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5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

By now, you’re probably aware that Universal Orlando’s new water theme park, Universal’s Volcano Bay, is officially open. I bet you’re ready to take on the thrills, soak up the sun and experience everything Volcano Bay has to offer.

Your destination is set. But have you thought about where you’re going to stay?

Here are five reasons why staying at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels is the best way to maximize your visit to Volcano Bay:

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

1. Get In Before Everyone Else

By staying on-site at Universal Orlando Resort, you receive Early Park Admission to Volcano Bay. That means you can enter the park one hour before the scheduled opening and check out the rides before everyone else.

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

2. Walk or Ride and Save Time

Forget hopping in the car and driving to the parks. When you stay on-site, you just need to roll out of bed and make your way over.

Guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort can walk to Volcano Bay on the dedicated walking path. Guests staying at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort enjoy complimentary shuttle bus transportation.

No getting the car wet. No getting up early to drive. No parking. Enjoy Volcano Bay the hassle-free way!

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

3. Make Purchases with Your TapuTapu

When you visit Volcano Bay, TapuTapu becomes your currency. You can make purchases throughout Volcano Bay using TapTu Pay. All you have to do is set up an account through the Official Universal Orlando Resort App or online, link your party’s Volcano Bay tickets, add your credit card information and create a pin number.

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

4. Experience Shopping without the Baggage

Interested in purchasing gifts but don’t want to carry it around? When you stay on-site, you have the option of having your merchandise delivered back to your hotel for free. All you need to do is tell the Team Member at the gift shop you’d like to have your purchases delivered to your hotel.

Guests staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort will have their purchases delivered to Luggage Services in the hotel lobby for pick up. Guests staying at the other on-site hotels will have their merchandise delivered to their hotel rooms.

5 Reasons To Stay On-Site When Visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

5. Enjoy Views Beyond Belief

Nothing beats waking up in the morning, looking out the window and seeing a 200-foot volcano.

When you stay in a Volcano Side Room at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Volcano Bay all day long.

Make the most of your Volcano Bay visit and stay on-site at Universal Orlando Resort. You’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from the fun!

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

In case you are not aware, summer is here and we have the perfect way to beat the heat – Universal’s Volcano Bay.

The new water theme park is the perfect way to cool off with over 30 experiences including 18 water attractions such as winding and action rivers, two children play areas, an aqua coaster unlike any other, and plenty of pools and sandy beaches. And you can’t forget delicious food and refreshing beverages.

Since this may be your first time visiting Volcano Bay, you may be looking for some tips and tricks to experiencing the park. Look no further – here are 10 ways to maximize your visit.

1. Hop or Skip to Volcano Bay by Staying On-Site

By staying at one of Universal Orlando’s five on-site hotels, you can get to Volcano Bay quicker! From Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort you can walk right over on the walking path that takes you directly to the park entrance. Hop aboard our complimentary shuttles from our four other hotels Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. An added bonus to staying on-site is Early Park Admission. This gives you exclusive access to Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens to day guests.

HINT: If you stay at Cabana Bay, try to grab a Volcano Side room at the new towers where you’ll get a beautiful view of the mighty Krakatau.

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

2. The Early Bird Gets the Best Beach Chair

This may be a no brainer, but the earlier you get to Volcano Bay the more you can jump on rides quicker. Plus, you can claim a prime spot on the beach of your choice as your home base for the day. #Winning

HINT: Want an even more epic spot on the beach? You can book a Private Cabana or Premium Seating. These options are very popular, so we recommend reserving them before you arrive by calling (877) 489-8068.

3. Head Towards the Back

It’s a known fact that people will naturally drift towards the first attractions they see. We recommend grabbing a spot in the back of the park when you first arrive. You’ll avoid the initial crowds near the front and get to the fun faster. Attractions near the back tend to have shorter wait times at the beginning of the day too!

HINT: As you’re making your way to the back to claim your spot, tap to save your ride time at one of the attractions along the way. That way, after you’ve grabbed your beach chair and applied the sunscreen, you can ride.

