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Why Stay At a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel

It's no surprise we love the Universal Orlando Resort hotels. Each of them 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. Even better, we offer room discounts for all of the official Universal Orlando hotels. With that intro as enticement, let's hop into all of the reasons to stay at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel.

Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits

Universal Orlando Hotel Locations:

Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits - Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock HotelLoews Royal Pacific ResortLoews Sapphire Falls and Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort are all located on Universal Orlando property. They are all within walking distance of each other, all of the Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal Orlando CityWalk. I would know. 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 are also a great benefit to staying at one of these hotels.

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 is closest to Universal's Volcano Bay, and it has its own separate entrance. All official Universal Orlando hotel guests can use it, but it's easier to access from Cabana Bay.

Universal Orlando Hotel Room Types:

Official Universal Orlando Hotel - Loews Portofino Bay Room

There are a wide range of room types at the official Universal Orlando hotels. The Standard Rooms at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel are at least 450 square feet. Standard Rooms at Loews Royal Pacific Resort are at least 375 square feet. Standard Rooms at Hard Rock Hotel are at least 375 square feet. Standard rooms at Cabana Bay are at least 300 square feet, although it has more family suites at 430 square feet. All of the hotels except Cabana Bay 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 private lounge access, free access to the fitness centers, continental breakfast and hors d'oeuvres. Each of the hotels except Cabana Bay offers several Luxury Suite options.

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

Cabana Bay's family suites are at least 430 square feet and 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 8. Many offer views of Universal's Volcano Bay, and they are 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 and 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 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 onsite restaurant. All of the hotels offer valet parking. All rooms are equipped with a refrigerator. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a massive, lagoon-style pool, poolside activities, a fitness center, multiple dining options, including a RUM BAR!

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.)

Free Universal Express Unlimited:

Official Universal Orlando Hotels - Universal Studios Hotels - Universal Express Kiosk

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. You get your Universal Express℠ Unlimited pass by inserting your hotel room key into one of the hotel kiosks. (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 stay off-site and purchase these passes separately. Here are more tips on when to use Universal Express.

Transportation:

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

Guests of the official Universal Orlando hotels can also take advantage of free transportation to and from Universal Studios,  Universals Islands of Adventure, Universal's Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk. There are two forms of complimentary 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.

Priority Seating:

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

Islands of Adventure

Confisco Grille

Mythos

Universal CityWalk

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food

Bob Marley — A Tribute to Freedom

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

Emeril’s Orlando

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

Emeril's Tchoup Chop

Island's Dining Room

Jake's American Bar

Official Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

Official Universal Orlando Hotel - Universal Studios Hotel - Royal Pacific Resort Lobby

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Take a video tour of Universal Orlando's hotels:

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.

Keep hopping!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 16, 2017 at 5:50 a.m. Robin Says...

What select hotels offer the Universal Express passes?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin,

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort all offer the Universal Express Unlimited pass.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:26 p.m. Kim Fettig-Olsen Says...

We are planning a 4night, 5day vacation to Orlando Jan. 21st -26th 2018. Both my teens are Autistic 13 and 16, My 13 yr daughter wants to do everything Harry Potter..my son could care less. Both don't care for roller coaster rides but are fine with gentle rides...like " small world or Peter Pan". We would like to do 2 days at DW and 1 day at Universal..but my son may need an afternoon break from the crowd back at the hotel. I'm wondering if we should stay at a Universal hotel vs DW.. or even a Disney springs hotel. We stayed at the Port Orleans-French quarter at our last visit 3 yrs ago and both kids did fine with the fast pass option they had then. Is that still available? Is there another option out there for kids with Autism...16 yr old would only need it for the Harry Potter stuff..he finds it scary. Won't need it for the DW portion of our trip. Thank you

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Fastpass+ is still available.

If you son needs a break, we recommend staying at a convenient hotel for your Disney World part, and another one near Universal. Remeber, we sell discount Orlando hotel rooms!

