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A spectacular vacation destination encompassing the world's two most amazing theme parks side by side, an adventurous water park, exciting entertainment complexes, and magnificent on-site hotels.

When you plan a Universal Orlando vacation, having a specialized travel agent on your side is always helpful.  There are numerous options for a Universal Orlando vacation package and it can be difficult to decide what you need to buy in order to do what you want to do when you visit.  That's where I come in.  As always, I never charge any fees.  That's right, you will pay the same if you book through me or directly through Universal Orlando and you can still take advantage of any special offers or discounts through Universal Orlando as well.  I'm here to help you decide what type of tickets you need as well as the best option for a place to stay.  Maybe you are visiting Disney World and you want to spend one day in Universal Orlando, that's always an option as well.  Possibly the most helpful part is that I am an annual passholder with my family & we frequently spend time in the theme parks experiencing everything personally.  What are you waiting for?  Click that Quote button & let's start planning your trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more.  

Universal Studios is the first of the two Universal theme parks in Orlando. Immerse yourself in a real-life film and TV production facility. You can meet your favorite characters and ride thrilling attractions with cutting edge technology that is not found anywhere else. Transformers, Simpsons, Despicable me and Men In Black are just some of the popular move themed attractions in this park. Diagon Alley is the second half of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you purchase a park hopper pass, you will be able to ride aboard the Hogwarts Express between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is the second theme park in Universal Orlando. This theme park includes the popular Hogsmeade from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Not a detail has been overlooked from the popular J.K. Rowling book series and you will feel that you have just opened a book and stepped inside of the pages. If you book a Universal Vacation Package, you will be allowed inside this theme park an hour before the general public. Although Hogsmeade is a popular part of the park other areas are not to be overlooked. You can meet a dinosaur in person and shake hands with a superhero. This park has some of the most epic coasters while still offering fun for little ones at Suess Landing.

The two parks are connected by Universal CityWalk. This area comes to life at night with dining and shopping that you won’t find anywhere else. There are usually special coupons for CityWalk given to people that stay in the Universal hotels.

Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park offers thrilling attractions at a convenient location.  If you are a guest at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you will have your own private entrance into this park.  The TapuTapu bracelet is your ticket to fun when you download the Universal Parks app.  Link your TapuTapu to the app so that you can use it to pay for food & merchandise throughout the park.  Skip the lines...  Simply tape your bracelet on the symbol by the attraction and you will be checked in to the virtual line and given a return time, the TapuTapu will tell you when it's time to ride.  Just don't forget to return your bracelet when you exit the park.  Plan a visit to this water park and you will have a splashtacular time.

Universal Orlando offers a wide range of choices in hotels for people wanting to book packages. There are special perks for the people that stay in a Universal Hotel; one of my favorites is the Express Pass that allows you unlimited access to an exclusive express pass attraction line at select attractions. (Express Pass available only for Deluxe on-site hotel guests). In addition, you can walk or take a water taxi from any of the Universal hotels to CityWalk and the theme parks and get priority seating at select restaurants. Universal offers 3 premier/deluxe hotels, 1 preferred/moderate hotel & 2 prime value hotels to choose from.  2 new value hotels are currently under construction and will offer the most cost effective options for families visiting Universal Orlando.


Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures, your Universal Parks & Resorts Specialist.


Photo Gallery

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Standing in front of the entrance to Universal Studios. Pre-Purcahse photo Connect before your vacation to save money and get everyone in the picture.


Meeting the Men In Black just inside the gates. They had such a since of humor; just like the movie.


Men In Black Ride; so fun!!! - Ride photos are included with your Universal Connect Card.


Who doesn’t love Minion Mayhem? Be sure to ride the Despicable Me ride in Universal Studios Orlando.


Shrek 4D ride sign


Dispicable Me ride queue


Meeting a Minion just after the Despicable Me ride


In line to meet Bumblebee & take pictures with him


Transformers ride. This ride was our family’s favorite!


Duff Man stand on a corner in Springfield


Duff bottle topiaries


Donut Boy is huge in Springfield


The simpson’s Ride Queue


Yes, you can eat at Krusty Burger in Springfield while you are in Universal Orlando


Inside Krusty Burger


Waiting in line at Krusty Burger


Of course there is a Moe’s Tavern in Springfield


You can even order a Flaming Moe while you are inside of Krusty Burger


Even at around $8. each these Flaming Moes are fun to try at least once


A life-sized Barney stands in his usual spot by Moes Bar looking in his empty cup


The entrance to Shrek 4D


Megatron stands above the entrance to the Transformers Ride. This ride is not to be missed!


The grand entry to Universal Studios Orlando all decorated for Halloween Horror Nights.


Wizarding shops in the new Diagon Alley part of Universal Studios


The dragon its on top of Gringotts Bank in Diagon Alley


Gringotts Bank Goblin


Gringotts Bank Goblin


The Kings Cross Station in Diagon Alley leads to platform 9 3/4 so you can ride the Hogwarts Express to the Hogsmeade station


Platform 9 3/4 to the Hogwarts Express Train


Leaky Cauldron Restaurant in Diagon Alley


Leaky Cauldron Restaurant menu


A Tale of 3 Brothers - One of 3 theatrical performances in Diagon Alley


The Dragon above Gringotts Bank does blow real fire. You can actually feel the heat!


Gringotts Bank Coaster: pre-ride photo. You can get this added to your Universal Star Card of you have purchased one.


Brick Wall exit from Diagon Alley


On the Hogwarts Express


King’s Cross train station wherre you can board the Hogwart’s Express from platform 9 3/4 to Hogsmeade.


Hogwart’s Express to Hogsmeade


Hogwart’s Express Train


Leaky Cauldron quick service restaurant


Leaky Cauldron quick service restaurant


Leaky Cauldron quick service restaurant


The wizards are happy to take pictures with you; their costumes are great. Leaky Cauldron quick service restaurant


Leaky Cauldron quick service restaurant


The Night Bus from Harry Potter just outside of Diagon Alley


Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s


Sold out Halloween Horror Nights crowd on 10-13-18. Photo compliments of a cast member friend.


Halloween Horror Nights


The Stranger Things house was included in 2018 Halloween Horror Nights.