Orlando Resort Information
Orlando Resort destination
includes two dramatically distinct and adjacent theme parks:
the Universal Studios Florida motion picture and television theme park
and Islands of Adventure, Orlando's next-generation theme park.
There are many ways to enjoy your Orlando vacation – but there is only
one Universal Orlando Resort. It is a complete destination featuring
two theme parks, three magnificently themed on-site hotels (soon to
be four) and a nighttime entertainment complex. It’s the only Orlando
destination where you are not just entertained – you are part of the
most exhilarating entertainment ever created. You can soar above Hogwarts
with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, battle aliens
alongside Agent J, and help Shrek save Princess Fiona in Shrek 4-D.
You can be courageous, be outrageous – and be extraordinary!
Universal Orlando also includes CityWalk, a 30-acre dining,
shopping, night club and live-entertainment venue as well as three premier
on-site Loews hotels Portofino
Bay Resort, Hard
Rock Hotel, Royal
Pacific Resort and world-class
film and television production facilities.
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Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure
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The sprawling 840 acre Universal Orlando Resort is
a vacation destination where you'll find not one, but TWO colossal theme
parks filled with the world's most state-of-the-art rides and attractions;
unparalleled shopping, dining, and live entertainment; three world-class
resorts and much more. Universal Orlando combines the creativity of
Hollywood with the greatest stories of all time to create truly memorable,
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO: THE
VACATION YOU NEED
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO: THE VACATION
OFFERS FAMILIES BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT, THRILLS, REFINEMENT
AND OVER-THE-TOP FUN
There is only one place in the world where you can do all these
things in the same day:
Experience the pulse-pounding thrill of accelerating from
zero mph to 45 mph in two seconds and then go weightless
Test yourself against your deepest fears darkness, speed,
fire, the unknown, flesh-eating scarabs and come out laughing
Dine at a world-class restaurant
Be pampered, relaxed or rocked at the world-class
hotel of your choice.
It is Universal Orlando Resort the answer to what todays
families need from a vacation. This is not a place where parents simply
watch their kids enjoy the same 1970s-era ride they went on
as kids. This is a place where the entire family screams, shouts,
laughs and relaxes -- together.
Orlandos newest vacation destination pushes boundaries
and goes where todays travelers want to go from exhilarating,
high-tech thrill rides unlike any other in the world to luxurious
resort hotels that give guests a whole new outlook on life.
Universal Orlandos two theme parks, Islands of Adventure
and Universal Studios, offer some of the most popular attractions
ever created. Its three on-site Loews Hotels, the Portofino
Bay Hotel, the Hard
Rock Hotel and the Royal
Pacific Resort are among the most highly acclaimed in the
world. And its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers
some of the hottest, most recognizable entertainment experiences in
We offer families a resort vacation they can enjoy together
- an incredible time away from their every-day life filled with extraordinary
experiences, said Gretchen Hofmann, senior vice president of
marketing and sales for Universal Orlando.
Universal Orlando - Everything So Close
One key to Universal Orlandos success is how easy it is
to experience and enjoy everything the destination has to offer.
At Universal Orlando, on-site hotel means just that:
the hotels are a stroll or quick water-taxi ride away from the theme
parks and the entertainment complex, yet provide enough separation
so that guests feel they have found the perfect retreat. And in a
benefit unique to Universal Orlando, on-site hotel guests can use
their room key to gain Universal Express preferred access to attractions,
rides and shows throughout the destination.
The closeness of the theme parks to the hotels makes it easy for
guests at Universal Orlando to be on the go or do nothing but relax
-- all in the same day. Its a destination where guests can spend
the morning playing bocce ball near a semi-private pool at the luxurious
Portofino Bay Hotel and spend the afternoon screaming their lungs
out as the rocket from zero mph to 45 mph in two seconds aboard the
Incredible Hulk Coaster.
World-Class Theme Parks
The Universal Orlando experience begins with its two theme
parks. Along with Academy Award-winning producer/director Steven Spielberg
as creative consultant, Universal Orlando set out to change the way
people think about and enjoy theme park entertainment. Its attractions
are based on pop-culture icons and blockbuster films creating
experiences such as the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, the Incredible
Hulk Coaster and the Cat-in-the Hat ride at Islands of Adventure --
or Revenge of the Mummy, Shrek 4-D, Men In Black Alien Attack and
Ride It Out at Universal Studios.
