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Universal Orlando Resort
Location Orlando, Florida, United States United States
Website Universal Studios Florida Homepage
Owner NBC Universal, The Blackstone Group
Opened June 7, 1990
Previous names Universal Studios Florida (1990 - 1998)
Universal Studios Escape (1998 - 2001)
Universal Orlando Resort (2002 - present)
Operating season Year-round
Area Greater Orlando
Slogan A Vacation from the Ordinary
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Globe.JPG
Theme parks

Universal Studios Florida
Islands of Adventure
CityWalk Orlando
Wet 'n Wild Orlando

Resort hotels

Hard Rock Hotel
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort is a theme park resort in Orlando, Florida. It is a joint partnership between NBC Universal and the Blackstone Group. The resort consists of two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure), Universal CityWalk (a night-time entertainment destination), and three Loews Hotels. Universal Orlando Resort is the largest property owned by Universal Studios Theme Parks; it is also the second-largest resort in Greater Orlando, after the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Location

Universal Orlando is located north of the International Drive resort area, on a parcel of land framed by Interstate 4 to the south, Kirkman Road to the east, Vineland Road to the north, and Turkey Lake Road to the west. The resort is directly accessible from I-4 via Exit 74B, which empties eastbound onto Universal Boulevard and westbound onto Hollywood Way.

Universal Orlando is served by LYNX buses (links) 21, 37, and 40.(Schedules)

Universal Studios Florida

Panoramic view of Universal Studios Florida's lagoon

Universal Studios Florida, opened On June 7, 1990, is a theme park that lets visitors "Ride the Movies." The themes of Universal Studio's are targeted at making guests feel like they are in a movie set with rides that are inspired by popular films. The park consists of six themed areas - Hollywood, Production Central, New York, San Francisco / Amity, World Expo and KidZone.

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Lighthouse at the entrance to Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure opened in May 1999. The park is currently composed of six distinct "islands", each having its own theme. Visitors start off in the Port of Entry and make their way through the various islands - Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing. A new island themed to the popular Harry Potter film and book series was announced in May 2007, with a scheduled opening in Spring 2010.

Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk includes the 20 screen AMC Universal Cineplex, numerous restaurants, shops, and clubs. It is also home to Margaritaville, NBA City Cafe, NASCAR Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Live, and Emeril's. The clubs at CityWalk include Latin Quarter, The Groove, Pat O'Briens, Rising Star, Bob Marley's, Red Coconut, and Cigarz.

Halloween Horror Nights

Promotional poster for the 2008 edition, featuring the Bloody Mary character.

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the largest Halloween events in the U.S., presented annually at Universal Orlando Resort. From 1991-2001, the event was held at Universal Studios Florida. The Halloween Horror Nights was expanded to Islands of Adventure in 2002, but the event was moved back to Universal Studios Florida in 2006.

Resorts

The resort features three official on-site hotels: Loews Royal Pacific Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. All three hotels have been given the AAA Four Diamond rating and are located in close proximity to the Universal Orlando theme parks. The hotels offer guests free water taxi or shuttle bus service to the Universal Orlando theme parks. Another benefit is that the guest room key works as an "Express Pass", allowing the guest to bypass the Stand-by line at any attraction with the "Express Pass" option. Theme park guests who are not staying at the Universal official hotels may be able to purchase "Express Passes" at an additional cost.

Universal's Wet 'n Wild

In 2007, Universal began considering the Wet 'n Wild park in Orlando, which it purchased in 1998, a part of Universal Orlando Resort. It is located adjacent to Universal Orlando property, across Interstate 4 at International Drive and Universal Boulevard.

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Coordinates: 28°28′28″N 81°27′46″W / 28.474316°N 81.462843°W / 28.474316; -81.462843

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