||Florida’s theme parks can result on sensory overload, there’s so much to see and a lot of ground to cover. But if visitors go in with a plan, their experience can be more manageable and enjoyable.
Here are tips to help you at Universal Orlando®.
Here are tips to help you at Universal Orlando®.
• Park transportation: Guests staying at an on-site resort enjoy complimentary transportation to the parks via a water taxi. For those staying at a Universal-approved hotel in the Orlando area, the hotel may provide a complimentary shuttle to the park. Speak to the guest services representative at the hotel to get the current shuttle schedule.
• Parking: Upon arrival at the toll plaza, guests may choose to park their car in the general parking area ($14 for cars and vans, $20 for RVs and trailers) or upgrade to preferred parking. This entitles guests to park in a special section of the parking garage and brings them closer to the attractions. There’s also valet parking ($22) for the ultimate in movie-star treatment.
• Entering Universal Orlando®: After parking, visitors enter Universal Orlando® through an entertainment complex, CityWalk®. If you haven’t had breakfast yet, visit the Marketplace in the PastamoréSM restaurant, where they serve breakfast starting at 8 a.m. For those who find it hard to get started in the mornings without coffee, Starbucks is located on the second floor of CityWalk®. For visitors going straight to the park, make a right at the CityWalk® lagoon to start the adventure at Universal Studios Florida®, or a left for Universal’s Islands of Adventure®.
• Turnstiles and tickets: The best values are found in your local AAA office before you leave town, but if you haven’t pre-purchased tickets, stop by the ticket counter. Universal accepts all major credit cards, traveler’s checks, or cash. Remember to show your AAA membership card to save on multi-day tickets.
• Wheelchair and stroller rental: These items, as well as electric scooters, are available at the entrance of either park.
• Universal ExpressSM*: Most rides in Universal Studios Florida® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure® have a regular line and an Express Line. Express Lines allow you to get on the ride within 15 minutes. There are three ways to obtain express access:
1) If you’re staying at an on-site hotel, express access is available simply by showing your room key.
2) Scan your park ticket at any in-park Universal Express kiosk and receive an Express Pass for one attraction, with a time to return and bypass the regular lines. There are restrictions on the number of express passes allowed within a certain time period.
3) If you’re staying off property, you can still receive VIP treatment by purchasing an Express Plus ticket. Express Plus allows you access to all major attractions via the Express Line. Express Plus can be purchased through guest services at your hotel, or at the park.
• Rides and Shows at Universal Studios Florida®: As soon as you enter the park, grab a park map to outline the shows and rides you’d like to experience. Daily shows and character meet-and-greet schedules are also provided with the park map. To save time, remember that when you visit Revenge of the MummySM , you must store bags or other belongings in the lockers at the entrance to the ride. If you enjoy getting your picture taken on attractions, both Revenge of the Mummy and MEN IN BLACKTM Alien AttackTM offer a photo opportunity.
• Rides and Shows at Islands of Adventure: Islands of Adventure is divided into six separate themed islands: Marvel Superhero Island®, Toon Lagoon®, Jurassic Park®, The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM, The Lost Continent®, and Seuss LandingTM. Many people choose to begin their theme park adventure at Marvel Superhero Island because they see the Incredible Hulk Coaster®. By starting at Seuss Landing and working your way around the park counter-clockwise, you may be choosing a path less traveled.
Rides that include photo opportunities are the Incredible Hulk Coaster, Dudley Do Right Rip Saw Falls®, Jurassic Park® River Adventure, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyTM.
• Dining: There are various dining opportunities available to Universal Orlando guests. Both parks offer a variety of restaurants from fast food to full-service restaurants. If you choose to eat at one of the full-service restaurants inside the park, reservations are suggested. You can also eat at one of the many CityWalk® restaurants–as long as you get your hand stamped, you can leave the park and re-enter at a later time.
For your convenience, CityWalk® restaurants are open late, so you can enjoy a great meal even after the parks close. Most CityWalk® venues do not offer reservations, but you can arrange for priority seating by going to CityWalk® guest services. If you plan to dine at Emeril's®, try to make reservations at least two weeks in advance as it’s a very popular restaurant.
• Park-to-Park Access: With a two-park pass, you can jump from one park to another at any time of the day. Make sure to keep your ticket and get your hand stamped for re-entry. It’s a two-minute walk from one park to the other.
• Weather: Both Universal parks have rides that stay open during bad weather. Most of these rides are indoors, but you may get wet walking from one line to another.
• Young children: Both Universal parks are kid-friendly. They have areas and attractions that are specially designed for young children, and those who are young of heart.
For discounted admission tickets to Universal Orlando® , as well as other Orlando-area theme parks, visit www.autoclubmo.aaa.com and under Savings and Benefits, click on theme park tickets.
Your nearest AAA office can help you plan a family trip to Orlando. To find a AAA Travel agent near you, click on office locations.
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