Universal Orlando Resort commonly known as Universal Orlando opened in 1990. It is the second largest resort in Orlando covering 541 acres of land in comparison to Walt Disney World’s 25600 acres. The resort opened on June 7, 1990, with one theme park Universal Studios Florida. Since then it has developed into a multi-day attraction with 2 Theme Parks (Universal Studios Florida & Islands of Adventure), a new water-park in 2017 (Volcano Bay), City Walk a nighttime district & 6 hotels plus two more being built. Our Guide to Universal Orlando for Beginners has hints, tips and tricks for planning your vacation plus information on all the biggest attractions.
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Are you looking for specific information about Universal Orlando? We have created some handy page jumps will help you find information in our 2019 Guide to Universal Orlando.
- Universal Orlando Basics. Just what is Universal Orlando like and how does it compare to Walt Disney World?
- Coming soon to Universal Orlando Resort. Everything we know that is arriving in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure during 2019 and beyond.
- Planning your Universal Orlando vacation. Tips and tricks if you are visiting Universal Orlando Florida. Includes information on Express Pass, parking, tickets, transportation and a host of additional information to have a great vacation.
- Universal Studios Florida everything you need to know about the original park at Universal Orlando Resort.
- Islands of Adventure the 2nd park to open at Universal Orlando is full big thrills.
- Volcano Bay all about the new water park at Universal Orlando. We will be developing this section further in the coming months.
- City Walk is the entertainment and shopping district at Universal Orlando.
- Universal Orlando On-Site Hotels information on all the outstanding resorts at Universal Orlando. Plus details on the newest resort Universal’s Endless Summer Resort opening in 2019.
- Dining at Universal Orlando Details about dining at Universal Orlando.
Universal Orlando the Basics
While Universal Orlando Resort remains smaller than Walt Disney World, it has undergone massive expansion in recent years. The introduction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has made Universal Orlando top of many guests must do list when visiting Orlando. Attendances at the parks have risen in recent years and in 2017 Universal Studios being the 10th most visited theme park in the world & Islands of Adventure the 14th.
What is Universal Orlando like?
Universal Orlando is loud, flashy & bold in comparison to Walt Disney World. While there are fewer attractions, the majority are big E-Ticket experiences. Universal does not do small filler attractions & finds little room for keeping sentimental historical attractions. What this means is attractions in Universal Orlando are usually an outstanding experience.
Universal Orlando will appeal more to families with teens & young adults or those with a sense of adventure. While Walt Disney World probably offers better experiences for families with young children but there is enough for people of all ages to enjoy a couple of days at Universal.
Universal Orlando will usually take 2-3 days to experience both theme parks. However; the parks are growing, and in busy periods you will struggle to complete both parks.
Should I visit Universal Orlando or Walt Disney World?
If time allows you should visit both!
Both Walt Disney World & Universal Orlando offer unique experiences. While both resorts are better at some things, overall they both provide an excellent experience.
We have completed a comparison between Walt Disney World & Universal Orlando which might help with deciding which to visit if time is tight.
What is new at Universal Orlando Resort in 2019 and beyond
Unlike Walt Disney World, Universal keep details of new attractions low key. Often Universal only confirms the opening of a new attraction close to the opening date. However, we are aware of several new attractions opening in 2019 and beyond:
- The first part of Universal’s latest resort is due to open in July 2019. The resort will be called Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. The resort is split into two halves and the first part Surfside Inn and Suites is due to open in July. The 2nd part Dockside Inn and Suites is opening in 2020. This resort will be Universal’s first Value Resort.
- There are rumours that a new live-action show will be opening in the former Terminator 2: 3-D building during 2019. However, as yet no new attraction has been confirmed for 2019.
- If you have been to Islands of Adventure recently, you will have noticed construction around Jurassic Park. Although still not officially confirmed it seems a new Jurassic World coaster is getting built to open in either 2020 or 2021.
