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Why Stay at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel

by Mommy Frog on October 14, 2019 196 Orlando

Why Stay at Universal Orlando Hotels - PinterestIt's safe to say we are huge fans of staying on-site at our favorite theme park resorts, and Universal Orlando Resort is certainly no exception. It's actually the PERFECT example of why we love staying on-site so much. All of the Universal Orlando hotels are absolutely fabulous, with incredible theming, dining, recreation and pools ... you know how we frogs feel about pools.

Of course, the Universal hotels also offer terrific park benefits for Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay. You don't have to stay far from the action, as all of the hotels are in close proximity to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk Orlando. And even better, we can help save you a little green on your vacation with our discounts on theme park tickets and Universal Orlando hotel rooms! Let's leap into the Universal Orlando hotels and their benefits!

Universal Orlando Hotel Categories

Universal's Aventura Hotel Room - Universal Orlando Hotels

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Top Benefits of Staying at Universal Orlando Hotels

1. Location, Location, Location! 

Universal Orlando Hotels - Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock HotelLoews Royal Pacific ResortLoews Sapphire FallsUniversal's Aventura Hotel and Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort are all located on Universal Orlando property. Universal's Endless Summer — Surfside Inn & Suites is the only resort not right next to the parks, but it is just a short hop away with the free shuttle! Its sister hotel, Universal's Endless Summer — Dockside Inn & Suites, will be next door when it opens March 17, 2020.

The rest of the Universal Orlando hotels are all within walking distance of each other, the Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk. On my last visit, I jog-hopped to each one of them for a bit of exercise. The proximity to other major Orlando attractions and the International Drive area is another Universal Orlando hotel benefit.

In terms of proximity to the theme parks, the Hard Rock Hotel is the closest to Universal Studios Florida. Loews Royal Pacific Resort is closest to Universal's Islands of Adventure. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Universal's Aventura Hotel are closest to Universal's Volcano Bay and have their own separate entrance to the water park. All official Universal Orlando hotel guests can use these entrances, but if you're not staying at one of these hotels, it's easier to take the bus.

2. Variety of Universal Orlando Hotel Room Types and Budget Options

Official Universal Orlando Hotel - Loews Portofino Bay Room

There are a wide range of room types at the official Universal Orlando hotels, from budget-friendly options all the way up to luxury suites! The standard rooms at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel (as low as $381 a night) are the largest, at least 450 square feet. Standard rooms at Loews Royal Pacific Resort (as low as $320 a night) and Hard Rock Hotel (as low as $353 a night) are at least 375 square feet. Standard rooms at Loews Sapphire Falls (as low as $235 a night) are 321 square feet. Standard rooms at Cabana Bay (as low as $168 a night) are 300 square feet, although there are also 430-square-foot family suites! Universal's Aventura Hotel (as low as $168 a night) offers 314-square-foot standard rooms and 575-square-foot family suites.

Standard rooms at Universal's Endless Summer (as low as $114 a night) include 313-square-feet standard rooms and 440-square-foot, 2-bedroom family suites. All of the hotels except Cabana Bay and Endless Summer have deluxe-level rooms that are larger than standard rooms and offer slightly better views. Guests can upgrade to the Club Level and enjoy additional privileges such as access to the private lounge, free access to the fitness centers, continental breakfast and hors d'oeuvres.

Official Universal Orlando Hotel - Cabana Bay Beach Resort 2 Bedroom Suite

Cabana Bay's family suites offer kitchenettes with microwaves and mini-fridges, as well as two queen beds and a full sofa bed. Additionally, Cabana Bay now has a limited number of 2-bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, 772-square foot suites that sleep up to eight. Many offer views of Universal's Volcano Bay, and they are fabulous! Aventura's kids suites feature wall-to-ceiling windows, sleep five and have a special interior kids' area.

