Universal Orlando Resort – usually known as Universal Orlando – is a huge entertainment venue made up of two spectacular theme parks (both of which have a very different feel to the Disney Parks), the amazing Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a nighttime entertainment complex, five on-site hotels, an expansive range of dining options, one existing water park and a further one currently under construction.
Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios Florida. Journey through legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, opening 2017. With three amazing theme parks, five spectacular on-site hotels offering a range of accommodations, and the dining and entertainment of Universal CityWalk, it’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family. Holiday beyond anything you’ve experienced before at Universal Orlando Resort.
Universal Orlando Resort was opened in 1990 (19 years after the opening of the Walt Disney World) and was initially just one theme park – Universal Studios Florida. In 1999, Universal’s second theme park, Islands of Adventure was added.
Also in 1999, Universal CityWalk opened – an area between the two theme parks with retail, dining and entertainment venues and the Universal Orlando’s first on-site hotel Portofino Bay opened in the same year.
The Wet ‘n Wild water park is located close to the Universal Orlando theme parks and was acquired by Universal in 1998.
The new spectacular water theme park – Volcano Bay is currently under construction at the time of writing and is expected to open either late 2016 or during 2017.
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels
Universal Orlando has five on-site hotels, split into three categories: Prime Value Hotels, Preferred Hotels and Premier Hotels.
Prime Value – Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort