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Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort located just off of I-4 and International Drive is a high-energy vacation destination with two side-by-side theme parks -- Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure -- and three unique hotels (The Portofino Bay Hotel, The Hard Rock Hotel and The Royal Pacific Resort), with front of the line access for all hotel guests. And for exciting and versatile dining and entertainment, CityWalk is the place -- it is the home of many wonderful themed restaurants that include Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, New Orleans own Pat O'Brien's, NASCAR Sports Grille and one of several Emeril Lagasse Restaurants on the property, just to name a few. CityWalk is where your adventure begins as it doubles as the Gateway to both the Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure Theme Parks.
Orlando Resort started with the Universal Studios Florida Theme Park
in June 1990, known by many back in those days as "the little park
that couldn't." After one of most disastrous opening days in recent
theme park history, Universal Studios spent several years regrouping and
reworking its attractions. All the hard work has been paying off for years
now. While most of the original opening day attractions have been replaced
or revamped to be nearly unrecognizable, the good news is that the folks
at Universal have replaced them with many one-of-a-kind winners.
Speaking of food, themed restaurants are easy to find in this park. Enjoy a classic Burger and Shake at everyone's favorite Hollywood '50s hangout, Mel's Drive-In, which is complete with old-fashioned juke boxes in the booths and 1950's Cars parked out front. Or try some authentic Irish fare at Finnegan's Grill, if sit-down service is more your style. It is also home to the annual Mardi Gras Celebration each spring, enjoy a taste of New Orleans in the French Quarter Food Court, with a huge bead flowing parade every Saturday night, followed by well-known music acts, such as Smokey Robinson, LL Cool J, Heart, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Gretchen Wilson, Huey Lewis and The News, Sara Evans and Earth, Wind and Fire. Universal Studios is also the current home of its version of the Macy's Christmas Parade, each December. Keep in mind, Universal Studios Florida is much more low-key in its attitude compared to Islands of Adventure.
of Adventure, which officially opened in May 1999, showed the world
that Universal Orlando Resort had become a big league player. As your
"Adventure" begins, you will enter the park though the well-themed
Port of Entry, which consists of shops and restaurants. It is a
great place to grab a coffee and breakfast treat to start your day. It
is also home to Confisco Grill, Backwater Bar and Croissant
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