5 Must-Do Attractions for Thrill Seekers

Are you a fan of high-adrenaline, action-packed adventures? Then this blog post is geared for you! Universal Orlando Resort is home to a wide variety of world-class attractions, including many specifically for those who are thrill seekers. While it is so hard to only choose five thrilling attractions, I chose my favorites (in no particular order) throughout Universal Orlando’s three theme parks to talk to you about.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit (Universal Studios)

Get ready for the ultimate rush on this insane roller coaster! Upon strapping in, you’ll choose the song that you want to hear on during your ride. Once you begin moving, you’ll head straight up a 90-degree angle followed by an insane drop. You reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour cruising through the rest of the attraction! With your feet safely back on solid ground, you can view your adventure as a photo or music video to purchase as a memory. 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (Islands of Adventure)

If you are a Harry Potter fan, this new attraction is a must-do! On this exciting coaster, join Hagrid and travel into the Forbidden Forest reaching speeds up to 50 miles per hour. You will experience seven launches throughout your journey, which means that you are propelled forward when you would typically begin to plateau. I love the seating on this ride- you either are seated on a motorbike or attached sidecar. I recommend trying to experience both seating types, as it changes the feel of the ride. Even if you are not familiar with Harry Potter, coming face-to-face with the rare magical creatures on this attraction cannot be missed. 

Krakatau Aqua Coaster (Volcano Bay)

Looking for a ride that combines water and thrills? Look no further than Krakatau Aqua Coaster at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Board a canoe and get ready to be soaked! You will be launched up hills and slide down them, experience dark twists and turns, and face a large drop at the end of the ride. This attraction is fun for your family or friends to experience together, as your canoe holds four people!

*Please note that Volcano Bay is currently closed, but is scheduled to reopen on March 1st!*

Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Studios)

This indoor coaster is sure to get your heart pounding! You will ride through darkness, reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, all while trying to flee from Mummy Imhotep. There are so many special effects that make this coaster the ultimate thrill. Just when you thought you would make it out unscathed, the coaster takes you plunging straight down into a pitch-black abyss. This attraction always gets my heart racing, and I love the adrenaline rush!

The Incredible Hulk Coaster (Islands of Adventure)

With speeds reaching 67 miles per hour and seven inversions, you can count on The Incredible Hulk Coaster to leave you breathless. The attraction begins with you entering a compound run by General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, where you have volunteered to be a test subject for a science experiment. The ride starts out with a bang, catapulting you upside-down into a zero-gravity roll. You’ll have to hang on tight with superhuman strength as you speed through the sky. 

Are you ready to brave these attractions, along with many more at Universal Orlando Resort? I’d love to help! 

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CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort is WAY more than just theme parks. CityWalk is known as “The Epicenter of Awesome” and is a mecca of dining, shopping and entertainment. It’s the perfect place for everyone in your travel party to relax and unwind. Universal CityWalk does not have an admission fee, so you are free to roam around and explore as much as you’d like!

With dining options abound, there is something for all taste buds. Universal CityWalk offers a variety of dining experiences, from quick service to themed dining. Quick service options include Red Oven Pizza Bakery where you can get your own Neopolitan-style pizza fired up in 90 seconds or less, and Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches where you can get your favorite hot melt or deli creation. Many quick service restaurants offer mobile ordering from the Universal Orlando Resort app as well, making mealtime super convenient. Full service restaurants range from All-American meals at NBC Sports Grill and Brew to Italian specialties at VIVO Italian Kitchen. One of my favorite places to dine at CityWalk is Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, where you’ll feel like you are on island time. I love listening to the live music play while enjoying a meal…and a margarita, of course! There are so many dining spots that it can be tough to choose, but I love trying out somewhere different each time that I visit.

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a scrumptious dessert to end your day- especially on vacation! At CityWalk, you have several options to satisfy your sweet tooth. Voodoo Doughnut serves over 50 types of doughnuts every single day! There are so many yummy creations that it’s hard to pick just one. Another place to enjoy a variety of sweets and a meal (in no particular order…shh, I won’t tell anyone!) is Toothsome’s Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. This full service restaurant, bar, and confectionary hosts an all day brunch menu, along with lunch and dinner menus. I must say though, the dessert is the best part. I recommend one of their delicious sundaes or artisanal milkshakes. Or better yet, split a couple of options with your fellow travelers! 

