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Reserve Your Florida Vacation for Next Year

If you like to plan ahead, you can reserve your Florida vacation for next year now. You can even make a reservation to stay in a hotel that isn’t completely built and will be brand new! Add in the fact that this new resort hotel is located at one of the major theme parks in Central Florida, and your vacation planning is really starting to shape up!

Legoland Florida is a very popular theme park for families with children 12 & under. The new hotel resort will give families the opportunity to extend their stay and have more fun together. Young children may not even notice the difference between the theme park and the hotel due to the Lego theme being used throughout the entire resort.

Legoland hotel being built

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Our experience at this theme park seems perfect for a two-day visit, especially in the summer months. The water park is open during the summer and can entertain children for several hours. By staying at this new resort hotel, you can visit the primary theme park for an entire day, or split up two days with some water park time. Depending upon the length of your vacation, or other vacation plans, one night at the resort may be enough, but why end the fun? Nightly entertainment will offer a great reason for at least two nights at this sure-to-be fun experience.

The groundbreaking for this new resort started nearly a year ago, however, the hotel has recently reached a milestone with the major concrete work complete. The main entrance will include a pool and beautiful landscaping. On the property will also be a restaurant catering to not only the adults, but offering a kid-size buffet as well. Children will have plenty of interactive play areas so that leaving the theme park to come back to a hotel will not put an end to their fun.

So far Legoland has provided the names of three room themes: Pirate, Kingdom and Adventure. One more theme is expected to be announced. Which will you choose for your family? All rooms are set up much like a suite with two separate sleeping areas. The grown-up area includes a king-sized bed, and the kids sleeping area (up to 3 little ones) offer a bunk bed and a pull-out trundle bed. The kids even have their own television! If 4 adults and 3 children want to plan their vacation together, reserve a suite which will accommodate all guests in your party.

Room rates start at $249 and vary per season. This rate does not include park admission. If you want to include the water park, be sure to opt in for that ticket. If you want to reserve your vacation now, the earliest date begins June 15, 2015 at which time the water park is open every day. A grand opening date has not been set at this time. To make your reservation, visit

Planning now for next year’s vacation can take a lot of the stress out of the planning. It can help you budget for the trip. Most of all, it allows plenty of time to get excited about the fun you are going to have.

New Resort at Universal Orlando Now Open

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open at Universal Orlando. While this is the fourth on-site hotel, it is the first resort in which family value has been the aim of the Orlando theme park. This is welcome news as families travel to the Central Florida area for Spring Break. It will even get better for Summer vacations!

When you step into this new resort hotel, you may think you are stepping back into the 50’s and 60’s. The decor is very retro. Every detail has been set to look like a classic beach resort from an earlier era. Many of us think of the earlier years as a simpler time. Perhaps more relaxing and family-oriented. Cabana Bay Beach Resort will take you back to this time. In a way it is a no-frills kind of place, but as most know, Universal doesn’t do anything “no thrills.”

In this resort you’ll find many amenities to thrill your family, including:

  • 10,000 square-foot pool where you can slide down the iconic dive tower waterslide
  • 10-lane Galaxy Bowl ($15 per person for 1 hour of time for 1-3 people)
  • Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio
  • Retro-themed specialty cocktails from Swizzle Lounge or Atomic Tonic
  • Bayliner Diner, a food court with something for everyone

This Summer, you can add these amenities to the list:

  • Another huge swimming pool – with a lazy river
  • The Hideaway Bar & Grill
  • Value-priced Standard Rooms
  • More Family Suites

The family suite is the way to go if you are vacationing with 4 or more people. It can sleep up to six people with a fold-out bed. It also includes a kitchenette for preparing lighter meals to help save money. Don’t forget, there is a Starbucks on site for coffee-lovers. The family suite offers partitioned spaces so the family won’t feel like they are all crammed into the same room. Rates start as low as $134 per night for longer vacations and $174 per night for shorter stays. Standard rooms are even less costly, but you won’t have nearly as much space.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Make sure to do some cost comparison. While the Cabana Bay Beach Resort is tagged as a “value” hotel choice, it will all depend upon your other Universal Studios plans. For instance, if you are wanting early park admission, express unlimited ride access, free water taxi rides and priority seating at restaurants within the resort, these items are not included with a package deal at this resort. By the time you add these special items, the cost may equal the Hard Rock, Royal Pacific and Portofino Bay which do include these benefits.

