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Universal Orlando Resort™

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort. With three amazing theme parks - Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, spectacular hotels and more, it’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family.

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Essential Information for Universal Orlando Resort

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Currency
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Flight information
9-10h
Orlando (MCO)
Direct flights
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Daily flights to Orlando from across the UK.
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Do I need a Visa?

Yes. You'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

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Exclusive v-hub

Stay at any Universal Orlando Resort hotel and you'll have access to our lounge at Universal's Aventura Hotel, exclusive to Virgin Holidays customers. 

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Next-level Adventure: Highlights of Universal Orlando Resort

Hold on tight, you’re in for quite a ride... Visiting Universal Orlando Resort is a full-throttle, blow-your-mind, never-to-be-forgotten holiday like no other. There are three incredible theme parks: jump into the movies at Universal Studios Florida, meet dinosaurs and Super Heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and hit the waves at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park.

Make the most of your holiday by staying in the thick of the action. From budget-friendly to pure indulgence, there’s a hotel for everyone, all offering guests exclusive benefits. Some, such as the the tropical Loews Royal Pacific Resort, the elegant and refined Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and the laid back and cool Hard Rock Hotel® even include a FREE^ Universal Express Unlimited pass, so you can skip the regular lines at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. (Requires theme park admission).

  • Experience the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ linked by the Hogwarts™ Express steam train. (additional restrictions apply). At Islands of Adventure, don't miss Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ a groundbreaking ride which brings you through the familiar corridors of Hogwarts™ castle before you take flight and zoom out onto the Quidditch™ pitch. Or follow in Harry Potter's footsteps through the streets of Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios and travel deep below Gringotts™ bank for a multi-dimensional thrill ride.
  • Join the TRANSFORMERS on a 3-D ride where you get to join Optimus Prime as he saves the planet at Universal Studios Florida.
  • For one of Universal's Islands of Adventure's biggest thrills, strap in to The Incredible Hulk Coaster® which dips and flips like it's being controlled by the Hulk himself.
  • For the first time ever, fly deep into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest, beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™ castle on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™.
  • Combine thrills and relaxation at Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park where you can experience the power of the Krakatau Aqua Coaster. 
  • In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ step inside Ollivanders™, Makers of Fine Wands since 382BC, where one can find their essential wizarding item: a wand. Here, aspiring witches and wizards also have the chance to experience a rite of passage - being chosen by a wand with the help of a wand keeper. 

  • Meet Spider-Man, Captain America and other Super Heroes at Marvel Super Hero Island® in Universal's Islands of Adventure. 

  • Freedom fighters, have your cameras ready to engage: this is your chance to meet Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the evil Megatron at Universal Studios Florida.

  • Order a mug of Butterbeer™ at The Three Broomsticks™ and explore Hogsmeade™ a wizarding village near Hogwarts™ castle. Also enjoy beloved wizarding world treats like Cauldron Cakes, Fizzing Whizzbees and Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans™ at Honeydukes™.
  • Dine on pizza and pasta just like mama used to make at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. This chic retreat looks more like a charming Italian seaside village than a hotel – order a cappuccino on the pretty piazza and stop by the gelateria for a scoop or three.
  • Eat a variety of cuisines  at Universal CityWalk, the always-buzzing entertainment and dining district: Bigfire is where open fire cooking is center-stage, and elevated American fare like steaks are given the fire-kissed treatment. The phenomenon known as Voodoo Doughnut serves more than 50 types of doughnuts daily. No appetite is left unsatisfied. And indulge at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. This steampunk-style restaurant is like a dessert laboratory, inventing a sweet smorgasbord of sumptuous sundaes, sticky brownies and marvellous milkshakes.
  • Stop by Krusty Burger for a delicious burger, order a Duff beer at Moe’s Tavern, and treat yourself to mouth-wateringly scrumptious donuts at Lard Lad Donuts ... all at Springfield, U.S.A. The recreation of The Simpsons™ hometown at Universal Studios Florida is the perfect place for photo ops. (Must be 21+ to consume alcoholic beverages with valid photo ID).
  • As the stars begin to shine, see Hogwarts™ castle come to life with a dazzling display of lights and colour. The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle spectacle (select nights) is a beautiful way to end your day at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

  • Be scared witless at Halloween Horror Nights. Universal Studios goes ghoulish on select nights from mid-September to early November. Make your way through terrifying haunted houses. Face nightmarish creatures on streets twisted into sinister scare zones. Devilishly good! 
    WARNING: SEPARATELY TICKETED EVENT. EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR MASKS ALLOWED.

  • Blue Man Group is part comedy. Part theatre. Part concert. And all amazing. There is a show every day at their theatre in Universal CityWalk.

  • Embrace your inner child and book your Universal holiday at Christmas – which starts in mid-November and lasts into early January. When the sun goes down, see The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle light projection show, watch Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios and see the streets festooned with decorations and fairy lights. 

  • On select nights, don't miss Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration, a stunning light and water show which celebrates some of the world's biggest movies from past and present.
  • Get ready for Florida’s biggest shindig: Universal’s Mardi Gras. On select nights in spring, New Orleans comes to Orlando – expect flamboyant fancy dress, raucous performers and live performers.
  • Catch a gig at Hard Rock Live®. Orlando’s ‘Coliseum of Rock’ at Universal CityWalk hosts some of the hottest acts around, in the coolest venue. To feel like an A-lister yourself, check-in at the hip Hard Rock Hotel®.

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Disclaimer:
In connection with your purchase of Universal Orlando products and your visit to Universal Orlando, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal CityWalk, and the Universal Orlando Resort hotels, please be advised that you must follow Universal Orlando’s policies, CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials.  Please note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and Universal Orlando cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.  By visiting Universal Orlando, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.  When you enter Universal Orlando, you understand that you are subject to the Universal Orlando terms of service (including arbitration, class action waiver, assumption of risk, and infectious disease release of liability) located at https://www.universalorlando.com/safetyinfo

WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s20)

^Requires theme park admission. Valid only at participating rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Excludes separately ticketed events. Park-to-Park admission required to board the Hogwarts™ Express. Benefit valid only for guests of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.  

Portofino Bay Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Aventura Hotel TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture IV. All rights reserved. Cabana Bay Beach Resort TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture II. Sapphire Falls Resort TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture III. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture V. UNIVERSAL TM & © Universal Studios. ENDLESS SUMMER registered trademarks, Bruce Brown Films, LLC. All rights reserved. Hard Rock Hotel ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Live ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. © 2020 MARVEL. TRANSFORMERS and its logo and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2020 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. © 2020 DreamWorks LLC and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ©2020 Voodoo Doughnut, LLC. The Simpsons TM & © 2020 Fox. © 2020 Blue Man Group Holdings, LLC. All rights Reserved. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade & Related Characters © 2020 Macy’s Inc. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2020 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

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We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. Log in to Manage my booking to request a call back to amend your holiday. Please bear in mind we’ll work through requests in departure date order so may take longer than usual for us to get back to you

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Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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