Also for your son, ask about Universal's Attraction Assistance Pass, which may provide him with accommodations for attractions and wait times.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 1, 2017 at 2:56 a.m. Michelle Says...

We are looking at staying June 14-16, 2018 and will have a full three days at the two parks (not doing volcano bay). Is the express pass still a necessity or will we be ok since we have the three days? Thought about just doing express pass last day because it is cheaper. Will give us one day to malke up what we missed or re-ride our faves. Cabana bay with one day express still come in cheaper for 6 than royal pacific.

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Oct 1, 2017 at 8:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting high crowds during your visit. Your one-day Express Pass plan is a great idea if you can't afford all 3 days.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2017 at 5:57 p.m. Zak's Travels Says...

Just returned from Universal Studios Orlando vacation, we stayed at Universal's Cabana Beach Bay Resort hotel which was great. It's a 50's themed hotel, that has large pools, a diner style food options and a lazy river. We went to all 3 of the theme parks including Volcano Bay. As guests of the Cabana Bay Hotel we were allowed the enter all of the theme parks one hour before they opened to the public which was a huge bonus as we did not have to dealt with long lines to get on the big rides such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, the Hulk and the Krakatau aqua coaster at Volcano Bay.

The hotel offers free shuttle bus service that we spacious, cool and run on time. I posted videos of our entire trip my Youtube channel. Check it out! Especially if you have never been to either Cabana Bay Resort or the theme parks. Will also be posting videos with tips

and food reviews. We cant wait to go back next year!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5HWNrY6kIH1FfOixL7FC9Q

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Aug 26, 2017 at 5:12 p.m. Craig Says...

????????Family of four (16/10 yr old kids) looking at Universal-area for 7-8 days (Dec 28-Jan 4). Have bought Disney tix via your site in the past. Looking for insight on hotel and Universal tix pkgs from Undercover Tourist. Likely 3-4 days of Universal, park to park, and express. No pets and no interest in access for the hour before opening. Maybe a day at Seaworld also. Given our Universal needs (hotel/tix) can you sum up value proposition of on-site hotel vs your off-site partner hotels to account for hotel and tix? Any special considerations we should keep in mind? Thank you!

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Aug 28, 2017 at 9:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Craig,

You're visiting during an extremely busy time. Staying at one of the top-tier Univeral Orlando hotels will give you free Universal Express Unlimited passes. Staying at a hotel near Universal will save you money on the room. However, the Express Passes (which we do not sell, unfortunately) will be more expensive during your visit. We have plenty of discount Park-to-Park tickets that will save you money. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2017 at 5:28 p.m. Holly Says...

I see you like the Saphire Hotel more than Royal Pacific? Can you explain why? We have only stayed at Universal once and it was at the Royal Pacific

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Aug 21, 2017 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly,

We like both of the hotels. Sapphire Falls can be cost-effective for families that want to stay on-site. With a Royal Pacific stay, you get free Universal Unlimited Express passes. It really depends on your family's needs.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2017 at 5:25 p.m. Holly Says...

How does the preferred dining work if you are staying onsite? Assume that means without a reservation or does it mean to get a reservation.

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Aug 16, 2017 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly,

Preferred dining means that you'll be seated ahead of other parties when you walk-up at select restaurants. We definitely recommend reservations if you know where/when you want to dine.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2017 at 12:25 p.m. Sinead Says...

Do you have a list of the restaurants that you can use the preferred seating in?

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Aug 28, 2017 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sinead,

Yes! We just added them into the post. You'll find them just past the Transporation section.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2017 at 9:44 a.m. Sinead Says...

Thanks

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Jun 17, 2017 at 9:57 p.m. Catherine Says...

Do they still do the express passes if you stay at the universal hotel because when having a look for a holiday next year and staying the the hard rock there was no mention of the express pass.

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Jun 18, 2017 at 5:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine,

Yes, you will receive Universal Express Unlimited by booking the Hard Rock Hotel.

