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!
We’ve been working hard to round up some of the Black Friday/Cyber Week deals that have been released, as well as deals that will make you look like a hero when you surprise your family with their next vacation as their holiday gift!! Here are some of the amazing travel deals you can find in the coming days and weeks. One of our skilled travel agents would be happy to help you choose the best vacation for you and your loved ones.
Save Up to 35% on Rooms at Select Disney Resort Hotels in Early 2021 Available to book now through March 15, 2021 for most nights January 3-April 17, 2021
Disney Visa Cardmembers: Special Rates on Select Rooms at Select Disney Resort Hotels Available to book through February 28, 2021 for most stays through February 28, 2021.
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i
Save up to 30% on select rooms at Aulani Resort for stays of 5 consecutive nights—valid from January 4, 2021 through March 11, 2021. Book through March 7, 2021. Book by December 1 to enjoy a $250 Resort Credit for stays of 5 consecutive nights, or a $150 Resort Credit for stays of 4 consecutive nights.
25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line by booking Verandah Category with Restrictions (Category VGT):
3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Dream) March 26, 2021 | April 30, 2021 | May 7, 2021 | May 14, 2021
4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral Disney Dream: March 22, 2021 | May 10, 2021 Disney Fantasy: May 29, 2021
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy) March 20, 2021 | April 17, 2021
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Disney Fantasy): April 10, 2021
25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line by booking Oceanview Category with Restrictions (Category OGT):
4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego (Disney Wonder): April 7, 2021
25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line by booking Inside Category with Restrictions (Category IGT):
4-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego (Disney Wonder): April 26, 2021
5-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego (Disney Wonder): April 2, 2021
Universal Orlando Resort
Ticket Promo: Buy 2 Days, Get 3 Days Free – available for 2 park base tickets as well as park-to-park tickets. Book by 1/6/21 | Travel by 8/31/21
Save up to $800 Package 4-night minimum stay at any of the on-site resorts at Universal Orlando; 2-park, 2-day park-to-park and get 3 days free. Book by 1/6/21 | Travel by 8/31/21
Black Friday Sale – Save up to 40%!! 4-night minimum stay at Cabana Bay Resort – Deposit due upon booking (no courtesy holds). Available Sunday-Thursday (Friday and Saturday night will not be discounted); 2-park, 2-day park-to-park and get 3 days free
Available for booking 11/27/20 *will be very limited and likely to sell out quickly* Travel Windows: 11/29/20-12/25/20 ** 1/1/21-3/25/21 ** 4/11/21-4/30/21
Thanksgiving Sale Book any qualifying Sandals or Beaches Resort vacation of 6 or more paid nights and receive a pair of Waterford Elegance Collection Wine Glasses when you book by November 26, 2020. Travel through December 26, 2021. Blackout dates may apply. Trip must be registered within 72 hours of booking to qualify. Combinable with other Sandals and Beaches promotions (such as 7-7-7).
Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Cyber Sale The Cyber Sale is here, meaning the best rates of the year are available for a limited time. Treat yourself to the getaway you deserve — it’s been quite a year — and enjoy beachfront bliss, soothing spa treatments, Gourmet Exclusive® dining, unique experiences, and more. It doesn’t get any better than our Cyber Sale rates, and they certainly won’t last. So secure your tropical getaway and give yourself something to look forward to. Rates as low as $99 per person, per night. Up to 80% off. Some resorts and/or room types offering up to $1000 in resort credit, as well as $1 swim-up upgrades. Discounts and availability may vary by resort.
Black Friday Sale Take advantage of riu.com’s Black Friday sale to book your next beach or city vacation. Enjoy up to an extra 15% OFF in all-inclusive beach resorts, or up to 20% OFF* in your favorite city hotel. Book by December 4, 2020 for through Dec 23, 2021. Changes made to reservations after December 4, 2020 will null the promotion. Rates and discounts vary per hotel and travel period according to availability.
Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale Dive into the clear turquoise waters of South Florida and go where the weather’s always warm with our largest annual flash sale of the year! Enjoy up to 30% off guest rooms and suites for stays November 27, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Don’t wait too long – flash sale ends November 30 at midnight!