- There are rumours that a new park at Universal Orlando might also be in development. New parks in Orlando are big events, and a new park at Universal Orlando will be huge. Will Walt Disney World start building their 5th park in response?
- The big new attraction for 2019 is the opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Islands of Adventure. The ride looks sensational and is bound to attract huge crowds.
Planning your Universal Orlando Vacation
Planning your visit to Universal Orlando is an essential activity. While the resort is smaller than Walt Disney World, it is still big, and you do need to plan your trip. The planning process usually does not have to be as rigorous as a trip to Walt Disney World but should not be ignored.
However, visiting Universal Orlando is not as difficult as it first seems. With a bit of research, you can soon create the perfect vacation. We have created several guides and have provided plenty of useful information so you can plan a sensational trip to Universal Orlando.
Universal Orlando Tips
Everyone who has ever visited a theme park has a selection of tips for having a better time next time they visit. These are our favourite Universal Orlando Tips & Tricks.
Must-Do Experiences at Universal Orlando
If you are tight for
Universal Orlando Tickets
Universal Orlando has several ticket options, but the most significant decision is whether you want to buy a Park to Park Ticket. Guests who do not buy this option cannot ride the Hogwarts Express.
The Hogwarts Express takes you from Universal Studios to Islands of Aventure and vice versa. The ride is unique, and each direction offers a different experience. While it does add to the cost of your day, we would recommend most guests should purchase it.
Tickets for Universal Orlando are always cheaper to purchase in advance. The only excpetion being guests who are visiting with Annual Pass Holders. When purchasing tickets you should ensure you obtain hard tickets rather than vouchers. Vouchers have to be excahnged at tcikets booths and these usually have a very lengthy wait.
Universal like many theme parks has a system for priority boarding of attractions. At Universal Orlando, the system is called Express Pass, and unlike Fastpass+ at Walt Disney World it is not free.
The price of Universal Express varies by season. You can either get a pass for each park or a joint pass to cover both parks. Also, you have a choice between unlimited rides or 1 admission only at each attraction. Guests at select Universal Resorts get Complimentary Express Pass Unlimited included as part of their package. Currently, this is just a benefit for guest staying at Portofino Bay, Hard Rock & Royal Pacific Resorts. A limited Express Pass is also included with certain Annual Passes.
Guests who buy Express Pass present their pass at participating attractions at Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure to bypass the regular lines. They join a shorter Express pass line and have reduced wait to ride the attraction.
Express Pass is not cheap, and the decision on whether to buy can be difficult. At quieter times of year it is usually not essential, but during peak periods there are definite benefits.
You can learn more in our Guide to Universal Express Pass.
Transportation at Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando has one huge parking lot. Guests walk, following security, through City Walk to both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. There are complimentary buses available that transport guests to Volcano Bay from the parking lot.
Daily parking charges at the time of writing were:
- Prime Parking: $35
- RV/Bus Parking: $30
- Regular Parking: $25
Also, there is also a valet parking option available which currently costs:
Before 6 pm
- $25.00 for 2 hours
- $50.00 for over 2 hours
- $60.00 for Red Carpet
After 6 pm
- $25.00 for 2 hours
- $45.00 for over 2 hours
- $55.00 for Red Carpet
There is one gas station on Universal Orlando property. The Hess Express is located at 5981 Turkey Lake Road.
If you should be unlucky to suffer a breakdown in the parking lot, Universal offers complimentary vehicle assistance. If you need help ask a parking assistant.
Hotel Transportation at Universal Orlando
Guests staying at any of the Universal Orlando On-Site hotels have access to complimentary resort shuttles. Shuttles are via either water taxi or bus and transport you to all parks including Volcano Bay.
Airport Transportation to Universal Orlando
There is no free transportation between Orlando’s airports and Universal Orlando. However, guests who have purchased a Universal Vacation Package can use Universal’s SuperStar Shuttle. This service is not free, but it is convenient. Further details on Universal’s SuperStar Shuttle is available here.
