Universal Orlando Resort – Take Two!

Less stuff, more memories.

As my girls get older (seniors in high school), this has been my mantra.

Six months ago, during the crowds of spring break, my girls and I spent the day at Universal Orlando Resort but we were determined to return for a longer stay during a less crowded time and with one addition, my husband! Thanks toΒ Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort for hosting our stay.

Talk about a statement chandelier! I loved everything about the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

Sapphire Falls Resort - love the amazing beach ball chandelier in the lobby kellyelko.com

The hotel opened in 2016 and has the largest pool, complete with water slide, of the five hotels on the property. It was the perfect place to relax after a long day at the park.

Sapphire Falls Hotel has an amazing, huge pool with water slide! kellyelko.com

From an amazing breakfast buffet to pre dinner cocktails and tapas overlooking the lagoon, to a quick place to grab and go, the food did not disappoint.

Love this Spanish tile at the Sapphire Falls hotel kellyelko.com

Neither did the decor.

Pink sofa with tropical artwork kellyelko.com

The best thing about staying on property was the quick five minute water taxi that took us right to the Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal Orlando Resort kellyelko.com

The resort is actually three parks and we had two day park to park tickets (not including Volcano Bay) with fast passes to skip the lines (which were not very long in September). Bonus: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter did not accept fast passes when we visited last spring but they do now!

If you want to take the Hogwarts Express train ride, you need to purchase a park to park ticket so you can travel between Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

Universal Orlando Resort map kellyelko.com

Staying in a resort hotel has it’s perks and we were able to get into the parks one hour before regular admission!

It was so quiet in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I think I heard Hedwig hoot.

Honey Dukes candy shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter kellyelko.com

I loved taking in all the small details.

Witches ladies room at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter kellyelko.com

Of course, Universal Orlando Resort is so much more than Harry Potter.

Christmas shop at Universal Orlando Resort kellyelko.com

We even spotted Marilyn!

Β Β Marilyn Monroe at Universal Orlando Resort kellyelko.com

My girls loved Universal CityWalk, especially all lit up at night. It’s an entertainment complex filled with restaurants, shops, a movie theatre, mini golf and more.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar sounds weird but was amazing and I loved all of the scale shaped decor.

Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar has the coolest fish scale chandeliers kellyelko.com

There are no calories on vacation and we went into sugar overload at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.

Chocolate shakes at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium kellyelko.com

If you’re like us, family shots are rarer than a Sasquatch sighting so I was thrilled to get one.

P.S. I think a pack of piranha attacked my daughters jeans.


Here’s to making memories!

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  1. Thank you for these wonderful pictures of your family vacation. It been 13years since my family and I been to Orlando. It’s time for another vacation there. You have a beautiful family, and the food looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Looks wonderful! How fun to enjoy it all together πŸ™‚ and I will have to remember there are no calories on vacation – that is superb!!

  3. Sounds like you had a good time with your girls, thanks for the great pictures, lots to see and do. You have a wonderful family.

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