Who loves to shop while on vacation?! I know I do. At Universal CityWalk, there are several shopping options to browse and find the perfect gifts to bring home with you. The Universal Studios Store is stocked with all kinds of merchandise featuring your favorite Universal characters and mementos from the parks. Another fun shopping experience is at Quiet Flight Surf Shop, a store where it’s always summertime! Brands at this shop include Ray-Ban, Maui Jim, Billabong and Oakley. You can even get a permanent souvenir at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company featuring artists from around the country. Whatever your style, every member of the family will be sure to find the perfect treasure to take home as a memory from your vacation.

CityWalk is such a great place to take in entertainment as well. Blue Man Group is a world famous, multi-sensory show that is unlike any other. It is important to note that as of publishing this post, the show is on a temporary hiatus, but is expected to return in the near future. There are also several nightclubs where you can dance the night away. Please note that these are temporarily closed as well, but are expected to reopen soon. 


Ready to challenge your family and friends to a round of miniature golf? Be sure to visit Hollywood Drive-In Golf, where there are two larger-than-life courses. The first is The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and the second is Invaders from Planet Putt. They are inspired by classic horror and sci-fi movies, respectively. Once you’re done with miniature golf, you can take in one of the latest movies on the big screen at Universal Cinemark. You can enjoy sitting back in relaxing chairs with stadium seating to enjoy the latest blockbuster. Universal Cinemark also features an IMAX Experience Theater, which is state-of-the-art and takes watching movies to the next level.

Universal CityWalk is easily accessible from all on-property Universal Orlando hotels. It is reachable via water taxi from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Hard Rock Hotel. It is also a short shuttle bus ride from Sapphire Falls Resort, Aventura Hotel, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and Endless Summer Resort (both Dockside and Surfside). 

Whether you are looking to take a break from the parks during the day, or want to grab dinner and a movie after a fun-filled day, Universal CityWalk has you covered. I love walking around and exploring, and always find something different each time that I visit. Are you ready to start planning your next adventure? I would love to hear from you! 

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Dine with your favorites at Universal Orlando!

Whether it be for Breakfast or Dinner, feast with your favorites for a once and a lifetime experience! Character Dining is one of my favorite things to when we visit the parks. Right now, the Character Dining Experience has yet to open back up and once it does we will let you know! But I just wanted to give you information and show you the options you have once they are ready to dine with you!

Did you know all the Character meals are a buffet style meal, plus plenty of Character photo opportunities and a Free Digital Download! Also, be sure to check your calendar because some meals are only offered on certain days of the week.

Spend Saturday morning dining with your favorite Minions at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Breakfast will be served in The Tahitian room with delicious buffet of morning favorites. As you take in tropical surroundings, some of the Despicable Me characters will stop by to wave hello and pose for pictures. **Characters subject to change without notice.

Do you have a Marvel fan in your family? Then you definitely do not want to miss out on feasting with these Super Heroes! You’re dining at Cafe 4™ when in walk Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Storm and Rogue. This is no ordinary dinner. This is the Marvel Character Dinner, an experience that no true believer can miss.

**Separate theme park admission is required. Characters are subject to change without notice.

Breakfast with the Grinch is by far one of my favorite Character Dining experiences! Who doesn’t love the Grinch?

After you choose from delectable buffet selections, get your camera ready. The Green One himself will make the rounds, stopping at every table to pose for photos. Will his heart grow three sizes bigger that day? Or will his belly? All we can say is watch out—he’s been known to steal his share of bacon here and there.

**You will need to purchase theme park admission to attend the character breakfast, and reservations are required. Annual pass discounts may apply.

Tapu Tapu

Have you recently been to Volcano Bay? If you haven’t then let me tell you about the Tapu Tapu Wearable band! When you arrive at Volcano Bay for your Epic Water Park Adventure you will be handed a Tapu Tapu wearable band. This band is your key to an amazing day at the park! You will use it to ride most attractions, activate interactive surprises, open rental lockers, make cash-free payments and so much more!

