Last November our agents had the opportunity to attend The Global Travel Group’s Conference at the 4* Loews Sapphire Hotel in the Universal Orlando Resort. We had an amazing four days of training, conferences, speed networking sessions, inspiring motivational speeches – from Mr. Motivator himself! – but most of all four fun filled days of the Universal Parks! We even had the amazing opportunity to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, after hours, travel agents only! The perks of being a travel agent!
During our time at the #TGTGCONF18, we have picked up on some useful tips that we are very excited to share with our clients. Not to mention the benefits of staying at an in resort Hotel! Below is a list of our top tips that we learned this time round:
Cut the lines with Universal Express – A MUST if you hate waiting. Otherwise be prepared to wait up to 2 hours on a ride!
Stay at a Universal Resort to get early access – Less ques, less people, less heat!
Wear comfortable shoes – Be prepared to walk miles, get lost and walk around in circles!
Wear a small day backpack – Wallet, tickets, maps, snacks, cameras, space for gifts & souvenirs!
Bring a refillable bottle – You will need lots of water, especially in the heat!
Be prepared if you get motion sickness – goes without saying!
Choose Wizarding World of Harry Potter First and Last – Avoid the crowds, worth the wait for the best pictures!
Buy Corndogs – they taste like pickled sausages wrapped in cardboard!
Bring your phones/cameras onto 3D/4D rides as they may get water damaged!
Get your fortune read by a lady in Islands of adventure – She told all of my friends the same thing! Rip off.
Ask silly questions to the talking fountain at Island’s of adventure – He splashes you!
Go at peak times – avoid the summer heat, Florida is still warm in October/November!
Dine at the Greek restaurant Mythos, in Island’s of Adventure
Get your picture drawn by a Caricature artist, but let them take a picture of you, for them to work from – so you don’t have to wait in the line! Pick it up on the way out.
Try some of the bars on Universal’s City walk, especially the Karaoke bar – Rising Star!
Three amazing theme parks; Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, provide days of thrills and adventure beyond your imagination. It’s the only place where you can experience the magic and excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at two parks, connected by the Hogwarts Express which you can ride with a Universal Orlando Explorer Ticket. Breathtaking on-site hotels put you right in the middle of it all. Plus, Universal City Walk offers a dazzling variety of dining and entertainment options from early in the morning until the small hours of the evening. It’s days and night of endless fun for every member of the family. Holiday beyond anything you’ve experienced before at Universal Orlando Resort!
Universal Studios Florida
Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios. You’ll enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -Diagon Alley, encounter mischievous Minions, crash through Krustyland with The Simpsons, and take on the new ride Fast & Furious – Supercharged!
Dine at the Leaky Cauldron, shop at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and get ready for an adventure on the multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
Join Gru, his daughters, and the mischievous Minions on an unpredictable 3-D ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Join the ranks of the Minions, literally, as part of Gru’s latest scheme. But when things don’t go as planned, you’re launched into an unforgettable journey through his super-villan laboratory. It’s heartwarming and humorous family fun for everyone!
Join the Fast & Furious family for a full-throttle, high-octane experience. Ride along with Dom, Letty, Hobbs and the rest of the crew as they face off against an unforeseen enemy in this immersive, action packed new ride.
Ride along The Simpsons as they visit KrustyLand, the theme park created by the famous TV huckster Krusty the Clown. Is somebody out to sabotage Krustyland? You’ll find out as you join Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie on this wild, fun-filled ride.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes at islands of Adventure. Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, come face to face with King Kong, battle villians alongside Spider-Man, go on a high-speed rampage with The Incredible Hulk, and flee hungry raptors in Jurassic Park.
Explore the mysteries of Hogwarts castle, visit the shops of Hogsmeade and experience heart-pounding rides and attractions that transport you into a world of magical thrills and excitement. Plus, with a Universal Orlando Ticket you can ride the Hogwarts Express between Hogsmeade Station in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and King’s Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida.
Relive the original Jurrassic Park on a thrilling river raft adventure. You’ll ride through the jungle and see dinosaurs in their natural habitats. You’re gently gliding past enormous, wondrous beasts when something goes horribly wrong. The raptors have broken loose. You ascend into the Environmental Systems Building as chaos unfolds around you. And your only escape from the terrifying jaws of a towering T.rex is an 85-foot plunge in total darkness.
The diabolical villans of the Sinister Syndicate have stolen the Statue of Liberty and it’s up to Spidey to save the day. You’ll follow right alongside the web-slinger, careening and crashing through the streets, scaling skyscrapers and plummeting to the pavement below a simulated 400-foot freefall.
Brave the dangers of a 1930s expedition to a mysterious island. As you journey into the dark heart of the jungle, prehistoric predators swarm your crew. Then the most colossal ape ever to walk the Earth- King Kong – hurls himself between you and a certain doom. Is he friend? is he foe? is he our hero? Or is this the end?
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels
The ultimate holiday begins at one of the Universal Orlando Resort hotels. There’s one for every holiday style and budget, with thoughtfully designed rooms and suites that welcome you to enjoy every moment of your stay.
Enjoy Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ as well as complimentary transportation to and from all three theme parks and Universal CityWalk™. (Water shuttle or Land!)
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort transports guests to a paradise in the heart of the tropics. Blue waterfalls cascade over lush grounds, and in the distance, the calming sounds of steel drums call guests to take in the scenic water views, ease into ‘island time’ and let go. Imagine a picturesque hotel where every comfort is included. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort features a beautifully landscaped, resort style pool with a waterslide surrounded by cascading waterfalls – this hotel truly captivates at every turn.
16,000 sq. ft. resort-style pool with sand beach
Interactive children’s play area
Complimentary fitness center
Game room (feeapplies)
Universal Studios Store™
4 restaurants & lounges
Valet & self-parking (fee applies)
1,000 guestrooms & suites (sleep up to 5 with a rollaway –fee applies)
Flat-screen HD TV
Mini-fridge, tea & coffee making facilities
Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ 1 hour before the parks open (requires theme park admission)
Complimentary water taxi to the Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk™
Stay 4-6 nights and receive up to 25% discount on accommodation, Stay 7 nights or more and receive up to 35% discount on accommodation. Valid for stays between 01Jan18 31 March19 Subject to change.
7 nights room only from £799
Extra nights from £62
Prices are a guide only and are per person, based on a standard room including flights and taxes.
Child prices from £299.
Room upgrades: lagoon view room from £4, kids suite from £30.
All room upgrade/supplement prices are per person per night.
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