwarts Express between the lands at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay (and select attractions)
    • Get access 1-hour before the park officially opens
  • Breakfast at an iconic eatery from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Special-themed keepsake box with a personalized welcome letter, travel planning guide, luggage tags and lanyards
  • Shutterbutton’s experience that unlocks an exclusive background and a complimentary 8” x 10” photo
  • Access to select venues at Universal’s CityWalk

4. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Lands: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need convincing to why you need this vacation package in your life. However, if you need reminding, I wanted to list out some of the must-have whimsical experiences offered at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

  • Relish in the picturesque views of Hogsmeade, located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Head into the Forbidden Forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
    • Spiral and dive past Hagrid’s hut on Flight of the Hippogriff
    • Go on a journey with Harry Potter and his friends on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    • Explore the familiar corridors and passageways of Hogwarts castle
    • Board the Hogwarts Express and travel to Diagon Alley
  • Follow in Harry’s footsteps through Diagon Alley, located at Universal Studios Florida
    • Witness a wand choose its wizard at Ollivanders
    • Ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
    • View unforgettable shows at Carkitt Market
    • Walk through the brick barrier in King’s Cross Station and onto Platform 9¾ to board the Hogwarts Express
    • Savor the delectable taste of Butterbeer

We know you’ll want to spend your entire vacation at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; however, remember that you’ll be able to enjoy other parts of Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay. There’s so much to do in our parks that I’m sure you’ll have a blast.

So, tell us in the comments, what’s your favorite part of The Newly Enhanced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package? Can’t wait to see you here!

Ready to start planning your Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation? This post will help you choose the best resort for your visit!

Enjoy Nightlife, Shopping, Dining, and More at Universal CityWalk

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Any time you visit the parks at Universal Orlando Resort, you first walk through the streets that is Universal CityWalk. It’s a pretty cool area to visit before, during or even after your theme park experience.

This is an entertainment complex that features dining, entertainment and shopping. It is the cherry on top of the perfect day in-park. To help you plan out your visit, take a look at all the offerings.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT:

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Looking for a day of fun or a day or night out? Here are some entertainment experiences fit for kids of any age.

Universal Cinemark: Catch new releases on big screens with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems that put on an incredible show. Enjoy the ultimate in comfort with stadium seating and NEW upgraded seating which includes over-sized luxury plush recliners with extendable footrests and cup holders. When you’re feeling hungry, the concession stands are stocked with sweet snacks, hot food like pizza, hot dogs and nachos as well as a bar.

Reserved seating now available! Secure your seats online.

NEW enhanced experiences:

  • Newly installed XD viewing experience is enhanced with a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen and a complete surround sound package providing an extreme digital experience (supports RealD 3D)

Find out more about the New Enhanced Movie Experience at Universal Cinemark.

  • Blue Man Group: This is famed worldwide for being an incredible entertainment experience that checks all the boxes. With comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all in one, this is a show you’ll never forget. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
  • Hollywood Drive-in Golf: 50s sci-fi meets horror flick fun on two interactive 18-hole mini-golf courses. Pick your poison with either The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and Invaders from Planet Putt. Discover all the fun.
  • Hard Rock Live: Prepare to be impressed with the 3,000-seat auditorium boasts state-of-the-art audio, lighting, video, and a full bar and concession stand. It’s time to see the latest for who is playing.

TIP: Take advantage of the CityWalk Meal & Movie Deal where you can enjoy a lunch/dinner at one of the most popular restaurants PLUS a movie at Universal Cinemark.

ADULT NIGHTLIFE:

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Talk about a night out with friends, family or loved ones. There are options from clubs to piano bars or karaoke. All locations has a cover.

  • CityWalk’s Rising Star: It’s time for your big break at Rising Star, our own karaoke club. And imagine how you would sound on stage with a live band behind you. This is a sing-along experience you’ll never forget. Learn more here.
  • Pat O’Brien’s: Is this New Orleans or CityWalk? You tell us. This boisterous establishment feels like it’s in the middle of the action on Bourbon Street. Laugh with the dueling pianos as you indulge in authentic cajun cookin’. See the experience
  • the groove: Take your plans to the next level with this multi-level dance club with nightly DJs boasting the latest in sound and special effects. You’ll never be thirsty with several uniquely themed full-service bars. Here’s all the details you need.
  • Bob-Marley- A tribute to freedom: The chillest place in town, these Bob Marley-inspired digs feature Artifacts, photos, and video clips from his storied career that surround you in the open-air veranda and courtyard. Don’t forget to read about the tribute to Universal CityWalk.
  • Red Coconut Club: Step into old Havana and soak up the Cuban flair. This ultra-lavish lounge has two levels of music and dancing, topped with intimate dining upstairs and an outdoor patio. Learn more here.

TIP: Take advantage of The CityWalk Party Pass, which entitles one guest admission to Rising Star, Red Coconut Club, Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, the groove and Pat O’Briens on one select day. And there’s opportunity to enhance your time with the VIP upgrade at the groove, Red Coconut Club and CityWalk’s Rising Star. It provides an exclusive seating area, dedicated server and express entry.

FULL SERVICE DINING:

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For when you want an immersive and unique dining experience. These restaurants are available for more than just dinner:

  • NEW Bigfire: Now Open. Inspired by the cozy nostalgia of cooking over a fire. Open fire cooking is king, where elevated American fare like steaks and freshwater cuisine are given the fiery touch with pairings of different woods, flavoring your meal with smoky goodness. Experience s’mores in a whole new way as graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows are prepared tableside.
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: Dine in an enchanted Steampunk eatery and enjoy savory classic dishes like steak and seafood, as well as an all-day brunch menu featuring crepes and quiches. Save room for their one-of-a-kind desserts. See the full menu here.
    • (No reservations needed.)
  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew: This unique sports-dining experience is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Kick back with a cold one with over 100 bottles and drafts to choose from while you watch games on 100 high-definition screens. And this isn’t your typical bar food; a mix of tasty classics and new creations are on the
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar: If you didn’t think sushi went with burgers, you’ve never been here. Experience unique burgers or dive into some sushi. Keep them separate or embrace the spirit of Burgushi, a cutting-edge fusion of sandwiches made with sushi stuff, and sushi built with burger stuff. See it to believe it here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)

Or Visit podium to add your number of guests.