All the rides at Volcano Bay feature a Virtual Line. The virtual line gives you the ability to roam the park and enjoy other activities till its time to hop on the ride you are waiting for!

Here is a little about how it works:

  1. Tap in at an attraction with your TapuTapu wearable and you’re in the Virtual Line.
  2. You’re free to explore the park while your TapuTapu counts down the minutes to your return time.
  3. When your TapuTapu vibrates, it’s time to return to your attraction with just a short wait before you ride.

Keep your wallet dry while visiting Volcano Bay by going cashless. You can pay for food, drinks and merchandise with a tap of your TapuTapu wearable. Here’s how:

  1. Go to The Official Universal Orlando Resort App to set up your account.
  2. Link and assign the ticket numbers and names for each member of your party.
  3. Add a credit card and set a security PIN.
  4. Then, when you’re in Volcano Bay, you’ll enjoy the ease and convenience of making most transactions with a simple tap of your TapuTapu.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Universal Studios

Looking for a vacation that is perfect for the whole family? Look no further than Universal Studios Resort! At Universal Studios, there is truly something for everyone. Come along with me as I tell you my top 5 reasons to visit Universal Studios!

My most recent visit to Universal Studios

5. Take a Step into the Movies….

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter Series? When you step into Diagon Alley or board the Hogwarts Express, or even take a ride on Hagrid’s Motorbike, you truly feel as if you are in the movies! Between the delicious Butterbeers, the spells you can cast with your interactive wand, and more, it is an experience like no other and one that no one can truly explain! Other movies you can experience when visiting the parks are Jurassic Park/World, Marvel Universe Movies, and more!

4. Thrill Rides, GALORE…

Do you love excitement? Are you a fan of rollercoasters and thrill rides? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then Universal Studios is the place for you! When I think of the epic roller coasters The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Hollywood Rip Ride Rock-It, and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure come to mind, and that’s just to name a few! Universal Studios is a theme park full of thrill rides and adventures around every corner! Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure holds the title of Florida’s LONGEST roller coaster in Florida AND it has the most launches of any roller coaster in the world! It’s definitely epic!

3. Universal’s Volcano Bay…

If you are looking for a great water park, look no further than Volcano Bay! This water park is seriously AMAZING! It has some of the tallest water slides in the world, an EPIC wave pool, a lazy river (and a not so lazy river), and so much more! There is seriously something for everyone at Universal’s Volcano Bay! Make sure to add a day at Volcano Bay onto your stay!

2. Amazing Onsite Hotels…

The onsite hotels at Universal Studios, in my personal opinion, are above and beyond all other hotels! These 8 resorts have transportation to and from the parks and guarantee early entry into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! There is an onsite hotel for every budget, rooms for the whole family, amazing perks and more! My personal favorite is Cabana Bay Beach Resort! Fun Fact: If you stay at one of Universal Studios’ Premier Resorts (Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Resort, or Hard Rock Hotel), you will receive complimentary Express Pass with your stay! Talk about an amazing perk!

1. Family Fun for Everyone….

There truly is something for every age at Universal Studios! Take your kids over to Seuss Landing for an afternoon of wacky fun as some of Dr. Seuss’ characters come to life. Teens will enjoy all of the thrill rides that can be found all over the parks! The whole family will love watching their favorite movies come to life in a ride or show! It’s the perfect place for family fun!

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Dockside Inn and Suites – A Coastal Retreat Waiting For You!

Hi Everyone! Welcome back to Your Universal Guide. Today we are going to talk about Dockside Inn and Suites, which is one half of Universal Orlando’s Endless Summer Resort. The other half, Surfside Inn and Suites, was featured in a blog post here last week. Be sure to go check that post out if you haven’t already!

