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The Universal Orlando Resort is a project more than 18 years in the making. It encompasses two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, a nighttime and entertainment complex, CityWalk, and three hotels on the resort grounds: the Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel and the Royal Pacific Hotel. Each of these pieces makes up a truly unique area that millions flock to annually.

The history of the resort is an interesting one. For example, did you know that it took Universal almost am entire decade to get the first theme park of its feet? While the concept of Universal came from the success of their Hollywood theme park, the Universal Orlando Resort has a truly unique history – one involving famed Hollywood filmmakers, competition with Disney on a whole new level and multiple attempts to get it financed and off the ground.

Universal, like all of the Central Florida attractions, has certain times of year that are best to visit for specific reasons. They have special events that are taking place all year long, and, as is usual in the summer months, crowds of tourists that come to the parks in herds. For the best times to visit Universal, including information on what the weather will be like when you are planning your next retreat, be sure to check out this section.

What can you expect while you are at Universal Orlando? Only the best of the best. Universal has some of the best special events you will find at any theme park in the world, along with some of the best hotels that will suit any budget while offering luxury accommodations and all the great benefits you receive for staying at a resort inside the Universal gates. At Universal, guests feast at some of the most delicious restaurants anywhere in the Orlando area, Universal also offers some of the most exciting thrill rides on the planet. Of course, there are rides and attractions for everyone in the family, but if it is thrills you are after, you have come to the right place. No matter what you are looking forward to in Orlando, be sure to treat yourself to the Best of Universal.

Be sure to check out the Intro to Parks, Navigating and Rest of Universal sections for every detail about making your vacation fantasies become a reality.

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