Universal Orlando Resort is second only in size the Walt Disney World. Almost 2,000 people are currently employed there. There are two theme parks within the complex, namely Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. The other main attractions within Orlando Universal Resorts And Hotels, Universal CityWalk Orlando (for after-rode drinks), Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Universal Orlando is under Universal Parks & Resorts and owned by NBC Universal.
Universal Studios Florida is one of the two theme parks of Universal Orlando. The attractions are inspired by popular Hollywood movies, musical productions, and television shows. There are eight main areas, each with its own unique theme. These are World Expo, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone, Production Central, Hollywood, Springfield, Diagon Alley/London, San Francisco, and New York. Two of the biggest tourist magnets within Universal Studios Florida are the Revenge of the Mummy and the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coasters.
Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure is the first stop for Harry Potter fans from different parts of the world. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the latest addition to this section of Universal Studios Florida. It opened in the year 2010. The other famous “islands” in the popular compound are the following: Jurassic Park, Seuss Landing, Toon Lagoon, The Lost Continent, and Marvel Super Hero Island.
Some of the most celebrated rides in this section of Universal Studios are The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Jurassic Park River Adventure, and Dragon Challenge.
For visitors who want to buy souvenirs, they can pay a visit to the Universal Store, where Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure merchandise are for sale. For nightclubs, restaurants, entertaining shows, the latest movie flicks, refreshing drinks, and fashionable shops, you should explore Universal CityWalk Orlando.
The resort features four official on-site hotels: Loews Royal Pacific Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel & Spa, and Cabana Bay Beach Resort. All four hotels are located in close proximity to the Universal Orlando theme parks. The hotels offer guests free water taxi or shuttle bus service to the Universal Orlando theme parks. Another benefit is that the guests staying at the Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, and Royal Pacific hotels get free Express Pass access at the theme parks, allowing them to bypass the Stand-by line at participating attractions. Theme park guests who are not staying at the Universal official hotels are able to purchase Express Passes at an additional cost.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Features rooms with Italian furnishings, a Mandara Spa and fitness center, three themed swimming pools, and dining including the BiCE Ristorante, Trattoria del Porto, Mama Della’s Ristorante, and more. The resort is also the only of three onsite hotels to have villas.
Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
Features a white sand beach pool, rock n’ roll memorabilia, and restaurants including the Palm Restaurant, The Kitchen, and more. The hotel offers Kid Suites and several other standard amenities such as a fitness center and some conference space. BTW Arielle’s favorite place to stay!
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Features one of the largest lagoon style pools in the Greater Orlando area, accommodations with “modern conveniences”, a fitness center, a conference and business center, and a variety of restaurants such as Emeril’s Tchoup Choup, Islands Dining Room, Jake’s American Bar and more. The resort also offers a white sand beach and a luau, occurring select nights of the week.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Announced in July 2012, the new hotel opened Phase 1 on March 31, 2014. Cabana Bay Beach Resort features a “hip, vintage look” and offers rooms for guests, made up of 900 suite style rooms that sleep 6 and 900 traditional style rooms that sleep 4. The hotel is built on a 37-acre site within Universal Orlando and adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure – just off Hollywood Way and Turkey Lake Road. The entire hotel opened on June 20.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
By Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels & Resorts opened on September 9, 2014, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is set to open Summer 2016. The location of the resort is across Adventure Way from the recent Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort is the fifth resort hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. It features 1,000 rooms, including 77 suites. The resort brings the number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 5,200. It is also be a full service resort. The amenities include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, a full-service restaurant that will include scenic views and outdoor dining, a Caribbean-themed lobby lounge, poolside bar and grill, quick-service marketplace, valet service and a fitness center.