Keep Hopping!

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Jan 29, 2017 at 12:47 a.m. mdtravel Says...

While the Port sounds wonderful, I think I'm going for the one that is closest the park. It sounds like it is walkable vs. the water taxi. So we can walk right out of the hotel and walk to the park vs. walk out of the hotel, wait in a line, wait for the taxi to get there, get to the park. Thoughts?

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Jan 29, 2017 at 5:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MD,

Yes, you can walk to main gates of both parks or take the water taxi.

Keep Hopping!

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Jan 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. mdtravel Says...

I am looking to go to Universal for two days with my six year old daughter...just me (dad) and her. We're going primarily for Harry Potter related fun. I'm not saying that this is the case, but if budget were not a consideration what hotel would you recommend for us? I think my primary wish would be to be close to the park so we can get there to take advantage of the extra time before opening, and perhaps pop back to the hotel mid-day for a break.

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Jan 27, 2017 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mdtravel,

If budget is not a consideration, then stay at Portofino. It's their top hotel, and a Frog Family Favorite.

Keep Hopping!

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Nov 13, 2016 at 2:52 p.m. Laura Says...

Good Morning, traveling 2 parents & 2 teens; do any of the resorts have a kitchenette, that has a small stove and fridge? Id like to cut some cost and also some downtime from the rush, rush, rush.

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Nov 15, 2016 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

None has a stove, but Cabana Bay's family suites do have fridges, microwaves and small sinks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 7, 2017 at 2:41 p.m. Chrissie Says...

I was wondering.... cabana bay family suits... does the mini fridge have a little freezer compartment? Some photos I looked at seemed that the answer was no, but I thought I'd be hopeful and ask someone who has stayed there.

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Jan 13, 2017 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chrissie,

After hopping onto the phone with Cabana Bay, I learned that the mini fridge does not have a freezer compartment.

Keep Hopping!

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Sep 26, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. MIchelle Says...

Hi - we are looking at staying at the Royal Pacific for one night to get the two days' worth of express passes. We are thinking of upgrading to the royal club rooms. We are planning on checking in at 7am on the first day to get the express passes for that day - do we know if we get to start using the royal club straight away, ie. can we go in and get breakfast on both that day and the next morning after spending the night?

Trying to decide if it is worth the extra money to upgrade to the Club rooms!

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Sep 26, 2016 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

You would have access to club level as soon as you checked in, so if you checked in early enough for breakfast, you would have access! Do keep in mind that your room may not be ready, but you would be able to store your bags with the hotel until it was.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2016 at 9:34 p.m. Michelle Says...

Great thanks. Great website - have got loads of useful ideas for our visit next year.

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Sep 23, 2016 at 6:53 p.m. caroline Dowling-Smith Says...

Hi we are totally new to the Orlando experience; we have provisionally booked from 2nd june to 16th. Will it be busy and would love to stay in a disney type hotel but prices all seem out of our reach!

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Oct 7, 2016 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can check out expected crowd levels here.

There are many affordable options. If you want to stay on-site, Disney's Value Resorts will be the most affordable. We've put together this handy comparison tool for Disney's hotels.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2016 at 1:13 p.m. Deena DiGregorio Says...

Hi, my youngest son is autistic. I was wondering if Unniversal offered any special passes. Also, if Universal restaurants offer any special diet restriction plans?

Thanks, Deena

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Sep 27, 2016 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deena,

Yes, Universal offers the Attraction Assistance Pass. It works similarly to Disney's DAS; you can check out our post on the AAP here!

There are many dining locations at Universal Orlando that accommodate to special diet restrictions. Universal recommends contacting them at least 14 days prior to your trip to make any special accommodations. If you aren't able to do that, you can also ask to speak to a chef or manager at any of the restaurants and inform them of the special diet restrictions. They'll be happy to make accommodations to the best of their ability. This is a helpful article on the matter!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 1, 2016 at 1:16 a.m. Lori Says...

