A group of agents from Kingdom Konsultant Travel recently stayed at Loews Royal Pacific Hotel in the heart of the Universal Orlando Resort for some expert training and a weekend of fun! We got to tour each resort, see inside the rooms, and learn first-hand the advantages of staying on property.
|Kingdom Konsultant Agents at Cabana Bay|
We quickly learned that Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure were much more than just theme parks. The Resort has some amazing attractions, gorgeous hotel properties (including the brand new Sapphire Falls Resort) and delicious restaurants! With the new Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride now open and Volcano Bay water park being built, Universal is the hottest new vacation destination for families, and our agents are experts!
The team has compiled a list of 10 must-do tips for our readers on how to maximize your Universal Orlando vacation.
We highly recommend staying on-site at one of these Universal resorts:
Prime Value – Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a stylish resort with family suites and rooms designed for fun and affordability.
Premier – Beautiful escapes offering distinguished service, spacious accommodations, and one-of-a-kind experiences only at the Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.
Top 10 Tips:
10. Express Pass- Universal's Express Pass let's you skip the regular line for many attractions. It comes in two forms, Unlimited, and once per ride. You can add the Express Pass or Express Pass Unlimited to your tickets. If you stay on-site at one of Universal's 3 "legacy" hotels, you get the Express Pass free with your stay! The legacy hotels include Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay, and Royal Pacific. Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Sapphire Falls do not offer it at this time. We highly recommend having it, especially with kids. It can't be used for the two Harry Potter attractions, but those can be covered under Early Entry.
|Islands of Adventure|
|Agents Summer, Yaritza, Kristy, Liz, Amy H., and Marla|
7. Water Taxis- If you are staying on Universal property at Hard Rock Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort, or Portofino Bay Hotel, the water taxis are an excellent way to get back and forth from your hotel to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, or CityWalk. They take you to CityWalk and then you can walk into the desired Park of choice, but both Parks are a very short walking distance from where the boat dock is located at CityWalk. You will go through a security check point before boarding the boat, so make sure to leave a few minutes for that. If you are staying at Sapphire Falls or Cabana Bay, the water taxis do not accommodate these resorts. Everything is so close together, you can either walk to the parks, or take the shuttle bus.
|Club Level lounge - Hard Rock Hotel|
|refreshments in the club lounge|
|digital locker bay|
2. CityWalk- Universal's CityWalk has so many shops and restaurants to check out. A favorite of the KK agents was Cowfish. It offers many varieties of burgers and sushi. We also enjoyed Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Although the Chocolate Emporium wasn't open yet, it looks like so much fun! CityWalk has so many unique stores, booths, and vendors. It also has street performers and a DJ to liven up the atmosphere. It's open later than the parks, so save it for nighttime.
|Sushi burger at Cowfish|
Universal Orlando Resort far exceeded my expectations. I no longer regard it as an add-on trip to Walt Disney World, but a vacation in itself! There is so much to see and do here that a 4-day stay wasn't long enough. I will be back soon to check out the all new Volcano Bay Water Park and Toothsome's Chocolate Emporium! Contact your Kingdom Konsutlant agent for more information or book your package at [email protected]
- Agent Summer