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Universal Orlando Resort

It’s two amazing theme parks, spectacular on-site resort hotels, non-stop nightlife and more, all in one convenient location. Take a starring role in some of the biggest movies and TV shows ever created at Universal Studios Florida®. Right next door, literally just a few steps away, experience the pulse-pounding thrills of Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. Sitting between both parks is the Universal CityWalk® dining and entertainment complex. Plus, stay steps away in one of the resort’s uniquely themed on-site hotels. There’s fun and excitement for all ages at Universal Orlando® Resort, where you can Holiday Like You Mean It.

30 °C

Best time to visit Orlando: Spring or autumn when you get all that lovely Florida sunshine but without the intense heat.

8-10 hours

Orlando International Airport is located 16 miles away from Universal Orlando® Resort.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure®

Experience the pulse-pounding thrills of Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, where you can step right into the worlds of your favorite myths, legends, comic books, cartoons and children’s stories. Right next door you can go beyond the screen, behind the scenes, and jump into the action of your favorite films at Universal Studios Florida®, the world’s premier movie and TV based theme park. See the ‘Parks’ tab for further details.

 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™

All-new thrills and magical experiences await with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™, Summer 2014 at Universal Orlando® Resort. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron™, shop at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and get ready for an adventure on the multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™

 

Universal Orlando® Resort

Make the most of your holiday by staying on-site at Universal Orlando® Resort and be within walking distance of both theme parks and the Universal CityWalk® dining and entertainment complex. Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels offer you an array of theme park benefits including Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required). See the ‘Hotels’ tab for further details.

 

 Wet ‘n Wild®

Located just a short five-minute drive from Universal Orlando® Resort, Wet ‘n Wild® offers more themed, multi-person thrill rides than any other waterpark in the area. You’ll enjoy high-speed, seriously twisted, multi-person family adventures that let you experience the excitement with up to four people at a time. See the ‘Parks’ tab for further details.

 

Recommended Universal Orlando® offers

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando®

USA, Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

  • Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™’
  • Lazy river and waterslide
  • Ten-lane bowling alley

What is included?

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£761

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®

USA, Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

  • Lagoon-style swimming pool and sandy beach
  • On-site at Universal Orlando®
  • Exclusive package of theme park benefits
  • Complimentary water taxi to CityWalk®

What is included?

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£564

Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando®

USA, Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

  • Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
  • FREE Universal ExpressSM Unlimited* to SKIP THE REGULAR LINES in both theme parks!
  • Water taxis to Universal Orlando® theme parks

What is included?

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£1193

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando®

USA, Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

  • Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™
  • FREE Universal ExpressSM Unlimited* to SKIP THE REGULAR LINES in both theme parks!

What is included?

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£1155

Make the most of your Orlando holiday by staying on-site at Universal Orlando® Resort and be within walking distance of both theme parks and the Universal CityWalk® dining and entertainment complex. Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels offer you an array of theme park benefits.

Guests at ALL Universal Orlando® on-site hotels enjoy the following exclusive benefits:

  • Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required)
  • Walking paths to both Universal Orlando® theme parks and complimentary shuttle buses
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
  • Universal Orlando® character dining on select nights

Stay at one of the three DELUXE hotels - Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel® or Loews Royal Pacific Resort - and also enjoy:

  • FREE Universal Express℠ Unlimited ride access** to jump the regular queues in both theme parks (valid theme park admission required)
  • Complimentary water taxis to CityWalk® and both Universal Orlando® theme parks
  • Priority seating at select restaurants throughout Universal Orlando® Resort

If you’ve already booked your Orlando holiday but need Universal Orlando® tickets, click here.

Experience the pulse-pounding thrills of Universal’s Islands of Adventure®. Take a starring role in some of the biggest movies and TV shows ever created at Universal Studios Florida®. And enjoy the best in restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, movies and more at Universal CityWalk®. Plus, located just a short five-minute drive from Universal Orlando® Resort, enjoy Orlando’s most exciting waterpark, Wet ‘n Wild®.

If you’ve already booked your Orlando holiday but need Universal Orlando® tickets, click here.

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure® the most cutting edge rides, shows, and interactive attractions ever created challenge all your senses. You can step into the magic and excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™; swing high above the streets in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®, now in high-def 3-D; splash through the comical water rides of Toon Lagoon®; face dinosaurs as you visit earth’s primordial past in Jurassic Park®; encounter epic adventures in The Lost Continent®; and enter the colourful worlds of children’s author Dr. Seuss at Seuss Landing™.

Go beyond the screen, behind the scenes, and jump right into your favourite movies and TV shows at Universal Studios Florida®. Join the ranks of the Minions on the hilarious 3-D ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem; enjoy Shrek 4-D; Springfield U.S.A., the hometown of America’s favorite family The Simpsons™; the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit® multi-sensory coaster; and the ground-breaking ride experience, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D. And, starting summer 2014, you’ll experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida®, and ride the Hogwarts™ Express* between London and Hogsmeade™ with your Bonus Ticket.

