Universal Orlando Resort holiday highlights

At Universal Studios Florida you can step into the action of your favourite movies and television shows, while at Universal’s Islands of Adventure you can take an unforgettable journey through uniquely themed islands where your favourite adventures come to life. At Universals Volcano Bay water theme park you'll find thrilling rides and relaxating spots. Enjoy the best in casual and fine dining, live music, movies, shopping, miniature golf, a world-renowned entertainment group, and more at Universal CityWalk.

Universal Orlando Hotels

Make the most of your Orlando holiday by staying at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel - you will receive exclusive theme park benefits which enable you to have more free time. Each hotel puts you close to all three theme parks; Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park - as well as the unforgettable dining and entertainment of Universal CityWalk.

Hotel Benefits

• All hotel guests can enjoy Early Park Admission† to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure plus Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the parks open (valid theme park admission required; select attractions)

• Guests at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Royal Pacific Resort receive FREE* Universal Express Unlimited to skip the regular ride lines in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (requires theme park admission).

†Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regularly scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando, and at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

*Requires theme park admission. Valid only at participating rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Excludes separately ticketed events. Park-to-Park admission required to board the Hogwarts™ Express. Benefit valid only for guests of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice. 

Portofino Bay Hotel TM & © 2019 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Hard Rock Hotel® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. Royal Pacific Resort TM & © 2019 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Sapphire Falls Resort TM & © 2019 UCF Hotel Venture III. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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Universal Orlando Resort key facts

Time difference

GMT -5 hours


US Dollar ($)

Flying time to destination

9 hours


English is the official language, although many other languages are widely spoken in certain cities and communities. America has its own written US English spellings.

Passport & visas

•  British citizens must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.
•  You will also need a USA visa or waiver form/ESTA. Apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before travelling (http://esta.cbp.dhs.gov).

Voltage & electricity

The domestic electrical supply is 110V, 60 cycles AC. Sockets are for plugs with two flat pins.

Universal Orlando Resort good to know


Tipping is an established and accepted custom in America. For good service, waiters and taxi drivers expect 15-20%, and counter and bar staff 10-15%. Porters can expect from $3-$5 per case, while tour guides can be given the equivalent of £2-£3 per day.

Public holidays

• 1 January: New Year's Day

• Third Monday in January: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

• Third Monday in February: Presidents Day

• Last Monday in May: Memorial Day

• 4 July: Independence Day

• First Monday in September: Labor Day

• Second Monday in October: Columbus Day

• 11 November: Veterans Day

• Fourth Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day

• 25 December: Christmas Day