  • VIVO Italian Kitchen: Indulge in the Italian cuisine of your dreams at this restaurant where traditional flavor meets modern aesthetic. Watch as hand-tossed pizzas emerge from the oven and as chefs make fresh bread, sauce, mozzarella, and pasta before your eyes. Experience the full menu here.
    • No reservations needed.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Amp up your dining experience at the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe. You can see the very suit Elvis wore in the film Viva Las Vegas view hand-painted Beatles posters, and more. But in between drooling over rock memorabilia, drool over this rockin’ menu here.
    • Reservations available. Call (407) 351-7625.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Live one of your favorite movies at this dining spot. All kinds of shrimp are served here along with a host of Southern favorites, from award-winning baby back ribs to fried chicken, fresh fish dishes, and homemade desserts. Check out the full menu.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville: Relax in the tropical oasis, and try not to be alarmed at the eruption of the margarita-filled volcano at The Volcano Bar. Take a bite of the tropics with items like Grilled Fish Tacos and a Cheeseburger in Paradise. There are 10 variations of margaritas and a host of frozen concoctions on deck. See the spread here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Treat your tastebuds to your favorite latin flavors including the famed tableside guacamole that is the perfect pairing to warm chips and a cold cerveza. The fiesta vibes come to life with live Mariachi music on select nights. See the menu here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)

QUICK SERVICE DINING:

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You have to eat, and you have to eat now. These are the restaurants for you.

  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Calling all hot dog connoisseurs! Come chow down on the nation’s most iconic franks, from sauerkraut New York dog and poppy-seed buns to Chicago to authentic Milwaukee bratwurst. Check out the full menu.
  • Panda Express: Get the quick Asian-inspired meals you know and love at this quick service location. Check out the full menu.
  • Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar: Sushi—done fast. This is your destination for made-to-order sushi, sashimi and temaki hand rolls. You’ll also find bento boxes, beef skewers, dumplings, and specialty fruit-infused sakes for a convenient meal on-the-go. See the options here.
  • Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches: Experience the sandwich of your dreams. Get your fix with classics like roast beef, chicken salad, pastrami, patty melts, and more. Add soups, salads, sides and sweet treats (even Twinkies) for an easy and quick meal.
  • Red Oven Pizza Bakery: If you’re craving authentic Italian pizza, it’s waiting for you here. Choice from a menu or create a personalized pie that will be baked in a 900° stone-lined oven and cooked in less than 90 seconds. Enjoy the option to dine in or carry out. Check it the menu here.
  • Lone Palm Airport: If you thought you saw Jimmy Buffet’s seaplane in the middle of Universal CityWalk, you were right. It’s actually a waterfront tiki bar where you can get your favorite tropical drinks.
  • Burger King: Yep, there’s a Burger King too, for when you just want a burger and fries—fast. In case you need the menu, check it out here.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill: Oh yeah, sometimes you just need a fat burrito. Create something great with more than 20 incredibly fresh ingredients like all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak and organic tofu to make burritos, tacos, salads, nachos, burrito bowls, and quesadillas. See it all here.

DESSERT & TREATS:

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Hope you saved room for dessert, because you can’t miss these sweet stops.

  • Voodoo Doughnut: The giant, weird and mouth-watering doughnuts you’ve heard about. Indulge in over 50 types of doughnuts! Get funky with options like the Memphis Mafia and the Bacon Maple Bar. See the whole array here.
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: Experience ultimate indulgence in gourmet chocolates and one-of-a-kind desserts, ranging from artisanal milkshakes to sumptuous sundaes.
  • Cinnabon: When you need comfort food, you need cinnamon rolls. Cure your craving morning, day or night with these warm and gooey deliciousness.
  • Starbucks: There’s no better place to stop on your way into the parks than with a cup of coffee in your hands.
  • Cold Stone Creamery: On your way out of the parks, make a pit stop at this ice cream shop for the pinnacle of ice creams, smoothies, cakes, and shakes. Check out all the options here.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Get your custom ice cream on. Create something just for you with lots of yogurt and topping options at this location.
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: You know when you smell pretzels and have to have one? Yeah, us too. Thank goodness there’s one near NBC Sport Grill and Brew.
  • Dippin’ Dots: There’s even a spot to grab everyone’s favorite tiny ice cream.

SHOPPING

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You’ve dined at an incredible restaurant next door and now you’ve dashed over for some much needed retail therapy. It’s time to experience the crazy variety of shopping that CityWalk has to offer.

  • Universal Studios Store: Sometimes you just need a good souvenir. Or twenty. All of the cool collectables you could ever want from Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are waiting for you here.
  • Quiet Flight Surf Shop: Time to grab some gnarly gear. Stock up on surf-inspired clothing from beach brands like Quiet Flight, Billabong, Vans, Quicksilver, Volcom, Roxy, Ray-Ban, and more.TIP: Get the perfect Instagram shot outside the shop with the huge wave and share it with #ReadyForUniversal.
  • Fresh Produce: You’ll love this cute boutique that stocks lifestyle essentials like beachy apparel and swimwear, vibrant accessories, and adorable homewares. Treat yourself to a bag from Vera Bradley or comfortable footwear from Crocs.
  • The Island Clothing Co.: Step into island time with coastal clothes from The Island Clothing Co. Your favorite brands like Tommy Bahama, Quicksilver, Honolua Surf Co. are all in-store.
  • Rock Shop: Located right off the Hard Rock Cafe lobby, the Rock Shop sells logo and music-themed apparel, accessories, and souvenirs including an array of world famous City Tees and collectible pins.
  • Fossil: You’ll love Fossil’s high-quality leather and accessories like watches, purses and more!
  • P!Q: Find wacky gifts and playful toys for kids of all ages at this funky shop.
  • Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company: Oh yeah—Universal CityWalk has it all. Even a tattoo shop. Founded and inspired by Carey Hart’s passion, you’ll find perfectly clean tattoo stations to and rockin’ tattoo artists.

Whew. What a guide! Next stop, NBC Sports Grill & Brew. Meet you there at 5 ‘o clock sharp. Also, don’t forget to share your perfect day / night at Universal CityWalk in the comments below.

How to Choose the Best Universal Orlando Resort Hotel for Your Family

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You’ve told your kid(s) they’re finally going on a Universal Orlando Resort vacation and they are psyched. There’s real palpable excitement! Certainly, this is no small feat. Pride rushes through your veins because this is what a parenting win feels like.

Now, the task of picking the right hotel begins. Here’s everything you’ll ever need to know about Universal Orlando Resort hotels to help you decide which spectacular Universal Orlando Resort hotel is right for your whole family. And rest assured that there’s a hotel for every budget and family style, so you’ll have hotel benefits to fit your every need. 

