Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlandoulie4Staying “on property” at Universal Orlando definitely has its perks, but what you might not expect is the high quality of their hotels.  I had the pleasure of staying at Loews Royal Pacific during my last visit and had one of my most enjoyable hotel stays to date in Orlando.

Loews Royal Pacific is a tropical, “South Pacific” themed resort just tenths of a mile away from the entrance of Islands of Adventure.  While you are just walking distance away from Universal Studios, you feel a surprising sense of peace and relaxation in this gorgeous resort hotel. Room types include water view and garden view rooms available with one king bed or two queens at 335 square feet as well as suites, including the popular Jurassic Park kids’ suites. Loews Royal Pacific at Universal OrlandoThese rooms provide an incredibly comfortable night’s rest so you are refreshed and ready for Early Entry to the Wizarding World the next day!


If you are looking for recreation and amenities, Royal Pacific offers some of the very best in the area.  The center piece of this resort is the huge lagoon-style pool with two hot tubs and an interactive water play area for little ones.  When you aren’t at the parks, you can take part in poolside activities such as ping pong, hula hoop contests, arts and crafts and poolside “Dive-In Movies” after dark.   If you aren’t too exhausted from enjoying your day in the parks, there is 5,000 square foot fitness center complimentary to guests.


Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando

Another huge draw to this resort is the variety of shopping and dining located within the resort.  With two large Universal gift shops located within the hotel, all the souvenirs and items you may have left at home are at your fingertips.  You are also sure to never go hungry with a variety of restaurants located throughout the hotel.  Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, featuring Asian Fusion food, and Islands Dining Room for breakfast with some of my favorite Universal friends are some of the most enjoyable meals I have ever had in the Orlando area and are all very reasonably priced.


Loews Royal Pacific at Universal OrlandoWith any Universal Orlando resort stay, guests are treated to exclusive advantages to make the most of your time in the theme parks.  Guests can enjoy complimentary transportation to and from the parks and City Walk via boat, early entry into the Wizarding World and free Universal Express Pass for every member of your party.  Extras like these make this resort an excellent value that your whole family will be sure to enjoy!


To book a Universal package or hotel stay at Loews Royal Pacific, please contact your Me & the Mouse Travel Specialist.

Julie Stewart

Travel Specialist

If you are weighing the idea of staying on property or off for a Universal Orlando vacation, consider the following list of benefits of enjoying one of Universals incredible properties.Stay on Property at Universal Studios

  • Early Admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You are able to get in 1 hour prior to the public.
  • Shuttle busses to the theme parks and CityWalk, however, all of the resorts are within walking distance if you would like to take a leisurely walk to and from the parks.
  • It grants you charging privileges with your room key.
  • Complimentary transportation to Sea World and Aquatica
  • If golf is on your agenda, you are given priority tee times and complimentary transportation to select area golf courses.
  • Being on-site also provides easy access to and from the parks to your resort for a midday break. This allows you to hit the parks early, spend the afternoon at the pool and then head back to the parks and/or CityWalk for nighttime attractions. Stay on Property at Universal Studios

Staying at one of the deluxe resorts, (Lowe’s Portofino, Royal Pacific or Hard Rock), provides the most benefits, which includes all of the above, but the biggest advantages to staying at one of the deluxe results:

  • The ability to skip the lines at select attractions with a complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride pass. This is especially a huge plus especially during peak seasons. This is a savings of up to $89 per person per day. Depending on your party size, that could be the difference between staying at a value resort to upgrading to a deluxe resort. (You will still need to purchase a regular park admission ticket to take advantage of the Unlimited Express tickets.
  • Priority seating at certain restaurants at the theme parks and CityWalk.
  • Water taxis from the resort to the theme parks and CityWalk. Stay on Property at Universal Studios


Contact one of our Me and The Mouse Travel Specialists to help you plan a Universal Orlando Resort vacation.


Janene Jaroscak 

Travel Specialist

There is always something going on at Me and The Mouse Travel, always. Last week, we were busy at a conference in Memphis, Tennessee, and this week our agents, Janene and Julie, are in Orlando, Florida! All of our agents at Me and The Mouse are highly knowledgable in all things Disney and Universal. They visit the parks often, take online seminars, and read up on rules and regulations to be sure they can best assist you.

Janene and Julie are no exception to the crew. They love what they do, and they wanted to share their super fun experience with you! They have been able to soak in some new information, tour the parks and resorts, and experience a LOT of fun! Here’s their favorite parts of the trip so far:

Janene & Julie’s Top 5

1. Touring Halloween Horror Nights & All of Universal’s Resorts
2. Visiting Both Theme Parks
3. Riding Harry Potter’s Escape from Gringotts
4. Watching The Blue Man Group
5. Having a LOT OF FUN!

Be sure to take a look at the images below to see what the ladies have been experiencing at Universal!

Take a Look at Their Experience!

Don’t forget!

