The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2019

The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2019

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THE Comprehensive Guide to Universal Orlando

The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando by Seth Kubersky is packed with detailed, specific information on every ride, show, and restaurant in the resort, including insider details on Harry Potter's Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, as well as the new waterpark Volcano Bay.

Compiled and written by a former Universal Orlando employee and based upon decades of research from a team whose work has been cited by such diverse sources as USA Today and Operations Research Forum, The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando provides step-by-step, detailed touring plans that allow you to make the most of every minute and dollar during your Universal Orlando vacation.

The guide includes info on where to find the cheapest Universal Orlando admission tickets, how to save big on Universal on-site hotel rooms and skip the regular lines in the parks, when to visit Universal Orlando for the lightest crowds, and everything else you need to know for a stress-free Universal Orlando experience.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 130 x 203 x 30.48mm | 340.19g
  • Birmingham, AL, United States
  • English
  • Two-color art throughout, B&W illustrations, maps, tables
  • 1628090898
  • 9781628090895
  • 59,060

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What's NEW in The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2019



Breaking news on the massive expansion coming to Universal Orlando, including new theme parksInformation about the new Aventura Hotel, and the upcoming Endless Summer value-priced resortsSuggestions for how to spend your arrival and departure half-days at Universal OrlandoUpdated advice on taking advantage of Early Park Admission at the Wizarding World of Harry PotterIn-depth preview of the new Harry Potter roller coaster opening in 2019Complete reviews of the new Cinematic Spectacular and Nighttime Lights evening showsInsider tips for experiencing the new Fast & Furious: Supercharged attractionSecrets of new behind-the-scenes tours at Universal Orlando that you can take for freeFresh information on new dining and shopping experiences in and around Universal OrlandoUp-to-date time-saving Touring Plans incorporating all the latest attractions
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Table of contents

List of Maps


About the Authors


Dedication


Introduction





Why "Unofficial"?
Universal Orlando: An Overview


UNIVERSAL LEXICON IN A NUTSHELL
COMMON ABBREVIATIONS AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR
CRITICAL COMPARISON OF ATTRACTIONS FOUND AT BOTH UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD AND UNIVERSAL ORLANDO




PART ONE Planning Before You Leave Home





Gathering Information


IMPORTANT UNIVERSAL ADDRESSES
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PHONE NUMBERS



Timing Your Visit


UNIVERSAL ORLANDO CLIMATE



Allocating Money


UNIVERSAL VS. WDW ADMISSIONS



Making the Most of Your Time and Money at Universal Orlando


PART TWO Accommodations





The Basic Considerations
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels
Universal Orlando Resort Hotel Services and Amenities
Universal Orlando Resort Hotel Profiles
Universal Orlando Vacation Packages
Off-Site Lodging Options
Hotels and Motels: Rated and Ranked
A Word About Toll-Free Telephone Numbers
The 30 Best Hotel Values


THE 30 BEST HOTEL VALUES
HOW THE HOTELS COMPARE
HOTEL INFORMATION CHART




PART THREE Arriving and Getting Around





Getting There
Getting Oriented


PART FOUR Bare Necessities





Money, Etc.
Problems and Unusual Situations
Services
Universal Orlando for Guests with Special Needs


PART FIVE Universal Orlando with Kids





It's a Small Universe, After All
About The Unofficial Guide Touring Plans
Stuff to Think About
Strollers
Lost Children
Universal, Kids, and Scary Stuff


SMALL-CHILD FRIGHT-POTENTIAL TABLE
POTENTIALLY PROBLEMATIC ATTRACTIONS FOR GROWN-UPS
ATTRACTION HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS



Universal Characters


CHARACTER-GREETING LOCATIONS



Babysitting


PART SIX Dining and Shopping at Universal Orlando





Character Meals
Universal Orlando Dining Plans
Fast Food in Universal Orlando's Theme Parks


TOP SIX SNACKS OUTSIDE THE WIZARDING WORLD



Universal Orlando Quick-Service Restaurant Mini-Profiles
Universal Orlando Full-Service Restaurant Profiles


UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE
TOP SIX MILK SHAKES AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO



Dining Near Universal Orlando
Shopping at Universal Orlando
Shopping Near Universal Orlando


PART SEVEN Universal Studios Florida





Getting Oriented at Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Florida Attractions
Live Entertainment at Universal Studios Florida
Special Events at Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Florida Touring Plans


PART EIGHT Universal's Islands of Adventure





Getting Oriented at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal's Islands of Adventure Attractions
Special Events at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal's Islands of Adventure Touring Plans


PART NINE Universal Orlando CityWalk





Arriving and Parking
Admission Prices
Contacting CityWalk
CityWalk Clubs
CityWalk Entertainment


PART TEN Universal's Volcano Bay





Getting to Universal's Volcano Bay
Operating Hours and Admission Price
Universal's Volcano Bay Attractions


Appendix


Index


Touring Plans
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About Seth Kubersky

Seth Kubersky has worked for more than 20 years as a theatrical artist, culture critic, and travel journalist. In addition to coauthoring The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, & the Best of Central Florida, Seth is also a contributor to The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas, TouringPlans.com, and Orlando Attractions Magazine.

Every week, you can read Seth's coverage of Orlando's art and entertainment scene in his column, "Live Active Cultures," featured in each issue of Orlando Weekly, Central Florida's leading alternative newspaper.

Seth lives in downtown Orlando, Florida, with his wife, Genevieve, and their cat, Brubeck.
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