What are the benefits of staying at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel?

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 06 June 2020
  • Revised 28 July 2023
What are the benefits of staying at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel?
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 06 June 2020
  • Revised 28 July 2023
What are the benefits of staying at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel?
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 06 June 2020
  • Revised 28 July 2023
Deciding on a holiday during a cost-of-living crisis can be difficult. After all, every little saving helps yet giving yourself something to look forward to can make all the difference. Thankfully, our Universal Orlando Resort holidays tick both these boxes.

Up to 2026, you can choose a flexible payment plan with early bird savings. The hardest part is deciding between eight epic Universal Orlando Resort hotels. Yet wherever you stay, you can be assured of exclusive benefits as a Universal guest. 

Learn more below, and before you know it, time will slow down for those dream holiday moments you’ve long imagined, as all trouble begins to melt away in the Sunshine State…

Value/Preferred Hotel Guest Benefits

Four hotels make up the Value/preferred hotels at Universal Orlando Resort including Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universals Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universals Aventura Hotel, Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites and the newest addition – Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites. These family-friendly hotels offer time saving, wallet-friendly and always memorable benefits for on-site guests, such as...

Complimentary Shuttle Buses

Each on-site hotel offers complimentary shuttle bus services to both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks, the Volcano Bay waterpark and CityWalk – Universal Orlando’s entertainment district, where you can shop ‘til you drop or dine in the largest Hard Rock Café in the world - allowing you to get out and about, hassle free.

At our most popular Universal Orlando Resort hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, it’s just a 6 minute drive to the water park Volcano Bay, and free Universal shuttle buses are ready to take you there and beyond every 15 minutes. The shuttle services begin one hour before Early Park Admission and until 2am every single day.

Early Park Admission†

Enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™  a whole hour before the muggles – all you need is a valid theme park admission ticket. During peak times, this is a significant perk for squeezing in the most popular rides, such as Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

Better yet, Early Park Admission extends to Universals Volcano Bay™, which our Theme Park Tester acclaimed as ‘“hands down the best waterpark in the whole of Orlando.”

Resort-Wide Charging Privileges with room key

Keep it simple when you dine and shop. Instead of carrying cash around while away, you can charge any spending to your room key and pay it all at once at the end of your stay, ensuring ultimate flexibility and security.

Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel

When you buy merchandise throughout your stay at Universal Orlando Resort, you can have the souvenirs and gifts delivered to your hotel. So, you don't have to carry bags around all day or take everything back to your room between visits - letting you agree to "just one more" go on the rides.

Universal Orlando Character Appearances

If you are staying in one of our Prime Value/Preferred/Premier hotels - prepare to see each kid's faces light up as they meet their favourite Universal characters. For example, at Superhero Island, within the Islands of Adventure theme park, you can hang out with Spider-Man, Captain America, and the crew of X Men throughout the day.

After Hours Club-to-Club Access1

For those aged over 21, you can enjoy complimentary club-to-club access throughout your stay to venues along CityWalk, so you can carry on the fun after the sun goes down. All guests have to do is flash their room key and they’ll receive entry into venues such as Bob Marley- a tribute to freedom, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Pat’s Piano Bar and more!

Extra Benefits for Premier Hotel Guests

Better still, if you stay at one of Universal Orlandos Deluxe Hotels - including Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel® -  you will receive all of the above PLUS the following royal treatment...

Free Universal Express Unlimited2

When you stay at a Premier Universal hotel, you get Universal Express Unlimited, which means you can skip the regular queues at the most popular attractions. If you're travelling with young children, you'll know lining up for long periods of time can be frustrating, so this guest benefit is perfect for going BIG on your break with little ones. 

The participating rides within Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure include The Bourne Stuntactular, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, E.T. Adventure, Fast & Furious - Supercharged, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, and Hogwarts Express (Park to Park ticket required). 

Complimentary Water Taxis

If the shuttle bus isn’t your speed, step out of your hotel and head to Universal’s parks via the scenic water taxi service. They are particularly popular for guests staying at hotels located on the Universal Orlando Bay or the Universal CityWalk area.

Priority Seating

When staying in a Premier Hotel, you will benefit from priority seating at select restaurants throughout Universal Orlando Resort, meaning you can be seated promptly and relax as you tuck into some of Universal Orlando’s fantastic cuisine – with something for the whole family.

New Value Hotels that Feel Premier

2019 and 2020 welcomed the much-anticipated arrival of the new Endless Summer Resort, featuring Surfside Inn and Dockside Inn and Suites. This affordable, on-site value hotel offers coastal vibes inspired by sand, sea and sunsets - completed with themed pools, pool bars and even pizza delivery that feels like luxury redefined. 

To find out for yourself, check out our best deals for Endless Summer Resort, Surfside Inn Suites or Dockside Inn Suites.

WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s20)
†Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regularly scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando, and at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice
1Valid for registered hotel guests for the length of stay. Not valid for separately ticketed concerts and special events. Some venues require ages 21 or older and a cover charge for admission. Valid Photo ID required. Does not include admission to Universal Cinemark, the Blue Man Group show or Hollywood Drive-In Golf™. Subject to availability. Restrictions apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.
2Requires 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.

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