Dockside Inn and Suites is not currently open, but is available to book now for stays beginning in 2021! It is a brand new hotel for Universal Orlando Resort too! Endless Summer Resort (both Surfisde and Dockside sections) are in Universal’s Value category, which is the lowest price point for onsite hotels. However, just because this hotel is in the Value category does not mean that you will have a lack of amenities. Dockside features two pools, a children’s splash pad area, and sand beaches. Poolside activities are also available, such as ping-pong, Connect Four, and more. Be sure to check with the front desk to see specific activities for during your stay. This hotel also features a fitness center, game room, Universal Store, and a Universal Vacation Planning Center. 

Dockside Inn and Suites is inspired by the sand and sea, with a coastal vibe throughout. The best part? It’s extra-affordable and comes with all of the benefits of staying at an onsite Universal resort! Onsite benefits at this hotel include early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before park opening, resort-wide charging privileges with your room key, and complimentary merchandise delivery from the theme parks to your hotel. Going back and forth between Dockside and the parks is also very convenient. Shuttle bus service is complimentary and available to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay, and CityWalk.

Just like Surfside, Dockside Inn and Suites has two different types of rooms- standard rooms and 2-bedroom suites. Both room types feature a calm and cool feel, as if you are taking a stroll on the beach at sunset. Standard rooms sleep up to 4 people and feature two queen beds, along with separate bath and vanity areas. Comforts include a flat screen TV, mini refrigerator, USB outlets, and free WiFi. 2-bedroom suites are a great option for larger families. These sleep up to 6 people and include amenities such as a kitchenette, picnic table area, and separate bath and vanity areas. The kitchenette in these suites features a microwave and larger mini-fridge. There are three queen beds in this suite- two in one of the bedrooms, and one in the other bedroom. Pool view rooms are available for an additional charge with both standard rooms and 2-bedroom suites.  

There are several dining options at Dockside, offering both great food and convenience . Pier 8 Market is a casual food court serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Five different stations are offered here, ensuring that the whole family will be satisfied. Grab and Go items such as sandwiches, wraps, snacks and beverages are available at Pier 8 Market as well. Looking for a fruity beverage while poolside? Look no further than The Oasis Beach Bar, a laid back setting to enjoy a cocktail, beer or smoothie. There also is a Starbucks located in the lobby, which is ideal for grabbing your favorite morning beverage prior to heading out for a day of adventure. The lobby level also features Sunset Lounge, a great place to grab a drink and unwind after a fun day in the parks. Pizza delivery is also available for guests staying at the hotel.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, which prides itself on being a prime value for its guests. Are you ready to start planning your vacation to this coastal retreat? Contact me to get started!

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Surfside Inn and Suites – A Beach-Themed Hotel With Incredible Value!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another blog post discussing all things Universal Orlando Resort! I am here to talk to you today about Surfside Inn and Suites.This hotel is one half of  Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. Its other half, Dockside Inn and Suites, will be discussed here on Your Universal Guide next week. Be sure to subscribe to ensure that you do not miss out on that post!

Surfside Inn and Suites is a family-oriented, Value hotel located onsite at Universal Orlando Resort. It has a relaxed, easy-breezy feel with a surf vibe throughout the grounds. Surfside is smaller than its sister hotel, Dockside Inn and Suites. The beach theme starts the moment you enter the bright, open lobby. You will notice several smaller check-in desks versus the traditional one long desk, along with self-service kiosks to print out items such as airline tickets or pre-purchased theme park tickets. 

This hotel features two different room types- standard rooms and 2-bedroom suites. With both room types, you will feel like you are on a beach getaway! I love the bright, airy feel of the rooms along with the beach theming. Standard rooms sleep up to 4 people and feature two queen beds, along with separate bath and vanity areas. 2-bedroom suites are a fantastic option for larger families. These sleep up to 6 people and include amenities such as a kitchenette, neat picnic table area, and separate bath and vanity areas. There are three queen beds in this suite- two in one of the bedrooms, and one in the other bedroom. Pool view rooms are available for an additional charge with both standard rooms and 2-bedroom suites, and water view rooms are available with 2-bedroom suites.  