3. Fabulous Universal Orlando Hotel Amenities

Official Universal Orlando Hotels - Sapphire Falls Resort Pool

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel has three pools, a spa and fitness center, jogging and walking paths, eight dining options, on-site entertainment, a Starbucks, recreation opportunities such as bocce ball courts, a game room and children's activities. Loews Royal Pacific Resort has one lagoon-themed pool, poolside activities, a fitness center, on-site entertainment, six dining options, children's activities and a weekly dining event, Wantilan Luau. Hard Rock Hotel has a 12,000-square-foot rockin' pool (with underwater music and a waterslide), a fitness center, jogging and walking paths, six dining options and children's activities. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort has two massive feature pools, a water slide, a lazy river, a children's water play area, poolside activities, a bowling alley, a fitness center, a Starbucks and an array of cuisine at its on-site restaurant. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a massive, lagoon-style pool, poolside activities, a fitness center and multiple dining options, including a rum bar!

Universal's Aventura Dining - Universal Orlando Hotels

Universal's Aventura Hotel has a HUGE selection of what we like to call "gourmet quick-service" food and a rooftop lounge, as well as a pool and an awesome gift shop. All rooms are equipped with a refrigerator. Universal's Endless Summer has a surfboard-shaped pool, a pool bar, a cafeteria-style dining area, a fitness center and a game room.

4. Early Park Admission

All of the official Universal Orlando hotels offer Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (at either Universal Studios Florida or Universal's Islands of Adventure) and Universal's Volcano Bay one hour before opening. (You must have valid Universal Orlando admission.) This perk is so toadally awesome that we've devoted a whole post to it!

5. Free Universal Express Unlimited (at Select Universal Orlando Hotels)

This is the best perk of them all! Select Universal Orlando hotels offer guests Universal Express Unlimited that allows them to bypass the regular lines at the participating rides at Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Universal Express Unlimited is valid for the entire length of stay, including days of check-in and check-out, and there is no limit to the number of times you use it. Your hotel keys (each person has one) double as your Express Passes. (You must have valid Universal Orlando admission.)

We cannot understate the value of Universal Express Unlimited. This skip-the-line perk is one of the best ways — if not the best way — to experience the parks. And if you know you will need or want Universal Express passes, it is almost always way more economical to stay on-site than to stay off-site and purchase these passes separately. Here are more tips on when to use Universal Express.

6. Hoppin' Easy Transportation to the Parks and Universal CityWalk

Official Universal Orlando Hotels - Universal Studios Hotel - Boat Transportation at Universal CityWalk

Guests of the official Universal Orlando hotels can use the free transportation to and from Universal Studios, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal's Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk. There are two forms of free transportation: water taxis and shuttle buses. When your frog legs are tired of hopping, free transportation is a life-saver. (Watch a video of the water taxi ride from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel here.)

Additional on-site hotel benefits include resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card and priority seating at select restaurants throughout both Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

7. Priority Seating (at Select Universal Orlando Hotels)

Guests staying at Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel, Lowes Royal Pacific Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel receive priority seating at select restaurants. Note that this list is subject to change and availability may be limited during peak times or some weekends. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663) for more information.

Universal Studios Florida

  • Finnegan’s Bar and Grill
  • Lombard’s Seafood Grille

Universal's Islands of Adventure

  • Confisco Grille
  • Mythos

Universal CityWalk

  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
  • Bob Marley — A Tribute to Freedom
  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
  • Pat O’ Brien’s
  • VIVO Italian Kitchen

Portofino Bay Hotel

  • Bice Ristorante
  • Mama Della’s Ristorante
  • Trattoria del Porto

Hard Rock Hotel

  • The Kitchen
  • Palm Restaurant

Lowes Royal Pacific Resort

  • Islands Dining Room
  • Jake's American Bar

Take a Video Tour of the Universal Orlando Hotels

Want to get a better look at the Universal Orlando hotels? Check out our video tours!

Have a question about the Universal Orlando hotel benefits? Want to share your favorite Universal hotel? Drop us a line in comments below! And be sure to check out our Where to Stay in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline.

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 11, 2019 at 1:16 a.m. Mark Says...

