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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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Royal Pacific Resort - Bamboo Bridge leading to the entrance.


Royal Pacific Resort - Entrance


Royal Pacific Resort - Bamboo Bridge


Royal Pacific Resort - View of the rooms from the Bamboo Bridge


Royal Pacific Resort - Beautiful evening colors


Royal Pacific Resort - Entrance to the lobby


Royal Pacific Resort - Well kept lush walkway


Royal Pacific Resort - Water Fountain in the center of the Lobby


Royal Pacific Resort - Asian decor in the lobby


Royal Pacific Resort - lighting over the grand stairs


Royal Pacific Resort - Lobby that surrounds their fancy water fountain


Royal Pacific Resort - Check-in desk in the lobby


Royal Pacific Resort - Elephants that play in the fountain at the center of the lobby


Royal Pacific Lobby


Royal Pacific Resort - Megatron decorate near the desk for park tickets. This ride was one of my favorites!


Royal Pacific Resort - Express Pass Photo Kiosk: This allows you to go to the front of the line on certain attractions. Ask me about it.


Resort room keys


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - sign at the entrance


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Lobby


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Lobby


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Lobby


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Standard room


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Standard room


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Standard room


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Standard room, bathroom


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Standard room


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - standard room, shower


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - standard room, shower soaps


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Sign outside of the Continental building


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - outdoor seating by pool for Bayliner Diner


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bayliner Diner


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bayliner Diner


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bayliner Diner


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bayliner Diner


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bayliner Diner


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bayliner Diner, refillable mugs


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bayliner Diner, refillable drink mug prices


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Americana building & Bayliner Diner outdoor seating to the right


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - path by the Continental building


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Sandy Beach next to the lazy river pool


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Lazy River


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Lazy River Rules


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Americana building behind the lazy river waterfall


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - path outside of the Americana building


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Fire pit outsdie of the Bayliner Diner


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Outdoor seating for the Bayliner Diner


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Fire pit & sand beach outside of the Bayliner Diner


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bayliner Diner seating


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Lobby below Galaxy Bowl


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Jack Lalanne Physical Fitness Studio


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Lobby


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Atomic Tonic bar next to the waterslide pool


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Private cabanas next to the waterslide pool


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Kids splash pad next to the waterslide pool


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Waterslide. This one is fun & the water is warm. Enjoy the waterfall on your way into the pool. For little ones, put on a life vest. The waterfall will push them under the water briefly at the bottom


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Waterfall over the water slide


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Kids splash pad


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Fire pit near the waterslide pool


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Lazy River. Our family had so much fun in the lazy river. The water is warm & it gives you enough push to float around. You can purchase tubes to float in, float on your own or ask for a life vest to float in.


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Lazy River


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Galaxy Bowl


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Galaxy Bowl


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - at night


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bayliner Diner entrance at the fron tof the resort


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Bus. I have to give them credit for the buses. They ran almost constantly & the longest we waited for a bus was 10 - 15 minutes. They kept them running so that the line was never long.


Cabana Bay Beach Resort, family suite with Volcano Bay view.


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - 2 bedroom family suite, water park view room layout


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - 2 bedroom family suite room layout


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - family suite, room layout


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - 2 bedroom suite with a view of Volcano Bay Water Park


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Volcano Bay view room. This suite sleeps up to 8 guests.


Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Sign at night


Hard Rock Cafe - Universal Citywalk


Hard Rock Cafe - Universal Citywalk


Hard Rock Cafe - Universal Citywalk


Hard Rock Cafe - Universal Citywalk


Hard Rock Cafe - Universal Citywalk


Hard Rock Cafe - Universal Citywalk


Butterfly Garden on the pathway outside of the Hard Rock Hotel


Hard Rock Hotel


Hard Rock Hotel - Guitar fountain outside of the front entrance.


Hard Rock Hotel - Lobby


Hard Rock Hotel - Lobby overlooking the pool


Hard Rock Hotel


Hard Rock Hotel


Hard Rock Hotel - overlooking pool from lobby balcony


Hard Rock Hotel


Hard Rock Hotel


Hard Rock Hotel - Lobby


Hard Rock Hotel


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa


Portofino Bay Resort & Spa