10 Tips to Experience Universal Orlando Resort

The parks, hotels, and CityWalk are open and welcoming guests back with a few changes and welcome surprises! Read on for more details.

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As previously reported on our social media accounts, things may be a little different when you arrive with new operational guidelines that put your safety, and that of the Team Members, first.  Rest assured, it’s still the Universal you know and ♥! Here are some tips to experience the parks and make your visit a stress-free one, which = more fun for you!

RELATED: 10 Tips for Universal Orlando’s Reopening and 10 Tips for Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Reopening

1. The Universal Orlando Resort App is Your New Best Friend

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Take a minute to download the Universal Orlando Resort app! More than ever, this will be the most useful thing during your visit. It will help you navigate around the crowds, trim down time waiting in queues, minimize physical interactions, and so much more! Here are some top features:

  • – Virtual Line experience for attractions
  • – Mobile food and drink ordering for select restaurants
  • – Interactive park map
  • – Virtual wallet where you can purchase and house your park tickets, Express passes, and also set up your TapuTapu for your visit to Volcano Bay
  • – Wait time alerts that you can set for when the times drop

(Download it for FREE from the App Store and Google Play. Data and other charges may apply; check with your wireless provider’s rate plan for details.)

2. Dodge Crowds with the Virtual Line Experience (see #1 above!)

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3. Order Your Food Ahead of Time with Mobile Order (see #1 above!)

4. Make a Game Plan Beforehand

Create your list of “must-do’s” and then use the app to navigate wait times while also utilizing the virtual line queue, plus mobile ordering.

5. Get a More Personalized Experience With Social Distancing

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Maintaining social distancing spaces actually makes you feel as if you have rides and attractions almost to yourself and provides for a more personal and intimate experience!

6. Take a Break in the U-Rest Areas

In addition to planning out what you want to do, make sure to slot in time to take breaks. There are new U-Rest areas sprinkled throughout the parks and CityWalk, where you can recharge with a drink or snack with your face covering off. You can find them in the following locations:

  • Universal CityWalk
    • Down by the waterfront in front of Hard Rock
  • Universal Studios Florida
    • Fear Factor Live Theater
    • Central Park by the lagoon
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure
    • Port of Entry Landing by the waterfront
    • The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad Stunt Show Theater in Lost Continent (the show is no longer available)

7. Make Way for Perfect Selfies and Photo Ops!

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With limited crowds and social distancing, there is plenty of free space all around so you can capture some really great memories – and photos of your favorite spots without other guests crowding in.

8. Early Park Admission = More Time and Fewer Crowds

Booking a vacation package  OR purchasing your tickets from Vacations with Character® allows you the perk of entering the park one hour earlier than the general public! Can you say…sign me up??? We are also experts at helping you navigate the hotels, new policies, attractions, transfers, and more…and our services are FREE for our clients! In fact, we may be able to save you money…money you can use to buy a new Wizarding Wand or a few ButterBeers and VooDoo doughnuts. 😉

9. Your Bae This Summer is Volcano Bay

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With minimal crowds, plentiful areas to relax, social distancing enforced while you play, and the TapuTapu wearable – made exclusively for Volcano Bay – this park truly makes you feel as if you’ve escaped to a relaxing, tropical paradise and you will simply fall in LOVE! Plus, masks are not required in the pools, on the slides, or while eating/drinking because your space is always maintained with new guidelines and markers. Plus, with Tap Tu Play and Tap Tu Pay on your TapuTapu wearable, there is no  standing in long lines to experience an attraction, no more carrying wallets, cash or credit cards around the park and no fumbling for a locker key. They have truly thought of everything!

10. New Experiences are Waiting to Welcome You Back

The parks may have been closed for a couple of months, but select Team Members have been hard at work creating new experiences for you to come back to. With new “Love is Universal” and anniversary merchandise to snatch up, new food and beverage offerings, and even new entertainment attractions like The Bourne Stuntacular and Raptor Encounter (baby raptor Sierra is the cutest!), there’s never a better time to visit!

Questions? We’ve got answers…and tickets…and special offers available for your next amazing vacation to Universal Orlando Resort.  Contact a Vacations with Character® Vacationista for a free quote for tickets or packages today and let’s welcome you back!   https://universalvacationplanners.com/

We are honored to be an Authorized Universal Orlando Vacation Planner!

Many thanks to Denielle Ricci, Associate Editor of the Discover Universal Blog and Universal Partner Community Representative for help in providing this information!