My family is staying at Universal Hard Rock Hotel. We plan to arrive early the day of check-in and then head to the park for a day of fun. Since check-in is not until 4pm, how do we handle check-in? How do we obtain the Universal Express Unlimited? The website states it is valid the days of check-in and check-out, but also states you need a hotel room key to get the Express Unlimited pass. How exactly does this work?

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Oct 11, 2019 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

Universal has you covered - no problem! You'll need to head to the front desk with your family before you hop to the parks, where you'll get checked in and receive your Unlimited passes. If your room is ready early, you can leave your luggage there, but most likely, you'll need to leave your luggage with the bell desk. They have staff on-hand early just for this purpose :) Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2019 at 11:50 a.m. maefinds Says...

can you go to all the pools if you stay at any hotels ? even the newest one how do you do it thanks and does the new hotel have bus to take you to there other hotels or is it just to take to park

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Sep 6, 2019 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, you can park hop if you're staying at one of the Universal resorts - and there are complimentary shuttles and water taxi services to make hopping easy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 24, 2019 at 8:12 p.m. Disneymomof4 Says...

Would love to win the sweepstakes.

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Jul 3, 2019 at 7:53 p.m. Lydia Kibble Says...

We always stay at the Cabana Bay, awesome resort, great pool and lazy river. It is great to walk right over to Volcano Bay. Can't wait to go back!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. Tiffany Says...

I'm so glad I was introduced to this website. I've purchased tickets with them before and they are great.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 3:41 p.m. Jamie Says...

So excited to use this resource for my vacation planning!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. Kim Jenks Says...

Wow!! This information was so helpful. We have never been to Universal. This info helps us to understand how their parks work with the hotels. THANK YOU :)

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. Shana Overhulser Says...

WOW! What a wonderful Staycation with my family! Would love to write a blog, take videos and pictures while we're there. Thank you for sharing! We hope we win!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. Lindsey Gibbs Says...

This was so helpful! We are doing a Disney/Orlando trip eventually and this was very beneficial for us. We are able to base out hotel, packages, and location off of this information

Thank you so much for all the good advice ou always bring Undercover tourist and/or the frog family! Thank you!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. Bryce Says...

I am planning on checking in late Tuesday night and checking out Wednesday. Can I leave my car at the hotel Tuesday night through Wed evening when the park closes? What will I be charged at the Royal Pacific.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 4:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bryce,

Yes, you may leave your car at the hotel on the dates of your stay until park close. There would only be one overnight fee per vehicle, which is $27 per night (self-parking) or $36 per night (valet) at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:38 p.m. Jeane Campbell Says...

They make it so easy. You don’t even need a car.

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Jun 24, 2019 at 4:37 p.m. Says...

They make it so easy. Don’t need a car.

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Jun 18, 2019 at 4:23 p.m. Steph B Says...

Another parking question...

Staying at Endless Summer Resort in Aug 2019 for 7 nights and driving down from NJ. Does the $14 overnight fee allow for coming and going from self parking lot? Or is there an additional fee every time you take the car in and out? Thanks!

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Jun 24, 2019 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

Yes, the $14 fee allows for coming and going!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2019 at 5:43 p.m. Kevin Solly Says...

Hi,

Looking to spend one night in Advetura & was wondering, if I book in really early on the day, would I be able make use of he early entrance to Volcano Bay or can I not book that early?

Ta

Kev

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Jun 18, 2019 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

You can do that. Just check your bags at the front desk after you check in!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 3, 2019 at 10:30 p.m. Tracie Says...

I am surprising my kids (16, 19, 20) with universal. For 2 days and 1 overnight. My 16 year old is in a boot from a tib-fib fracture so what is the best way to get him around? Do you buy a package with tickets, accomodations, and the universal express?

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Jun 5, 2019 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracie,

I would check with your doctor on recommendations for getting around with less stress. Express pass would help. You don't need a package for this. The three on-site hotels mentioned in this post include it, so simply book your hotel and tickets!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2019 at 2:16 p.m. Dahlila Says...