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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No passport needed to enjoy this Mediterranean themed hotel! As soon as you arrive, you’ll be transported to the picturesque seaside village of Portofino, Italy. Kids and parents can enjoy the charming piazza surrounded by a colorful harbor where water taxis ferry guests back and forth to the theme parks. Here at Portofino Bay Hotel, you’ll find three enticing pools and incredible restaurants, from a casual pizzeria to a family-style restaurant with delicious Italian favorites and strolling musicians that serenade you tableside. You can even book a Despicable Me Kids’ Suite that sleeps up to five guests. The kids’ rooms capture the excitement of Gru’s Laboratory as you’ll sleep like Margo, Edith and Agnes in custom missile beds with Minion-inspired bedding. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits and Amenities:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions. 
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal theme parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Three pools and Dive-In Movies
      • The Beach Pool, the ideal place for the family to spend the day together as it features a Roman aqueduct-themed water slide, sandy beach, adjacent children’s pool, poolside activities, two Jacuzzis and three colorful beach cabanas.
      • The Villa Pool is a bit more relaxing with additional amenities, including private cabana rentals and upgraded lounge chairs. 
      • The Hillside Pool is located by the east wing and offers a quiet place to relax by the water. 
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: Campo Portofino 
      • You can drop off your children to enjoy a night full of games, movies,  arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.  $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A stunning and charming re-creation of Portofino, Italy 
    • Nine unique dining locations
    • Despicable Me Kids’ Suites
      • This suite lets parents have privacy in a beautiful master bedroom while the kids have fun in this connected and themed room that opens only from the parents’ room.

Hard Rock Hotel

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Have you ever wanted to live like a rockstar? You can experience it first-hand when you stay at this laid-back hotel with show-stopping service. Your kids will also thank you for having their very own stage in a Future Rock Star Kids’ Suite. See the full breakdown below:  

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation:
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Enjoy a large zero entry pool featuring an underwater sound system, water slide, two hot tubs,  sand beach and volleyball court along with poolside activities and Dive-In Movies
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: Camp Lil’ Rock 
      • You can drop off your children for a night full of games, movies, arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • It’s as if you’re staying in a rock star’s mansion
    • Enjoy the Sound of Your Stay program where you can choose from a menu of 20 different Fender guitars that can be delivered to your room or a Crosley turntable with 10 iconic vinyl records.
    • Velvet Sessions and Velvet Unplugged – live concerts in the hotel lobby
    • Future Rock Star Suites
      • Parents can treat their kids to a Future Rock Star Suite, featuring a King bedroom plus an attached themed bedroom where kids can step on stage to perform under the lights.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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This is a South Seas paradise. As you enter this resort, you’ll find tropical wonders and carefree fun. Similarly, your kids will be transported to another jaw-dropping world when they walk into the Jurassic World Kids’ Suites. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Premier Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Premier hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Free Universal Express Unlimited 
      • Valid with theme park admission tickets, this pass allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular rides and attractions. 
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Lagoon style swimming pool, poolside activities and kids’ splash zone and Dive-In Movies
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Game Room
    • Children’s Activity Centers: The Mariner’s Club
      • You can drop off your children for a night full of games, movies, arts and crafts, snacks and other activities. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child. 
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • The spirit of ‘aloha’ is everywhere
    • Weekly Wantilan Luau 
      • Join us on Saturday nights for this weekly dinner show that features a Polynesian-inspired buffet. You’ll get to enjoy a scrumptious dinner,  live music, hula and fire dances to make you feel like you’re at an island celebration 
    • Torch lighting ceremony on select nights with a welcome dance, fire dancers and more
    • Jurassic World Kids’ Suites 
    • Despicable Me Character Breakfast 
      • Every Saturday morning, guests can fill up on breakfast favorites including pancakes, bacon,  scrambled eggs and more. Here, you’ll enjoy communal seating and get to meet some of your favorite Despicable Me characters including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes, and the Minions. 

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Are you ready for an escape to a Caribbean paradise? Get inspired by cascading waterfalls over lush tropical grounds. This hotel will have you easing into island time with the calming sounds of steel drums. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Preferred Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the Preferred hotels to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • The pool is the largest of all of our hotel pools, with a water slide and sandy beach area,  This spells fun and relaxation, as does the hot tub, children’s play area, fire pit, poolside activities, Dive-In Movies and more
    • Game Room
    • Kids’ Suites
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A Caribbean-inspired island retreat
    • Largest pool across all hotels 

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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Little ones will love this vibrant and retro-themed resort. Did you know there are two massive pools, a lazy river and a bowling alley? This resort also offers family suites that sleep up to six, featuring a separate living area with privacy partition and kitchenette, plus a compartmentalized bathroom.  The kitchenettes offer a mini refrigerator, microwave and sink. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Prime Value Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Delivery of resort purchases straight to your hotel room
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Game Room 
    • Dive-In Movies
    • Resort Kids Camp – Guests have access to this at Universal Orlando Resort hotels. Please call for information and reservations. Open during select evening hours and available for children 4-14 years old.* $15/hour per child
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • Family suites that sleep up to six and some offer Volcano Bay view rooms
    • Two huge pools, a lazy river, and poolside activities 
    • Galaxy Bowl –the hotel’s very own 10-lane bowling alley and full-service restaurant 

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

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This modern and sleek hotel offers a cool escape for a great price. Aventura’s rooftop offers views of all three Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.  It’s perfect for kids who love technology as many of the room features are controlled by a tablet. It even has a virtual reality game room. If you’re looking for more space, this hotel offers kids’ suites that sleep up to five guests, allowing your little ones to go to sleep while others can relax in a separate area.  See the full breakdown below: 

  • Prime Value Hotel
  • Easy Transportation
    • Complimentary shuttle bus and water taxi transportation to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk
  • Family-friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Pool, poolside activities and Dive-In Movies
  • What’s the Biggest Difference?
    • A tech-savvy hotel
    • Virtual reality game room
    • Bar 17 Bistro 
      • This rooftop bar and grille not only has delicious international flavors but also showcases a beautiful 360 view of our three amazing theme parks and Orlando

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites

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Starting this summer, Universal Orlando is adding extra-affordable options for your vacation. The vibe at these two new value hotels is relaxed and easy, with a fun surf and beach theme woven throughout. These hotels offer standard rooms and  2-Bedroom suites that sleep up to six, making it a perfect spot for families of any size. Surfside Inn and Suites is the first hotel of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, NOW OPEN. Dockside Inn and Suites will open in March 2020. See the full breakdown below: 

  • Two Value Hotels
  • Easy Transportation
    • Free shuttle bus transportation to Universal CityWalk and Volcano Bay
  • Family-Friendly Benefits:
    • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
      • Breeze into select Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests.
    • Convenient park purchases with your room key 
    • Three pools across both hotels 
    • Game Room
    • Pizza delivery to the room
  • What’s the biggest difference?
    • Our newest and most affordable Universal Orlando Resort Hotel
    • 2-bedroom-suites that sleep up to six 
    • This hotel was designed and created by the same people who bring our world-class theme parks to life

Parents, which Universal Orlando Resort hotel are you most looking forward to staying at? Let us know in the comments below! 

