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A few months ago, I wrote about the vacation destination we kept putting off for another time: Universal Orlando. I had a hard time justifying the money for park tickets plus the cost of an on-site hotel that provides Universal Express Pass.
Well, after having a very uneventful travel-free fall and an isolated holiday season, we had a change of heart. We decided to invest some time and money into a longer Universal experience while we are in already in Orlando for our Disney World trip this summer.
Promo Tickets and On-site Hotel.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, one day park-to-park tickets at Universal would cost my family of five almost $1000. And that’s just for one day! However, I found the current promotion slightly more palatable.
Through January 6, Universal has promo park admission tickets that are “buy two days, get three days free”. The park-to-park version of this costs $1500 for my family on Undercover Tourist, but we get five days out of it. We have to use the 5 days within a 7-day period. There are no blackout dates, and the tickets can be used through 8/31/21. Note: I highly recommend buying tickets at a slight discount on Undercover Tourist.
We plan to use the tickets at least three days. Two of those days will be partial days when we arrive and depart. We may also use the tickets a 4th day while we are staying at Disney if the mood strikes us. We likely won’t need all of those days for rides, but we could spend some hours with the interactive wands.
For lodging, I booked two nights at the Hard Rock Hotel. This will get us Express Passes for three park days.
This clearly is a big splurge. I’m blaming 2020. At least we used miles and points for our flights.
The Big Reveal
Since this will be a new experience for our kids (they’ve never been to Universal), I decided to make the reveal special. In the past, we’ve made scavenger hunts, puzzles and other surprises to reveal our upcoming vacation destinations.
For this trip reveal, I ordered Hogwarts acceptance letters for my kids on Etsy. The letters were personalized for each kid to describe their room.
My kids also received chocolate frogs and Harry Potter jelly slugs in their Christmas stockings.
I fully expect us to be wearing masks in the parks this summer. But right now, almost any type of travel sounds good to us.
Have you added any travel splurges into your 2021 travel plans?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.