Being in Universal Orlando Resort’s Value category, Surfside Inn and Suites prides itself on offering a low price point. However, even with a low price point, the hotel is packed with amenities! When you’re ready to sit back and relax, look no further than the unique, surfboard-shaped pool. It’s the perfect place to unwind and cool off. There are also plenty of poolside activities, such as ping-pong, Connect Four, and more. Be sure to check with the front desk to see specific activities for during your stay. Surfside Inn and Suites also features a fitness center, game room, Universal Store, and a Universal Vacation Planning Center. Onsite benefits at this hotel include early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before park opening, complimentary shuttle bus transportation between your hotel and the theme parks, resort-wide charging privileges with your room key, and complimentary merchandise delivery from the theme parks to your hotel.

Surfside Inn and Suites has you covered with convenient meal options as well. Beach Break Cafe is a food court with a variety of options featuring Southern California flavors and fresh ingredients. Do you want to hear what makes this dining location even better- no menu items are over $12! Beach Break Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with options to suit the entire family. Prefer to have the convenience of having some food delivered to your room? Surfside Pizza Delivery will deliver pizzas directly to your room. Want to grab a poolside drink? Look no further than Sand Bar, located right next to the pool. It’s the perfect spot to grab a fruity drink and soak up the sun. Pina Colada anyone?! To round out dining options at Surfside Inn and Suites, a Starbucks is located in the lobby. This is super convenient to swing by right before heading out to the theme parks!

Surfside Inn and Suites is a fantastic option if you are looking to enjoy onsite benefits at Universal Orlando Resort without breaking the bank. Think this beachy atmosphere is for you? Contact me today to get started planning your adventure. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Three Broomsticks Review at Universal Orlando

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is my favorite thing about the Universal theme parks! As a huge Harry Potter fan, I love the feeling of being immersed in those stories. One of my favorite places to eat in the Wizarding World is Three Broomsticks. So, I’m here to share with you the things I love about this restaurant as well as my tips for getting the most out of your experience there.

What I Love About Three Broomsticks

Three Broomsticks is a quick service location in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade, which is located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This restaurant is right next to Honeydukes (which is super convenient if you want dessert after your meal) and right across from Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (which is the best ride EVER). If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, then you know that Three Broomsticks was one of Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s favorite places to visit during Hogsmeade weekends. From the moment you enter, you feel like you are truly walking in the footsteps of Hogwarts students. From the soaring ceilings to the mismatched tables and chairs that seem to be handmade, to the decorative elements you’ll discover all around you, the attention to detail and theming is apparent. And that theming extends to the food options too!

Three Broomsticks serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the choices available sound like options that would have been enjoyed by Harry and his friends. Breakfast is served until 10:30 am daily and options include a traditional English breakfast including scrambled eggs, sausage links, black pudding, English bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, sautéed mushrooms and breakfast potatoes. If English breakfast favorites aren’t your thing, you can opt for the American breakfast which features scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, crisp bacon, and link sausage with a butter croissant. You can also opt for the pancake breakfast, the porridge breakfast, or the continental breakfast. Beverage options include pumpkin juice, fresh coffee, orange juice, hot tea, apple juice, and milk.

The lunch and dinner menus include traditional British favorites such as beef pasties, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and beef roast with Yorkshire pudding. You can also opt for a spare ribs platter, a rotisserie chicken platter, a chicken and ribs platter, or a smoked turkey leg. Soups, salads, and children’s menu items are also available. If you’d prefer a more family-style approach, the Great Feast would be perfect for you! This feast can be shared by at least 4 people and includes a first course of a fresh garden salad tossed with signature vinaigrette dressing, and a main course of a combination of rotisserie smoked chicken & spareribs, corn on the cob, and roast potatoes. There are also delicious desserts to choose from, including Butterbeer potted cream, apple pie, chocolate trifle, or a cup of your choice of strawberry, Butterbeer, peanut butter, or vanilla ice cream. Beverage options include Butterbeer, frozen Butterbeer, pumpkin juice, pumpkin fizz, lemonade, apple or pear cider, sweet or unsweetened tea, Gillywater, sparkling water, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, milk, or draught beers.