New Drinks and Food at Halloween Horror Nights 2019 at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Chow down on new and returning fan-favorites at Halloween Horror Nights 2019, including bites and drinks inspired by Netflix’s Strangers Things, Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters and other spooky fun.

Netflix’s Stranger Things Food & Drink

Starcourt Mall

Location: Tents outside Monsters Cafe and Finnegan’s

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Get a taste of the Starcourt Mall with a variety of dishes inspired by iconic mall dining. Enjoy Grilled Street Corn and Nachos Queso Fundidio from Ole Amigo. Grab a bento box with an Orange Chicken Bao Bun, Szechuan Beef Pot Stickers and fried Wonton Chips, complete with ginger soy dipping sauce from the Imperial Panda. Or head over to Hawkins Heroes for a Turkey or Veggie Hero.

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You can also grab dessert with chocolate dipped bacon on a stick and Pumpkin Patch Mini Donuts.

Merrill’s Mini Pumpkin Doughnuts

Location: Tents outside Finnegan’s

Eleven pumpkin mini donuts on a bed of cookie crumbles topped with a frosting drizzle.

Triple Decker Extravaganza

Location: San Francisco Bakery

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It’s back! A stack of delicious waffles, whipped cream and candy that was featured from Season 2 of Stranger Things.

Voodoo Doughnut

Location: Universal CityWalk

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These make for the perfect snack before or after the event at Voodoo Doughnut in Universal CityWalk. Choose from either the “Run” or Waffle doughnuts filled with Maple Bavarian Cream.

Syrup & Waffles

Location: Gramercy Popcorn & Production Central Veranda

This drink inspired by Netflix’s Stranger Things returns with the same delicious maple flavors and tiny waffles on top.

Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters Ghost Trap Popcorn

Location: Popcorn Carts

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The perfect snack to fuel you on the go – a popcorn bucket inspired by the containment unit for ghosts for the proton pack from Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters.

More New Eats & Treats

S’mores Fries

Location: KidZone Pizza Company

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The yin to Pizza Fries yang. S’mores Fries are here featuring sweet potato fries, marshmallow, chocolate chips and cracker crumbs.

Returning Favs

Pizza Fries

Location: KidZone Pizza Company

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THEY’RE BACK.

Twisted Taters

Those mouth-watering potato swirls with your choice of sour cream & chive, garlic parmesan, seasoned salt, or salt & vinegar.

Candy Corn

Location: Gramercy Popcorn & Production Central Veranda

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That classic Halloween candy in a sweet slushie.

Signature Drinks

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There are four signature drinks this year inspired by classic 80s beverages, plus four souvenir cups to collect. The souvenir cups will be a staggered release with a new one becoming available on a weekly basis. Prove you’re the ultimate HHN fan and come back to collect them all! *Souvenir cups are available in limited quantities.

  • Blood Pit – Vodka, blood orange sour, peach schnapps and orange juice.
  • Twilight Gateway – Tequila, watermelon schnapps, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine.
  • Vampires Curse – Spiced rum, fruit punch and sour mix.
  • Saturn – Gin, Falernum liqueur, passion fruit puree and sour mix.

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 runs at Universal Studios Florida now through November 2. Click here for the details on this year’s haunted houses, scare zones and shows. Don’t forget that Universal’s newest hotel, Endless Summer, is now open to make your Halloween Horror Nights 2019 getaway more affordable than every!

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.
*Must be 21 years or older to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.

Four Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Orlando

Halloween is one of our favorite times of year. From family friendly trick or treating to terrifying haunted houses, there is something for everyone to enjoy for Halloween in Orlando.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Get your favorite costume ready and make your plans to live it up—collecting candies, sweets and delightful treats—all while Magic Kingdom park thrills and chills you with special fireworks, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night. Best of all: since this event is “not-so-scary,” children of every age can enjoy the fun! 

  • Disney’s Not So Scary Spooktacular Fireworks: Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” serves as the host of this all-new nighttime extravaganza, with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks filling the sky above Magic Kingdom Park
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular: Winifred, Mary and Sarah visit the mortal world for an all-new adventure, with a plan to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard.
  • “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” which happens twice nightly and features favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, along with the Disney villains and a cavalcade of fiendishly fun floats
  • Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland is the spot for all of the young partygoers to get their groove on with favorite Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins and Vampirina
  • Trick-or-Treat throughout the park
  • Exclusive Character Meet and Greets

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort

The World’s Premier Halloween Event

Universal Orlando takes fear to the max. This year, the 80s return with a vengeance with 10 totally terrifying haunted houses, 5 pulse-pounding scare zones and outrageous live entertainment. From cinematic screams to the most horrifying cult classics, there’s no escape from the decade that just won’t die.

  • Haunted Houses: Make your way through 10 totally terrifying haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in horror, plus Universal’s own twisted creations.
  • Scare Zones: Scareactors will prowl the streets of Universal Studios Florida which will be transformed into 5 pulse-pounding scare zones.
  • Entertainment: Catch outrageous live entertainment that will have you crying out for more.
  • Attractions: Experience some of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions which will be open during the event.

Halloween Spooktacular at Sea World Orlando

It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, whimsical sea creatures, and more in this family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular runs weekends from late September through October and is included in park admission.

  • Trick-or-Treating: Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun – Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies. Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites.
  • Trick-or-Treating Bags: Please join in the efforts to protect our seas by bringing a reusable bag or Halloween bucket from home for treats. There will also be an assortment of reusable bags, for $0.99 and up, at select locations. 
  • Pet’s Ahoy Halloween: A special Halloween version of this side-splitting show features surprise twists, and a cast of unlikely characters that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end. Dogs and cats, ducks and doves, potbellied pigs and a few surprise animal guest stars will show you just what SeaWorld Orlando’s encouragement-based training techniques can accomplish.
  • Halloween Dance Party: Children join under-the-sea friends for a Halloween Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air.
  • Mermaid Grotto: This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with bubbles floating overhead and colorful sea-themed characters. Plus, have the opportunity to meet a mermaid.

