Universal Orlando Resorts

My Chat With Barry

I’ve been so excited about Universal Orlando every since they came out with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter so I was looking forward to my one on one appointment with Barry, a Business Development Manager for Universal Orlando and getting some great tips on how to maximize my clients vacations.

Things to keep in mind when considering your Universal Studios Vacation:

Think carefully about what type of ticket you want to purchase, there are single park tickets, park – to – park tickets and an unlimited express ticket. My suggestion is to always take at least the park-to-park ticket, especially if you’re going with a Harry Potter fan since you’ll want to take the Hogwarts Express between Hogsmeade which is in Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios. You can only take the Hogwarts express if you have a park-to-park ticket. If waiting in long lines isn’t really on your vacation list, splurge for the unlimited express pass which allows you to skip the regular lines at most rides and attractions – as many times as you want!

Stay on property, Universal Orlando has been adding more hotel properties to provide a variety of room accommodations and price points. The newest hotel they opened, The Cabana Bay Beach is their first value priced hotel with rates as low as $118! The next hotel opening up summer of 2016 will be a moderately priced Loews Sapphire Falls which will bring the total number of Universal Orlando property hotels to 5. When you stay on property you will be able to take advantage to early admission to the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, complimentary shuttle service and a few other perks.

Universal Orlando is normally a 2-3 day part of a client’s overall vacation, I know most of the people I speak with about going to Universal Orlando, it is in conjunction with either a cruise, or a trip down the block to see a certain mouse. Universal Orlando has a couple of ways to optimize your experience. Are you going on a Royal Caribbean cruise? Universal has partnered with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to create a seamless pre or post package to go along with most of their 3&4 night Bahamas cruise or 4-7 night Caribbean cruises sailing out of Port Canaveral. No need to worry about transfers, and they include part to park admission. If you are visiting the mouse down the street consider using Universal’s “Take 2” Transfer. It runs a reasonable $39 per person, they will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to your Universal Orlando Resort to start your Universal Studios vacation experience and transfer you to the Orlando airport at the end of your stay.

Every time I take a look at the Universal map there is another section or hotel added, with no signs of slowing down. Recently there has been even more buzz surrounding Universal with the announcement of a partnership with Nintendo you can read the press release here. I look forward to seeing how they continue to grow and can’t wait to visit, I need my Butterbeer!

Wondering what this one on one appointment stuff is all about? Read the explanation of my time at GTM – West here