The Best Free Stuff at Universal Orlando Resort

The famous globe at Universal Orlando Resort!

When you visit an Orlando theme park, you know you have to prepare for plenty of expenses. There’s shopping, dining, park tickets, and resort rooms to consider. But what about saving money – it it doable? One word: yes. Here’s the best free stuff at Universal Orlando Resort to help you save money on your next vacation.

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Free Stuff at Universal Orlando – Glasses of Water & Ice

I know this fact for certain: hot, humid Central Florida heat can drain you of your energy and hydration. To combat both, ask for free cups of water at any theme park area serving fountain drinks. Ask for ice to cool you off as well. you’ll probably have to stand in a line with folks ordering food (unless it’s during off peak dining times), so choose one with a shaded queue. 

Both Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood have free apps.
Both Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood have free apps.

Free Things at Universal Orlando – Universal Orlando Resort App

Want to check for wait times while queued up for another ride? Or maybe you want to map out a path to your next attraction. Download the official Universal Orlando Resort app before you visit, create an account,  and get acquainted with it. Then, when you’re in the parks, you’ll be able to navigate them like a boss. The details are pretty cool, too, especially the Harry Potter areas.

You’re also able to purchase tickets and pay for purchases, too. My favorite feature: you can set an alert when a ride wait time is low and make a beeline for it!

The official UOR app is available for both iOS and Android and is a snap to download.

Pro Tip: If you’re a Universal Orlando Passholder, when mobile ordering food via the app, scan the bar code on your pass and you’ll receive a dining discount as well. 

Free Stuff at Universal Orlando – Garage Parking After 6pm

In 2017, UOR announced that it dropped the parking fee for its garages after 6pm (not including Halloween Horror Nights). Hit the garages before 6pm you’ll be paying:

  • Prime Parking: $35
  • RV/Bus Parking: $25
  • Regular Parking: $22

There's plenty of freebies at Universal Orlando Resort - you just have to know where to look! Here's where to find the best free stuff at Universal Orlando!

But after 6pm on a non-Halloween Horror Nights night, it’s totally free. 

Free Things at Universal Orlando – Splash Pads

I remember when my daughter was younger. She loved playing in splash pads as much as swimming in a pool. Universal Orlando has a fun splash pad Universal CityWalk.

Free Stuff at Universal Orlando – Celebration Buttons

Why not announce to the world that you’re celebrating, right? Look for Guest Services and ask about the free buttons. They offer birthday and some holidays.

Free at Universal Orlando Resort: Express passes if you stay at Loews Portofino Bay Resort Universal Orlando
Stay at Portofino Bay Resort (or two other on-property resorts) and Unlimited Express passes are free for room guests. Photo Credit: Steven Locke

Free Things at Universal Orlando – Universal Express Unlimited Passes

Thinking about purchasing an Express Pass during your visit? You may want to consider if you’ll be staying at an on-property resort first.

These resorts offer free passes with ticket purchase:

  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • Hard Rock Hotel®
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort

To get them, you’ll need to check in and show proof of ticket purchase. Passes are good for each registered member of the room.

Free at Universal Orlando Resort: Water Taxi rides from select resorts
The Free Water Taxi dock at Loews Portofino Bay Resort. Photo Credit: Steven Locke

Free Stuff at Universal Orlando – Water Taxi Shuttles

If you don’t want to make the trek back to your on-property resort, head to CityWalk loading dock and look for the water taxis. They run between:

  • Royal Pacific Resort
  • Hard Rock Hotel
  • Portofino Bay Hotel

Free Things at Universal Orlando – Wifi

A welcome addition to both theme parks and CityWalk is free wifi!

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