No minimum length of stay required. Offer subject to availability and blackout dates apply. Full pre-payment is required at time of booking. Payment is refundable without fees if cancelled or rescheduled prior to 72 hours of arrival. Offer cannot be combined with other 3rd party bookings, rate discounts, packages, promotional or group offers.
Margaritaville Orlando Resort
Black Friday-Cyber Monday Sale You can receive up to 30% off of the retail rate at Margaritaville Resort Orlando and a one-time $50 resort credit when you book on Black Friday (November 27) and Cyber Monday (November 30, 2020)! Plus, for this deal, we will have a flexible cancellation policy. 30% off of the retail rate will also be available to book December 1-4, 2020 (no resort credit offered when booked these dates). Available for travel through 12/30/2021.
Black Friday/Cyber Week Flash Sale You can receive up to 30% off of the retail rate at Encore Resort at Reunion, as well as a one-time $100 resort credit when you book on Black Friday (November 27) and Cyber Monday (November 30, 2020)! Plus we will have a flexible cancellation policy. 30% off of the retail rate will also be available to book December 1-4, 2020 (no resort credit offered when booked these dates). Available for travel through 12/30/2021.
Encore Resort at Reunion is right in the heart of all of Central Florida’s world-class attractions. When you stay at Encore, you get more time to relax and have fun, with free transportation to and from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando, which are all just minutes away!
Available through 12/31/2021. Blackout dates: 3/23/2021 – 4/4/2021. Additional restrictions apply.
Cyber Week Sale!!! Save up to $550 when you book now. 60% off the second guest. Children 12 and under sail free all year long. And “Cruise with Confidence” (for sailings through April 30, 2022): Guests can cancel their reservation up to 48 hours before they sail and receive a Future Cruise Credit. And you’ll get our Best Price Guarantee.
Available for booking from November 24, 2020-December 1, 2020 for sailings starting January 1, 2021 and beyond.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Black Friday Sale 30% off all ships and all destinations + 5 FREE offers, including FREE Open Bar, FREE Specialty Dining, FREE Excursions, FREE WiFi, and FREE Kids – a total of $2,900 in value! Feel free to Break Free with Norwegian! Must book by November 27, 2020 for sailings starting January 1, 2021 and beyond.
Carnival Cruise Line
Cyber Blowout Early Saver Sale Cruises from $65 per person/per day; Reduced deposits as low as $50 per person (deposit may vary by ship); FREE room upgrades!! Must book by November 29, 2020 for sailings through April 2023.
Thank You Sale In the spirit of giving, we have extended our Double Upgrade offer and added a little something more to ignite your wanderlust. With our new Thank You Sale, enjoy up to $1,000 in onboard credit, plus a complimentary two-category stateroom upgrade on select sailings when you book by December 5, 2020 for select 2021 sailings.
Gather Everyone for the Holidays
BOOK 1 ROOM, GET 1 ROOM FREE Give the best holiday gift t—exclusive 2-for-1 savings for stays December 22 through January 3. Set the scene: You and those you love celebrating the season wrapped in all-inclusive luxury, enjoying fine cuisine, premium beverages, amazing entertainment every night, and a resort specially decorated for the holidays.
Kids & Teens Stay Free at Select Resorts
Free Airport Transfer at Select Resorts
250+ Preventive Health Measures at Every Resort
You can use both rooms at the same time, or you can enjoy your free room to try out one of our other fabulous resorts on a separate vacation. What’s more, you can even gift their second room to someone they love. And don’t forget about Purely Palace, our comprehensive sanitation program with more measures in place to assure everyone’s health and safety. Book by December 4, 2020/Stay Through January 3, 2021.
Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas
Cyber Week Sale 2021 Rooms for $202.10 – plus Book Now, Pay Later! No deposit due at time of booking!! Pay just $202.10 per night for stays at The Royal at Atlantis for stays of 2 nights or more. Offer available for select room types and is based on availability. Book by December 1, 2020. Available for travel December 10, 2020-November 30, 2021.
