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mwb826
07-28-2005, 09:46 PM
Does anyone have suggestions for a hotel that is in walking distance to Universal? Trying to plan a long weekend birthday trip for my almost 10 year old son. I am not familiar with Universal at all, so any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for the great advice I have already received by reading these boards.

spiceycat
07-29-2005, 11:16 AM
the only hotels that I know of that are within walking distance to US - are the Us hotels - loews hotels.

here is a link
http://www.loewshotels.com/hotels/orlando/

these aren't cheap by any means!!!

but he will have FOL (front of line entry) - so no waiting in lines.

JMD
07-29-2005, 11:21 AM
We stayed at Sheraton Studio City last year when we to Universal for a long weekend. We walked to Universal everyday, and it usually took about 10-15 minutes. I think there Homewood Suites in the area that is within walking distance as well.

tortoni
07-29-2005, 01:42 PM
You can't go wrong with the US hotels-they are walking distance (RP is closest) and you get front of the line entrance to all rides with your room pass.

Cindy B
07-29-2005, 02:05 PM
Besides onsite hotels, there are a few other options.

There is a Country Inn and Suites on Universal Blvd., as well as a Quality inn at the intersection of Universal and Sandlake Blvd.

You would have to walk up Universal Blvd, which is fairly busy. You will walk over a pathway/bridge that is over I4. If that bothers you, don't do it. You would basically walk near the parking garage. I guess you would have to walk into the garage and take the elevators to the walkways in Citywalk.

We stayed at the Quality (well it was a Hampton Inn then) and while we didn't walk, we saw others with older kids/teens that did do so.

No11's Mom
07-30-2005, 11:02 PM
Here is the link to the Universal resorts board:

http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=75

If you can stay one night onsite at Universal, it allows you two full days of front of the line (FOTL) access. Even if your room is not ready when you arrive, they will give you a card that gives you FOTL privleges until the parks close on the day you check out. Your son will love it.

There is also a Holiday Inn near Universal. I know that they sometimes have good Entertainment Card rates, if you have an Entertainment Card. You might try looking at the Holiday Inn website. It would be quite a walk to the parks though. If at all possible I would try to stay onsite...at least for one night.

kellymonaghan
07-31-2005, 12:12 PM
Here is a list of hotels close to Universal. (http://www.theotherorlando.com/contents/chapters/3a/staynear.html)
They are listed in order of their closeness to the entrance to CityWalk, the gateway to the parks.