On my most recent trip to Universal Studios Orlando, I stayed at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. My main reason for choosing this resort initially was that Universal’s Unlimited Express Pass is included with your stay. Skipping the lines allowed us to maximize our time in the parks; its inclusion with the resort stay is a genuinely nice perk. Express passes can be purchased daily, but they were more expensive than upgrading our resort to Royal Pacific. 

The resort vibe is that of a South Pacific island paradise. From the open-feeling lobby with its reflecting pool and cute elephants, lush gardens surrounding the outdoor guest areas, to elegantly decorated guest rooms, the entire resort offers an exotic feel right in Orlando. 

COVID-19 procedures were smooth, easy and we felt very safe throughout our stay. Upon entering the gorgeous lobby, a team member is there to take your temperature and issue you a wristband for the day. Each day guests must have their temperature taken and receive a wristband – this procedure lets everyone know you are healthy and affords you access to all areas of Universal Orlando – three theme parks, CityWalk, and resorts. 

Accessing CityWalk, Volcano Bay, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios theme parks was as simple as boarding a boat or taking a 10-minute walk. The boat ride was convenient, fast, and fun! Our captain shared funny anecdotes with the passengers and shared their favorite tips about Universal.  Taking the path option was a relaxing stroll along the waterway through tropical plants and flowers. The greenery and water provide a relaxing contrast to the theme parks after a long day of fun! 

Being so close to the parks provided more options and flexibility for our day. We were able to easily access early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as head back to the resort mid-day for a rest and some pool time if we wanted. 

There are several restaurants and food offerings at Royal Pacific. From table service to quick options and a coffee shop in the lobby, there is something to meet every need.  Additionally, the resort areas were well marked and directions easy to navigate. Signs were easy to see, read, and follow – making knowing where to go a breeze! 

The team at Royal Pacific is there to assist in anyway they can. The Ticket Pick-Up/Guest Services window right in the lobby makes picking up your tickets easy. No need to wait in long lines at the park entrance! You can get your tickets at check-in and head right over to the parks to begin your vacation.

Ready to experience the fun of Universal Orlando? Let’s start planning today!

Andrea Trelles

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