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Universal Orlando Resort

Welcome to the world-famous Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, where holidays are anything but ordinary, and awesome experiences await you at every turn. With three amazing theme parks, immersive hotels plus incredible dining and entertainment, you won't want to miss a second of the action.

Check out the ‘Florida holidays’ tab for more holiday ideas to the Sunshine state - Orlando is close to some of the great beaches in Florida so is perfect for a twin centre holiday.

 

30 °C

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

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8-10 hours

Universal Orlando Resort is just a 20 minute drive from Orlando International Airport. 

Thomas Cook flies to Orlando from:
• London Gatwick
• London Stansted
• Manchester
• Glasgow
• Belfast International

Universal Studios
 

Universal Studios Florida™

Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios. You’ll enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™, encounter mischievous Minions, crash through Krustyland with The Simpsons™, and join forces with the TRANSFORMERS as you find yourself right in the middle of the action.

Plus, guests with a Universal Orlando™ Explorer Ticket can ride³ the Hogwarts™ Express between King's Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade™ Station in Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Islands of Adventure. Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™, come face to face with King Kong, battle villains alongside Spider-Man, go on a high-speed rampage with The Incredible Hulk, and flee hungry raptors in Jurassic Park™.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™

For the first time ever, join Hagrid™ as you fly deep into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest, beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™ castle, on a twisting roller coaster ride that plunges into the paths of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™ – Universal’s most highly themed, immersive coaster – opens June 13th, 2019. Only at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™, at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal's Volcano Bay™

More attractions than any other water park in Orlando
Universal's Volcano Bay™ water theme park is an island paradise unlike anything you've experienced before. Here, thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony, with a mix of white-knuckle thrills and laid-back chills waiting to be explored. Home to 19 uniquely incredible attractions, it's a full day of tropical fun that's not to be missed. 

The fun is real. The lines are virtual.
All the rides at Volcano Bay feature a Virtual Line™. Just tap in with your TapuTapu™ wearable to grab a ride time. Then go float, swim, splash, eat, shop or relax around the park. Your TapuTapu will tell you when it’s your time to ride.

Holiday in the heart of the action

The ultimate Universal Orlando Resort holiday begins at one of Universal Orlando’s spectacular hotels. There’s one for every holiday style and budget, with thoughtfully designed rooms and suites that welcome you to enjoy every moment of your stay.

All of Universal's hotels put you within minutes of the action. Plus, Universal hotel guests enjoy exclusive theme park benefits - so you can make every epic moment count.

Early Park Admission¹ allowing you entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Volcano Bay™ one hour before the parks open!

Free² Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to skip the regular queues at Universal Studios™ and Islands of Adventure. Select hotels only.

Complimentary transportation between your hotel and all three theme parks, plus Universal CityWalk™.

Recommended Universal offers

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • At Universal Orlando Resort
  • Direct walkway into Volcano Bay™
  • Free Wi-Fi

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 20067 reviews

What is included ?

  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Your choice of meal
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Universal's Aventura Hotel

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • On-site at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Rooftop bar
  • Free Wi-Fi

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1294 reviews

What is included ?

  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Your choice of meal
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Free transport to Universal Theme Parks
  • Two bedroom suites available
  • Free Wi-Fi

What is included ?

  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Your choice of meal
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • On-site at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Huge lagoon-style pool
  • Free Wi-Fi

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 4695 reviews

What is included ?

  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Your choice of meal
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • On-site at Universal Orlando Resort
  • Free* Universal Express Unlimited
  • Free Wi-Fi

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 13563 reviews

What is included ?

  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Your choice of meal
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • On-site at Universal Orlando Resort
  • FREE* Universal Express Unlimited
  • Free Wi-Fi

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6465 reviews

What is included ?

  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Your choice of meal
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn & Suites

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Free transport to Universal Theme Parks
  • Two bedroom suites available
  • Free Wi-Fi

What is included ?

  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Your choice of meal
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

All of Universal's hotels put you within minutes of the action. There are a fair few to choose from, with one for every group size, taste and holiday budget. So whether you're looking for an extra-affordable fuss-free base, or a luxury 5-star pad - Universal has you covered. 

Make every epic moment count with exclusive theme park benefits.

Guests of all Universal hotels can enjoy:

Early Park Admission¹ allowing you entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Volcano Bay™ one hour before the parks open! All you need is a valid theme park ticket and your hotel room key card.