Hi,

I am taking my family of 5 to Universal for 5 days and we can't decide between Portofino and Cabana Bay. CB has better access to VB, a food court on site, and a lazy river, but P has express pass for all days and a larger room. I am not sure how to make this decision for kids that are 8, 5, and 1.5. Any input would be helpful.

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Oct 6, 2019 at 10:42 p.m. Frances Abdul-Azeem Says...

Present all of the options to your family and take a family vote. That way even those who complain will know that at least they had a fair chance of making a decision on where you're going - whether they're paying for it or not. It also helps for it to be less complaints.

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May 15, 2019 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dahlia!

This is going to come down to personal preference and what your family is going to find the most value in in terms of activities. Will unlimited rides be more important to your family, or will convenient dining options and less walking to the water park? Another option would be to stay at Cabana Bay and pay out of pocket for the Unlimited Express (you may even break even with the cost of a Portofino room!) With tadpoles at that age, our vote would be for Cabana Bay for the exact reasons you stated, and we'd look into the cost of adding on Express if it's going to be a busy day at the parks. But, we know other families who really love the larger hotel room (and the pillows) and the Express Unlimited inclusion. Have a frogtastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 18, 2019 at 7:37 p.m. KimG Says...

This is exactly what I did over spring break with my three kids. Universal Express passes are expensive but worth every cent! We got to ride everything we wanted (some multiple times) during this crowded time. Cabana Bay was definitely family-friendly and the walk to Volcano Bay a breeze. My fiancé and I are returning in October without the littles and will stay at Portofino.

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May 20, 2019 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Great to know - thanks for sharing, Kim! Have a frogastic trip sans littles :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2019 at 7:21 p.m. Tara Says...

Hi! My husband and I want to visit Universal at the beginning of our trip, before we head to Cape Canaveral. Will any of the hotels hold luggage after check out? Say we arrive on a Monday evening and check out Tuesday morning before heading to Universal. TIA!

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May 13, 2019 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

Universal hotels can hold your luggage all day on the day of check-out - that will be no problem. Have a frogtastic trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 21, 2019 at 10:01 p.m. Joanie Says...

If staying at Cabana Bay - can you get there early in the day and park so you can have full use of the park early on the first day and the next - it is it $17 if you want to get there 8am the first day and stay until 5pm the following day?

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Apr 24, 2019 at 5:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanie!

The $17 overnight fee does cover the entire timeframe if you get there early the first day and stay until late the second day. So you should be all set!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 14, 2019 at 4:08 p.m. Rubiesdad Says...

If you hire a car at avis in aventura hotel, where do you pick the car up from and where can you park it?

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Apr 15, 2019 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rubiesdad!

Avis is located in the lobby of the Aventura Hotel. As far as Universal properties go, you can park the car on-site at any of the Universal Resort hotels or at the Universal parking garage. Applicable parking fees will apply.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 11, 2019 at 3:29 p.m. Scott Mag Says...

can you visit the other hotels for the day. check out their pools and restaurants?

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Apr 11, 2019 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott,

You sure can! If you'll be parking at the resort while you hop, you'll need to pay a parking fee.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2019 at 8:27 p.m. Ken Says...

Family of 5 staying at Cabana Bay week before Easter. Nervous about negative reviews. Any suggestion how I can upgrade to a different hotel on the property like Hard rock or Loews Royal? They are all booked and I have been constantly searching for cancellations. Thank you

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ken!

Have you tried calling Universal directly? If not, that would be our first suggestion. If you have, then continuing to check leading up to your trip is the next best option (fingers crossed there are some cancellations!). The Customer Service line associated with hotel reservations is (888) 273-1311.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 27, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. Jetta Says...

Do any or all of the Universal Orlando resorts offer online check-in?

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Mar 27, 2019 at 1:33 p.m. Adrien Says...

Are you allowed to decorate your own room? I have seen that it has been popular to put some little things on the outside of the door when vacationing places but I wasn't able to find anything about it at Universal studios.

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Mar 23, 2019 at 9:35 p.m. Eric Says...

Hi..

In regards parking at Universal Parks and Cabana Bay.