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

4. Items For Rent at Volcano Bay

If you have a large family and find yourself hauling a lot of gear into the park, have no fear! There are lockers for rent for cash or credit card throughout the entire park with three different sizes to store your things. I bet you already have a beach towel, but just in case you forget, there are towels available for rent. Your TapuTapu is technically rented for free, too, since you have to return it at the end of the day.

HINT: You can link up to four TapuTapus to your locker so the whole family can access it whenever they want.

5. Turn Your TapuTapu Into Your Wallet

If you would like to be able to take advantage of TapTu Pay at Volcano Bay, you can start setting up your account before you arrive through The Official Universal Orlando Resort App or online. You can link all of your party’s Volcano Bay tickets to the same account, and you can set up TapTu Pay by linking your credit card. Next step is to set up a pin number and boom – you’re all set to begin your adventure in Volcano Bay. You’ll receive your TapuTapu wearable at the park entrance when you arrive.

HINT: TapTu Pay allows you to purchase merchandise, food and drinks with a simple tap of your wearable. An awesome benefit is the ability to set spending limits on your account.

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

6. Thrills & Chills to Check Out While in Virtual Line

Here’s a quick snapshot to everything you can do while waiting in virtual line after you tapped into an attraction.

  • Ride the waves in the Waturi Beach wave pool
  • Discover all the TapTu Play effects throughout the park
  • Grab a tube and relax on the Kopiko Wai Winding River or take on the waves of TeAwa the Fearless River
  • Enjoy lunch or unique snacks such as a POG (a blend of Pineapple, Orange and Guava juices) or Waturi Fusion ice cream (made up of four different flavors!)
  • Play among the slides and water guns of the two kids areas Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef
  • Cool off in The Reef or Puka Uli Lagoon pools
  • Explore the gift shops for a fun souvenir to take home
  • If you’re 21+, try one of the Volcano Bay signature drinks at the two boat bars, Dancing Dragons and Kunuku

HINT: You’re in an island paradise when visiting Volcano Bay. Remember this is your time to relax and let the stress of everyday life drift away.

7. You Don’t Have to Ride Immediately…

 …When your TapuTapu alerts you that your ride time has arrived. You can head over at your leisure. So, if it catches you in the middle of enjoying an Island Chicken Salad, you don’t have to wolf it down. Enjoy your meal!

HINT: You do have to ride that attraction before you tap into another attraction, unless you want to replace it. But why wouldn’t you want to ride?!

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

8. Keep a Look Out for “Ride Now!”

Your TapuTapu wearable allows you to virtually wait in line for one attraction at a time. As you’re exploring the park, keep an eye out for slides that say “Ride Now!” You’ll be able to jump right onto the ride without getting out of your virtual line. As I mentioned before, you can replace your ride time  with another ride if you’d like. All it takes is a simple tap.

HINT: More attractions will show “Ride Now!” if you arrive early in the morning or if you stay later near closing time.

9. Eat Early or Later

Restaurants are busier in the noon – 2pm hours… on second thought, you may already know that. If you can, try eating earlier or later to avoid crowds of hungry people. There are four dining locations and other food carts throughout the park and two bars to grab a refreshing beverage.

HINT: One of my favorite food finds in Volcano Bay is The Feasting Frog. Look for a frog-shaped structure in the Rainforest Village, where you can enjoy snacks like the Poke Poke Bowl or a Taco Sampler.

10 Tips To Know Before You Go To Universal’s Volcano Bay

10. Ride Out the Rain

If you’re not a local, you may not know: it rains in Florida during the summer. So, when you see the clouds gathering, don’t pack up your things and leave. Just ride out the weather until it passes, which in Florida can be pretty quick. You’ll find wait times for attractions will shorten as people who aren’t as savvy as you leave. I would recommend taking cover and enjoying a drink, a bite to eat or doing some shopping.

HINT: You’re already in a water park. You’re already wet. Roll with it and enjoy a beverage.