We are staying at Sapphire Falls however attending an event at Hard Rock. Do we need to repay to park or can we use our Sapphire Falls room key to park at the Hard Rock?

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Aug 9, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

You would not need to have to pay for parking twice. You would just let security/valet know when you arrive at Hard Rock, and they would validate your parking.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 27, 2016 at 9:56 a.m. STUART HUTCHESON Says...

Hi, if you were planning onthe last week of April/1st week of May.. are the crowds low enough to not really need the fast pass??

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stuart,

Do you mean Express Pass? Yes, it should not be an absolute necessity at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 20, 2016 at 7:36 p.m. STUART HUTCHESON Says...

Hi - If you've booked flights for end April/Beginning May would you say the crowds are light enough to mean that the onsite hotel benefits are outweighed by the higher price paid for the accommodation??

Cheers

Stuart

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stuart,

We always prefer to stay on site if we can afford it. At Universal, especially, the perks are great year round. That said, they are especially great during the busiest times.

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/

Keep hopping!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stuart,

We always prefer to stay on site if we can afford it. At Universal, especially, the perks are great year round. That said, they are especially great during the busiest times.

Keep hopping!

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May 21, 2016 at 4:14 a.m. Jacqueline Says...

If I arrive early to my Universal hotel (before the check in time), am I allowed to leave the package and use the pool and other facilities? Thank you!!

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May 30, 2016 at 9:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqueline,

Yes, you can do that!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 23, 2016 at 8:41 a.m. Vikki bradley Says...

Hiya, we are arriving from the UK in June and looking at booking 1 night in one of the universal hotels, to receive the benefits, can we arrive early to make use of them, and can we use them also on departure day? Any suggestions for 1 night stay (2adults and 10&6 year old children) thanks Vikki

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vikki,

This is very smart! Yes, you can get Universal Express for the day you check-in and check-out. You just need to check in first and get your Universal Express passes.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vikki,

This is very smart! Yes, you can get Universal Express for the day you check-in and check-out. You just need to check in first and get your Universal Express passes.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 23, 2016 at 3:40 a.m. Madrid2K Says...

Hello,

Our family of 5 is planning on staying at an onsite hotel in late August.

Is now a good time to book the hotel - or will there be better promotions in spring/early summer? If we wait too long for a deal, do we risk having the hotels getting sold out?

Thank you for any advice.

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Mar 30, 2016 at 4:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Most of the hotel offers include free cancellations by a certain date. I would go ahead and book. If a better rate opens up, you could cancel the first one.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 8, 2017 at 3:50 p.m. Phyllis Says...

Looking to go Mid July to Universal and Sea World with my hubby and two boys 7 and 9. Do they have package deals for the whole thing and how many days would you go?

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Feb 8, 2017 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phyllis,

We don't offer ticket packages to Universal and Sea World, only separate ticket options for each park. July will be busy, so consider one day at SeaWorld and two or three days at Universal.

Keep Hopping!

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Jan 18, 2016 at 2:09 a.m. pat c Says...

If we are staying at one of the on site universal hotels, can we use the pools at all the on site hotels?

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Jan 19, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pat,

Yes, you can.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 9, 2016 at 3:51 p.m. sian Says...

Considering staying at either Hark rock, Portofino or Royal Pacific for one night, just for the express passes and early entrance. Which hotel would best suit grown up children (family of four) and how early do you think we could check in on the first day in order to utilise the express passes? Thank you

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Jan 11, 2016 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sian,

All of the hotels would suit grown-up children, but Hard Rock and Portofino are my personal favorites. Hard Rock has the full-on rock vibe and is the closest to the parks. Portofino is quite lovely too and feels a world away.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 10, 2015 at 9:24 a.m. matt miller Says...

Hi I plan on coming down from Rhode island in February, I'm going to be new to traveling and will be going by myself . When I get to one of the on site hotels and check, can I leave the universal property to see more of Florida? I was assuming all the property was all put together like it's own town-ish.