#Question1

If I stay at Cabana, I pay $22 parking per night. If I keep the car parked at the hotel during the day, is there any charge ?

#Question 2

If you are an Orlando resort guest, do you still need to pay for parking at the Orlando parks ? (not like WDW where resort guest has free parking at Epcot for instance).

Cheers, Eric

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Mar 26, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

Parking at Universal comes at a cost, including for hotel guests. The costs are as follows: Prime Parking: $35; RV/Bus Parking: $30; Regular Parking: $25. However, Cabana Bay does offer complimentary shuttle buses and walking paths around the resort to get to the parks.

The current parking cost at Cabana Bay for resort guests if you are self parking is $17 plus tax per night, per vehicle, which they'll walk through with you at check-in. There's no additional fee to keep the car parked at the resort during the day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 3, 2019 at 2:23 p.m. Chad Says...

Hi...so I am just beginning research for a trip to Universal for 2020, but so far I am pretty certain we will want to take advantage of the staying onsite perks. I have two questions though. Are the three premier hotels still the only Universal Hotels that come with the express passes? Second...do you have to purchase the hotel and tickets at the same time as a package to get this perk? Or can I order my tickets from Undercover Tourist now and book the hotel later as the dates get closer? That brings up a third question...if I pre-order my tickets...say now for a Nov 2020 trip...is there any fear of ticket expiration? Thanks much...you site made our Disney trips so awesome...of course you would be my "go-to" for Universal as well!

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Mar 4, 2019 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chad,

Thanks for reaching out and glad to hear we're your go-to!! These three hotels are currently the only ones offering the Express benefit. You do not have to purchase your hotel the same time as tickets, and you may purchase them all from us if you'd like. As far as tickets, each one lists the specific terms and any blackouts or expirations.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 22, 2019 at 7:20 p.m. Katrina Says...

Based on your reviews and great info we just spent 4 nights at the Royal Pacific, 2 adults and a teenager. We LOVED it and are already planning to go back! For others who are asking - they placed a $200/night hold on my CC, $800 total for our stay. I'm sure it varies by hotel. Using the Express Pass Unlimited option was easy and worth every extra penny that this hotel costs.

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Feb 22, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

We are so glad to hear it, Katrina! Thanks so much for sharing with the Frog Pond!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 5, 2019 at 10:10 p.m. Michelle Says...

Thank you for this helpful post! Which hotels have the free skip-the-line and early admission to Harry Potter world? That sounds like a perfect deal! And where can I find your discount codes?

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Feb 5, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

It's our pleasure -- thanks for taking the time to comment! Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort all have the Express Unlimited and early admission included in your stay. You can find our tickets here and our hotels here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 2, 2019 at 11:14 p.m. Diana Says...

When staying at one of the universal resorts do you get tickets to the park or you purchase them separately?

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Feb 4, 2019 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana!

The tickets are separate, though you CAN bundle your hotel and tickets when purchasing from Universal directly.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 21, 2019 at 5:32 p.m. L Tye Says...

We are staying at Cabana Bay. Do we have to purchase tickets to use the water slides or is access and use free with our accomodations?

Thanks

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Jan 22, 2019 at 1:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi L Tye!

Water slide use is included with your stay in Cabana Bay -- no extra fee. Hooray!

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 13, 2019 at 4:16 p.m. Karen Says...

We will be staying in the Despicable Me Suite. Where are these located adn are there anyspecial perks for this room, besides decorating.

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Jan 18, 2019 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

How fun! The Despicable Me Suites are at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. By staying at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel, you'll also have access to Universal Express Unlimited, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Universal’s Volcano Bay,

Free Water Taxis and Shuttles, resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card, free merchandise delivery to your hotel from shops across Universal, and priority seating at select restaurants at both theme parks and CityWalk.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 7, 2019 at 10:29 p.m. Michael Says...

Which of the three premier properties is easiest to get in and out of as far as parking? I have an upcoming stay that I will need to leave around 3:00 p.m. and want to figure out the best location to stay at to facilitate a quick exit so we can maximize time in the park. Not sure which park I will be leaving from but would love your advice! Thanks.