 

 

 

Disney’s Magical Express Service Changes You’ll Want to Know

There are a lot of changes going on at Walt Disney World and there is one new change you should know about if you’re flying into Orlando International Airport and planning on using Disney’s Magical Express!

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Complimentary airport transportation is always available via Disney’s Magical Express service for onsite Guests arriving and departing from Orlando International Airport. This service is continuing to operate during this period BUT with some modifications.

NEW: Beginning July 16, 2020, luggage delivery service will not be provided for those arriving to and departing from Orlando International Airport as before. Instead, Guests who choose to use Disney’s Magical Express will be responsible for picking up any of their checked luggage from the airport’s baggage claim area and taking it to the motor coach, so that it can be loaded for transport to their Disney Resort hotel. Also, Guests’ luggage will travel with them to their Disney Resort hotel.

As before, Luggage Assistance will be still be available at the front of Disney Resort hotels, including luggage storage and/or transport to the room.

ALSO NEW: Upon departure, Guests should ensure their luggage is with them and loaded onto the motor coach so they can check it in with their airline once they reach the airport. The resort airline check-in service will not be offered at this time.

Guests will be notified of these changes prior to departing their home locations. Stay tuned to Vacations with Character® for any additional updates at a later date!

Contact us to book or purchase tickets! As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, our agents are well trained and stay up to date on all new procedures and changes. We are poised to help guide you through the new steps and changes needed to visit each park as well as help with itinerary planning and more in order to create a stress-free vacation for you and your family/friends to enjoy.

Visit us and request a quote or drop us a line to reserve your vacation today!

Though the experience may be different than the time you last visited, there is so much to look forward to, with many favorite attractions and dozens of entertainment offerings available across all four theme parks, including special new character cavalcades and the #TasteofEPCOT #InternationalFoodAndWineFestival!!

See ‘Ya Real Soon!

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The Bourne Stuntacular is Now Open at Universal Orlando Resort!

The Bourne Stuntacular, the most technologically-advanced stunt show yet, is now open at Universal Studios Florida…The Chase is On!

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Through the use of live performers, ground-breaking technology, extreme stunts and captivating practical effects, your clients can now feel fully immersed in the world of Jason Bourne – blurring the lines between stage and cinema in a hybrid form of entertainment that has never been seen before.

The brand-new stunt show is inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne film franchise and delivers an all-new, original storyline that takes place within the Bourne universe. Plus, exclusively for The Bourne Stuntacular, Julia Stiles has reprised her role as Jason Bourne’s main confidant in the franchise, Nicky Parsons, and Frank Marshall, award-winning director and producer, has worked closely with the Universal Orlando team to help create an authentic experience fans of the franchise can enjoy. 

The Bourne Stuntacular introduces an all-new level of entertainment, highlighted by:

•    The most advanced technology of its kind – such as automated vehicle tracking systems on moving set pieces, pinpoint-accurate projection mapping, ultra-vivid visuals and more – that brings the Bourne films to life in an all-new, visceral stunt show right in front of your clients’ eyes

•    Next-level, extreme stunts executed by performers who trained for more than eight months with Hollywood’s leading stunt experts from blockbuster film and television

•    Captivating practical effects that make your clients feel like they are right by Jason Bourne’s side through the use of fire, smoke, wind and more

•    Nicky Parsons, played by Julia Stiles, briefing and recruiting guests for the mission at hand, which is to keep an eye on Bourne to ensure he’s not fooled by rogue double agents

•    An all-new story line that follows the character of Jason Bourne as he travels across three continents and the cities of Tangier, Washington, D.C. and Dubai to uncover classified information while trying to evade danger and capture at every turn

•    Actual props, images and clips from the films – including the car from the iconic chase scene in The Bourne Identity, and Jason’s go-to form of transportation in The Bourne Ultimatum, his motorcycle – that pay homage to the Bourne films as guests walk through the queue

And as this attraction is officially opened, the health and safety of  shared guests and team members remains top priority. To ensure proper social distancing, Universal has implemented new procedures in all indoor theaters, including appropriate spacing between travel parties as well as assisting guests with seating and exiting the theater to avoid congestion. These procedures mean that show capacity will be limited and wait times may be longer than usual to experience the show. Universal has also increased their already-aggressive cleaning procedures and are sanitizing high-touch surfaces between each show. All guests are also required to wear a face covering while experiencing The Bourne Stuntacular.

Contact Vacations with Character® and let us help you plan your escape! Visit https://universalvacationplanners.com/ for more information or to reach out and drop us a line!

 

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