Does anyone have travel tips for Universal in Orlando, FL?

snickernikki727 asked:

We are planning on going to Universal Sept 6-12. park passes are included with the hotel stay- so you can visit any of the 2 parks for 7 consecutive days – free (no need to buy the 2 days/ 5 free)! Total price with roundtrip air from Midway, 6 nights at the Universal Royal Pacific Resort (standard room), Alamo (midsize) car rental, and 7 day park passes at Universal for two passengers (1 adult, 1 child) $1712.07
Same package above for 2 adults, 1 child $1885.27
I have never taken a trip like this before. Does this sound like a good deal? We were also thinking about hitting Disney for a day. What park would be ideal for myself and a 9yr old? How much spending money is a resonable (realistic) amount? What kinds of things shouldn’t we miss?

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4 comments to Does anyone have travel tips for Universal in Orlando, FL?

  • AOMGMC77

    I think it sounds like a fair deal.

    With a 9 year old, I would pick either Disney or Animal Kingdom.

    We will still have good weather so your 9 yr old make like Typhoon Lagoon too. (Waterpark). And Disney’s Fantasy Quest would be enjoyable by a 9 yr old too.

    Disney village is fun to walk around, and there are tons of little things to do around there (go karts, arcades, etc).

    As far as spending $ goes… do you have a fridge in your hotel? If so, I would bring stuff to make sandwiches and simple no heat meals (unless you have a microwave too) so that you can save money on meals.

  • jaimestar64cross

    not too bad. Enough spending money for about 7 days—buying meals,snacks/drinks,souvenirs(probably a lot of them) —If you can control over spending on the child —take along around a thousand dollars —no kidding—me and my husband have gone to Orlando and Disney for the last 3 years —we love the place especially EPCOT and Universal Studios—we usually spend around a grand for the week—food items,souvenirs,theme parks etc…we usually buy fruit,drinks and snacks at a grocery store (stay at a hotel that has breakfast free)—avoid the timeshare people (run) We usually stay on International Drive and use the trolley($1.00)most of the hotels have shuttles that take you to the major theme parks for free (or a small fee)—we take a shuttle from the airport—and only rent a car if we want to go somewhere that the shuttles don’t go.

  • Goldfinger

    The price is about right for where you are staying and the tickets and car, but you need to ask yourself the following questions……….

    1 – Do you really need a rental car if you are going to stay at the Universal Studios property most of the time and in the parks all day.

    2 – Why not stay in Disney property for a couple of days with the same options (hotel tickets free transportation on property)and a few days at Universal?

    3 – Why are you getting a 7 day pass to Universal (you really only need 2 to 3 days TOPS to see EVERYTHING there).

    4 – I sugest staying in Disney property (better deal on airfare, rental car, hotel, tickets transportation on property), and visiting Universal Studios, Islands of Adventures and City Walk.

    By the way the BEST Disney park for a 9 year old is the Magic Kingdom, them MGM Studios, then EPCOT and last Amimal Kingdom.

    Because you are limited with your time I suggest the following itinerary:

    Day 1 – Arrival to Hotel and then go to Downtown Disney or City Walk for shopping.

    Day 2 – Magic Kingdom.

    Day 3 – MGM Studios or Universal Studios.

    Day 4 – EPCOT CENTER (dont forget to see Illuminations Laser Show and Fireworks at 9 pm).

    Day 5 – Islands of Adventures.

    Day 6 – Water Park (Wet Wild or Typhoon Lagoon).

    Day 7 – Shoping in the morning, then fly home in the afternoon.

    Check out for hotel / tickets at disney.
    Check out for hotel / tickets at Universal.

    As far as spending money is concerned for food, souvenirs and incidentals for one week – minimum $75 per person / per day.

    If you have any questions you can contact me at

    Hope this helps………………………..

  • nalaredneb

    Tip 1
    Get a travel guide book.

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