Nine Hefty Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks

Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks: Aventura Resort early park entry

When visiting Universal Orlando Resort, is it better to stay at an on-property resort or off? While both may work well for your traveling needs, you may want to consider staying onsite for the hefty benefits. From freebies to transportation, here are nine Universal Orlando hotel benefits and perks.

Guest rooms at Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

For past trips to Universal Orlando Resort (UOR), I have stayed both on property and off. Yes, I had my own vehicle so driving to the parks wasn’t a problem. But, if given the choice (and budget) to do either, I’ll choose staying onsite every time.

Yes, it may cost more for the hotel per night, but add in the onsite perks and I’m sold. Here are the best reasons to stay at a Universal Orlando Hotel. 

  1. Free Transportation to and from Theme Parks
  2. Theme Park Early Entry
  3. Complimentary Express Passes
  4. Free Wifi
  5. Restaurant Priority Seating
  6. Free Garage Parking 
  7. Charging Privileges 
  8. Free Shuttle to SeaWorld 
  9. Pool Hopping

1. Free Transportation to and from Theme Parks

Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks: Bus Transportation to and from hotels
On-property bus transportation is efficient and free! Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

If I’ve been walking around a theme park for 12 hours, day after day, the last thing I want to do is drive back to the hotel myself. Happily, Universal Orlando Resort hotels offer free transportation from both parks and CityWalk. 

For guests staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Adventura Hotel, complimentary bus transportation is provided. You’ll have to walk through the parking garage entrance to the lower level, but I’ve honestly never waited more than a couple of minutes for a bus. 

There are also water taxis for the following UOR properties:

  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Water taxies are a leisurely way to get to and from the hotels and resorts. Kids also dig them so consider it an attraction in itself. 

2. Theme Park Early Entry

Universal Orlando mistakes: Wizarding world of Harry Potter
Rope drop at Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. It’s must less crowded first thing in the morning. Photo Credit: The Kid

For guests staying at the onsite UOR hotels, guests can take advantage of one hour early entry to Wizarding World of Harry Potter areas. Which area varies month-to-month, but no matter which, it’s a top perk for this HP-loving family. 

Need more WWoHP tips? Here are 13 must-do things at Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando Resort. 

Of course, if you want to see both Hogsmeade and Diagon alley on the same day (and ride the Hogwarts Express, you’ll need a park-to-park ticket to do it. 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: all your questions answered. 

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3. Complimentary Express Passes

Consider the price of a Universal Express Pass. UOR averages the price of $89 per person/day. Now, add that up, especially if you have four or five in your hotel or resort room. 

Here’s the catch: the benefit is only available to guests staying at the following properties from Loews:

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

Yes, each is a higher tier than, say, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, but if you were planning on buying them anyway, do the math and see if it benefits you. During peak times of year, the rooms will cost more but you’ll be waiting in the standby queues longer. 

4. Free Wifi

Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks: free Express passes and wifi
Free wifi at Lowes Portofino Bay – but also free Universal Express Passes! Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

Look, at this point in time most hotels and resorts do offer complimentary wifi. But, it’s still . worth mentioning. We just stayed at Cabana Bay and the wifi was excellent.

Need all the free? Here’s a list of the best free things at Universal Orlando Resort. 

5. Restaurant Priority Seating

Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks: Mythos restaurant priority seating
Mythos Restaurant at Islands of Adventure. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

Again, here’s where staying at a Premiere Hotel will get you an additional perk. Show your hotel room card for the following hotels and you’ll get priority seating for sit-down style, on-property restaurants:

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

This perk works well if you don’t have an existing reservation or forgot to make one. 

6. Free Garage Parking 

We generally drive to the Orlando area, so having the option of free parking in the main garage is cool. Again, UOR transportation works very well, but it is nice to have just in case.

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7. Charging Privileges 

When you check in to your onsite hotel or resort, link a credit card to the room and you’ll have charging privileges for dining. 

Also, guests can enjoy complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort sent back to your hotel, too. 

8. Free Shuttle to SeaWorld 

This perk is a little unexpected, but on-property guests can receive free shuttle transportation to SeaWorld and Aquatica. Check with the front desk for pick-up times and locations if you’re planning a visit to either property. 

9. Pool Hopping

Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks: pool hopping at Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Yep, you can pool hop if you’re staying on-property at a Universal Orlando hotel or resort. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

Have you ever stayed at one UOR property but wanted to check out the pool at another? Not a problem. Onsite guests can pool hop to other resort and hotel pools. 

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