4 Steps to Plan a Universal Orlando Vacation

By | August 17, 2017

Universal Orlando Resort offers incredible shows and attractions featuring so many favorite stories and characters, from Harry Potter to Marvel superheroes. These theme parks have become increasingly popular, and if you’re thinking about starting your own vacation story, here are 4 steps to plan a Universal Orlando vacation.

4 Steps to Plan a Universal Orlando VacationWhen to go

When you decide to go to Universal Orlando will depend on a number of things, including what works best for you and your family’s schedule. Keep in mind that Universal Orlando is more crowded during popular vacation times such as spring break, summer, and holiday breaks. You’ll also want to take seasonal events into account, such as their Mardi Gras celebration in early spring, Halloween Horror Nights in the fall, and holiday events such as Grinchmas and holidays at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Where to stay?

The next thing you’ll want to decide is where you’re going to stay for your vacation. I always recommend staying at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels. All of them offer early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before regular opening – if you’re a Harry Potter nerd this is a big advantage. All of the hotel also offer complimentary transportation to the theme parks, and most are even easy walking distance to the park gates. If you want to really cut down your time waiting in line, you can also opt for one of the three on-site hotels that include Universal’s Unlimited Express Pass – skip the stand-by line at nearly all the major attractions in the theme parks!

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

How many days?

Once you’ve thought about where you want to stay, it’s time to decide how many days. Universal Orlando Resort encompasses two theme parks, one water theme park, and a dining and entertainment district – it can’t all be done in one day. I typically recommend a minimum of three days to experience Universal Orlando fully, and more if you’d also like plenty of time to relax by the pool as well. One of the great things about Universal Orlando Resort’s multi-day tickets is that it costs very little to add additional days if you’re already visiting the parks for two days – and currently, Universal Orlando is offering a buy 2 days, get 2 days free offer!

Plan your days

Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, you may encounter significant crowds at Universal Orlando because of its popularity. You’ll want to have a plan in place in order to see the major attractions at the parks. Plan to arrive early and take advantage of early admission. Since lines (and temperatures) are at their height in the afternoon, we like to take a break back at our hotel, and then head back in the late afternoon or early evening. Be sure to take a look at show and parade schedules, as well.

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