Alternatively, for guests who do not wish to hire a car, there are several other shuttles/limo services you can book in advance. However, Taxis are the most obvious choice for most guests. Expect to pay $50 between Orlando International & Universal Hotels. Remember children 5 and under need a child car seat when in Florida and you might wait longer for a taxi if you need this.
Getting to Universal Orlando from Walt Disney World
Disney World & Universal do not run transport to each other’s parks. However; it is not difficult to get between Universal and Disney. Your options depend on how many of you there are. The easiest option is to get a taxi from outside your hotel. Expect to pay $50-$60 each way.
Perhaps not quite as easy but cheaper is catching an Uber or Lyft. Uber & Lyft are both cashless taxi services. You order your taxi from an App, and your payment is taken from a pre-registered card. We have used these services several times, and they do represent good value.
An alternative option to get between Universal and Disney is a shared bus. Mears provide a service which we have used before. From our experience, if there are more than 3 of you getting a taxi or Uber works out cheaper. Your bus will also make multiple stops for pickups and drop-offs so it will take longer to get to your destination than a taxi.
Transferring between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure is much easier than park hopping at Walt Disney World. There is only a short walk of approximately 200m between the entrance of both parks. Also, guests can also jump between both parks by riding the Hogwarts Express at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, you must have a park to park ticket to enter both Universal Theme Parks.
All rides at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure have a Child Swap facility. Child Swap allows the rest of a family to ride an attraction when a child is either too small or young to experience the ride. Child Swap works differently than Rider Switch at Walt Disney World.
The young child sits, usually in a dedicated waiting room, with a parent while the rest of the family ride. Once the first group are off the ride, parents swap supervision and the rest of the family ride without waiting. Usually, attendants will allow an older child even to ride again.
To use Child Swap at Universal Orlando speak to the cast member on the entrance to the ride who will advise of the procedure to follow. How you access child swap does vary on each attraction.
Just like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando wants to know if you are celebrating. Whether it is a birthday, honeymoon, anniversary or just your first visit you can collect a Celebration Button from Guest Services. Once you are wearing your button staff will warmly greet you, and you might even get the odd special treat!
Health Services & First Aid stations are available at all parks in Universal Orlando. They can be located on park maps or ask any team member. All centers are fully staffed with paramedics and nurses
Nursing Facilities are available free of charge at all parks in Universal Orlando. They can be located on park maps or by asking any team member. There are diaper stations in all restrooms.
Stroller & Wheelchair Rentals at Universal Orlando
We always recommend bringing your own or hiring in advance for the length of your vacation, but day hire is available. You can hire strollers, wheelchairs and ECVs inside both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. The hire station is located to the left as you enter both parks.
ECVs are limited in quantity and are hired on a first served basis. Universal recommends these are reserved in advance by contacting Guest Services on 407-224-4233.
ECVs and Strollers are not available to hire at Volcano Bay, but wheelchairs are available at concierge booths.
Phone Charging at Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando now sells FuelRod charging packs. These packs cost $30 and come with a mobile charger and adaptors for the most popular mobile phones and tablets.
FuelRod charging stations are now located at several locations in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Once your FuelRod is empty, you can replace it at the station for a fully charged replacement. However, unlike Walt Disney World there is a $3 charge for new packs.
Paying for Goods at Universal Orlando
Major credit cards are accepted throughout Universal Orlando. There are ATMs throughout the parks and at City Walk. ATMs can be located on park maps. There is also an ATM at every resort hotel. Currency exchange is available at all hotels and guest services inside the parks.
Lockers are available to hire at the entrance to both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. These cost $10 a day or $15 for a family size locker.
There are compulsory lockers available free of charge at attractions you are not able to take loose items on to. There are also short term hire lockers available near the wet rides at Islands of Adventure.
There are 3 sizes of locker available at Volcano bay and cost either $8, $12 or $15 depending on size
WiFi & The Universal Orlando Resort App
Free WiFi is available at Universal Orlando. Park WiFi has improved in recent years and is available throughout Universal Studios Florida, Volcano Bay and Islands of Adventure. However, overall we don’t think it is as reliable as the WiFi at Walt Disney World.