Complimentary transportation to whisk you between your hotel and all three theme parks, plus Universal CityWalk™.

Guests of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel also receive: 

Free² Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to skip the regular queues at Universal Studios™ and Islands of Adventure (with a valid theme park ticket).

Priority seating at select restaurants throughout Universal Orlando Resort

Universal’s Volcano Bay™ 

More attractions than any other water park in Orlando
Universal's Volcano Bay™ water theme park is an island paradise unlike anything you've experienced before. Here, thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony, with a mix of white-knuckle thrills and laid-back chills waiting to be explored. Home to 19 uniquely incredible attractions, it's a full day of tropical fun that's not to be missed. 

The fun is real. The lines are virtual.
All the rides at Volcano Bay feature a Virtual Line™. Just tap in with your TapuTapu™ wearable to grab a ride time. Then go float, swim, splash, eat, shop or relax around the park. Your TapuTapu will tell you when it’s your time to ride.

Diagon Alley™ in Universal Studios Florida™ and Hogsmeade™ in Universal's Islands of Adventure™

Universal Orlando is the only place in the world where you can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ in two separate parks connected by the Hogwarts™ Express. 

Here you'll be surrounded in scenery straight out of the books and films - painstakingly recreated right down to the last shrunken head on Knockturn Alley. Allow at least 2-3 hours in each of these areas to soak up the detail, take in the entertainment and even dine in the Leaky Cauldron™ or Three Broomsticks™.

For the first time ever, join Hagrid™ as you fly deep into the Forbidden Forest, beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™ castle, on a twisting roller coaster ride to discover the rarest magical creatures.

This new ride will take you on an explosive, high-octane adventure into the world of underground racing. You’ll feel every bit of the exhilaration that comes with being part of the “Fast & Furious Family”—right alongside your favourite stars from the films. Arrived at Universal Studios Florida Spring 2018. 

On select nights, experience breathtaking nighttime entertainment at both Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration™ is a colossal celebration of music, water and light that transforms the Universal Studios lagoon and takes you into the movies like never before. The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle takes place multiple times per evening in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Watch in awe from Hogsmeade™ village as projections are cast against the majestic backdrop of the castle. 

Get everything you need to know to make the most of your holiday in the palm of your hand. Download The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. It’s free! Check wait times, explore the parks with detailed maps and photo navigation, customise your park experience using filtered lists and maps, and create your own favourites list. And with free XFINITY® WiFi throughout the parks and Universal CityWalk, you can stay connected to all the action.

This is where it all comes together. The one place where the dining tastes of every member of the family and entertainment everyone can enjoy all intersect. It’s everything you’re looking for. And anything but ordinary. Universal CityWalk, The Epicenter of Awesome.

At Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, enjoy vibrant, retro style with rooms and suites brilliantly designed for family-sized fun and affordability. Relax and play, surrounded by amazing iconic architecture inspired by classic Florida beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s

When thinking of Florida, the first thing that often comes to mind is the attractions in Orlando. However, there’s a whole different side to the Sunshine State that’s bursting with tropical landscapes, lush greenery and colourful communities. Whether you’re looking for wildlife and wetlands or culture and history, Florida’s charming spirit is sure to keep you entertained.

Fancy heading to a festival? Make sure you pay a visit to Daytona Beach to celebrate everything from motorbikes to Country music. Or you could enjoy some well-earned downtime in Sarasota, enjoying its reputation as one of America's Best Beaches. St.Pete/Clearwater offers 35 miles of award-winning, spectacular white-sand beaches and breath-taking sunsets. With an abundance of arts and cultural must-dos, adrenalin-fuelled water sports and a fast-growing food and craft beer scene

From mangroves and beaches, to museums and galleries, you can expect adventure around every corner. Why not book a Florida twin centre holiday and tie in a few nights at one of the world-famous Universal Orlando Resort hotels.

Enjoy an incredible week, splitting your time between Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach and the stunning St. Pete Beach.

  • 4 nights - Orlando, Florida: Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort (3*+)
  • 3 nights - St. Pete Beach, Florida. Postcard Inn on the Beach (3*)

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Explore Universal’s Endless Summer Resort before travelling to Daytona Beach for some culture and downtime.

  • 4 nights - Orlando, Florida: Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites (3*)
  • 3 nights - Daytona Beach, Florida: The Shores Resort & Spa (4*)

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Retail therapy is never far from your reach in Orlando. Shop 'till you drop in the malls and then relax and soak up the sun on Sarasota's Beach.