Brick or Treat at LeogLand Florida Resort

You can celebrate the spookiest time of the year every weekend in October at LegoLand Florida with trick-or-treating, exclusive character meet and greets and spooktacular treats at LegoLand Florida.

  • Brick-or-Treat Trail: Kids can journey through the themed trail with their very own Brick-or-Treat bag to pick up lots of scrumptious candy!
  • LEGO Halloween Characters: Meet Halloween exclusive LEGO characters, including Lord Vampyre, Rockin’ Frankenstein, and more!
  • Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt: Set out on the Brick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt to find the LEGO Candy Corn!
  • The Tale of Pirates’ Cove Fireworks Spectacular: On every Brick-or-Treat night, watch fireworks transform into LEGO bricks at our fireworks spectacular about the tale of Pirate Cove!

Are you planning to celebrate Halloween in Orlando?

11 Unique Events You Can Experience at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

11 Unique Events You Can Experience at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

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One of the best things about staying at Universal Orlando Resort is that the fun never stops! Our amazing resort hotels host one-of-a-kind events for guests to enjoy without ever leaving their hotel. From a weekly luau to rock ‘n’ roll concerts and incredible food and libation experiences, there’s an event that will fit your every mood. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or you live close by, we have a line-up of awesome events for you to choose from.

Check out the event details below and finish it out by taking the quiz to see which hotel event is right for you!

Sunday Brunch at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

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The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel turns up the volume on Sunday brunch. This brunch includes a buffet of all breakfast favorites, plus a carving station, salmon platter, pastries, and bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas*, all tied together by the sounds of an acoustic performance. 

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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No need to travel all the way to Hawaii when we bring Hawaii to you every Saturday night! The Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort gives you a taste of Polynesian culture with hula dancers, fire dancers and more. It’s an exciting event that’s great for the entire family.  The best part: enjoy a traditional Hawaiian buffet that even has a roasted pig and bottomless mai-tais, house wine and beer*. 

*Must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Caribbean Carnaval at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort takes you on a musical journey through the Caribbean with an interactive dinner show. The dinner show features a buffet with Caribbean favorites and bottomless rum punch*. What’s better than that?! 

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Despicable Me Character Breakfast at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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What could be better than waking up, putting on your flip-flops, and digging into a delicious breakfast? Meeting some of your favorite Illumination’s Despicable Me characters, that’s what. Every Saturday at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, fill up on a buffet of morning favorites including pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs and more. You’ll  meet some of your favorite Despicable Me characters including Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the Minions.

Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

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Ever seen a hotel lobby transformed to host a rock ‘n’ roll concert? We do just that for Velvet Sessions. The show brings high-power music and some of your favorite artists to the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel®.  Featured performers include Bret Michaels, Soul Asylum, The Psychedelic Furs and more. Before the show, sip on specialty cocktails, munch on passed hors d’oeuvres and mingle with fellow Session’ers. It’s all included with your ticket*. Standing room and VIP tickets are available for this event. VIP tickets include a private bar and access to a special viewing area. Guests of the show can also add on a Meet & Greet ticket to their order to meet and take a photo the artist or band before the show.

*This event is for guests 21 years or older. Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly. 

Velvet Unplugged at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Velvet Unplugged takes a new spin on acoustic performances. Guests can enjoy intimate performances by emerging musicians in the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel. This event is open to all ages. Standing room tickets or tables for two or four people are available for this event. Table seating includes the first round of house drinks* and complimentary valet parking.

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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Take a stroll through the Harbor Piazza under the twinkling star-filled sky at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Harbor Nights is a seasonal event that takes place four times a year and features gourmet food stations from all of the hotel’s restaurants, as well as unlimited wine* selections and a live band. Regular and VIP tickets are available for this event. VIP ticket includes reserved seating, additional hors  d’oeuvres and food and wine stations dedicated to VIP guests only. 

*This event is for guests 21 years or older. Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Jake’s Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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Held in the spring and fall, Jake’s Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort brings together beer fanatics from all over to enjoy an impressive selection of craft and specialty beers* from local and regional breweries. You have the opportunity to try them all and enjoy paired hors d’oeuvres. Regular and VIP tickets are available for this event. VIP tickets include a private reception before the festival in Jake’s Clipper Room with additional beer tastings and collectible pint glasses. 

*This event is for guests 21 years or older. Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly. 

Jake’s Beer Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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Held once a quarter, Jake’s Beer Dinner-  at Loews Royal Pacific Resort- invites you to an expertly prepared five-course dinner event with craft and specialty beer* pairings from local and regional breweries. Before being seated for this event, enjoy a cocktail reception with light refreshments and hors d’oeurves.

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Wine Riffs at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

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Sometimes as a rock star, you need to take a break and relax. What better way to do that than with Wine Riffs at the Hard Rock Hotel. Wine Riffs explores the mix of wine, food and music in a way you can only experience at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.  With a multi-course dinner menu and wine pairings*  the featured winery, it’s a wine dinner like no other.

*Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Rum Dinner at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

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Rum fans unite for this specialty Rum Dinner at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. You’ll enjoy a light reception with refreshments and passed hors d’oeuvres and then be seated for a five-course dinner paired with craft rums* from the Caribbean. The party doesn’t stop there as the evening wraps up with an afterglow in this island paradise.  

*This event is for guests 21 years or older. Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets and consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Which event are you excited to try first? Take this quiz to see which hotel event is right for you.

Book a Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package for Extra Magic and Fun

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You can book an exclusive Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacation package at Universal Orlando Resort to receive hotel accommodations, park tickets, keepsake box filled with goodies, and more. This is the ultimate vacation for any Harry Potter fan.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Exclusive Vacation Package Includes:

  • 5-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with 3 Days Free1 to Universal Studios Florida™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ AND Universal’s Volcano Bay™ (Booking window extended now – 7/31/19 and travel now –  12/20/19)
  • Early Park Admission2  to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required, select attractions).
  • Special Themed Keepsake Box§ with items to get started, including:
    • Welcome Letter
    • Travel Planning Guide
    • Set of Luggage Tags featuring Harry Potter™, Ron Weasley™ and Hermione Granger™ – one set of three (3) per package
    • Hogwarts™ Railways Lanyard – one per person
  • Breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron™ in Universal Studios Florida™ – one per person
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ – one per person
  • One (1) Shutterbutton’s™ Photography Studio8 session in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ that includes one commemorative DVD photo album and one exclusive designed 8” x 10” photo print
  • Access to select live entertainment venues1 at Universal CityWalk™

For Package Arrivals after December 20, 2019
Package will include a 3-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park Ticket9 which includes admission to Universal Studios™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay™

The below pricing does not include airfare.