The Universal Orlando Resort App is available at both the Apple App Store & The Google Play Store. You should download the App before you visit.
The App allows you to store tickets, access wait times, show times and more. There are handy interactive maps, and the app will even save where your car is parked. You can now preorder food from select restaurants using the Universal Orlando Resort App.
When planning your vacation to Orlando what the weather will be like is likely to be something you will have considered. Florida’s official nickname is “The Sunshine State” which was officially adopted in 1970. While it is highly unlikely you can visit Orlando and not meet a fair measure of sunshine this can undoubtedly be offset with plenty of rain and the occasional hurricane. Orlando weather can be unpredictable and if you are not ready can cut the enjoyment of your vacation.
You can read more about the Orlando Weather including our Top Tips to Beat the Weather in our guide.
Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Florida welcomed around 10 million guests a year and opened on June 7, 1990. It was the first theme park to open at Universal Orlando Resort & opened shortly after Hollywood Studios. The park’s theme is the entertainment industry. Attractions are mainly based on popular films or television shows. To learn more about Universal Studios Florida visit our dedicated guide.
Universal Studios Florida features 7 areas/lands plus a lagoon.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
In July 2014 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opened in Universal Studios. It features two rides Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express connecting it to the first half of the Wizarding World in Islands of Adventure. To ride the Hogwarts Express, you must have a theme park ticket that allows admission to both parks.
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts an amazing 4D coaster but perhaps the highlight is walking through Gringotts itself.
- Hogwarts Express travel to Islands of Adventure, but there is plenty to see on
Take your time in Diagon Alley the rides are only part of the experience as there is so much to see. The shops and dining options add to the fun. Plus don’t forget to turn into Knockturn Alley.
- TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D is an impressive simulator but I have no idea what is going on!
- Shrek 4-D great fun with Shrek & Donkey.
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit I am going to admit this is the one ride in Orlando I am scared of riding!
- Despicable Me Minion Mayhem silly simulator attraction.
- Revenge of the Mummy a terrifying dark coaster with some awesome effects.
- Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon I have never seen Jimmy Fallon, but this is a fun simulator
- The Blues Brothers Show Classic street entertainment.
- Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration Universal’s new night spectacular on the lagoon.
Universal Horror Make-Up Show one of the original attractions at the park is all you can find in this area.
Sometimes The Simpsons area is counted as its unique land but officially it is inside the World Expo.
- Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl a fun Dumbo-like ride but with some added Simpsons zaniness.
- The Simpsons Ride perhaps this is starting to feel a little dated, but it is still good fun. I would love to understand how they load the ride.
- MEN IN BLACK I’m not very good at this shooting attraction.
- Fear Factor Live audience participation game show.
Fast & Furious – Supercharged this is the park’s newest attraction, but I left somewhat underwhelmed. Big queues even with Express Pass but didn’t feel anything special.
Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone
There isn’t a lot for small children in Universal Studios Florida. Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone has the best of the attractions for little ones.
- Animal Actors On Location! fun animal how
- E.T. Adventure a theme park classic & only 1 of 2 remaining attractions from opening day
- A Day in the Park with Barney stage show with plenty of singing along but do kids still know who Barney is?
- Curious George Goes to Town playground
- Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse a fantastic introduction to coasters.
- CoasterFievel’s Playground another playground.
For further information on Universal Studios Florida read our dedicated guide to the park.
Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure opened on May 28, 1999, along with City Walk. The park’s theme is a journey of exploration across themed islands. When the park opened there were 6 islands, but a 7th Wizarding World of Harry Potter & 8th Skull Island has since opened. In 2017 the park hosted almost 10 million guests. The number of guests visiting Islands of Adventure has increased significantly in recent years and is now double the total attendance for 2009.
We have now completed our dedicated Guide to Islands of Adventure 2019. Our Guide has further information to plan your day.