  • 3 nights - Orlando Florida: Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando (3*)
  • 4 nights - Sarasota, Florida: Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach (3*) 

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Tour Highlights

  • Take part in with one of Daytona's fun festivals
  • Explore Orlando's most famous theme parks.

Orlando, Florida: 1 night at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando (3*) > Daytona Beach, Florida: 2 days at The Shores Resort & Spa (4*) > New Smryna Beach, Florida: 1 day at Balck Dolphin Inn (4*) > Cocoa Beach, Florida: 1 day at Hilton Cocoa Beach (3*) > Orlando, Florida: 1 night at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando (3*)

Flying into and out of Orlando International Airport

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Tour Highlights

  • Includes a stay at Universal’s Clarion Inn & Suites
  • Soak up the sun on Sarasota’s shores and the beaches of St. Pete/Clearwater

Orlando, Florida:  2 nights at Clarion Inn & Suites Universal (3*) > Crystal River, Florida: 2 nights at Plantation on Crystal River (3*) > Clearwater, Florida: 2 nights at Sheraton Sand Key Resort (4*) > Sarasota, Florida: 2 nights at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach (3*) > Orlando, Florida: 2 nights at Clarion Inn & Suites Universal (3*)

Flying into and out of Orlando International Airport

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience the best of both worlds in Sarasota, with a bustling city combined beautiful palm-fringed sands 
  •  If you’re a culture vulture, you’ll love the unique galleries and museums found in St.Pete/Clearwater

Tampa, Florida: 2 nights at Sailport Waterfront Suites (3*) > St. Pete Beach, Florida: 2 nights at Guy Harvey Outpost, A TradeWinds Beach Resort (3*+) > Sarasota, Florida: 2 nights at Longboat Key Club & Resort (4*) > Tampa 2 nights at Sailport Waterfront Suites (3*)

Flying into and out of Orlando International Airport

Call a Florida Expert on 0844 8716650

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT™ IS BEST FOR...

FAMILIES
Enjoy attractions that are fun for everyone including Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™ and Flight of the Hippogriff™

COUPLES
Pamper yourself by staying in one of Universal's hotels; then experience the vibrant nightlife of Universal CityWalk.

ADRENALINE JUNKIES
Go on a high-speed rampage with The Incredible Hulk, or climb aboard Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ and choose your own soundtrack to enjoy at 65mph.

 


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. Transfers to Universal Resort take 20-30 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Universal Resort is 9 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..

Weather in Universal Resort Orlando 

Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug,

Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec 


GETTING AROUND

You might be surprised at how close everything is at Universal Orlando Resort, so getting around is a breeze. 

• Most hotels are within a 10-15 minute walk of Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk. 

• Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel and Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort are within a 5 minute walk of Volcano Bay. 

• Most hotels are connected to Universal CityWalk by relaxing water taxis. 

• Frequent bus transportation connects all hotels and all three parks, plus Universal CityWalk.


EVENTS

Universal Orlando is famous for its epic seasonal events, and if you’re visiting outside of the traditional summer period, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to experience one of them. 
 
One of our must-do’s in the autumn is Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights™, which usually starts around mid-September and lasts until early November. Billed as the world’s premier halloween event, you can expect terrifying haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in horror, sinister scare zones and outrageously twisted entertainment. 
 
From mid-November through early January, enjoy Universal’s unique take on Christmas celebrations throughout the Resort. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is transformed with festive decor and unique entertainment. Seuss Landing™ at Islands of Adventure is fully decked for Grinchmas™. And the streets of Universal Studios Florida come alive during Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s.

 


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

1Requires 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.

2Requires theme park admission. Valid at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Pteranodon Flyers™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Islands of Adventure. Excludes separately ticketed events. 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..

3Additional restrictions apply.

*From price per person is an average for 2 adults and 2 children (up to 17 years old) sharing a standard room for 7 nights at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando, Florida departing on selected dates between 01-30 Sept 2019, from London Gatwick or Manchester flying with Thomas Cook Airlines. Price is subject to change without notice and holidays are subject to limited availability. Price applies to new bookings only, and cannot be combined with any other offer/discount. Price includes 23kgs luggage allowance. All holidays are subject to availability and tour operator booking conditions. Holidays are operated by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Ltd. ATOL protected 1179 and ABTA V6896.

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