Thanks, Matt

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Dec 16, 2015 at 7:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

I am not sure I fully understand your question. You can visit other areas after you are checked in.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 4:22 p.m. JBG Says...

Hello, my family of 4 (kids ages 7&10) will be visiting Orlando for 6 days in early Dec. We are trying to figure out where to stay to visit both the Disney and Universal parks, but take advantage of the perks. Would also love a little privacy at night. Suggestions? Thanks!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JBG,

You might consider a split stay. We've done a post that outlines the pros and cons. That's the best way to take advantage of the perks in both parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2015 at 1:21 p.m. Kirstie Says...

Hi,

We are visiting next April with our 3 children -3,7 & 9 years - who are not particularly adventurous. We are considering staying at Royal Pacific for one night. If we bought 2 day park to park tickets from your website would we be entitled to early entry and express tickets for both days of our stay? I was thinking of checking in early on the first day (even if the room isn't ready) to enable us both early access and the express tickets. Is that possible? Many thanks in advance.

Kirstie

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Aug 1, 2015 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kirstie,

Yes, your plan would work, and it's a great way to make the most of your time in the park!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 9, 2015 at 3:02 p.m. Ricky Says...

Our budget-conscious family (2 parents & 2 teens) will be in Orlando for 2-3 full days in April. Dates rated "medium" on your crowd calendar. We have never been to Disney or Universal (we usually avoid tourist hubs when we travel, but we're excited to give this a try). We'd like to do at least one day at each, and stay at a single convenient location for the whole trip. Is that even possible? And, if so, what property would you recommend and what ticket? And would it be too much to ask for a property with a kitchenette or mini-fridge so we don't have to eat all meals out? A lot of questions, I know... thanks in advance! Your site is a lifesaver.

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Mar 2, 2015 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ricky,

There are plenty of hotels between the two properties, and if you stay at one of the resorts that offer vacation clubs (such as Hilton or Marriott), you will likely find a kitchenette. Some even have full kitchens. If you can afford it, we highly recommend you stay on-site at one or the other. Both Disney and Universal offer terrific on-site benefits.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Feb 4, 2015 at 1:20 a.m. Jeff Says...

If my family stays at a partner hotel of Universal and purchases our tickets from undercover, do we still get to go in 1 hour early for Harry Potter?

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Feb 5, 2015 at 10:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeff,

You would need to stay at a Universal hotel to get the 1 hour early access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 27, 2015 at 4:04 p.m. Laura Giobbi Says...

My husband is 100% disabled veteran. I am trying to find out if Universal has discounted tickets for 100% disabled vets. OR do you know if 100% disabled vets are eligible for the military discounted tickets

Thank you,

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Feb 2, 2015 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

We thank him for his service! Universal does offer discounts for active duty and retired military. Here are more details.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 12, 2015 at 9:35 a.m. Kris Says...

My sister and I will be in Orlando for 3 whole days and 5 nights. We we're thinking of staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and purchase a park-to-park ticket with express unlimited. Would it be cheaper to stay at another hotel where guest receive a Universal Express Unlimited?

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Jan 27, 2016 at 2:06 a.m. katie G Says...

(Sorry), where is a good place to stay.

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Jan 27, 2016 at 2:04 a.m. katie gick Says...

We are planning to vacation around 3-27 thru4-3, we are both 73, husband cannot walk well, and will be staying at the pool reading. the only thing I will want to do this time is see Harry Potters them park. going to watch our grandson play ball at the ESPN Park. otherwise just relaxing by the pool.

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Jan 13, 2015 at 6:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris,

The big question I would ask is when are you visiting? The crowd levels are the biggest factors in determining whether you should purchase Universal Express Unlimited and honestly the price of the hotels. Personally, I would likely stay at one of Universal's other hotels that offer Universal Express Unlimited if I knew that I would purchase it otherwise, but do the math and decide what is best for you!

Best,

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