Book family holidays at this resort in the Sunshine State to make memories that will stay with you forever...
Orlando, in the heart of Florida, is the last word in family holidays for many Brits, who just can't get enough of the world's best theme parks and waterparks. The Walt Disney World Resort is an undoubted star of this holiday hotspot - a place where children's dreams have been coming true since 1971. In 1990, Universal Studios opened its doors for the first time and since then it has been joined by the Islands of Adventure theme park, a host of great hotels, the entertainment complex of CityWalk, Wet 'n Wild Orlando, and, following a grand opening in 2010, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This makes the Universal Orlando Resort the second biggest resort in Orlando and a place where many more dreams are turning into joyful reality for holidaying families.
Located between the heart of Orlando and the theme parks of the Disney resort, Universal Studios Orlando holidays are ideal for exploring the very best bits of this fantastic destination and, oh boy, are there plenty of best bits. Giant Disney playgrounds; parks such as SeaWorld and Discovery Cove; golf courses; shops; and waterparks such as Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon: there are days and nights just waiting to be filled with fun times. That's before you've even tackled your holiday home - the incredible Universal Orlando Resort.
You can find sensational deals on holidays to Universal Studios Florida in this family-friendly resort at any time of the year. Hotels here include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, and Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Each has its own unique charms and all are within walking distance of the two main parks: Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida.
The horizon within Islands of Adventure is filled with loops and towers that take visitors on thrilling white-knuckle rides through lands belonging to comics and movies; swing with Spider-Man or go on a river adventure in Jurassic Park. Harry Potter fans can tour the nooks and crannies of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade and see JK Rowling's creations like never before.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter continues at Universal Studios, where the latest attraction of Diagon Alley is thrilling young muggles. Other highlights here take exhilarating voyages with movie and TV legends such as ET, Shrek and the Simpson family.
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It doesn't matter when you visit Universal Orlando Resort - the sun is guaranteed to make an appearance...
Most crowds arrive in Orlando in the hot and humid summer months during the long holidays from school. Average daytime temperatures push past 30C between May and September, though afternoon rainstorms cool things off a bit. Spring and autumn are hot too, with that ever-present threat of rainfall a little less threatening between the months of October and April. Winter holidays to Orlando are also ideal, as the weather is warm but the humidity is more bearable and fewer rain drops fall on the parades in the parks.
There's a gaggle of good times going on at the Universal Orlando Resort...
Mardi Gras; February/March: Let the good times roll at Universal Studios when the carnival atmosphere of Mardi Gras takes over the park. Who needs to party in New Orleans when you can live it up in Orlando?
Halloween Horror Nights; September- November: Never doing things half-heartedly, these special Halloween nights run across three months at Universal Studios. There are many spooky spectacles and frightening frolics to enjoy.
Grinchmas; December: Seuss Landing, the area of the Islands of Adventure park dedicated to the whimsical words of Dr Seuss, becomes a winter wonderland around Christmas, with a little help from the Whos and the hairy green miser himself, the Grinch.
Orlando is a firm family favourite, but there's something for every kind of traveller in this incredible holiday destination...
Babies and toddlers: There are plenty of areas within the parks that are dedicated to the youngest members of your family. See Seuss Landing at the Islands of Adventure and have fun with Barney and Curious George in Universal Studios.
Kids and teens: This place is built for kids and teens - you are never going to hear cries of “I'm bored” at the Universal Orlando Resort. Rides, water slides, shows - this is a place for kids of all ages.
Romance: It is possible to find a romantic spot in this enclave of endless entertainment. The romance of Italy's Portofino has been thoughtfully recreated at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Check the children in at an activity session and book yourself some couple time at the spa or around the pool.
Shopping: Spend like Harry Potter in Diagon Alley. Find your wand at Ollivanders, pick up a joke book at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes or get in the game spirit at Quality Quidditch Supplies. This is shopping like never before.
Nightlife: CityWalk is the home of live music, theatre, and plenty of dining, dancing and drinking options. The whole family can have a night out seeing the incomparable Blue Man Group.