From Italian Luxury to Retro Fun, Universal Orlando Resort Has It All

At Universal Orlando Resort, there are many hotels & resorts to choose from that will perfectly fit you and your family’s needs!

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach ResortDive into non-stop fun at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Float along the lazy river by day and check out the retro bowling alley at night. Enjoy vibrant, retro-style with rooms and suites brilliantly designed for family-sized fun. Relax and play, surrounded by amazing iconic architecture inspired by classic Florida beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s.

portofino-bay-recreation-300x176Indulge in elegance at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Unwind at Mandara Spa, then enjoy dinner at any of their chic Italian restaurants. Enjoy the best of European elegance and Old World hospitality. Inspired by the picturesque Mediterranean seaside resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a romantic getaway reminiscent of sunny days on the Italian Riviera.

Hard Rock HotelVacation like a rock star at Hard Rock Hotel. Chill in the 12,000 sq. ft. pool and make appearances at their legendary lounges and restaurants. The sweeping California mission-style design—inspired by classic rock music—welcomes you to escape to a sensational world with a palm-lined swimming pool featuring underwater music, incredible rock memorabilia and exceptional entertainment—including famous names live in concert.

Loews Royal Pacific ResortEnjoy a tropical escape at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Bask in the sun beside the lagoon-style pool before exploring their innovative cuisines. Day and night, delectable, innovative culinary creations welcome you to savor one-of-a-kind dining adventures. And on special nights, fun blazes to life with a classic luau celebration of aloha.

Loews Sapphire Falls ResortNow open, the Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Transport to a cool paradise where blue waterfalls cascade over lush grounds, and in the distance, the calming sounds of steel drums call guests to take in the scenic water views, ease into ‘island time’ and let go. Guests will be surrounded by a vivid, textured haven that is inspired by landmarks of the islands.

The Ultimate Holiday Guide For Universal Orlando’s On-site Hotels

You expect fun, holiday festivities in our theme parks this seasons. But did you know all four Universal Orlando Resort on-site hotels have also decked the halls with holiday events?

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To help fill every moment of your time here with holidays cheer, Universal Orlando has compiled the Ultimate Holiday Guide for their on-site hotels. You may even find yourself creating a new family tradition!

All of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels have amazing holiday offerings, including themed buffets and meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, holiday arts and crafts and more. Below is a complete list of holiday festivities that are unique to each hotel:

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LOEWS PORTOFINO BAY HOTEL

Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration (Nov. 26) — Celebrate Thanksgiving with your family in Portofino with a savory dinner, live holidays performance, arts and crafts, face painters and more.

Holiday Harbor Nights (Nov. 27) — Enjoy an enchanting evening in Italy with live holiday music, wine tasting and the grand illumination of the Christmas tree.

Festive Holiday Dining (Nov. 26, Dec. 25) — Join your favorite Universal Orlando characters for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, complete with buffets, strolling musicians, arts and crafts and more.

New Year’s Eve Party in the Piazza (Dec. 31)  Ring in the New Year with an impressive spread of delicious food stations, complimentary wines, live music from a DJ, midnight toast and more.

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HARD ROCK HOTEL

Holidays Dining at The Kitchen (Nov. 26, Dec. 24-25) — Jazz up your holidays with themed dining for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. You’ll be able to chow down on delicious food while also meeting some of your favorite Universal Orlando characters!

Velvet Unplugged (Dec. 18) — Get ready to rock this holiday season with Velvet Unplugged, which includes a live concert and first round of drinks is on the house.

Rock-in 2016 Holiday Buffet & Lobby Party (Dec. 31) — Rock in the New Year with a live DJ spinning the best music of 2015, a live stream of Times Square, Universal characters, food and dessert stations, a midnight toast and more.

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LOEWS ROYAL PACIFIC RESORT

Holidays Wantilan Luau (Nov. 28) — Enjoy the holidays on an island oasis with a buffet of delicious tropical food, tree lighting, fire dancers, hula dancers and live music.