For more information, or to make a reservation, call 1-888-273-1311 or visit You may also find more interesting reasons to visit this new resort by viewing the video below. Cabana Bay is the Way to go if you are a family that loves to vacation together!

Enjoy a January Getaway in Orlando

When asked when is the best time to visit Orlando, most people would say June or July; the sun is shining, the kids are on vacation from school and it’s the time of year when everyone is visiting the many theme parks which Orlando has to offer. You might therefore discard January as a month to spend recovering from December, the busy month of family-visits, present-buying and Christmas celebrations. In that case, it’s time to reconsider. Orlando has a lot going on this January and is the ideal location to kick back and relax at the beginning of a new year.

Prepare for a magical visit to Orlando this January

Christmas has just come and gone for another year, and over the past month families have flooded to Universal Studios in Orlando  – just one of the many theme parks which Orlando has to offer. Whilst you may be inclined to think that you just missed the perfect opportunity to enjoy this particular Orlando resort with your family, you can think again. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a special resort designed to give you and your wizard-loving family the real Harry Potter experience, will be opening yet another extension later this year. In anticipation, they have planned a weekend long extravaganza to celebrate from the 24th to 26th January.

Harry Potter Celebration

The Celebration of Harry Potter promises three days of unforgettable fun for all fans of the Harry Potter films, young and old. As well as appearances from various cast members from the films, including two of the Weasley brothers, there will be a wand master class and numerous interactive activities for children and adults alike. Ticket details can be found on the Universal Orlando website, along with special discounts for US and Canadian residents, such as enjoying your third day free when you purchase a two day ticket. Offers such as this make visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that little bit more tempting, and a great adventure for you and your family this January.

Why else to visit Orlando this January

In addition to the Celebration of Harry Potter, there are many other reasons to visit Orlando in January. This time of the year is particularly regarded as one of the best times to visit the theme parks in the Orlando area, due to smaller crowds, cooler weather and less humid air. As well as this, there is much less chance of having to seek shelter from the thunderstorms which are most prevalent in the Summer months.

Whilst January will be a nice opportunity to explore the Universal resorts more freely without so many crowds, it also offers adults a chance to discover what Orlando has to offer them. For the golfers, Orlando is home to an endless range of clubs, so you can kick back on the green after a day spent with the kids at the Universal resort. The area’s famed choice of eateries is also worth consideration, and its restaurants provide a little escape in the evenings, so that you aren’t restricted to eating in the theme parks for the entirety of your stay.

Another fantastic opportunity for the parents this January is found in the spas which Orlando has to offer. If you are planning to spend a few days at Universal Studios, it might be a good idea to escape the busyness of the theme park environment with a day at the spa. Orlando has a number of world-class spas which are perfect for a little get away.

Where to Stay

As well as traveling to golf clubs, restaurants and spas for the sake of relaxation, you can also relax just as easily in your accommodation – if you choose well. If you’re not a resident of Orlando, or you need somewhere to stay that is closer to this Orlando resort, there is a huge variety of accommodations in the area.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: One suggestion which might not be considered as often as the likes of hotels and self-catered apartments, would be timeshare properties. These make for an ideal place to enjoy the Florida sunshine in luxurious surroundings, and many offer swimming pools – which make for happy kids and stress-free parents! Timeshare vacations are becoming increasingly popular due to several factors. As well as typically including onsite amenities such as a swimming pool or tennis court, many people find that they save money by choosing to opt for a timeshare rather than staying in a hotel, for example. While owning a vacation home may seem appealing, the alternative of a timeshare removes the year-round responsibility. There is a great range of timeshares offered online, where houses close to such resorts as Universal Studios are readily available. Such locations as the Westgate Lake area contain numerous timeshare properties, and are ideal in this case due to their proximity of six minutes to the Orlando Universal resort.