My personal favorite menu item here is the beef pasties. These pasties feature beef sautéed with vegetables and spices and baked inside a flaky, golden pastry. The pasties are served with a generous side salad, which is very refreshing on a hot day in the parks. My husband always opts for the fish and chips, which he says are some of the best he’s ever had. The portion size of this option is very generous, making it great for guests with good appetites or for those who want to split an entree for a lighter meal. I always get a frozen Butterbeer to enjoy with my meal. If you’ve never had frozen Butterbeer before, it’s essentially a cream soda slush with butterscotch topping. It’s very sweet, but delicious!

Tips for Enjoying Three Broomsticks

Because it has so much to offer, Three Broomsticks is a very popular place to eat. That’s why I personally like to avoid peak meal times when I eat there. Most people will eat lunch between 12:00 and 1:00, so I try to go either a little before or a little after that window. The same principle applies to dinner: most people eat between 5:00 and 6:30, so an early or late dinner will allow you to get through with your meal faster and easier.

Speaking of easy, the Universal Quick Service dining plan makes meal times so easy! This pre-paid meal voucher comes with one quick service meal with beverage, one snack, and one additional beverage such as a soda or Icee, etc. The quick service meal credit can be redeemed for any single entree at Three Broomsticks and it can be a great value if you use it for one of the more expensive meal options. I also like to use my snack credit for my frozen Butterbeer! When I place my order, all I have to do is swipe my meal card and go: no fumbling with cash, entering pin numbers, etc. It’s quick and easy! Plus, I love the convenience of having my meals already paid for when I get to the parks.

You can also save yourself time and hassle by including a breakfast reservation for Three Broomsticks in your vacation package. This allows you to preselect a date and time to eat at Three Broomsticks so you aren’t subject to standby wait times. The Harry Potter Exclusive vacation package includes breakfast at both Three Broomsticks and The Leaky Cauldron, but you can add a single breakfast reservation to any Universal vacation package.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about Three Broomsticks at Universal Orlando Resort! If you’d like to see some interior footage and other information about the restaurant, check out my video review below. For more resort and restaurant reviews as well as planning tips, be sure to subscribe to Your Universal Guide. And, if you’re interested in booking a vacation package, it’s FREE to book through one of our agents! You will pay the same amount for your vacation when you book it with us as you will booking it yourself on Universal’s website. But, when you book with us, you get the added benefits of personalized customer service, touring tips and tricks, and complimentary early entry even on ticket only bookings! Our dedicated travel agents are experts in Universal vacations and we’re committed to helping you plan a Marvelous trip!

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Vacation Like a Rockstar….at the Hard Rock Hotel

Want to feel like a Rockstar while on Vacation? Well look no further than a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando! Feel the perks of the posh surroundings and superstar service when you book your stay here. This resort is filled with memorabilia, you may even catch a glimpse of your favorite superstar’s rockin’ outfit or instruments. When you book your stay at this premier hotel you will receive several rockstar perks. One of the most popular perks you receive is Universal’s Unlimited Express Pass, yep thats right! By staying at this hotel you will be able to skip all those lines over in the parks- how cool is that?

Wake up and head to the parks! You already have your tickets PLUS your UNLIMITED EXPRESS PASS! Now even better, you don’t have to wait in line for the bus, you can either take a quick walk right over to City Walk or the Water Taxi. I don’t know about you but I am not too keen on waiting for the busses. The walk right over isn’t bad at all, in fact I think I prefer that over the water taxi.

This hotel has some pretty cool accommodations you can live it up like the King of Rock n Roll or the kids can rock out in their own kids suites! So much fun and great theming in each room category. The kids suites have their own stage so they can rock their hearts out!

Let’s don’t forget about the pools here at Hard Rock! You will never miss a beat in the 12,000 square foot pool featuring an underwater sound system! That’s right an underwater sound system– you can hear the music when you dive in! Plus, enjoy poolside service and live music from beachclub and more.

Did you know you can rent a Fender guitar and have it delivered to your room? Sure can! Choose from a list of over 20 guitars and put down a small down payment and BOOM you are rocking out in your room!

Ready to take home a few souvenirs then be sure to stop by the Rock Shop while you are at the Hard Rock! This little shop is filled with all your memorabilia that you need to remember your vacation!