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Jan 16, 2019 at 6:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

This is a good question! All of these hotels should be comparable. We don't always have a car with us on our trips, but we have found it to be very easy to leave the Hard Rock Hotel parking lot. The nice thing about Hard Rock Hotel is that it's the closest to the parks too, so you can easily walk back after your day in the parks and then hit the road!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 8, 2018 at 9:56 p.m. Lee Carry Says...

Hi Frog,

We are visiting Universal studios during the winter break time (12/28-12/30). We want to stay 2-3 nights at an on Property hotel, but can not because they have a minimum 6 night stay! How do you get around the minimum night stay requirement????

Please help! Thanks, Lee

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Dec 27, 2018 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lee,

I am not seeing a minimum stay requirement. I would recommend trying your search again or reaching out directly to our customer service at 1-800-846-1302.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2018 at 7:01 p.m. Anikka Says...

I have the ability to get discounted tickets for Universal but I will be staying at Royal Pacific. Can I use my Express Pass from my room with my discounted tickets? Or do I have to get the tickets at/from the hotel?

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Sep 26, 2018 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anikka,

You can buy discounted tickets through us. You will get the Express Passes when you check in at Royal Pacific.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 13, 2018 at 8:17 a.m. Colette McGee Says...

I have read that when we check in you take our credit card to hold an amount for incidentals and use of the mini bar. Is this true? How much do you hold against the card? what is we don't bring a card with us how much cash do you hold as a deposit?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colette!

This varies depending on hotel, and we definitely recommend calling to verify. At most places, a credit or debit card is required to put on hold.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. Katreina Says...

Do the Universal resorts allow the use of floats in the pools? I know Cabana Bay allows them in the lazy river and even sells them but I wasn't sure about the actual pools or if they were allowed in any other resort pools. Thanks.

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katreina!

We believe so!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2018 at 11 p.m. Kelly R Says...

We have stayed there before getting a package deal. This time we are planning on buying UT tickets and booking the hotel ourselves. Will we be able to link the UT tickets once we arrive? I assume we can but thought I would ask to make sure.

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Yes! You can link your tickets at anytime. We recommend doing so as soon as possible so you're prepared for the park :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2018 at 8:40 a.m. Bella Says...

Hi Guys - Love your website! Can you tell me if Universal accommodate staying at multiple hotels during your stay? We've thinking it would be cool to split our 14 night stay between HRH and Sapphire Falls, and were wondering if Universal will move your bags etc like Disney does when you split your stay there?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bella!

They are not able to transfer your luggage for you, but there is an on-demand chauffeur service available and the bell hops will take the luggage to your room once you arrive at the new resort. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 17, 2018 at 7:05 a.m. Colette Says...

Hi if I am staying in a universal hotel and family members are not, are they able to visit me and utilise the facilities at my hotel. if so is there a charge.

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colette!

They are allowed to visit, but we don't recommend having large groups take advantage of the accommodations.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 7, 2018 at 7:33 a.m. Colette Says...

Hi Thanks for the response regarding family visiting me at the hotel, however I was referring to my family consisting of 5 family members joining us as the Hard Rock Hotel for a meal. I didn't mean for them to stay over just utilise the restaurant or sit at the pool. if you could clarify this that would be great.

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Sep 7, 2018 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colette!

Of course your family can come join you for a meal at the Hard Rock!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 14, 2018 at 11:53 a.m. colette Says...

hi thanks for that, one other question does the hotel take a deposit at check in. if so how much is it as I have read it can be as much as 3000 dollars.

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Colette!

This varies depending on hotel, and we definitely recommend calling to verify. At most places, a credit or debit card is required to put on hold.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 30, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. SHARON DEPREY Says...

my husband and I are thinking of coming to universal for a full day and night on our way to bahamas ..it is our 40th anniversary. what would you feel a good itinerary would be,,we are planning on staying on the grounds and he has never been here

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Jul 30, 2018 at 4:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon!

