When you’re ready to cast spells with Harry Potter, take on the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park or race down Volcano Bay’s waterslides at Universal Orlando Resort, keep in mind there are ways to save money during your time in the parks, so there’s plenty left over for a cup or two of Butter Beer (and Butter Beer Ice Cream!).
Through the Gates
Single-day tickets into Universal Orlando Resort’s Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure start at $115, or a one-day, park-to-park ticket for $170; one-day tickets to Universal’s Volcano Bay start at $80. Spend more days and the price begins to drop. For example, a five-day, park-to-park ticket starts at $45 a day (one park each day).
Take It With You
You may be surprised to learn, as I was, that some of Orlando’s theme parks allow guests to bring food and drinks in with them, including Universal Orlando Resort. Sure, you have to carry it with you in a backpack (no coolers allowed!), but if you do it well, you and your family will have munchies to enjoy throughout the day. Our suggestion is take a few bottles of water — especially on sunny Florida days, and sandwiches to enjoy for lunch, then buy a snack or two during your time in the parks. Not only will you save money, but time so you can cast more spells rather than standing in line.
When choosing a place to stay during your time in Orlando, try and find a hotel where you can park the car and take shuttle buses to the parks. Many local hotels run complimentary shuttles throughout the day and into the night, saving you money on parking, which can really add up if you’re spending more than a day.
Stay with Harry
Okay, you can’t really stay with Harry Potter at Hogwarts, but you can stay at one of the six properties found within Universal Orlando Resort’s expansive grounds, with one on the way! The hotels range not only in size, but price points and amenities, too. Compare hotels to see which fits your family’s wants and needs, and keep in mind complimentary shuttle buses run from some of the hotels to the parks, or there are walking paths.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.