The five themed islands at Islands of Adventure are home to some
of the most technologically advanced rides and attractions ever made
along with some of the worlds most beloved characters,
including Cat-in-the-Hat, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and
the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. And Universal Studios is the theme
park where guests ride the movies. Its newest attractions,
Revenge of the Mummy and Shrek 4-D are based on blockbuster film concepts
and close collaboration between Universals creative team and
each films creative team.
New for 2005 is Fear Factor Live at Universal Studios. Based on the
award-winning NBC program, Fear Factor, the new attraction
marks the first time a reality television show will be transformed
into a theme park experience. It is the first NBC television product
to be integrated into Universals theme parks. Audience members
will experience the thrill of the blockbuster series live and guests
will compete against each other in a progression of extreme stunts
taken right from the show.
The odds are more in your favor for getting into Harvard than
being chosen to appear on Fear Factor, said show executive producer
Matt Kunitz. With Fear Factor Live, people will now have the
chance to participate in some of the same stunts weve done on
Nighttime Entertainment and World-Class
For nighttime excitement, there is Universal CityWalk, a 30-acre
nighttime entertainment complex with a collection of some of the most
powerful and popular music and entertainment industry icons ever created:
Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville, Emerils Orlando, Hard Rock
Live and dozens more clubs, restaurants and shops.
Helping to round out the entire destination experience are Universal
Orlandos world-class hotels. The luxurious Portofino Bay Hotel,
a Loews Hotel, features 750 rooms and re-creates the famed Mediterranean
village of the same name; the Hard Rock Hotel features 650 rooms and
showcases the unique style of a California mission, complete with
Hard Rock touches that range from classic rock n roll memorabilia
to bellmen with purple hair. The Royal Pacific Resort has 1,000 rooms
and is designed to be the most exotic hotel in North America
complete with an orchid court and hand-carvings straight from Bali.
Rock Hotel Orlando
Luxury and Refinement Never Seen at
a Theme Park Resort
The entire Universal Orlando experience is created to be seamless,
to come together for guests in completely hassle-free way. The destination
is sweeping, but has been planned so that the two theme parks are
adjacent to each other and the hotels and entertainment complex are
all within walking distance.
The seamless nature of a Universal Orlando vacation begins with Universal
Parks and Resort Vacations, Universals travel company. Universals
vacation experts can help guests with everything they need to experience
the destination including airfare, hotel accommodations, theme
park tickets and more.
To make their visit to the theme parks hassle-free, all guests can
use the Universal Express ride access system to arrange a window of
time for preferred access to rides, attractions and shows allowing
them to bypass regular lines. And on-site hotel guests at Universal
Orlando dont need to use Universal Express to beat the lines.
They simply show their room key at each ride to receive and enjoy
preferred access. And those same on-site guests who purchase souvenirs
in the park can have them sent directly to their hotel room at the
end of the day.
Beyond the hassle-free factor, Universal Orlando offers a level of
true luxury for its guests. Its hotel accommodations are all operated
by Loews Hotels and offer dining, daycare, spas and concierge service.
And dining opportunities at Universal Orlando include two restaurants
by Emeril Lagasse, a Palm restaurant and specialty restaurants across
The Universal Orlando resort destination includes two dramatically
distinct and adjacent theme parks, the Universal Studios motion picture
and television theme park and Islands of Adventure, Orlando's next
generation theme park. Universal Orlando also includes CityWalk, a
30-acre dining, shopping, club and live-entertainment venue as well
as premier on-site Loews hotels and world-class film and television
Studios is the number one working
movie studio and theme park in the world. Each year, millions of guests
go behind the scenes and into some of the best loved films of all
time. Attractions include the excitement of TERMINATOR 2: BATTLE ACROSS
TIME, Back To The Future-The Ride, Twister..Ride it Out, A day in
the Park with Barney. E.T. Adventure, Nickelodeon Studios, the Place
Where Nick is Made, Woody Woodpecker's Kid Zone. MEN IN BLACK Alien
Attack! JAWS! and lots more..Universal Studios includes an incredible
array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions. A working movie
studio which produces commercials, television shows and movies, as
well as performing pre and post production work.
NEW ATTRACTIONS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO -!
Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride -
Face Your Fear. - the most advanced thrill ride ever conceived
and the first attraction in history to feature an unprecedented fusion
of threshold technology: high speed roller coaster engineering, space
age robotics and "live" effects. Riders will encounter a
one of a kind ceiling of flame and swarms of scarab beetles before
being rocketed into mid-numbing, total darkness.
Revenge of the Mummy- The Ride, the first attraction in history
to combine a drak ride, an indoor coaster and unparalled Hollywood
special effects. Along the way, riders will encounter pyrotechnics,
projected CGI animation, advanced robotic figures and illusions designed
to assault the senses.
Transformers - 3D
In collaboration with the same celebrity talent and creative genius
that made the films such hugely successful blockbusters, Universal
Orlando opened new Shrek 4-D and Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast attractions
this year in back-to-back premieres that would thrill any filmmaker.
Universal's new attractions provide perfect prequels to the
highly anticipated sequels for each film. Each attraction features
brand-new animation and storylines from the same talent that created
the films - along with new voice work from the same celebrities that
made the films come alive.
Shrek 4-D picks up where the Academy Award-winning "Shrek"
film - one of the most popular animated features of all time - left
off. Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast - based on the Academy Award-nominated
"Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" film and many of Nickelodeon's
most popular characters ever - transforms theme park guests into action
heroes as they help Jimmy save the world - and the hides of such Nick
characters as SpongeBob SquarePants, the Rugrats and the Fairly Odd
The all-new multi-sensory Shrek 4-D attraction features the
talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow
as they return to give voice to the swamp-dwelling ogre, Shrek, his
faithful chatterbox companion, Donkey, his bride, Princess Fiona and
the vengeful Lord Farquaad in an all-new animated saga that continues
the story of the Oscar-winning feature film.
Guests learn there is trouble in the Kingdom of Duloc. The tale begins
as Shrek, Princess Fiona and Donkey set off for a honeymoon at enchanting
Fairytale Falls. The ghost of Lord Farquaad is intent on taking his
revenge and interrupts the honeymoon bliss - and soon, our heroes
are face-to-face with Farquaad and other foes as the audience is transported
into the center of a thrilling adventure packed with fast-paced sequences
that include an aerial dogfight between fire-breathing dragons and
a plunge down a 1,000-foot deadly waterfall.
With 12 minutes of all-new 3-D animation, Shrek 4-D bridges the narrative
between the first Shrek film and the upcoming sequel from DreamWorks
Pictures. Guests use specially created OgreVision glasses that make
the screen and theater come alive. Surprising sensory elements help
complete the thrill - including specially built seats capable of vertical
and horizontal motion and equipped with tactile transducers, pneumatic
air propulsion and water spray nodules.
Shrek 4-D is the first major attraction to be introduced simultaneously
at Universal theme parks in Orlando, Hollywood and Japan.
of Adventure Theme Park
of Adventure utilizes the latest in technology to bring some of
the greatest stories of all time to life through non-stop thrills
and excitement. Islands of Adventure mixes myth, technology, fantasy
and fiction to bring you the ultimate in thrills. Universal Studios
Orlando's Islands of Adventure Park welcomes you to a world of endless
thrills and adventures. Packed with most innovative rides, shows and
attractions it makes a favorite destination for all theme park visitors
in Orlando. Islands of Adventure takes you and your family on an amazing
journey through Five remarkable islands comprising of – Jurassic Park,
Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, The Lost Continent, and Seuss
Landing. Each of these islands present to you world-class thrills
and activities only possible in your storybook
adventure through five themed lands, each featuring new and exciting
rides and attractions for the entire family like The HULK and Dueling
Dragons roller coasters, stage shows, thrill rides, shops and restaurants.
The Islands are Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park,
Toon Lagoon and Marvel Super Hero Island (my favorite). On some of
the rides you need to be prepared to "get wet" as water
plays a major role on some islands.
The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman is not to be missed. Islands of
Adventure was created by leveraging the talents of the legendary movie
producer Steven Spielberg and it shows, especially at spectacular
attractions like The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman.
Top Attractions at Universal Orlando's Islands of
Adventure Theme Park
The magnificence of Hogwarts Castle takes shape above Hogsmeade
at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hogwarts is the home
of the thrilling, new, state-of-the-art attraction - Harry Potter
and the Forbidden Journey - that uses ground-breaking technology to
bring the magic, characters and stories of Harry Potter to life in
ways never before experienced.