Holidays Dining (Nov. 26, Dec. 25, Dec. 31)  Indulge in holidays-themed dining with a tropical twist for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

New Year’s Eve Wantilan Luau (Dec. 31)  Celebrate the New Year with a buffet (including a kids’ buffet), tree lighting, fire dancers, hula dancers and live music.

New Year’s Eve Champagne and Cocktail Reception (Dec. 31)  Bring in the New Year at this Holiday oasis with h’ors d’ouevres, a live DJ, live stream of the ball drop and a champagne toast at midnight.

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UNIVERSAL’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT

Holiday Dining (Nov. 26, Dec. 25)  Bayliner Diner will offer a special holidays menu for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tree Lighting Ceremony (Nov. 27) — Watch as the Christmas tree in Cabana Bay’s lobby lights up for the holidays with a cheerful tree lighting ceremony, featuring a special guest appearance, hot chocolate and cookies, live music and face painters.

New Year’s Eve at the Bayliner Diner (Dec. 31)  This New Year’s Eve, take a trip back to the 1950s and 60’s with a scrumptious meal, a live DJ, face painters and a balloon drop!


Celebrate Holiday Joy At Universal Orlando Resorts

With all the holiday festivities in store at Universal Orlando Resort this year, it’s no secret that Universal Orlando Resort is the place to be to get into the holiday spirit. Throughout the parks there are several options to put the joy into the season. But the jubilee doesn’t end there! You can’t miss all the glitz and glamour at our four on-site hotels.

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With the hotels fabulously decked and fantastic events lined up, you know there’s never a dull moment when it comes to the most wonderful time of the year around these parts.

So if you’re like me, you’ve already got your calendars out, ready to get to planning. Whether you’re local or from out-of-town, pencil in these must-do’s. Because when it comes to the holidays, it’s never too early to start planning!

Dining

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Aside from gathering with loved ones and the warm-and-fuzzy feelings, who can forget about all the food! And when you’re celebrating the season at our on-site resorts, the word, “satisfied,” does not even begin to cover the post-meal glow.

At Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, you’re in for a treat, as each hotel kicks off the season with extravagant Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s buffets, complete with carving stations, specialty dishes, chilled seafood, salads, pastries, cakes and more. For example, our Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration at Portofino Bay, includes turkey and all the trimmings, live entertainment and activities for the kids. Imagine that, a Thanksgiving meal with no cooking or clean-up!

And it wouldn’t be Universal Orlando without a bit of fun – kids can enjoy activities like arts and crafts, face painting and even a visit at the table from their favorite Universal Orlando character!

Décor

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Whether it’s your neighbor down the street putting up his lights or the Christmas palm trees that are so common here in Florida, the magic of the holidays just isn’t complete without all the trimmings and decorations. And when it comes to decking the halls, our four hotels have holiday style to fit every taste.

If you’re into the retro look, check out the glistening silver trees that dot Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Hard Rock Hotel’s adorned with music-inspired ornaments for everyone’s inner rocker, and for those with a sweet tooth, Loews Royal Pacific’s gingerbread house village is a must-see treat. Traditional real-tree advocates, have no fear – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel even puts up a huge, live spruce tree up every year in the Harbor Piazza.

Events & Activities

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With delicious food and dazzling décor, there’s only one thing missing from this equation–the festivities! With activities like cookie and ornament decorating in the lobby, Hanukkah menorah lightings and even special visits from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, the on-site hotels at Universal Orlando really come alive during this time of year.

You won’t want to miss kicking off the holidays at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel’s Holiday Harbor Nights on November 27, a wine, food, music and tree lighting celebration out on the beautiful Harbor Piazza. If you’re looking for a unique twist to the holidays this year, get your hula on at a special New Year’s Eve Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. What could be better than a Polynesian buffet and toasting Mai Tais to the New Year?

So, make sure to include the holidays at Universal’s on-site hotels in your plans this season. And, remember … you can also save by staying at one of the on-site hotel this holiday season, where you can enjoy more of the holiday festivities!


