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We are considering going to Universal Studios for our honeymoon and I need advice on where to stay! I went to the website but its not very user friendly. Any tips on whether to stay on or off-site, meal plans, etc?
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- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@FutureMrsJohnston: Onsite is pretty expensive but it depends on the experience you want. All of the onsite hotels are super nice and easily accessible to the parks. The meal plans in the parks are available to all guests whether they stay on property or not. If you can afford to stay on property, you will definitely have a nice room.
Off site hotels are hit and miss because they are on Internaitonal Drive where some hotels are old and run down. Many nearby hotels offer free transportation to Universal. I usually stay at the local Holiday Inn because it’s the closest off-site hotel. They have a shuttle but a cab ride is around $8 ($16 roundtrip) if you don’t feel like waiting. The convention hotels like the Peabody (just bought by Hyatt) is gorgeous and it has an awesome pool deck.
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@FutureMrsJohnston: I worked at Universal and I can tell you that the onsite hotels are beautiful and have great perks to the park(dicounts on certian things, first entry into the park, you can use your room key like a credit card, no driving can take the ferry to city walk, etc). Yes the hotels are a bit pricey though they just opened a new one that is a little bit budget friendly.
Offsite hotels dont offer many/any perks but most will have a shuttle to get you to the park and back to the hotel(but as front desk for times of the shuttle because they may stop at different times. Other than that I’m not 100% about the offsite hotels but remember you do get what you pay for.
At Universal they also have a meal deal(pay once and eat at certain resturants all day until 30 minutes before the park closes.) They also have two styles of cups you can get, a red one that you can get refills in it for $.99/before tax and it can be used all over the park(both Universal Stuidos and Islanda of Adventure as well as City Walk) and you can keep using the same cup for years(i have been using one i bought 3 years ago), or they have a white free-style cup that you fill at the big red coca cola machines(only in certain places in park and not in City Walk. They are also the machines that are in Burger King depending where you are at, that have the regular coke drinks but then you can add the different flavors to them) for free but you can only refill every 10 minutes and cannot get anything and they last for only 1 day unless you go and get it recharged. They do have the normal throw away cups too but with how much you want to drink getting the red or the free style is a better way to go.(you can also get water in the red/free style cup for free, and in the red you can also get the icees not just pop/water)
I hope this helps 🙂
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@rmrsln2010: Wow thanks, that is super helpful! So would u say that if we got an offsite hotel that with food and all the extras it would probably cost the same anyway as the on site?