Value
Universals Endless Summer Resort
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Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Starting from $119** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • Complimentary shuttle transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Starting from $129** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • Limited Time Offer – Receive a FREE10 $50 Hotel Dining Credit (per room) when you stay 3-nights or longer ONLY at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort (Book by July 31, 2019 for travel November 3, 2019 – December 25, 2019)
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Starting from $129** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Starting from $139** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
  • And more!
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Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Starting from $159** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • FREE4 Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. That’s a value of $129.995 per person, per day. Valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay™.
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Hard Rock Hotel®

Starting from $169** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • FREE4 Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. That’s a value of $129.995 per person, per day. Valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay™.
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Starting from $175** per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • FREE4 Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. That’s a value of $129.995 per person, per day. Valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay™.
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
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Rosen Inn International

Starting from $115* per person, per night, based on a family of four, limited availability

  • FREE scheduled transportation6 between hotel and Universal Orlando Resort
  • Discounts7 on merchandise, food & non-alcoholic beverages at select locations throughout the theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
  • Additional Universal Partner Hotels available

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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

All prices, package inclusions & options are subject to availability and to change without notice and additional restrictions may apply. Errors will be corrected where discovered, and Universal Orlando and Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations reserve the right to revoke any stated offer and to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, whether such error is on this website or any print or other advertisement relating to these products and services.

1The 2019 3-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with 3 Days Free entitles one (1) guest admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay on the same day. Ticket is valid for any five (5) calendar days during a seven (7) consecutive calendar day period, with no blockout dates. This ticket also includes seven (7) consecutive calendar days of admission to select live entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk™ which commences and includes the first day any portion of the ticket is used. Ticket excludes admission to separately ticketed events at either of the Universal theme parks or within any of the CityWalk venues. Some CityWalk venues require ages 21 or older for admission. Valid photo ID required. Unless otherwise stated, does not include admission to Universal Cinemark, the Blue Man Group show, or Hollywood Drive-In Golf™. Subject to availability. Parking is not included and there are no discounts on food or merchandise. To receive full benefit of the ticket entitlements, first use of this ticket must be on or before December 16, 2019. All ticket usage must be completed on or before December 20, 2019 when the ticket will expire in full. Unused days will be forfeited. This ticket will be sold only within the U.S. and Canada between March 15, 2019 and July 31, 2019 (purchase by date extended from June 12, 2019). Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.

2Requires 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.

§Upon full payment for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Exclusive Vacation Package we will send an E-Travel Document to the e-mail provided at the time of booking. The E-Travel Document will include confirmation instructions, destination information and details about the Special Themed Keepsake Box. Guests will have their Special Themed Keepsake Box delivered to the hotel within twenty-four (24) hours of arrival and guests should follow ticketing instructions contained within the E-Travel Document. Maximum of eight (8) lanyards per Special Themed Keepsake Box.

8Upon full payment for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Exclusive Vacation Package we will send an E-Travel Document to the e-mail provided at the time of booking. The E-Travel Document will include confirmation instructions, destination information and details about your Shutterbutton’s™ Photography Studio session. Valid for one (1) Studio session per room and a maximum of five (5) guests per session. Session includes: one (1) commemorative Shutterbutton’s experience DVD in a Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio DVD case with access to unlimited digital views and one (1) 8” x 10” photo print. Access to digital viewing is provided by Colorvision International Inc. and is subject to additional terms and conditions. Data rates and other charges may apply. Please check with your carrier.

10Minimum of three (3) night stay required. Promotional offer is valid for travel between 11/03/19 – 12/25/19. Offer must be booked by 07/31/19. No group rates or other discounts apply. Travel and hotel dining credit must be completed during promotional period(s). One (1) $50 hotel dining credit per room. Credit applies to food and beverage (excluding alcohol) at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort restaurants only, days/hours of operation may vary. Hotel dining credit must be used in full during stay and excludes gratuities and applicable taxes. Offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions, discounts or prior purchases. Any unused credit is non-transferable and non-refundable and forfeited if not used. All prices and options are subject to availability and change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

9The 3-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park Ticket entitles one (1) guest admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park on the same day. Ticket is valid for any five (5) calendar days during a seven (7) consecutive calendar day period which includes the first day any portion of the ticket is used. This ticket also includes seven (7) consecutive calendar days of admission to select live entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk which commences and includes the first day any portion of the ticket is used. The ticket will expire in full on the expiration date printed on ticket. Unused days shall be forfeited. Ticket excludes admission to separately ticketed events at either of the Universal theme parks or within any of the CityWalk venues. Some CityWalk venues require ages 21 or older for admission. Valid photo ID required. Does not include admission to Universal Cinemark, the Blue Man Group show, or Hollywood Drive-In Golf™. Subject to availability. Unless otherwise stated, parking is not included and there are no discounts on food or merchandise. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.3Airline tickets are non-refundable. In the event you make changes or rebook your vacation package, the original airfare paid may be applied toward a new ticket, subject to the airlines’ rules and regulations, as well as the payment of a re-ticketing fee and any differences in airfare amounts. In the event you cancel and do not rebook your vacation package, you will need to make any changes to future travel directly with the airline, subject to its rules and regulations, as well as payment of a re-ticketing fee and any differences in airfare amounts. Additional restrictions apply. Reservations must be made 14 days in advance.

**Promotional Vacation Package rates are per person, per night, tax inclusive and based on two (2) adults and two (2) children (ages 17 and under) on a 5-night length of stay at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel in a standard room with a 3-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with 2 Days Free, Breakfast at Leaky Cauldron™ – one (1) per person, Breakfast at Three Broomsticks™ – one (1) per person, one (1) Shutterbutton’s™ Photography Studio session – one (1) per package and one (1) Special Themed Keepsake Box – one (1) per package. Tickets are valid for admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay on the same day. Ticket is valid for any five (5) calendar days during a seven (7) consecutive calendar day period which includes the first day any portion of the ticket is used. Promotional discount rate is based on savings from Regular Length of Stay rates at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel: Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel®, and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Rates and discounts vary by hotel, length of stay, room type, travel dates, season and are subject to availability. Rates are valid for bookings now – 12/11/19 and for stays most nights Sunday–Thursday; 8/11/19 – 9/26/19, 11/3/19 – 11/26/19, 12/1/19 – 12/19/19. Rates are higher on Friday, Saturday and holiday nights. 4 Night Minimum Required. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. The number of rooms available at these rates are limited. Additional rates and travel dates are available.

