6 Reasons to Visit the Universal Orlando Resort
By Stephen Kubiak
Here are six reasons you should visit the Universal Orlando Resort.
Home to some of the world’s most advanced and amazing attractions and rides, Universal Orlando Resort allows guests to experience favorite films and television shows like never before. Join the fight between Autobots and Decepticons in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, become a loveable minion on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, hang out with Spidey on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man or come face-to-face with a tyrannosaurus rex on the Jurassic Park River Adventure.
Enjoy a refreshing Flaming Moe from Moe's Tavern
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Walking around the parks will really work up an appetite and Universal Orlando Resort has great eats for everyone, including treats inspired by some of your favorite television programs and films. Head over to Springfield U.S.A., home of The Simpsons, and try a Krusty Burger or a brave the Flaming Moe at Moe’s Tavern. At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, catch a Chocolate Frog or enjoy a cool Butterbeer. For fine dining, Mythos, named Best Theme Park Restaurant by ThemeParkInsider.com for several years, offers a wide range of Mediterranean-insipired dishes.
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From laid-back to luxury, Universal Orlando Resort has 5 excellent on-site resorts to choose from. Bring the whole gang and stay in one of the family suites at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Enjoy the amenities of this affordable 50’s and 60’s themed hotel with its two pools, lazy river and bowling alley. If you prefer a tropical setting for your trip, Loews Royal Pacific Resort is the perfect getaway in the heart of the Universal Orlando Resort property, complete with a lagoon-style pool and white, sandy beach.
Once the sun goes down, the excitement picks up at Universal CityWalk, the dining, shopping and entertainment district at the Universal Orlando Resort. Kick it up a notch with Creole-based cuisine at Emeril’s Orlando or take surf and turf to the extreme with The Cowfish, a restaurant that pairs burgers and sushi. Experience an interactive, and sometimes messy, show with the Blue Man Group, test out your karaoke skills complete with live band and backup singers at CityWalk’s Rising Star or hit the links at Hollywood Drive-In Golf, a miniature golf course themed to a comical interpretation of horror and sci-fi film tropes.
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You don’t have to wait for your letter to Hogwarts. Universal Orlando Resort is the place for wizards and muggles alike with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Over at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, experience Hogsmeade where you can select your wand from Ollivanders, brave the Dragon Challenge roller coaster or venture deep into the bowels of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The newest expansion to the resort has guests exploring the shop-lined streets of Diagon Alley. Sit down for a bit of pub fare at the Leaky Cauldron, board the Hogwarts Express over to Hogsmeade, or take an epic ride through the underground bank vaults at Gringotts on Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
The Universal Orlando Resort is a wonderful place for families to spend time together. And don’t forget the grandparents. Universal makes taking a multi generation family trip easy with family suites, dining and attractions the whole family will enjoy. And when you’re taking a break from the attractions, sit down for a big family meal and invite a Minion to tag along with one of Universal’s character breakfasts.