More than ever, you deserve a holiday that has it all. An escape that relaxes your senses yet rekindles your love of adventure. A place where you can be horse riding through forests one day or hopping on a water taxi to theme parks the next. Somewhere that makes nature lovers, thrill seekers and sun chasers all just one big happy family – on a Florida holiday combining stays in Kissimmee and Universal Orlando Resort. And here’s why there’s never been a better time to book this multi-centre adventure…
Kissimmee’s Homes for Every Holiday
Kissimmee means “long water,” and the town has a long history of attracting local tourists to its beautiful rivers and lakes. However, in 1971, when theme park attractions began rolling into town, people began visiting Kissimmee from far and wide. Today, Kissimmee also means the Vacation Home Capital of the World®. It turns out a lot can change in over fifty years - after all, a lot has changed in only the year or two since the world re-opened for travel again. And yet, Kissimmee remains the perfect base for Sunshine State escapes.
From a one-bedroom condo to a fifteen-bedroom mansion, there’s a home for every holiday in Kissimmee. The best part? No matter which villa you choose, you will only be minutes from the magic of Orlando’s theme parks. And here are some of the best villa resorts on offer for every budget...
Located within the tropical paradise of Champions Gate, these villa homes lie on 900 acres of pristine greenery. As well as having your own private pool and spa, you will have access to the luxurious Oasis Club. This exclusive clubhouse features a resort-style swimming pool, two championship golf courses, a fully-equipped fitness centre, an arcade, a tiki bar, a theatre room, a restaurant, a bar and much, much more.
A Bellavida Resort villa adds a little extra culture to your stay. Enclosed by beautiful nature preserves and beside 15 acres of spectacular community lakes, the Mediterranean-style homes add to the vibrancy of the picturesque community. It is this unique character that sets the villas apart and yet, all the fantastic amenities you would expect from a resort remain - such as a giant pool, volleyball court and a tropical hideaway.
The Encore Club at Reunion Resort
Experience a five-star villa resort without the premium price tag. Consider Encore Resort, where the whole family can reunite at 4 to 13-bedroom properties. There are also first-class amenities on-site for all ages. Such as a water park, spa and multiple dining options – even an in-home chef for the night. Whatever your needs, a personal concierge service will be on hand. Plus, to add an encore to your travel dreams, we give you every 5th night free.
Ocean Florida Ultimate Villas
Our Ultimate Villas are lavishly located in some of Central Florida's most celebrated communities. Holiday like no other in celebrity-style Kissimmee cribs that make MTV jealous. The amenities here turn your villa into the resort – including home cinemas and bowling alleys. Ultimate Villas are also designed to accommodate large groups and feature state-of-the-art technology, plush furnishings, modern décor and private pools. However, each and every villa is also unique!
Universal Is Redefining Family-Friendly
Universal has 8 epic hotels suitable for all ages and holiday budgets. They range from retro 1950s-inspired American beach resorts to timeliness Italian-themed waterfront properties with gondola transportation. You can read more about your resort options in our Top 8 Hotels Near Universal Orlando
guide. Instead, here we shall delve into the often overlooked and undervalued aspects of a Universal Orlando Resort holiday, that all perfectly match the carefree, family-friendly vibes of Kissimmee…
Flexible theme park tickets
Our customers love the Universal Orlando 3-Park 14-Day Explorer Ticket, available to buy from £304pp
. This ticket lets you enjoy Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park, and select live entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk for up to fourteen consecutive days. But what makes this ticket a hidden gem, is the fact your theme park entry is unlimited. And we mean unlimited. You could visit every Universal theme park in one day, for all 14 days, if you wanted. Meanwhile, mouse-eared theme park goers must reserve their place at parks well in advance of arrival and can only park hop once after 2pm. Plus, after freely exploring the beautiful outdoors of Kissimmee, Universal Orlando Resort’s flexibility is ideal for keeping your wanderlust satisfied.
And we couldn’t mention the Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket without highlighting the access it gives to the Hogwarts™ Express. Usually, you would need a Park-to-Park ticket to ride the Hogwarts™ Express as the train travels between Hogsmeade™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley™ in Universal Studios Florida. Instead, you get unlimited access to the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. From the joy of walking through Platform 9 ¾™ to seeing characters and creatures featured in the films, this train ride is a magical journey into your imagination.
Exclusive guest benefits
Stress-free holidays continue with complimentary transportation to all three theme parks and Universal CityWalk. And remember, the Universal Orlando 3-Park Explorer Ticket can give you access to select live entertainment at City Walk too. Here, family-friendly nightlife, shops and restaurants all come together, including live music every night at some of Orlando’s finest nightclubs, from rock to jazz or salsa.
You’ll still want to be up early though, since you get exclusive Early Park Admission* to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay, up to one hour before the theme park opens for the general public. All you need is a valid theme park ticket!
For guests at Premier Universal Orlando Resort hotels, you’ll also receive Universal Express Unlimited** ride access, allowing you to skip the regular lines in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure - all day. This benefit is worth $129 per person^, per day, but your whole party will get it for free for the entire duration of your stay in your resort hotel.
New theme park attractions
While Kissimmee remains a natural wonder, lately Universal Orlando Resort has been getting even more epic! Here’s our highlight of the new theme park attractions
you’ll find in 2022 and beyond…
In 2019, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™ roared into Universal's Island of Adventure. And you can join him for a ride deep into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest, beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle, on a thrilling roller coaster that is hugely immersive and has been ever-popular since its launch.
In 2020, a show like no other opened at Universal Studios Florida: The Bourne Stuntacular. Ever since the stunt show launched, wide-eyed crowds have been asking, “How on earth did they do that?” as the lines between stage and cinema are blurred. Across continents, you follow the hero Jason Bourne as he evades not one, not two, but three villains. Expect deaf-defying dangling from helicopters, leaps between rooftops and more danger at every turn – from shootouts to fist fights – that you don’t just watch but feel.
In 2021, the apex predator of rides came stomping into Universal's Island of Adventure. Jurassic World VelociCoaster, will catapult you at speeds of up to 70mph, just fast enough to keep up with the raptor hunt. You will also witness an original story featuring the original cast of the Jurassic World films.
Better yet, there’s a whole new Universal Orlando theme park on the horizon. Epic Universe was announced back in 2019 and originally planned to open in 2023. However, when the world went on pause in 2020, so did not the resort’s building work. Instead, Epic Universe is set to open by the summer of 2025. And thankfully, we offer guaranteed holiday prices up to 2026 departures - perfect for planning ahead with our flexible payment options
Ready to Plan Your Dream Holiday?
As three-time winners of Best Holiday Company to the USA, we can help you book your perfect trip. Get in touch today for a truly personalised package, including Kissimmee and Universal Orlando Resort twin-centre packages from only £799pp.
*Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening for Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.
**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. 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.
^ Based on average price of a 2-Park Universal Express Unlimited pass ranging between $84.99 and $189.99. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.