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The Parks of Universal Orlando Resort (+ How to SAVE on your Universal Vacation!)

The Parks of Universal Orlando Resort (+ How to SAVE on your Universal Vacation!)

Have you ever considered a vacation to Universal Orlando Resort? You might think it’s just for Harry Potter fans, but it is actually so much more! The different parks of Universal have SO much to offer and luckily, I have my friends from Get Away Today to share with us what they know about Universal Orlando.

They recently had a visit from a couple of Universal Orlando reps, so they got all the insider details about this vacation destination in Florida and they’ve shared the deets with me, so I can pass them on to you! *PLUS some HUGE savings, so make sure to check those out at the bottom of this post. 

Parks of Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort

You may already know this, but Universal Orlando is made up of three separate parks. When I realized this, all their different ticket options made a lot more sense. I’ll go into detail about each of the three parks below, plus the amazing savings right now when you purchase Universal Orlando tickets Get Away Today by June 12, 2019.

Universal Studios Florida

In Universal Studios Florida you’ll find rides and attractions for many of your favorite TV shows and movies. Yes, you will find Harry Potter themed experiences, but that’s not all. Check out some of the options at Universal Studios Florida:

  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
  • E.T. Adventure
  • Men in Black Alien Attack

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to shows, rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida. There is also a Barney-themed area for young kids, a new Fast & Furious experience, King’s Cross Station and Hogwarts Express. You can also enjoy dining options modeled after the Harry Potter franchise and The Simpsons. When it comes to food, you can find burgers, Italian options, ice cream, tacos and more in Universal Studios Florida.

Photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

When you journey over to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, there are even more thrills to discover. Islands of Adventure has been voted the number one amusement park in the world on TripAdvisor. Here you’ll find more Harry Potter themed rides, Jurassic Park attractions, a whole land devoted to Dr. Suess and even more. With so much variety, there is something for everyone! Here are a few favorites in Universal’s Islands of Adventure:

  • A second Hogwarts Express Station
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Pteranodon Flyers
  • Caro-Seuss-el
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
Photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort

Coming June 13, 2019, a brand-new ride is opening in Islands of Adventure. I know I said that Universal Orlando is more than just Harry Potter but, yes, the new roller coaster is based on everyone’s favorite wizard. Or, actually, one of his friends. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is going to be an immersive ride full of creatures you know and love from the Harry Potter movies.

For dining options, you’ll find good eats from hubs modeled after your favorite on-screen characters and more. Look for butterbeer, green eggs and ham, and familiar favorites in Starbucks and Cinnabon.

Photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal’s Volcano Bay

This waterpark has so much to see and do, you’ll want to spend at least a day here! Built around the Krakatau volcano, Volcano Bay offers water experiences for all ages. From lazy rivers to more adventurous body slides down the mountain, it’s the perfect way to cool off in the Florida heat. Some of the water adventures in Volcano Bay include the following:

  • Tot Tiki Reef – Splash pad for young children
  • Puka Uli Lagoon – Leisure pool with water play
  • Waturi Beach – Shallow water perfect for swimming, splashing and lounging
  • Punga Racers – Ride mats down a waterslide in a race to the finish
  • Ohyah of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides – Water slides that drop four feet above the pool
  • Raki of Taniwha Tubes – Ride tubes down a waterslide

When it’s time to refuel in Volcano Bay, look for vendors offering pulled pork sandwiches, burgers and refreshing tropical drinks. You can rent cabanas, lounge in poolside chairs and enjoy the palm trees.

Universal Studios Globe
Photo credit: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Tickets

There are a few different ticket options for Universal Orlando and its three different parks. One is a 2-Park Ticket, which will grant admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Keep in mind that with a 2-Park Ticket of any kind, you cannot get into Volcano Bay. The 2-Park Ticket itself has two different options, which I’ll explain below.

2-Park Base Ticket vs 2-Park Park-to-Park Ticket

Like I said, the 2-Park Ticket gets you into both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. With the 2-Park Base Ticket, you can get into one park per day. So if you start the day in Universal Studios Florida, that is where you will spend the entire day. You cannot enter both parks in the same day with a 2-Park Base Ticket.

With a 2-Park Park-to-Park Ticket, you can go between the two parks in the same day. In order to ride the Hogwarts Express, this is the ticket you need! Since the train goes back and forth between Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you need a Park-to-Park Ticket.

3-Park Base Ticket vs 3-Park Park-to-Park Ticket

If you want to experience Universal’s Volcano Bay, a 3-Park Ticket is required. There is no other way to get in, so keep that in mind when planning your vacation.

A 3-Park Base Ticket grants admission to one park per day at Universal Orlando. Since it gives access to three parks, you need to plan to spend at least three days in Orlando so you can visit one park per day with a 3-Park Base Ticket.

With a 3-Park Park-to-Park Ticket, you can go between the three parks in the same day. Since this is another version of the Park-to-Park ticket mentioned above, this can be used to hop on the Hogwarts Express and go between Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Book with Get Away Today and SAVE!!

When you purchase Universal Orlando tickets with Get Away Today before June 12, 2019, you can buy two days and get three days free. These discount tickets are good for visits now through December 31, 2019*, which means you can be among the first to experience Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure when it opens June 13! This deal is perfect for ensuring you have enough time to check out all three parks in Universal Orlando and what each one has to offer. For all the ticket details, plus hotels in the area, head to www.getawaytoday.com. You can also talk with a travel agent by calling 855-GET-AWAY and they would be happy to answer any questions you have about Universal Orlando. When you book with Get Away Today, let them know She Saved sent you! *excluding July 2019

Also, if you have plans for a Disney get away, don’t forget to check out all of the Disney savings tips that I’ve shared!

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