Nestled right between the entrance to both Universal Orlando® theme parks is Universal CityWalk®, The Entertainment Capital of Orlando™. This dazzling entertainment complex is home to Orlando’s most exciting mix of nightclubs, restaurants, concert venues, shops, cinemas, and more. Here you’ll find the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe®; experience Mardi Gras every night at Pat O’Brien’s®; sing karaoke with a live band at CityWalk’s Rising Star; play mini-golf at Hollywood Drive-In Golf™; and experience the mystery, the humor, the euphoria and the indescribable celebration of art, technology, and music that is Blue Man Group.

Located just a short five-minute drive from Universal Orlando® Resort, Wet ‘n Wild® offers more themed, multi-person thrill rides than any other waterpark in the area. You can enjoy hits like Disco H2O™, Brain Wash™, Bubba Tub, The Flyer and more… high-speed, seriously twisted, multi-person family adventures that let you experience the excitement with up to four people at a time. You’ll also find a large wave pool, a laid back Lazy River, and the new Blastaway Beach™ - the largest family water play area in Florida with 15 slides and an array of soakers, jets, and water cannons so families with kids of all ages will have a blast!

Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

Thousands of hotels to choose from

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UNIVERSAL IS BEST FOR...

FAMILIES
Enjoy attractions that are fun for everyone including Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Shrek 4-D.
COUPLES
Pamper yourself by staying in one of the deluxe on-site hotels; then experience the vibrant nightlife of CityWalk®.
ADRENALINE JUNKIES
Enjoy thrilling rides including The Incredible Hulk Coaster® and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Orlando is English.

Currency: The currency used in Orlando is US Dollars ($).

Local time: Orlando is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Orlando International Airport is located 16 miles away from Universal Orlando® Resort.

Flight time from UK: 8 – 10 hours

Tourist Information: Further Orlando tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday in the United States.


WEATHER & CLIMATE

Temperatures: Average temperatures in the early 30°.

Best time to visit Orlando: Spring or autumn when you get all that lovely Florida sunshine but without the intense heat.

Orlando weather is hot and humid during the summer.  At this time, try to avoid the theme parks in the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest. Winters are mild, but remember to bring a light jacket if you’re planning to venture out in the evenings..


GETTING AROUND

All of Universal Orlando® Resort’s on-site hotels are within walking distance of both theme parks and Universal CityWalk®, all of which are located right next door to each other. In addition to walking paths, all on-site hotels offer a shuttle service to the parks and CityWalk®, whilst the DELUXE hotels also offer complimentary water taxis.


EVENTS

There's almost always something to celebrate in Universal Orlando's theme parks. At the holidays, Universal Studios Florida® hosts The Macy’s Holiday Parade™ to celebrate Thanksgiving, whilst over at Universal’s Islands of Adventure® you can experience a wintry wonderland as part of Grinchmas™. Enjoy live music as part of the Mardi Gras event in Spring, where you can see some of music’s top names perform in Universal Studios Florida®. And on select nights in September, October and November, your worst nightmares will take shape as Universal Studios Florida® theme park is transformed into Halloween Horror Nights®, the nation's premier annual Halloween event.


HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s13)

*Additional restrictions may apply. †Paid theme park admission required. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to Universal’s Islands of Adventure regular scheduled park opening for on-site hotel guests and is valid 7 days a week for travel through 12/31/14; valid only at select attractions. Attractions may vary. Universal Express℠ Unlimited ride access is not valid during Early Park Admission. Additional restrictions may apply and the foregoing benefits are subject to change without notice. **Paid theme park admission required. Not valid at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other select attractions. On-site hotel privileges good for hotel stay as indicated on the room key card and Universal Express℠ Unlimited pass. Only valid for the number of guests staying in the room. Ride access available during normal theme park operating hours only. Not valid for separately ticketed special events. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice. TRANSFORMERS and its logo and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2013 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. © 2013 DreamWorks L.L.C. and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Shrek 4-D © 2013 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C. THE SIMPSONS RIDE TM Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. The Simpsons TM & © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Men In Black & Alien Attack: TM & © 2013 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. © MARVEL. Jurassic Park ® Universal Studios/Amblin. Dr. Seuss properties TM & © 2013 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All rights reserved. Hard Rock Cafe ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. Jimmy Buffett’s ® Margaritaville ® Jimmy Buffett. Additional fees apply for IMAX, IMAX 3-D, and 3-D movies. ©2013 AMC. IMAX ® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation. © 2013 BMP. Hard Rock Hotel ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. © 2013 Wet ‘n Wild Orlando. Wet ‘n Wild® is owned and operated by Universal Studios Water Park Florida LLC, an affiliate of Universal Orlando® Resort. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2013 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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