Port of Entry
Port of Entry is the entrance to the park and your first island. The area has a magical feel and is home to a selection of shops plus guest service facilities. The park’s icon Pharos Lighthouse is within Port of Entry.
Other islands are reached at the end of Port of Entry and guests have the choice of walking clockwise to Marvel Super Hero Island or anticlockwise to Seuss Landing.
Marvel Super Hero Island
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man a sensational 3D simulator & my personal
favorite. This set the bar all other 3D attractions try to beat. Had a refresh in 2012 but is still essentially the same ride. Hard to believe it will be 20 years old in 2019.
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster perhaps one of the greatest coasters ever made?
- Doctor Doom Freefall big drops
- Storm Force Accelatron very, very fast teacups
- Meet the Marvel Super Heroes Despite Disney owning marvel Universal still has exclusive use of the majority of classic Marvel Characters.
- Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls fun flume ride.
- Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges perhaps the best & wettest barge ride you will ever experience.
- Me Ship, The Olive kids play ship
Skull Island: Reign of Kong riding a safari truck you have a Kong Encounter. Many small children will find this attraction scary.
- Jurassic Park River Adventure an entertaining boat ride followed by an 85-foot drop ends
- Jurassic Park Discovery Center watching a raptor egg hatch is the fun highlight
- Pteranodon Flyers only those who are between 36 and 56 inches (91 and 140 cm) or those with a child of that height may ride
- Camp Jurassic prehistoric playground
A new Jurassic World coaster has recently started being constructed in this area. Rumoured to be a high thrill coaster with an anticipated 2021 opening.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened June 18, 2010 at Islands of Adventure. The area is themed around Hogsmeade and was the first part of the Wizarding World. There are a selection of shops, bars and restaurants all themed around the books. Take your time when visiting Hogsmeade as there is a lot to discover. The big attractions in the land are:
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey after touring the dramatic reconstruction of Hogwarts soar through the grounds on a bench. An incredibly impressive attraction.
- Flight of the Hippogriff is a fun kid’s coaster.
- The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle an impressive nightly display. However, crowds can be very large.
- Hogwarts Express ride to Universal Studios. Park to park ticket is required.
A new family coaster is due to open in this area on June 13, 2019. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure looks sensational and is bound to attract huge crowds.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Take flight on an all-new thrilling roller coaster ride, coming to #WizardingWorldOrlando on June 13, 2019.
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) 21 February 2019
Universal doesn’t announce much about attractions before they open therefore details are still a little bit sparse about this new coaster, but we can’t wait.
The Lost Continent
Not much of this land now remains and is now the least interesting area of the park. A significant part of the island was removed for the construction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The stunt show The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad closed in September 2018 to further reduce the options. The Mystic Fountain remains the highlight of this otherwise pointless island. While there have been no announcements, expect The Lost Continent to be redeveloped soon.
Poseidon’s Fury is the only remaining genuine attraction. However, it is possibly the worse attraction in Universal & you should keep away!
Seuss Landing is the one area at Islands of Adventure where small children will find plenty of attractions to enjoy.
- The Cat in the Hat a fun dark ride, but it is a little bumpy.
- Caro-Seuss-el carousel
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish a Dumbo-like attraction in which you have to avoid getting wet. Hint to stay dry, the top jets have not worked for years!
- If I Ran The Zoo play area.
- The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride! A zany train in the sky.
Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park opened on May 25, 2017. The main feature of the park is Krakatau a 200-foot artificial volcano. The volcano holds 3 fantastic drop capsule slides. Attractions include wave pools, slides, raft rides, play areas & a lazy river. As this is Universal’s water park expect big thrills when you visit, but there is plenty of fun for kids too.
Also, Universal has attempted to eliminate waits at Volcano bay with the introduction of virtual lines. All guests are given a TapuTapu to wear on arrival. Guests simply tap into a virtual line with their TapuTapu to secure a ride time. Once their TapuTapu vibrates you return to the line for a short wait before your ride. It sounds simple, but there are mixed reports on its success.