Hungry? Hard Rock has several options for a sit down dinner, grab something quick or enjoy a night cap at one of the bars on resort! Just a few of the places to eat are The Kitchen and The Palm, you also have the marketplace where you can grab something quick or a snack. Oh and if you get hungry in the middle of the night, they offer 24/7 room service! See now you are feeling like a rockstar!

When you are ready to vacation like a rockstar don’t forget to reach out to us to plan your next Epic Universal Vacation! Remember it is FREE when you book with a Marvelous Mouse Travels Agent AND you get Early Entry into the Universal Theme parks!

When Is the Best Time to Visit Universal?

If you’re considering planning a trip to Universal Orlando, you’re probably wondering when is the best time to visit. I get this question a lot from prospective clients and my answer is that it depends on what you mean by “best.” The “best” time can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. So, let’s talk about some of the most common “best” times to travel to Universal Orlando Resort!

The Best Weather

For many people (myself included) the best time to travel to Universal is whenever the weather is most temperate. Florida weather is notoriously hot, but one can typically count on the months of January, February, March, November, and December to be the mildest in terms of average highs. The average high for these months ranges from the low to high 70s with lows in the high 40s to upper 50s, so if beating the heat is your objective then you might want to consider planning to travel between November and March.

The Best Rates

Although there’s not really a “slow” season in Orlando anymore, certain times of the year are less busy than others, so rates can be a little bit lower. Universal usually has lower rates in mid-January and early February, the latter half of August, early November, and early December. Just make sure that you check the event calendar (or work with a travel agent who will keep up with that for you) to make sure that you schedule your trip to avoid holiday weekends and big events such as Rock the Universe, Mardi Gras, etc. which can bring an uptick in price. It’s also a great idea to lock in one of Universal’s amazing ticket promotions when they’re available. Universal will sometimes offer a Buy 2 Days Get 2 Days Free ticket deal (I’ve also seen a Buy 2 Days Get 3 Days Free ticket deal before) that can be an amazing savings even if you travel at one of the more popular times of year.

The Best Activities

Although you may not find the lowest rates during holidays and special events at Universal Orlando, you will definitely find enough fun things to do to make traveling during those times completely worth it! Universal goes all out for their seasonal events such as Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and Christmas & Holidays at Universal. From special themed dining opportunities to themed parades to entire themed event nights, there are so many reasons why Universal’s special event periods are some of the BEST times to travel to Universal Orlando Resort!

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is a must see!

The Best Crowd Levels

When most people ask what the “best” time to travel to Universal is, they’re usually referring to the least crowded times to be in the parks. As I mentioned earlier, there’s not necessarily a “slow” season anymore. However, mid January, early February, the latter half of August, the month of September (excluding Halloween Horror Nights event dates), most week days in October (excluding Halloween Horror Nights event dates), early November, and early December often come with lower crowds. However, if you want to experience Universal Orlando at historically low crowd levels, then the best time to travel is RIGHT NOW. With the health and safety protocols in place limiting capacity in the parks, there are far fewer people in the parks than there would be in a typical year. And, with Universal’s current Buy 2 Days Get 2 Days Free promo, you can save money while you take advantage of the lower crowd levels.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that, no matter what the “best” time to travel looks like for your family, you will have an epic time at Universal Orlando Resort! And having a travel agent (like one of us!) in your corner can help take the stress out of your vacation planning. Not only do agents help you walk through the process of choosing your best travel dates, we also monitor for discounts, provide you with personalized tips and recommendations, and handle customer service. Best of all: we do all this work for FREE! You pay the same amount to book through a travel agent that you would pay to book and service everything yourself through Universal’s website. Marvelous Mouse Travels was voted Top Travel Agency by Universal Parks and Resorts in 2019. Because of our special relationship with Universal, we are able to offer ALL clients (even if you just need tickets) complimentary early entry: a perk that is usually reserved for onsite or partner hotel guests and higher tier annual pass holders! Reach out to us today for a free quote on your epic Universal adventure!

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What is your family’s “best” time to travel? Let us know in the comments below!