Sounds like a blast. We LOVE staying on-site at Universal ... all of the hotels are gorgeous! Cabana Bay is our favorite. Check out our planning guide for a good idea of where to begin, and be sure to check out our discounted tickets and hotels!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 27, 2018 at 2:39 p.m. Pete Says...

Hello. looking right now at booking ahead for either first 2 weeks of December 2019 or first 2 weeks of January 2020 staying at Universal, which time would be quieter & would I still be best ghetting a hotel with the express pass?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pete!

We can't guarantee that the Express pass deal will still be included with staying on-site, but we haven't heard anything stating otherwise. Those two time frames should be quite similar in terms of crowds, but we do certainly recommend visiting in December to enjoy the holiday entertainment.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 26, 2018 at 12:16 p.m. Shawn Says...

Hi,

Planning to come for last week of Augest. Is it a good timing for Orlando.

And when I book on site hotels,is park admission's are free or I should buy separately and how much is it? Some question for Express pass if I buy separately?

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Jul 26, 2018 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shawn!

Park admission is not included, even if you stay on-site. You can purchase discounted tickets on our site, and Express passes here. Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the last week of August is a great time to visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 22, 2018 at 12:47 p.m. Jimmy Says...

Going the week of Thanksgiving this year. How is the temps of the pools during this time of the year?

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jimmy!

Orlando tends to stay pretty warm during November, and all of Universal Orlando Resort's pools are heated year-round (as needed) so no worries!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 20, 2018 at 1:06 p.m. Regena Says...

We have never stayed at one of the resorts because we own a timeshare in Orlando but we definitely visit Universal annually since I was in my 20’s! Now my kids are grown and we have grand babies and we still do the visit! This year I’ll be my 3 year old grandson first trip there! Can’t wait to share the experience with him! I definitely recommend having a plan to make good use of your day! Utilizing the resources from here and Universal make the trip painless! Big crowds make a difference when you have kids with you so definitely recommend using the crowd calendar!

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Jun 19, 2018 at 11:27 p.m. Amanda Jenkins Says...

Wow! Those hotels are amazing! Portofino looks especially awesome.

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Jun 19, 2018 at 4:43 p.m. Shellie Sakash Says...

Buying preferred annual pass does not guarantee a discount. Was mislead by reservations department and then owed full amount. Not a great way to end your trip.

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Jun 19, 2018 at 3:21 p.m. Margaret Says...

Love, love, love Portofino Bay!

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Jun 19, 2018 at 3:07 p.m. Denise Says...

Hope to bring my daughter here soon...it is her wish vacation.

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Jun 19, 2018 at 1:31 p.m. Ronda Says...

Hey! Is the Express availible for FREE at the Cabana hotel? Because that is game changer lol

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Jun 19, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronda,

Free Universal Express is only offered at Loews Portofino Bay, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Hotel. Universal's Cabana Bay does offer Early Park Admission, though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 14, 2018 at 6:43 p.m. Joanne Gallagher Says...

I am going to be staying at Aventura for Christmas 2018. Am I able to use the facilities at the other resort hotels? Thanks

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Jun 14, 2018 at 11:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne!

Yes, you can! If you are staying at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel, you can use all of the amenities at the others.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 30, 2018 at 9:27 p.m. Shenise Says...

Hi!!

We are traveling to Orlando at the end of June for three days before our cruise (Bahamas here we come!!!)We are traveling with our 7 year old daughter. I am having the HARDEST time deciding between staying at a Disney resort or an Universal studio resort. We plan on going to at least one park and are leaning more towards universal as our daughter is now tall enough to ride almost all of the rides and LOVE rides. However I also want to give her the Disney feel that I know you could get at a Disney resort even without going to Disney. Any thoughts??

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May 30, 2018 at 10:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shenise!

That's such a tough question! We prefer staying on-site at whatever park we're visiting. It's more convenient and makes it feel more like vacation. We recommend staying at our fave, Cabana Bay, at Universal! Save a Disney hotel for a Disney trip (we love them too!)

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