Want a vacation with extra “WHOA” factor at Universal Studios? You’re in the right place. Universal Studios has so many offerings to uplevel your typical vacation experience! Enjoy a stress-free trip without spending hours waiting in lines or sleeping in confined spaces. Here are some of the best ways to splurge at Universal Studios.
Stay at a Premier Resort
There are many benefits to staying at a Universal Resort, including early park admission (up to one hour before the park opens for select attractions) and free transportation to the parks. When you stay at one of Universal’s Premier Resorts (Hard Rock Hotel®, Loews Portofino Bay, and Loews Royal Pacific), you’ll enjoy additional benefits like complimentary Universal Express Unlimited Passes for each night of your stay.
Premier hotels also offer a wide range of suites, from romantic accommodations that are great for special occasions to themed family suites that give everyone in the family space to relax and unwind. There are also multi-bedroom suites available. For the ultimate at-home accommodations at Universal, splurge to stay a night in the Presidente or Governatore suite at Loews Portofino Bay, spanning over 2,000 square feet each.
Upgrade to Club Level
Another way to splurge at a Universal Premier Resort is to stay in a Club Level room. You’ve probably heard me rave about the benefits of staying at a Club Level room when staying at theme parks, and Universal is no different. Amenities for Club Level accommodations vary at each resort but generally include:
Book a Private VIP Tour
Universal offers group and private VIP Tour options, giving you front-of-line access to most attractions and a wide range of other perks. Private VIP Tours provide the best level of service and customization available at Universal, with a private tour guide just for your party. You can completely customize your itinerary, allowing you to hop on Universal’s most popular attractions without waiting. Private VIP Tours also include three meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner is served at one of Universal’s full-service restaurants. Other perks of Private VIP Tours include a 3-Day Photo Package (starting on the first day of your tour) and complimentary valet parking.
Valet parking lets you breeze through the process of parking your car and entering the theme parks. You’ll bypass the standard parking garage (and the 15-minute walk through the garage, security, and CityWalk) and use a drive-up entrance where a parking attendant will take care of parking your car. You’ll enter the parks from a private entrance with a dedicated security kiosk, saving you tons of time. Plus, having a driver pull up with your pre-air-conditioned car at the end of a long park day may be well worth the $65 to $75 price tag.
Dine at Mythos
Mythos Restaurant at Islands of Adventure has been named Theme Park Insider’s Best Theme Park Restaurant ten times, more than any other restaurant. The beautiful scenery, complete with cascading waterfalls and chiseled mythological rock formations, will leave you stunned. Choose to sit in the outdoor dining area for fantastic views of Islands of Adventure’s major attractions. The restaurant’s notable dishes include wild salmon, braised lamb shank, Pad Thai, and sea scallops.
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