4Requires theme park admission. Valid only at participating rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay. 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.

5Based on average price of a 2-Park Universal Express Unlimited pass ranging between $84.99 and $189.99.

*Promotional Vacation Package rates are per person, per night, tax inclusive and based on two (2) adults and two (2) children (ages 17 and under) on a 5-night length of stay at a Universal Partner Hotel in a standard room with a 3-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with 3 Days Free, Breakfast at Leaky Cauldron™ – one (1) per person, Breakfast at Three Broomsticks™ – one (1) per person, one (1) Shutterbutton’s™ Photography Studio session – one (1) per package and one (1) Special Themed Keepsake Box – one (1) per package. Tickets are valid for admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay on the same day. Ticket is valid for any five (5) calendar days during a seven (7) consecutive calendar day period which includes the first day any portion of the ticket is used. Promotional rate is based on Rosen Inn International. Rates and discounts vary by hotel, length of stay, room type, travel dates, season and are subject to availability. Rate valid for bookings now – 12/11/19 and travel 8/26/19 – 9/30/19, 11/1/19 – 12/20/19. 4 Night Minimum Required. Reservation must be made 72 hours in advance. The number of rooms available at these rates are limited. Additional rates and travel dates are available.

6Reservations required. Transportation schedule and availability are subject to change without notice. Excludes Orlando International Resort Club.

7Excludes merchandise locations in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™.

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Everything You Need to Know about Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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How would you like to take a photo with Captain America, be catapulted into the sky like the Incredible Hulk, go web-slinging high above the streets with the Amazing Spider-Man or collect unique Marvel souvenirs?

Sounds like an epic adventure, right?! You can do all of that and more in Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. Here’s everything you need to know to get your epic adventure started.

THE EXPERIENCES:

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Looking to get a taste of what it’s like to be a Marvel Super Hero? Look no further than these incredible ride experiences available at Marvel Super Hero Island.

View full list of Marvel Super Hero Island rides

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Easter Egg: Keep an eye out for phones located throughout Marvel Super Hero Island. What do they do? Find one and pick up the receiver to find out.

MEET YOUR FAVORITE SUPER HEROES:

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What better way to feel like you’re one of the team than meeting some of your favorite Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm and Rogue, as well as Marvel Super Villains like Dr. Doom and The Green Goblin.

Check out the full list of Marvel Super Hero encounters available:

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UOAP TIP: Sure, getting a photo with your favorite Marvel Super Heroes is great, but interacting with Marvel Super Villains, The Green Goblin and Dr. Doom, makes for an even more interesting photo opportunity.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

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You can get quite the appetite trying to keep up with the Marvel Super Heroes’ lifestyle. Don’t worry, there are plenty of places for you to get refueled with delicious food and beverage options including:

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Even Super Heroes need a timeout when defending earth from evil Marvel Super Villains to enjoy a cool delicious treat, and what better place than Chill Ice Creamwhere you can scoop up a sundae, milkshake, ice cream float or even a freshly made waffle cone.

View full list of Marvel Super Hero Island Food & Drink options

Want to make your Marvel Super Hero Island dining experience fun and easy? Take advantage of Islands of Adventure dining plans.

UOAP TIP: Be sure to add Captain America’s Diner on your must-do list! Why? The Captain America Diner has some of the best views of Islands of Adventure.

SOUVENIRS TO BRING HOME:

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Whether you’re looking to update your Super Hero size wardrobe, expand your collection of Marvel figurines or start your very own comic book collection, there’s something for everyone and a whole lot more at Marvel Super Hero Island.

  • Marvel Alterniverse Store
    Stop by the Marvel Alterniverse Store to stock your Super Hero closet with every manner of Marvel supplies, including character t-shirts, sweatshirts, toys, collectibles, mugs, and more.
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  • BONUS: Snap a picture with Spider-Man. Not only do you get to meet and snap a photo with the famous web-slinger, but you also get your photo turned into the cover of a Marvel Comic issue of Spider-Man. How cool!
  • Comic Book Shop
    What kind of Marvel Super Hero Island would this be without a Comic Book Shopfeaturing all of your favorite Marvel characters, posters, apparel, figurines, and more!
  • Marvel Boutique
    Looking for a place to gear up for battle with super-stylish clothes and accessories featuring your favorite Marvel Super Heroes? Look no further than the Marvel Boutique.
  • Spider-Man Shop
    Check out this Spider-Man Shop created just for fans and stacked with toys, action figures, mugs, t-shirts, and more.

View full list of Marvel Super Hero Island Shopping

Tell us about some of your favorite things to do at Marvel Super Hero Island in Islands of Adventure in the comments below. And make sure to share your moments on TwitterFacebook or Instagram with #ReadyForUniversal.

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Surfside Inn and Suites Now Open in Orlando

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites – the first Value category hotel at Universal Orlando Resort is now officially open to guests. This brand new, extra-affordable hotel features a surfboard-shaped pool at Universal’s lowest price point yet.

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This beachy, coastal hotel perfectly captures the laid-back tranquil feel of being in the ocean. The best part –– you’re minutes away from your favorite Universal Orlando theme parks. This hotel was designed by the minds that brought you everything you love about our theme parks, giving you an immersive experience only available at our destination. 

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Your kids will love the surfer vibe and you’ll love the affordable 2-Bedroom Suites that give everyone enough room to spread out. At Surfside Inn and Suites, you can have the hotel you want at the price you’ve been looking for – a value that just cannot be beat in Orlando. You’ll have a complete Universal Orlando vacation experience, which even includes exclusive theme park benefits.

Here’s everything you need to know about Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Surfside Inn and Suites.

THEME PARK BENEFITS

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This hotel wouldn’t be a Universal Orlando hotel without some incredible benefits. Here’s a list of some of the many benefits that come with staying at Surfside Inn and Suites. 

  • One of the best benefits is Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay, one hour before the theme parks open. This means you are first to your favorite rides. (Valid theme park admission required. Select attractions.) 
  • Complimentary transportation to all Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal’s CityWalk makes getting around the resort fast and easy. The ride is less than five minutes, so you’re not wasting any time getting to the action.
  • Forget carrying your wallet around, with Resort-wide charging privileges, your room key card is your main form of payment.
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased at your favorite stores throughout the resort to your hotel so you don’t need to carry your bags around while you’re screaming on your favorite rides. 
  • Your room key gives you complimentary club-to-club access to select Universal CityWalk venues as long as you are a guest. Just show your room key to get into the clubs.  

