The Ultimate Guide to Planning the Best Spring Break Ever at Universal Orlando Resort

The Ultimate Guide to Planning the Best Spring Break Ever at Universal Orlando Resort

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It’s hard to believe, but Spring Break is fast approaching. It’ll be here in all its sun-drenched glory before you know it. And after you’ve worked hard all winter, you know you’re going to be ready to play hard at Universal Orlando Resort.

So when you’re ready to start planning the best Spring Break ever, here’s a quick guide to help you along.

Step 1: Stay on Property for All the Perks of a Trip Around the World

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

One of my favorite things about staying on-site at Universal Orlando is that in addition to having a fun vacation at the parks, you can have a totally different travel experience based on which hotel you choose. Fancy some gelato and a stroll down a cobblestone street in Italy? Perhaps a hula in Hawaii? You can even time travel back to the 50s and 60s… but how?

Universal Orlando has a variety of on-site hotels with unique themes. So you can have the ultimate Spring Break in the parks while enjoying a Caribbean beach vacation at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, an Instagrammable Euro-trip at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, or a rock-and-roll fantasy at Hard Rock Hotel.

When you stay at any Universal Orlando hotel, you get free transportation to and from the parks. You can travel to Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure on a leisurely boat ride or a quick bus ride to the heart of the action in Universal CityWalk. For guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you can utilize the convenient walking paths to Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort all offer free Universal Express Unlimited passes for every guest on the reservation, which gets you to the front of the line quicker.

Universal's Volcano Bay view from Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Plus, on-site resort guests get Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Universal’s Volcano Bay, which gets you into the park one hour before it opens – a perk I just can’t live without.

PRO TIP: It wouldn’t be a successful Spring Break if you went back home without a little tan! When you stay on-site, you have access to every pool on property. I like to take advantage of Early Park Admission and hang out in the parks until about lunchtime, then I pool-hop in the afternoon. Poolside drinks and snacks revive me until I am ready to head back into the parks for an evening of fun.

Step 2: Get the App

You can now purchase your park tickets in the Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App and bring your ticket to the front gate on your phone.

Sunscreen and comfy shoes are a must during Spring Break, so don’t forget to pack them! Another must? The free Official Universal Orlando Resort App. It’s the single best way to plan your visit, both before you arrive and once you get to the resort. It keeps you updated on wait times, show times, restaurant options, maps and more.

You can also set up alerts to notify you when wait times change, so you spend more time experiencing the attractions, and less time making decisions about where to go next.

Step 3: Stay Cool

Universal's Volcano Bay, VB, UVB, Project 533, Water Park, Water Rides, Universal Orlando Resort

They don’t call Florida the Sunshine State for nothing! Be sure to schedule time to beat the infamous heat. A day at Volcano Bay is my favorite way to stay cool. Water rides, an epic wave pool and private cabanas you can reserve are open for the first Spring Break in Volcano Bay history. And call me crazy, but I think the combination of sandy beach, erupting volcano and thrilling Krakatau Aqua Coaster are way better than a boring old beach vacation.

You can stay cool at the “dry” parks, too! Check out Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls and Jurassic Park River Adventure for a cold splash at Islands of Adventure; or cool off at Curious George Goes to Town in Universal Studios.

PRO TIP: There are so many things to see and do, you might just forget to stay hydrated and make sure to reapply sunscreen every so often. Take care of yourself out there!

Step 4: Let the Good Times Roll – It’s Mardi Gras!

Enjoy colorful floats and catch tons of beads during Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras Celebration

Universal’s Mardi Gras is in full swing during Spring Break, so you can devour beignets, catch beads from colorful parade floats and dance in the streets to live music. It’s fun for the whole family! Not only is Universal’s Mardi Gras a great incentive to visit during the spring, it’s also included in the price of admission. The party runs from Feb. 3 – April 7 with a parade stepping off every night. Check out the stellar concert lineup, because you never know if your favorite band will be playing during your visit.

Step 5: Take Advantage of the Splash, Stay And Play Vacation Package

Universal's Volcano Bay Raft Water Slides

Want to save an extra $75 for some spending cash during your break? The Splash, Stay and Play Vacation Package does just that on stays in March and April. You can visit all three theme parks, pick the hotel you want, take advantage of Early Park Admission and enjoy live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk. Click here for all the package details. Choose what works best for your family and get the most out of your week.


That’s right my fellow Floridians, there’s an offer available now that gives you three months FREE when you purchase any Annual Pass. That’s 15 months of thrills and excitement at the parks and exclusive benefits. Click here for details.

There’s so much you can do at Universal Orlando during your Spring Break. Now that you’ve got the first few steps in hand, start dreaming of that warm weather and plan your spring vacation with us now!

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  1. Paige Sanders

    We are already booked for March 25th to the 31st would this be available for our vacation?