Go Behind-The-Scenes of the New Minion Rooms at Universal Orlando Resort

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what those despicable Minions have been up to transforming the kid’s rooms at Loew’s Portofino Bay Resort into one-of-a-kind Despicable Me Kids’ Suites.

Here are some photos from the new Minion rooms at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort.

Go Behind-The-Scenes of the New Minion Rooms at Universal Orlando Resort

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Go Behind-The-Scenes of the New Minion Rooms at Universal Orlando Resort

The New Minion Themed Kids Rooms

Go Behind-The-Scenes of the New Minion Rooms at Universal Orlando Resort

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The Minions Take Over New Kids Suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renovated kid’s suites. These rooms capture the excitement and playfulness of Gru’s Laboratory. As you enter through the vault door, your training as a future Minion begins with your favorite minion characters repelling from the ceiling and surrounding you on the walls in their non-stop antics. Sleep like Margo, Edith and Agnes in custom-designed missile beds with Minion-inspired bedding, complete with Gru’s scarf. Balancing the playfulness of the room, a pale blue interior creates a soothing backdrop with touches of the laboratory’s red accents to remind you that you are indeed in an unforgettable Minion adventure for your stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renovated kid’s suites.

The adults’ room features a king-sized bed in the hotel’s newly-renovated Italian luxury design. An added feature that parents will appreciate is a single entry door into the suite: the kids’ side of the suite does not have a door that opens into the hallway. All of the hotel’s 18 kids’ suites will be transformed with the new theme. 

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renovated kid’s suites.

On-site hotel guests receive exclusive benefits, including Early Park Admission and free Universal Express Unlimited ride access which lets them skip the regular lines on most rides and attractions in Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

About Portofino Bay Resort

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renovated kid’s suites.

Escape to the sunny shores of the Italian Riviera at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Inspired by the famed Mediterranean seaside resort, this AAA Four Diamond Award winning hotel features 750 guest rooms, including 45 spacious suites. Each room offers the epitome of European luxury and elegance with authentic Italian furnishings and marble accents. Picture yourself relaxing in the comfort of a romantic Italian villa, surrounded by upgraded features like custom duvet covers with 100% white goose down duvet inserts, and elegant window treatments featuring lace curtains which cast lovely floral patterns around the room. And of course, each guest room is also equipped with all the latest amenities to combine the best of Old World hospitality with modern convenience.

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Newly Renovations Bring Italian Luxury-Inspiration to Guestrooms at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

All 750 rooms and suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando have been completely renovated with a fresh, new Mediterranean-inspired design that enhances the guest experience.  Designers took their inspiration for the new rooms from the upscale, sun-drenched resort of Portofino, Italy and its historic harbor along the Italian Riviera.

All 750 rooms and suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando have been completely renovated with a fresh, new Mediterranean-inspired design that enhances the guest experience.

This massive $14 million renovation project took more than 5,000 gallons of paint, nearly 45,000 total work hours and more than 35,000 yards of carpeting to complete.  A special time-lapse video captured the transformation of one room from start to finish.

“The new rooms celebrate the charm, romance and glamour of Portofino, Italy’s grand vacation villas and hotels,” says Karen Daroff of Daroff Design.  “A refined palette in soft neutral cream colors, paired with sun-baked shades of aqua are complemented by rich, terra cotta-colored marble and custom-designed, white-washed furnishings.”

All 750 rooms and suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando have been completely renovated with a fresh, new Mediterranean-inspired design that enhances the guest experience.

All 750 rooms and suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando have been completely renovated with a fresh, new Mediterranean-inspired design that enhances the guest experience.

Featuring cobblestone piazzas, outdoor cafés and a nightly balcony show, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is located on-site at Universal Orlando Resort and is connected to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk by a scenic waterway.

All 750 rooms and suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando have been completely renovated with a fresh, new Mediterranean-inspired design that enhances the guest experience.

Hotel guests enjoy three themed swimming pools, seven restaurants and lounges, a world-class spa and an exclusive package of theme park benefits including Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access, allowing guests to skip the regular theme park lines all day.

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