Universal Studios Hotel

Written by Linda Alexander
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Staying at a Universal Studios hotel during your vacation will add to your special memories. Universal Studios has three hotels on-site, but if you're planning to do more while in Orlando, why not book a Universal Studios hotel that's off-site? Staying in the center of all Orlando attractions will give you more time to enjoy all the attractions in Orlando.

Many of the hotels have free shuttles from Universal, Sea World, and Disney World. Universal Orlando opened in 1990. Then it was known as Universal Studios Florida. In 1999, they added another theme park, Islands of Adventure, and the CityWalk entertainment complex.

How Long Should you Stay at the Universal Studios Hotel?

So if you are planning a visit to Orlando, book your Universal Studios hotel for at least one week. There's too much to see and do here, since Universal alone is two theme parks! When deciding where to stay, pick a Universal Studios hotel that is in the center of the action.

That way, you will be within easy driving distance of Universal, Disney World, and Sea World. All three are within driving distance of each other. Having a hotel in the middle of them all will save you time.

You can find online reviews of Universal Studios hotels, both by professional travel writers as well as "regular" travel people who have stayed there. You don't need to do the luxury thing, either. There are enough hotels in Orlando to suit everyone's budget.

A Universal Studios Hotel Is Close to the Rides!

The only real benefit of an on-site hotel is that you get free, front-of-the-line access at the 2 theme parks if you stay at one of their hotels. Otherwise, any Universal Studios hotel close to the park will be just as comfortable, and may even be better for your wallet.

There are dozens of rides at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. It's best to buy your park tickets in advance, so you can ride the rides early in the morning, before the lines get long, instead of wasting time buying the tickets. You can get them through Universal's website, or through ticket brokers. You might also check with your auto club or your job's human resources department to see if they have discount tickets.

Single day tickets are only good at one park. If you buy a multi-day ticket, you can go back and forth between the 2 Universal Florida theme parks. Universal also offers a flex ticket that will get you into four different parks. It includes both of the Universal Studios Florida theme parks, as well as Wet n Wild, and SeaWorld Orlando.

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