ROOMS

The incredible immersive experience of Universal Orlando doesn’t end when you leave the parks – it continues back at your hotel as you step into your room. You’ll feel like you’re stepping into a beach paradise that any surfer would love. Every room is the perfect way to start and end an action-packed day in the parks.

STANDARD ROOMS

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Bright, open and soothing, the extra–affordable rooms invite the Florida sun in. Washed in the colors of the sea, they evoke that ocean lifestyle, appealing to everyone.

2-BEDROOM SUITES

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In addition to standard rooms, more than half the rooms at Surfside Inn and Suites will be spacious 2-Bedroom Suites – making it the perfect spot for families.  Our suites can accommodate up to six, which means you won’t have to worry about spending extra money on connecting rooms because everyone can fit into one room, with plenty of space for everyone. These suites feature three queen beds, two TVs, a kitchenette with a sink, picnic table, large mini-fridge, coffee maker, microwave and free WiFi. I’m ready to move in right now!

DINING 

Beach Break Cafe   

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At Beach Break Cafe, the casual dining food court at Surfside Inn and Suites, you’ll be able to take a break from your adventures in the parks and dig into some dishes that were inspired by food trucks, local joints and backyard barbeques.

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Beach Break Cafe will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will feature fresh and flavorful meals, with most priced under $12. From breakfast pizzas to comfort food and power bowls, Beach Break Cafe offers something for everyone in a care-free, cool and relaxed setting. Check out some of the food and drinks you’ll be able to try here

Sand Bar

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Throw on your swimsuit and head to Sand Bar, the laid-back pool bar. Sand Bar will be the perfect place to be while you’re soaking up the sun. The bar will be open in the early afternoon until late evening offering delicious drinks to keep you refreshed. I can’t wait to try the Tidal Wave. It’s made with Endless Summer Rum, Learn more about the drinks here

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

Starbucks

You’ll find a Starbucks in the lobby, offering coffee, tea and fresh food items. It’s a great spot to grab a quick latte before taking the free shuttle to the parks.

Pizza Delivery 

In need of a quick lunch or dinner? At Surfside Inn and Suites you can have pizza delivered right to your room. That’s right! If you want a late night bite or just want to chill at your picnic table, this is a great option for you.

Pool 

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At the heart of Surfside Inn and Suites is the pool. The coolest part about the pool is the fact that it’s shaped like a surfboard with the tail end of the pool serving as a zero entry access point. The pool has plenty of seating for you to kick back and relax including a bench that wraps around the inside of the pool so you can sit along the edge and soak in the Florida sun while enjoying the beautiful lake views.

Here are some additional amenities you can enjoy during your stay at Surfside Inn and Suites: 

  • Universal Studios Store – You’ll find everything from everyday needs to Universal Orlando merchandise you might have missed during your time in the parks.
  • Universal Orlando Vacation Planning Center- skip the front gate ticket windows –– this ticket desk and kiosk makes your Universal Orlando vacation even easier. Just head to the lobby to get information, buy or pick up tickets to Universal theme parks and even other area attractions. You even have the option to reserve cabanas for Volcano Bay. This desk is truly a vacation-saver.
  • Fitness Center – Fitness center is free to guests and offers showers, lockers and changing rooms. 
  • Car Rental Desk 
  • Game Room
  • Self-service guest laundry 

When you’re visiting Universal Orlando with your family, you need a hotel that emphasizes comfort and cost, which is exactly what you’ll get at Surfside Inn and Suites.

I’m so excited to finally say this officially – Surf’s up here at  Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites!

When will you be checking in to Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Surfside Inn and Suites? Let us know in the comments.

Visit Beach Break Cafe at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort- Surfside Inn and Suite

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite things to do while vacationing is to enjoy delicious food and drinks. Universal just shared a sneak peek at the food and drinks you’ll be able to try at Universal’s newest extra-affordable Value Hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, opening June 27.

At Beach Break Cafe, the casual dining food court at Surfside Inn and Suites, you’ll be able to take a break from your adventure in the parks and dig into some surfer-inspired dishes, featuring Southern California flavors and fresh ingredients. Just like surf culture, Beach Break Cafe dares to be different, offering food and drink from around the world in a care-free, cool and exciting setting from early morning to late at night, all within a family-friendly hotel.

This casual dining food court will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Inspired by food trucks, local joints and backyard BBQs, Beach Break Cafe’s menu will be super affordable and offer something for everyone from unique cuisine to comfort food.

Here’s just some of what you’ll find on the menu at Beach Break Cafe.

BREAKFAST

Bacon Egg and Cheese Croissant

Served with Breakfast Potatoes

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Breakfast Pizza

Sausage Gravy, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Mozzarella, and Cheddar Cheese 

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LUNCH AND DINNER

Italian Ciabatta

Ham, Capicola, Genoa Salami, Provolone, Red Onion, Tomato, Shredded Romaine, Pepperoncini, Red Wine Vinaigrette

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SoCal (Southern California) – Cobb Salad

Southern California is a region known for light, clean and unique flavors.

Chopped Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado, Blue Cheese, Bacon, Hard Boiled Egg and Avocado Ranch Dressing

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Caprese Panini

Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Glaze

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Pipeline Burger

This burger is inspired by the classic wave — one of the most famous and most photographed waves.

Beef Patty, Topped with Caramelized Onion, Bacon Jam and Provolone Cheese Served with Crisp Lettuce and Vine Ripe Tomatoes on a Toasted BunTofu Power Bowl with Baja Sauce

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Tofu Power Bowl with Baja Sauce

If you’re more of a carnivore, you can choose chicken or carne asada for this dish as well.

Cilantro Lime Rice, Quinoa, Kale, Red Cabbage, Pickled Carrots

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Planning to spend the day at the pool soaking up the sun or looking to enjoy some refreshing drinks while you hang loose? Throw on your board shorts and head to Sand Bar, the laid-back pool bar at Surfside Inn and Suites. Here’s a taste of some of the drinks we’ll be serving up poolside.

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Orange Surf Board: 

Orange Vodka, Coconut Rum, Triple Sec, Orange Juice and a splash of Cranberry

Tidal Wave

Endless Summer Rum, Peach Vodka, Gin, Peach Schnapps, OJ and Pineapple Juice

Surf En La Paloma

Tequila, Blood Orange, Grapefruit Juice and Soda

Epic Sunset (Frozen)

Vodka, Mango Colada and Strawberry Island Oasis

Toasted Coconut Mango Mojito (Frozen)

Coconut Rum, Mango and Mojito Island Oasis

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

Are you ready to take a Beach Break? In the comments, tell us which dish or drink you’re looking forward to trying.