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Why you should definitely stay in a premier resort next time you visit Universal Orlando! 

Written by: Kristin Reyes

You may have visited Universal, Orlando resort.  You may have even stayed on property.  But did you know there are three levels of resort hotels at Universal, Orlando, and they all come with their own levels of perks?

When you stay at the premier level of resorts, you get the most perks – and the most value for your vacation dollars! 

To begin, let’s look at the various levels of Universal Resorts:

Premier: Lowe’s Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay Hotel, and Lowe’s Royal Pacific Hotel. 

Universal Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Premier

Preferred: Lowe’s Sapphire Falls

Universal Orlando Sapphire Falls Resort

Prime Value: Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Aventura

Universal Orlando Cabana Bay Resort Prime Value

Value: Endless Summer: Dockside Inn and Suites/Surfside Inn and Suites

Universal Orlando Endless Summer and Dockside Resort

Perks of Staying at Universal Resorts

Let’s take a look at the perks when you stay at ANY Universal Orlando resort. 

Universal Orlando

1.Early entrance to the parks for your entire visit:

When you stay at ANY Universal Orlando hotel, you are granted access to the parks an hour before anyone else. This means you have a chance to ride some of the Harry Potter attractions early in the day to save yourself valuable time later. Plus, you can pick up your park tickets in your hotel lobby when you check-in, meaning you are ready to hit the parks first thing in the morning to make the most of your time! 

2. Room charging privileges/package delivery:

When you stay at any Universal Orlando hotel, you have the privilege of charging to your room, which means you don’t have to worry about carrying cash in the parks or digging out credit cards. You can also have any purchases made in the parks sent back to your resort, so you don’t have to carry things around in the parks. Universal requests a 24-hour turnaround for package delivery, so make sure your packages will have ample time to make it back to your resort. 

3. Complimentary Universal transportation: 

Universal Orlando transportation

Universal offers complimentary buses and water taxis to all three parks and City Walk. This means you never have to worry about parking (or parking fees), once you check into your hotel. And if you choose to fly in, you don’t need to worry about renting a car. Your travel agent can also arrange round-trip transportation from the MCO airport, making your trip smooth and seamless. 

So you get a lot no matter what level of hotel you choose to stay in, right? But now, let’s talk about a HUGE perk of staying at a premier-level hotel! In my opinion, it’s the only way to visit!

Perks of Premier Resorts


When you stay in one of the three premier-level hotels, unlimited express passes are included for your ENTIRE visit.

If you’re not familiar with express passes, there are two levels available for purchase at Universal.

  • Express passes allow you to skip the lines on each attraction in the park once per day.
  • Unlimited express passes (which are what you get when staying at a premier hotel) allow you to skip the lines on most attractions as many times as you want! This means you never have to wait in long lines, and you can make the most of your time in the parks. 

You might be asking yourself “Is the hotel upgrade really worth it, when I could just buy express passes for each day of my visit, and stay in a cheaper hotel?”

Well…let’s talk.  Express passes are typically valued at about $100 per person, per day. And the price for express passes goes up based on demand, meaning if you buy them closer to your trip, they are going to cost even more than that.

So to have them included for free is DEFINITELY worth the upgrade. You end up saving yourself money, and a HUGE amount of time that you would have spent in attraction lines.  

All of us at Love of the Magic Vacations can’t wait to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation. And when you book, we hope you’ll consider staying at one of the premier hotel properties, because we LOVE getting you the best value for your money.  

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Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumph
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.


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