While our agents are highly trained in everything Disney, we are very well trained and knowledgable about Universal. If you’d like to plan a Universal vacation or add a Universal Day to your Disney trip, be sure to mention it to your agent or fill out one of our Free Quote Forms today!

P.S. Check out our Universal Studios Pinterest Board! We have lots of ideas, tips, and tricks to make your vacation extra special!

Many clients ask us if their children are too young to visit theme parks. Universal Studios Orlando Resort offers unique experiences for preschool children in its theme parks.

Before you plan your trip with your preschooler to the Universal Studios Orlando Resort, it is important that you think about the following points:

Is your child:

  • tall enough to ride the attractions?
  • familiar with the characters and themed experiences at the Universal Resort?
  • adventurous and willing to ride attractions that include motion simulators, 3D films, fast or tall drops, and spinning ride cars?
  • more low key and prefer a playground and/or carnival style attractions?

Your answers to these questions will ultimately help your decision on which parks and attractions to visit at the Universal Studios Orlando Resort.

Universal Studios does contain a preschool friendly area featuring Woody Woodpecker and Curious George with a playground and splash pad. An animal show and character meet and greets (Spongebob, Scooby Doo, etc) are also sure to please.  To those children who are more adventurous and tall enough, Minion Mayhem, Men in Black, Shrek 3D, and The Simpsons attractions will all satisfy their thrills and funny bones!

Islands of Adventure is home to Seuss Landing – a preschool and elementary aged child’s dream ‘island’. Mini roller coaster, a slow moving train, a spinning octopus, and carousel allow little ones to enjoy their time in this thrill-seeking theme park. Character meet and greets (i.e. Marvel Super Heroes) will excite them as well! Depending on height and tolerance, there are also more thrill rides in this theme park to satisfy.

Harry Potter – Hogsmeade (Islands of Adventure) and Diagon Alley/London (Universal Studios) is amazing to experience at any age. However, if your little one is not familiar with the series, this may not be as exciting as you would hope for them. The dragon at Gringotts can be very frightening (my little one did NOT like him!) to preschoolers as well.

As a parent (and agent) who took her preschooler to Universal Studios Orlando Resort, my BEST advice is this:  Listen to your child. Make the best decision you can for them.  We chose a 1 day Park to Park option in order for her to experience all that was ‘kid friendly’ for her, and still experience both worlds of Harry Potter. At the end of the day – she decided she did not like most of what she had experienced (she is a bit of a scaredy cat), and didn’t want to come back until “i’m a big kid”.  We enjoyed our day, but we will definitely wait until she is older to go back!

While these “big kids” enjoyed Universal and Islands of Adventure – I hope this blog helps you in your decision, and are able to enjoy your time as well!  If you choose to book, we can help you! Contact us when you are ready!

Amy Sowinski 

Travel Specialist

Ever once in a while, us “Disney” people make it over to Universal Studios to see what other adventures are within the Orlando area. For my husband’s and my 12th anniversary we decided to take an adult weekend to enjoy the Hard Rock Hotel and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
My husband and I loved the resort. Compared to Disney you will notice the lack of small children. To be honest I wouldn’t take my small children there either. It is on the deluxe end of the resorts and not small kid friendly. Hard Rock likes this more adult atmosphere and families with small kids are not their demographic.
The main lobby is decorated in over the top themed rock’n’roll art and prints of rock n’ roll icons like Steven Tyler, Mic Jagger and Jimi Hendrix. There are small exhibits around every corner with memorabilia, instruments and fun trivia. We spent about an hour just exploring the resort and viewing the treasures.
We stayed in a King bed garden view. It was quite large and could accommodate four people with an optional fold-out couch. The mirror reflected the heights of different musicians so you could see how you measured up. I don’t mean to brag, but I’m the height of Lady Gaga. The art on the wall was modern, all with an instrument twist. For our anniversary they gifted us with a treasure hunt that ended with a campaign toast. To be honest, we did not participate—we were too busy.
The pool is a party scene, with servers taking drink and appetizer orders accompanied by loud music. Hard Rock Hotel boasts an underwater sound system, playing classic rock and dance music. You will find the pool laced with old rockers, edgy young punks and your fill of tattoos and body piercings. The DJ while we were at the pool was hysterical and kept saying off-color comments and would follow the comments with, “This ain’t no Portofino.” [These are Universal Studios more classy and refined deluxe resorts.]hardrock
The main reason we stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel was because of the onsite complimentary theme park benefits:
Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter [The biggest reason]
Skip the regular lines with Universal Express Unlimited ride access [Starts at $69/person/day]
Complimentary water taxis
Priority seating at select restaurants
My husband and I had a great couples weekend at the resort. We found it to be cool and edgy, while staying clean and modern. The staff was friendly and attentive, and some of them may stalk the grounds late at night looking for an off-site host, but were very kind and nurturing to their guests. Not to mention the Hard Rock Hotel has the shortest walking distance to Universal Studios. This is a great place to have a weekend adventure!