Universal’s Islands of Adventure has won the best theme park award for multiple years, and it’s “other half” Universal Studios is just as spectacular. I just took a trip to both parks last weekend, and had an amazing time! These are two theme parks that anyone can enjoy! It’s got some coasters for thrill-seekers, as well as plenty of slower themed rides for those who get motion-sick, or just enjoy taking it easy.
If you’re thinking of going to Orlando I want to tell you all about why I think it’s so beneficial to get a Universal Studios All Inclusive Package for your vacation!
If you’re interested in going to the parks for the best price, I bought mine here.
You Save On Travel
When I went to Universal on my last trip, I pulled a total goof, and didn’t even think of checking into an all-inclusive package. My mind was on saving money, and so I booked a cheap hotel, and realized too late that the hotel was about 15 minutes from the park! That meant that my friends and I had to pay for Ubers every day to and from the park, as well as the airport, and anywhere else we wanted to go.
There are several resorts that are right within walking distance of the park, and while they are more expensive than a Super 8, I wouldn’t have had to worry about the cost of travel.
Dining, Bars, and Entertainment are Footsteps Away
A huge appeal for staying at one of the on sight all-inclusive resorts is that you can literally walk to anything you might want or need. Right before the park is Universal’s City Walk. This is a place with tons of bars, restaurants, and shops located right outside the park, and right outside your hotel. They have everything from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville to Hard Rock Cafe, to voodoo doughnut, to Burger King. There are so many delicious foods to choose from.
Clubs and bars are also right within walking distance! After a day at the parks you might want to get your drank and dance on! You can get dressed up and walk over to one of the many options. There’s also often live music from bands or DJs.
Each Resort Offers So Many Extras
Not only do you get special deals for the parks by booking one of these resorts, you also receive special benefits within the hotel itself. Here are some deluxe hotels that you can choose from within the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure area, and what they have to offer!
This resort has a European elegance theme to it. It has 750 rooms. (includes standard and suites) The resort also has eight different restaurants and lounges, and over 12,000 square feet of retail shopping! Other recreation available at the resort is a spa, three pools, dive in movies, and plenty of pool side activities! They also occasionally have opera and jazz nights!
Dining options include Trattoria del Porto a restaurant that features character dining in the evenings, Bice Restorante a restaurant that opened in Milan, Italy and has delicious Italian food, Mama Della’s Ristorante which has old-world favorites and frequent live music.
Loews Portofino Bay is also located right on Universal Boulevard! So enjoy the luxuries of being close to the park!!
This hotel has a tropical paradise theme, specifically the south pacific. There are waterfalls and plenty of areas to relax. There are 1,000 rooms (suites and standard rooms available) Royal Pacific has a large lagoon style pool with plenty of poolside activities happening. (Dive-in movies, ping pong, pool basketball and volleyball, hula hoop contests, and arts and crafts.) There is a beautiful garden walkway from the hotel to City Walk.
The hotel’s main dining room offers character dining on some evenings, and the Orchid Court Lounge is available for a more adult experience. There is also a sushi bar, and a weekly all you can eat Hawaiian dinner show featuring authentic Polynesian food.
This hotel obviously has a rock and roll theme (just like Hard Rock Cafe!) It has over $1 million dollars of rock and roll memorabilia. It also has 650 rooms! The hotel has a 12,000 square foot pool with a sand beach, water fountains for kids to play in, and a 250-foot water slide! Rock and roll music fills the air, and they even have a sound system underwater, so you can hear it when you dive in too! They also have a rock and roll shop, dive in movies, and pool games going on all day. (water balloon toss and raft relays.)
Dining options include The Kitchen which serves three meals a day and has character dining in the evenings. They call it the kitchen because rock stars often have to dine in the kitchen of restaurants to escape their adoring fans. There is also The Palm, a New York steakhouse with American style food.
Don’t forget about Hard Rock Cafe which is right next door! This hotel is located right on Universal Boulevard as well!
This hotel has a modern and Caribbean feel. The hotel has 1,000 rooms, 83 of them being suites. The hotel has a 16,000 square foot pool with sand beaches, and a hot tub! It also has a children’s play area and a water slide! Sapphire Falls also has a fitness center, a game room, a Universal Studios store, and rum tastings!
Dining options include Amatista Cookhouse, a restaurant in a relaxed environment where you are surrounded by the sound of waterfalls, Strong Water Tavern, a restaurant with a rum bar, Dhrum Club Kantine, a poolside eatery with fresh fish and fruity drinks, and New Dutch Trading Co, a grab and go option for if you want to eat quickly before heading to the parks!
This hotel is located right near the parks!
This is the newest of the deluxe hotels! It’s got a hip vintage theme to it with 2,200 rooms! They offer both standard rooms and family suites! There are plenty of recreational opportunities including two enormous swimming pools with a sand beach, a 100-foot water slide, and Universal’s first lazy river. There are plenty of poolside activities each day such as dive-in movies, hula-hooping contests, ping pong, and pool tables! They have their own store at the resort where you can by any toiletries and other necessities, as well as Universal merchandise. Cabana Bay has a fitness center, a game room, and even a 10 lane bowling alley!! Bowling is 16 dollars per adult, and 12 dollars per child for an hour to an hour and a half of time! (plus 4 dollar shoe rental.)
They have plenty of dining options within the actual resort as well. So, you can choose to go into city walk, or just stay within the hotel and eat at either the hotel’s 600 seat food court, Galaxy Bowl restaurant (at the bowling alley), Starbucks, pool and lobby bars, and pizza delivery right to your room!
The downside to this resort is that it’s the one resort that is not directly near the parks and city walk. It’s about a 20-minute walk. It is however next door to Volcano Bay. (Universal’s water park)
There are also two new Resorts that are coming up as well!
All-Inclusive Is The Way To Go!
If you want to know the cost for your vacation up front, if you want to save on travel expenses, if you want to have plenty of recreational activities nearby, and if you want to stay at the most fun hotels near Universal, than an all-inclusive resort is the way to go!