Enjoy your January Getaway

Seeing as there is plenty going on in Orlando at this time of the year, January is the perfect month to plan your visit. With the Celebration of Harry Potter, your kids will enjoy the magical world of their favorite wizard, while you can easily plan time to relax in the wealth of spa and golf resorts found across Orlando. Now, all that is left to do is book your trip and enjoy your escape!

Article written for Orlando Tourist Tips by Zara Porter, January 2014.

New Resort Makes Universal Studios Vacation More Affordable

Universal Studios will be ramping up its family vacation appeal. In 2014 two important factors will help bring vacationers to Orlando to experience this theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ will be opening sometime during the year. Plus a new, even more affordable, hotel will be complete by the end of March.

Cabana Bay Resort

The Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be one of the most affordable resorts on Universal property and their 4th largest. Rooms are priced as low as $90 and family suites at $131. Vacation packages are already being sold at a discount up until mid-June. Some features, such as the Lazy River Courtyard, Hideaway Bar and Grill, Tower Family Suites and Standard Rooms will not be available until the grand opening scheduled for July 1, 2014.

When complete, this resort will  feature 1,800 rooms, a 10-lane bowling alley, posh pools (with a lazy river and sand beaches), a food court and more. It is estimated to create 600 permanent jobs. Once complete, Universal will have 4,200 hotel rooms and suites on its property. Do not be surprised when they begin building more. Other Orlando theme parks, Disney to be exact, have proven that on-site resorts keep guests away from the competition and offer guests a complete experience.

Cabana Bay Resort

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Book a family suite by the end of January and save up to 47% off. Basically, you get a family suite for the price of a standard room! Even though some features of this new resort will not be complete, it is still a great way to experience Universal Studios. This deal also offers early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required), complimentary shuttle buses to both Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

Pay Less for Luxurious Hotels with Orlando Coupons

Rosen Inn in Orlando

Ever wondered why Orlando is one of the most visited places in the United States of America?

Orlando has the wonderful attractions and best activities to try such as the Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Islands of Adventure, and many other theme parks; the most delicious food in town; and some historical places that might inspire not only artists but also ordinary people. These are just a few of the reasons Orlando is one of the most visited places in America. While it might be a great place to visit, a lot of the success of a trip to Orlando will not be complete if the tourists do not have a good place to stay at.

Orlando offers many luxurious hotels. These hotels in Orlando offer the best and only the best for their customer. Here is the thing, it is rare to find a place to stay at during your vacation that offers high quality service at a very low price. Hotels these days begin charging more or less $30 per night, if not, per person. For those who are limiting their budget, this might sound quite expensive, right? If you are going to visit Orlando, and want to find the best hotel for as low as $25, there are coupons available online.

To attract more tourists, Orlando coupons make it possible for you to avail and experience the best. How good is that? Using Orlando coupons will often give you at least 20% discount in a service offered by the hotel you choose. has a list of hotels you can choose and offers that suit your budget. Other websites also include other services and places to see during your trip with the help of Orlando coupons in every offer possible to make it budget-friendly for customers.

Orlando coupons may be downloaded online. It will help you save a lot of time, energy, and of course, as what is stated above, it will save you money.

You can expect that hotels in Orlando will give you the most comfortable stay on your trip and the best cuisines and delicacies for your cravings that will satisfy your whole vacation in Orlando without sacrificing your money. All the things you will spend on your trip making use of your Orlando coupons are worth it. That is for sure. If you are with your family or friends, or even if you are all alone, one thing is guaranteed– it will be an unforgettable trip.

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