( ENSPIRE Travel ) Universal Orlando Resort Oﬀers the Ultimate Family Experience From Resorts to Attractions for Veterans and All
Contributor: Rufus and Jenny Triplett
Universal Orlando Resort is a Total Family Experience for Military Veterans and All
Just as Marty McFly marks the time to go back to the future, we wish we could catapult out of this pandemic. Most likely, we will still be in this thing until 2022, and we can make the best of it for those who would rather stay close to home.
Universal Studios Orlando oﬀers the ultimate family experience from resorts to attractions. No matter what decade you were born, there is something for you inside of all three parks. Getting the kids and the seniors out of the house safely is still a significant concern, and taking them to a park with thousands of people might not be the ﬁrst thought, but you can actually do this with covid precautions in place, on a budget, and make it enjoyable for all.
Most families are still trying to recover from the pandemic and tend to be watching their coins. Especially military families. So how do you get out of the house and have some fun keeping cost in mind and ball on a budget? Discounts! As any Orlando visitor veteran knows, if you can’t ﬁnd discount tickets online, you can always ﬁnd numerous discounts once you arrive in town. However, Universal has already done the work for you by putting together a great package:
Universal Orlando Resort invites guests to kick off 2022 with an epic, limited-time vacation package offering ﬁve days of exhilarating theme park thrills and ﬁve nights at an incredible Universal Orlando hotel, starting from just $89 per person, per night, based on a family of four.
To take advantage of this deal, the vacation package must include Sunday through Thursday travel dates, and the booking must be completed by December 28, 2021, for travel starting January 4 through May 27, 2022. Block-out dates and restrictions apply. Guests can begin booking their vacation package today by visiting www.UniversalOrlando.com.
Military families can also take advantage of a great deal:
Universal Orlando Resort is thrilled to honor active duty and retired military members for their incredible service to our country with the 2022 Military Freedom Pass and additional special offers. Introduced last year, this offer gives military personnel and their families a chance to visit the award-winning theme park destination every day from November 11, 2021, through December 31, 2022, with no block-out dates.
Military Freedom Pass, vacation package, and hotel discount details are as follows:
The 2-Park 2022 Military Freedom Pass can be purchased for $199.99 per adult and provides access to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. For an additional $35, military personnel and their families can purchase the 3-Park 2022 Military Freedom Pass, which includes admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, a tropical oasis where guests can enjoy a variety of relaxing and thrilling experiences, including taking in the views of a 200-foot volcano while relaxing on the sands of Waturi Beach and braving a 125-foot drop on the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.
The 2022 Military Freedom Pass is available for purchase now through December 27, 2022. This offer cannot be purchased at the Universal Orlando Front Gate and is only available with valid identification at participating sales outlets on Military Base installations throughout the United States. For more information about this offer, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/military. But what about veterans? Of course, they are never left out as discount tickets are available at any MWR on military bases or in Orlando at Shades of Green discount ticket office year-round. It’s just another way of thinking vets for their service.
One of the reasons Universal Studios is a generational family draw is because of the variety of attractions. From the sweetness and nostalgia of the epic blockbuster movie ET and the spot-on craziness of The Simpsons Ride to the in-the-moment experience of the biggest Harry Potter fan to the thrill and darkness of the Mummy ride, there is literally something for everyone. And if someone doesn’t want to experience the experience, there is appropriate seating and cool people-watching opportunities while you wait.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
You’re never too far from security or an employee inside and outside the park. While inexcusable outbursts on airplanes are being reported almost daily, the moods in the parks are upbeat particularly since you came to have a great time. Standard searches and security checkpoints are at all traveling points prior to entering the theme park property. Covid protocol signs are prevalent thought out the park and emphasized over the loudspeaker frequently. Even though most of Universal Studios is exposed and considered outside, being in the midst of thousands of people requires the cautionary measure of wearing a mask.
Getting to the parks is unproblematic. If you drive, you have the option of garage parking with easy moving sidewalks bringing you to CityWalk, where the majority of restaurants and clubs are located, before splitting your path to either Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure. You also have the option of valet parking which puts you just a bit closer than regular parking. Something that patrons of the Universal Resorts Hotels get to take in advance is the water taxis. They are complimentary boat rides, from hotel resort to a dock at a city walk. No need to pay to park or find a place to park and they run every 10 to 15 minutes.
There’s so much to experience here. If you want traditional or something quick, you can grab a bite at Moe’s in City Walk. If you want an American and cool atmosphere, Hard Rock offers a tasty standard menu. If you want something totally different and completely unique, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is the ultimate place to go. You will feel like you’re in a 21st Century Charlie and the Chocolate Factory experience. There are always quick bites and fun treats inside the parks inclusive turkey legs and Cinnabon’s. Your nose will lead you probably to something you shouldn’t be eating but just remember that it is all a part of the experience.
THE VIP EXPERIENCE
If lines are not your thing. That’s Ok. Once again, there is something for everyone. For a few dollars more, you and your whole party can purchase the VIP Experience and have your own private guide that will walk you into the back doors of rides, for one day only, where there is pretty much no waiting. You’ll also get to hear cool tidbits about the park and you can stop wherever you choose to take pictures, shop, play games, or whatever your heart desires. Complimentary breakfast and lunch is included.
A NEW UNIVERSAL
If all of this is not enough for you, what’s better than three Universal Theme Parks? How about four! Yes, we’ll have another. Very soon.
Universal Orlando Resort is building a new, fourth, theme park to be called Universal’s Epic Universe. The vision: create an entirely new level of experience that forever changes theme park entertainment.
Universal’s Epic Universe will take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands–and where that journey is as much a part of their adventure as the ultimate destination.
Universal Orlando currently employees 25,000 people and will hire an additional 14,000 team members as part of Epic Universe, including professional, technical, culinary, and other specialized positions. (per Universal Orlando Public Relations)
Vacations are a must even during a pandemic. Creating memories is a must even with inflation on the rise. Being sensitive to families striving to maintain some sense of normalcy, families were staying away from theme parks. According to CNBC, Disney had to lay off 32,000 employees and is just now experiencing a rebound in business after almost a year. In comparison going forward into 2022, here’s what Universal Studios had to say regarding rebounding the theme parks:
“Our guests have long placed a high priority on the kind of experience we offer– spending time with family and friends in a special place where they can share special moments and memories. We work hard to deliver this for them–and we have confidence in our business and in our industry,” VP of Corporate Communications for Universal Parks and Resorts, Tom Schroder.
If you are looking to stay within the states, provide a getaway that is for multi-generations, satisfy thrill-seekers, foodies, movie lovers, high-energy adolescents, and even those baby boomers that want to get out but need access, Universal Studios is an inclusive experience.
And for military families, you guys get an extra perk.
Military members and their families can make the most of future vacations by staying at a Universal Orlando hotel, which comes complete with exclusive theme park benefits like Early Park Admission, complimentary transportation across the destination, and more. Military members and their families are eligible to receive a discounted rate at select Universal Orlando Resort hotels including up to 40 percent off their room rate at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. To receive the discount, call 1-888-464-3617 and place a reservation with the Universal Orlando Resort call center.
Universal Studios is serving up total packages to help families with total experiences. You can stay safe and close to home and still be close to fun.
For more information about this offer, visit the Universal Orlando Resort website.