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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.

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Island of Adventure Tower

Hard Rock Cafe on Universal CityWalk

Standing in front of the entrance to Islands Of Adventure

The Adventure begins just inside Island of Adventure park

Empty entrance to Islands of Adventure. A great time to take advantage of the early morning park entry for Resort guests.

Island Market and Export Shop


Universal Resort Guest + Early Morning Entry = Almost Empty Park

Suess Landing


Green Eggs and Ham fast food

Cat in the Hat Ride entry



Truffle Trees

Hogsmead - Please Respect the Spell Limits

Hogsmead - part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hogsmeade rooftops

The Hogwarts Express will run between Hogsmead and Diagon Alley for guests with a park hopper pass

Hagrid’s Hut


Hogsmeade Welcome sign between Jurassic Park and Hogsmeade

Hogwarts Castle with the Forbidden Journey ride within


Honeydukes treats

Ollivander’s Wand Shop

Shopping for the perfect wand at Ollivander’s Wand Shop.

Owl Post

Three Broomsticks Restaurant

Food selections at the Three Broomsticks

Pot Pies and frozen Butterbeer are some of our favorites at the Three Broomsticks

Three Broomsticks Menu

The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade - The Great Feast Salad part of the meal. The drinks are not included in the meal.

The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade - The Great Feast.

Zonkos Shop

Care of Magical Creatures book inside a shop in Hogsmeade

Dragon Challenge coaster in Hogsmeade

The Frog Choir performing in Hogsmeade. Visit my YouTube Channel for a full video or two.

Triwizard Talent performance by, the Durmstrang Institute, and the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic.

Hog’s Head Bar where you can get adult drinks or just a Butterbeer, now offered either hot, cold or frozen.

Hog’s Head Bar

Hog’s Head bar, a sample of the drinks that you can purchase

Hogsmeade Train Station

The Hogwart’s Express at the Hogsmeade Traion Station where you can travel to King’s Cross just outside of Diagon Alley

Hogsmeade Train Station

The Hogwarts Express Travels between Universal Studios Orlando (Kings Cross station) and Islands of Adventure (Hogsmeade station). It can hold up to 368 passengers and offers a different experience each way. This train is so realistic, you will feel lik

Hogmeade entrance near the Hogwart’s Castle

Hogwart’s Castle houses the Forbidden Journey ride inside

Pass by the sorting hat inside the Forbidden Journey attraction in Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle Holiday projection show - check my YouTube Channel for a full video

Hogwarts Castle Holiday projection show - check my YouTube Channel for a full video

Hogwarts Castle Holiday projection show - check my YouTube Channel for a full video

The Hulk Coaster

Jurassic Park Car for photos


Wolerine towers over people in the Marvel section of Universal Studios

Mythos Restaurant

Pteranadon Flyers rules include that you must ride with a child. No adults only on this ride.

Pteranadon Flyers Rules

Pteranadon Flyers ride car for 2

Pteranadon Flyers walkway

Pteranadon Flyers walkway

Spiderman Ride entrance

Spiderman Ride queue

Spiderman Ride queue

Spiderman Ride gift shop

Entrance to the Suess Trolly Train

Suess Trolly Train

View from the Suess Trolly Train

View from the Suess Trolly Train

Thunder Falls Terrace Restaurant; eat here by the window and watch people get soaked on the Jurassic Park River Adventure

Thunder Falls Terrace Restaurant

Thunder Falls Terrace Restaurant; Menu

Thunder Falls Terrace Restaurant; menu

Thunder Falls Terrace Restaurant; Roasted corn, a sandwich wrap and a soda refill in the Harry Potter ButterBeer Cup. YUM

Thunder Falls Terrace Restaurant

Thunder Falls Terrace Restaurant; waiting to get soaked on the side of the Jurasic River Adventure ride