To access Volcano bay guests are transported from the main Universal Orlando parking lot. Also, there is free transport from Universal Resorts.
Universal Express Pass is available at Volcano Bay but is not included in Resort Express Pass.
The park replaced Universal’s earlier water park Wet ‘n Wild.
Universal City Walk
Universal City Walk is the entertainment complex at Universal Orlando Resort. The area opened in 1999 with Islands of Adventure. Day visitors enter the resort through City Walk before entering the theme parks. Universal City Walk is bright, modern and loud & is a contrast from Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. The area is open until 2 am and there is free self parking from 6 pm.
The area has a selection of excellent restaurants, bars, shops & entertainment venues including the Blue Man Group. You can book reservations for several of the City Walk Restaurants here. However, not all restaurants accept advance reservations.
Many of the shops at City Walk sell the same produce you will fin in the theme parks. You can save time while in the parks by leaving shopping until you visit City Walk.
Several of the bars and clubs at City Walk have a cover charge. The cover charge often kicks in at 10 pm, but does vary by venue, plus admission is restricted to adults 21 years or older . Deals are available which allow admission to several venues for 1 price.
An evening in City Walk is great fun and extends your day well into the evening.
Universal Orlando On-Site Hotels
There are now 6 resorts at Universal Orlando with a further 2 due to open in 2019 & 2020. All Universal Hotel guests benefit from being close to the theme parks, free internal transportation & early access to a park for 1 hour each morning before regular guests. Loews manage all Universal Orlando Hotels.
Universal Resorts are in price brackets with the top 3 Premier Hotels having a complimentary Express Pass included. Your Express Pass is valid on both your arrival & departure dates. Guests should price up Express Pass carefully as often if there are 4 of you in a room it is cheaper to stay in a Premier Hotel than buy Express Pass individually.
Premier Hotels at Universal Orlando
- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel was the first hotel to open in 1999. This luxury resort has an Italian Seaside Village theme and has 750 rooms
- Hard Rock Hotel opened in 2001 and has a rock theme. We have a review of the Hard Rock Hotel here on Modern Life is Good.
- Loews Royal Pacific opened in 2002 & has an enchanted isles theme. The resort has 1000 rooms. You can read our review of Loews Royal Pacific on this site.
Preferred Hotels at Universal Orlando
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is the only resort in this category and opened in 2016. This is a comfortable resort similar in standard to Royal Pacific but does not include an Express Pass.
Prime Value Hotels at Universal Orlando
- Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort the first value hotel at Universal. 2200 rooms are located in this no frill hotel
- Universal’s Aventura Hotel a modern tower hotel which opened in 2018.
Value Hotels at Universal Orlando
Universal’s latest resort due to open in 2019 & 2020 will be called Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. The resort is split into 2 halves Surfside Inn and Suites opening in 2019 and Dockside Inn and Suites beginning in 2020. Universal promises that these resorts will be their most affordable yet. However, don’t expect any luxuries.
Dining at Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando has a good mix of Table Service, Quick Service and Cart locations. However, guests who have visited Walt Disney World might be disappointed in the number of options available. Universal Orlando dining options have improved in recent years but they are behind the high standard Disney set. The best restaurants are inside the Universal Orlando Resorts. Both Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure have 2 table service
Price wise we tend to find that Quick Service locations are more expensive than Disney World, but Table Service is cheaper. However prices do vary by location. The majority of venues can cater for allergies at Universal Orlando.
Universal does offer several dining plans. There is a quick service plan open to everyone and a plan which includes some table service restaurants open to resort guests only. Overall we don’t think the dining plans at Universal Orlando represent great value for money and are fairly limited. You can find out more here.
Not all venues at Universal Orlando accept reservations. However, the restaurants inside the parks all do. Advance reservations are highly recommended but there is no rush to book, unlike Walt Disney World. Usually, you can easily book a reservation on the morning of your arrival. You can book reservations here.
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