Vacations should be relaxing, but are they?

So you’re going on vacation to visit Universal Studios Orlando, yay! It can be the vacation of a lifetime, or not so much. You should definitely have a game plan in place before you go to avoid any vacation nightmares. 

Stay at one of the resorts for the best experience

Let’s start with the absolute best tip: Stay at one of Universal Studios resorts. There are several, but these three give you the most benefits, Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay, and Royal Pacific Resort. The price might be a little more expensive than some of the surrounding hotels, but it’s worth it. 

The best reason to stay at a resort is the free Universal Pass for each person who stays at one of the resorts mentioned above. The passes are $85 each for walk-ins, so you save a lot right there over any cheaper hotel. 

A pass will make your visit a whole lot more fun. It allows you to skip the long lines at many of the attractions. Waiting in line for every ride will eat up your time fast. Just walking past all those people in line will make you smile. Oh, and you get priority seating at some of the restaurants with your room key. 

Resort guests get early access to some of the attractions, saving lots of time. Plus, you can go back to your room during the day if you need to.

Resort guests get early access to some of the attractions, saving lots of time. Plus, you can go back to your room during the day if you need to. Most attractions are within walking distance or a short shuttle ride away so no waiting in traffic. 

If you buy your tickets online at the Universal Studios Orlando website, you can save $20 per ticket. And the line to get in goes quicker if you already have the tickets. Get the multi-day pass once you know how many days you’ll be there to save money.

Take advantage of the Universal Studios app

Download and learn the Universal Studios app before your trip. It will save you all kinds of crazy because of everything you can do with it. The app can keep track of all your tickets, and it has a map for finding restaurants or restrooms. Reservations for popular restaurants can be made on the app. It also shows wait times for all the rides.

Universal’s Ride Swap program is also valuable. Here’s how it works: if you have kiddos too small to ride something that you want to go on, tell the attendant once you get up there that you want to do a child swap. One parent can go on the ride first while the other stays in the “child swap room.” When the ride is over, they swap and the other parent can go on the ride without losing their place in line. 

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It may be pretty obvious, but start as early as you can and stay as late as you can. Eating meals at off times will save time at restaurants. The parks are busiest in summer, so if you really want to avoid crowds, keep that in mind. Many times the park runs promotions during the off-season too. 

If you have any Harry Potter fans, you’ll definitely want to hit Wizarding World first thing in the morning. Late in the day works too. Lugging your souvenirs around all day isn’t fun, but resort guests can request delivery of the items to their hotel, and they’ll be there the next day. 

So hopefully some of these tips will save you money and time. Vacations should be fun, but long lines with little kids are definitely not fun. With a little planning, you’ll be able to hit the ground running and have a great day. 

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