One of my absolute favorite memories of family vacation travel was our trip to Florida. We wanted to visit Universal Studios Orlando for a long time, and we were finally able to make the trip. We combined a college road trip for oldest with a fun family vacation and it was the best time ever! Enter the Loews Royal Pacific Resort Orlando, our recommendation for an amazing accommodation.
One of our first decisions was where we would stay. Our travel agent, gave us several options to choose from. After looking them over carefully and considering our budget, we decided that it would be more cost-effective to stay on-site. We decided to stay at Loews Royal Pacific Resort Orlando, and it was definitely one of our best decisions.
I know a lot of people think that staying on-site will cost more and choose to stay off property. I have to say that the money we saved by not having to use transportation to and from the parks far outweighed the higher price tag to stay on property. Combined with great service and a gorgeous view, it was the right decision for us.
So why should YOU stay here on your next trip to Orlando? Here are our favorite reasons why you need to stay at Loews Royal Pacific Resort Orlando when you are visiting Universal Studios Orlando.
I absolutely cannot say enough about the view we had from our room. Since this was our first trip here, I contacted the resort ahead of time to request a park view. And they really delivered on it.
Keep in mind, requesting a room at any hotel is exactly that: a request. Nothing is ever guaranteed. It was nice, however, to see that the staff at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort Orlando took pains to honor the request.
It was so cool at night to see the park lit up and hear the sounds of lots of fun.
The Proximity To The Park
I love that you could literally walk to the main entrance in under 10 minutes. No worrying about forgetting where you park. No fighting crazy drivers. Just a short walk on a beautiful pathway, and you were there. The pathway was lighted at night, and there was security patrolling, as well. And if you didn’t want to walk, you could take the boat.
Because of where the path leads to, it is easy to pick which side of the park you want to start with. We tended to lean towards the Islands of Adventure first thing, and then hit the other side in the afternoon.
Included Express Passes
Valued at $80 per person, these express passes made waiting in line for certain attractions a snap. With your wait time cut in half for most rides, it was worth staying on-site.
Bonus tip: Getting a lanyard is worth the expense. Keeps your pass and ticket handy,
tucks easily under your shirt when you are on rides, and the plastic keeps them dry. Score!
There is a kiosk in the hotel lobby that makes getting your picture for the Express Passes easy. That leaves you more time to have fun in the park.
While we only ate at an on-site restaurant one time, it was so worth it. We enjoyed dinner at Jake’s American Bar, and it was SO good. And, because we stayed on-site, we were able to charge it directly to our room with our key.
Early Admission Into The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
This was the main reason why we chose to spend the extra money to stay on-site. And worth every single cent. Seeing this area when there was lower crowds was absolutely amazing!
I will have to warn you though. Both times we got to the gate at 8am, the Forbidden Journey ride was not up and operational. The first time we ended up checking out a few things around the ride. The second time, we just got in the queue, and it opened not too long after that.
This pool was beyond heavenly. A bar for the adults, and lots of fun spots for the kids, it was a great place to relax and unwind after a busy day enjoying the parks.
So there you have it, our 6 BEST reasons to stay at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort Orlando. Staying on-site is one of the best decisions you can make when visiting the Orlando resort area.
The only downside to staying here was the daily parking fee, we felt that for the price of the hotel, they could have given free parking. Of course, if that is the only complaint I have, I consider it a successful trip.
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