Some of the most top of the line attractions at Islands
of Adventure include the innovative speed rage -Hulk Coaster that
takes you into the skies at a screaming rocket speed (minimum height
requirement is 54 inches). The Jurassic Park River Adventure is another
unavoidable attraction that invites you to explore the world of dinosaurs
and their habitats and a dramatic escape from the starving T-Rex.
At The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, you will explore the world
of comical super-hero Spider-Man and his amazing actions in real-time,
powered by interactive 3-D special effects. If you are looking for
some more thrills, then hop on the newest coaster Dragon Challenge
(world’s first inverted, dueling coasters) as they are both set to
take you on a ride of a lifetime in the all new area of The Wizarding
World of Harry Potter. Don’t forget to take your kids on a storybook
journey as Cat in the Hat promises a classic fun-filled experience
your child will love forever. You can also take your kids on a thrilling
raft ride- splashing and rafting aboard Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat
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Portofino Bay Hotel The 750-room
Portofino Bay Hotel has received recognition from Travel &
Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler as one of the country's top 100 hotels
and the highest-rated property in Central Florida.
This AAA Four Diamond hotel includes several restaurants and lounges,
a 12,300 square-foot Greenhouse health spa, three themed pools (including
a beach pool with Roman aqueduct-styled water slides), and two bocce
The heart of rock n' roll beats at this 650-room Hard Rock Hotel (AAA
Four Diamond property) covering 14 acres at Universal Orlando. The
vibes can be heard around the grounds, even underwater at the pool,
with music of the world's most popular artists.
Dining at Hard Rock keeps
visitors' bodies moving, including at the Palm Restaurant, a steakhouse
straight from New York, known for its prime beef cuts and lobster;
and in the Sunset Grill, an all-day eating option with an open exhibition
kitchen. For after-dinner drinks, the Lobby Lounge or Velvet Bar can
smooth out the evening.
With a 260-foot water slide, "Little Rock"
pool for youngsters, and poolside cocktails, the Hard Rock Beach Club
invites guests to splash to music while surrounded by Malibu-esque cliffs
overlooking a white sand beach and Pacific blue water. Just beyond the
cliffs are CityWalk's Hard Rock Café and Hard Rock Live concert
here for Hard Rock Hotel Info and rates.
At Royal Pacific Resort, guests are transported to the isles of the
South Pacific in minutes and without traveling halfway around the
world. The 53-acre retreat-style property opened in June 2002 and
is the newest site at Universal Orlando.
Royal Pacific Resort offerings include 1,000 luxury rooms and suites,
with Club Floor rooms and Club Lounge and Executive, Hospitality,
Governors and Presidential Suites. Guests can dine at several areas
on the property, including: Emeril's Tchoup Chop, a fine-dining
South Pacific culinary experience from Chef Emeril Lagasse just
opened in January, 2003, Islands Dining Room, Jake's American Bar,
Bula Bar & Grille and Orchid Court Lounge.
The resort has its own massive Lagoon pool complete with its own
island. The pool is Orlando's largest at 12,000 square feet and
the recreation area has a 4,000 square-foot interactive play area,
shops and business center. Rates begin at $159 a night and vary depending
on season. Reserve
Universal's Royal Pacific Resort now!
CityWalk, Orlando's hottest
spot for entertainment includes Hard Rock Live (concert and cafe),
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville (I've seen him on the balcony there),
NBA City, Nascar Cafe, Emeril’s, CityJazz, The Latin Quarter, The
Groove, Motown Cafe, Universal Cineplex (a great place to catch a
movie) and Bob Marley’s Tribute to Freedom as well as a cigar and
coffee shop and a bunch of exotic gift shops.
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Orlando Resort Vacation Packages
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Orlando, Florida and to the Universal Orlando Resort. Click through
and check out the most exciting vacations, completely customizable,
includes ala-carte items of: hotel or resort stay, airfare, rental
car, and Universal theme park and attraction tickets. Additional
options include dinner attractions, ground transfers, trip insurance
and much more. All in one easy and safe transaction.
With Destination Orlando's CustomTrip vacation packages,
you get access to special rates when booking your flight and hotel
together. It's an easy and affordable way to build a custom vacation
to Universal Orlando in one easy transaction, mixing and matching
choices from top airlines, hotels at or near the Universal Orlando
Resort, top attractions and other Travel Extras like ground transfers
and travel insurance.
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