It’s here! Enjoy BIG savings of up to $650* pp across our “Best of” trips on all 2021 departures. Now is the time to book your 2021 trip with us, with our risk-free, flexible booking conditions and the added assurance of knowing your wellbeing is our priority.
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Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort is re-opening this week!!! Team Members had a chance to preview the new operations for re-opening today. Here’s what we know so far – please keep in mind that this is subject to change at any time and I’ll do my best to keep you informed.
Upon arriving to the park, your temperature will be checked, then you’ll head to security. Once you’ve cleared both of these areas, you’ll be allowed to board the bus where a team member will ensure parties are seating at least 6 feet apart from one another. Take note of the social distancing markers on the ground as you approach the line for the bus. Masks are required from the moment you arrive at Universal Orlando Resort until after you enter Volcano Bay.
When you arrive at the entrance of Volcano Bay, your ticket will be scanned and a team member wearing a mask and gloves will give you your Tapu Tapu. Once you have received your Tapu Tapu and have entered the park, you only need to wear a mask when you’re by the lockers, restaurants and merchandise stores.
If you plan to rent a locker, you’ll see that locker area has social distancing markers on the ground. They are only letting 10 guests at a time into the locker area. To limit capacity and safely expedite this process for all guests, please have only ONE guest from the party bring your belongings to your locker. The locker will be yours for the day; they will be sanitizing them at the end of the day when the park closes.
For the lazy and rapid river, once you get out of the water, you put your life jacket in the bin provided. A team member will be taking them aside to be properly sanitized before hanging them up for reuse.
The cabanas at Volcano Bay will be available for rent. The only change from their previous policies is that the family cabanas will be capped at 10 people rather than 16.
As previously mentioned, you will need to wear your mask when you’re near the dining locations. For the larger dining locations with seating areas, a line will form and they will pull parties one at a time to seat them in an area to maintain social distancing. There are team members sanitizing the tables after each use before seating the next party.
Side note, which is SUPER IMPORTANT… Don’t skip the ice cream at Volcano Bay… it is SO GOOD You can choose up to 3 different flavors swirled together for cones or cups! The cone pictured in here is from Koka Poroka – highly recommend!!! This was vanilla/blue raspberry/pineapple!!
We are excited to bring you a few updates on the new guidelines for the reopening of Universal Orlando! Remember things are constantly changing so be sure to ask your Living With The Magic Vacations travel planner if you have any questions!
Getting into Universal Orlando: Once you enter the park (every other car), you will have your temperature screening before heading to security. Then you can pick your park and head to the gates. No fingerprint will be needed to enter the parks, your ticket will simply be scanned. Be sure to pay attention to the social distancing marks on the ground at each of these aforementioned areas.
Social distancing marks on the ground all through the queue
Lockers: lockers are sanitized after every use, also after someone uses a locker, that locker is than blocked out for around 3 hours and can’t be used by another guest.
Hand sanitizer is given put before getting on your vehicle by an attractions attendant.
Masks are required everywhere in the parks, even on attractions.
There are social distancing markers on the ground, and in some cases, there may be a rope to ensure you maintain your distance from characters. You’ll have to take selfies or have someone in your party take your picture as character attendants will not be permitted to take photos with your phones or cameras. You do have to wear your mask when meeting characters, even if you are distanced. It also looks like they’re grouping characters together to take one great picture.
When entering restaurants you instantly run into a hand sanitizer dispenser. Next you will be told where to be seated for social distancing, and you will order at your table from the app.
The dining plan doesn’t work on the mobile app yet* so if you have a dining plan, ONE person from your party will walk up through the line and pay with your dining plan at the register.
Universal will be utilizing virtual lines via their mobile app, as well as through virtual line kiosks they’ve set up at the parks in the event someone doesn’t have the app. If an attraction has a virtual line, that is the only way you currently can get into the line. If you do not have a virtual line reservation, you will not be allowed to join the line. You may only join one virtual line at a time. Single rider lines are not operating at this time. If you’re staying at one of Universal’s resorts that entitles you and your party to Universal Express Unlimited, you may enter the lines as you normally would.
BONUS! Hagrid’s now will use the Virtual Line Feature!