Tips from a Trusted Source on How to Enjoy a Successful Vacation at Universal Orlando


The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2024 will save you time and money with in-depth reviews, ratings, and details from the trusted source for a successful Universal Orlando vacation, the team at the Unofficial Guides.

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How do some guests get on the big, new attraction in less than 20 minutes while others wait for longer than 2 hours—on the same day? Why do some guests pay full price for their visit when others can save hundreds of dollars? A vacation is too important to leave to chance. Every minute—and every dollar—counts!

The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2024 explains how the resort works and how to use that knowledge to stay ahead of the crowd. Author Seth Kubersky knows that vacationers want their visit to be anything but average, so he has employed an expert team of researchers to find the secrets, shortcuts, and bargains that make a trip exceptional! In the book, you’ll discover what’s available in every category, ranked from best to worst, and get detailed plans to maximize your time at Universal. Learn how to stay at a top-rated hotel, eat at the best restaurants, and experience the most popular attractions at Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay.

Here’s what’s NEW in the 2024 book:

  • When to visit Universal to get lower crowds and bigger hotel discounts
  • Updated advice on taking advantage of Early Park Admission, Universal Express, and other time-saving tricks
  • An up-close look at each Universal resort hotel, plus expanded coverage of nearby off-site hotels
  • Ratings and reviews of new dining options in the parks and resorts, including more plant-based menu items
  • Tips for experiencing Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and the Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Islands of Adventure
  • Details on Universal Studios Florida’s new Minion Land on Illumination Avenue, including the Villain-Con Minion Blast attraction and Minion Cafe
  • A sneak peek at the new DreamWorks Animation experiences coming to Universal’s reimagined KidZone in 2024
  • An in-depth preview of Universal’s upcoming Epic Universe theme park and new hotels

The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2024 is key to planning a perfect family vacation. Whether you are putting together an annual trip or preparing for a first visit, this book gives the inside scoop on hotels, restaurants, attractions, and much more. The book will be available starting December 5th. Pre-order your copy now!

About the author: Seth Kubersky has worked for more than 20 years as a theatrical artist, culture critic, and travel journalist. Seth is the author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando and coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas, as well as a collaborator on The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. Seth is nationally recognized as an authority on theme parks and amusement attractions, and he contributes to Attractions Magazine and the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. He also writes an arts and entertainment column, “Live Active Cultures,” that appears in the Orlando Weekly, central Florida’s leading alternative newspaper. A native of Livingston, New Jersey, Seth earned a B.A. in theater from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He lives in Orlando with his wife, Genevieve, and their cats Sol, Kipper, and Pumpkin. 

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  1. Anonymous in SC October 16, 2023Reply

    My favorite attraction for kids at Universal is Animal Actors on Stage, because there are a variety of animals included, and the show is always a little bit different no matter how many times you see it!

    • Liliane Opsomer October 16, 2023Reply

      That show is indeed a super headliner for families visiting. And yes, it is always a litter different.

  2. Tim Hess October 26, 2023Reply

    We are looking forward to all the HP experiences!

    • Liliane Opsomer October 26, 2023Reply

      So happy you seem to be visiting soon. I am a huge Harry Potter fan myself.

  3. Jenna October 26, 2023Reply

    I am looking forward to planning my first trip to Universal and Disney! As an avid Harry Potter fan, I am thrilled to experience all of the sights, tastes, and rides at Hogwarts! I am most excited for the train ride on the Hogwarts Express and sending out postcards by Owl Mail 🙂

    • Liliane Opsomer October 26, 2023Reply

      You will have a lot of fun. Make sure to ride the train in both directions!

  4. Jim Hayes November 14, 2023Reply

    It would have to be the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! It really is so magical and a great experience!

    • Liliane Opsomer November 14, 2023Reply

      Yes, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is pretty amazing.

  5. Justin Patrick November 25, 2023Reply

    The Unofficial Guide is incredibly helpful when planning a trip to a theme park. My wife & I always purchase one when planning a Universal or Disney trip. The best attraction for kids imo is the High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. It’s fun, but not intense, you can see a lot of the parks, & you get to hear a Dr. Seuss story dictated.

    • Liliane Opsomer November 25, 2023Reply

      Thank you so much for planning your Disney and Universal visits with our books. Happy Holidays!

  6. Feeling impatient January 22, 2024Reply


    I ordered your book from one of the main bookstores in England (Waterstones). I have no doubt that it is a really informative book but I am sadly still waiting for it to be dispatched…. It has been exactly 3 weeks today…..

    • Liliane Opsomer January 25, 2024Reply

      Waterstone has our books. However, we do not have oversight about their distribution to their individual stores. I hope your ordered book arrives quickly. Thank you for buying our book.

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