Whether you have children or not, sometimes you need to get away just the two of you and what better way than booking tickets to Universal Orlando for the adventure on a lifetime? Trust us when we say it’s not just for kids - there’s plenty of things to see and do when it’s just you and your significant other!
So forget about the stresses of adult life, free your inner child and read on to see how others made the most of their couples’ trip to Universal Orlando.
Stay somewhere more ‘adult’
Whether you’re looking for fun or romance, there are a variety of hotels you can stay in that are less suited to families and more suited to just adults.
If you’re looking for a romantic setting, Roamaroo bloggers Scott and Collette recommend staying at Loews Portofino: “We thought we had accidentally boarded a plane to Italy when we arrived at the Loews Portofino because it looks exactly like Portofino. The Loews Portofino is by far the most romantic hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. As soon as we stepped onto the property, we were immediately transported back to the Italian Riviera. We took photos on Vespas, sipped on an Aperol Spritz at the American Bar, and ate our weight in gelato.”
If you’re looking to step back in time, Where Traveler writer Aurora recommends staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. “Besides being family-friendly, it also offers an adult-friendly pool area and room tower. The hotel also offers a lazy river, bowling alley with a full bar where bartenders can mix up your favourite cocktails and a shuttle to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure where you can even get early admission to the park and beat the crowds at 8am.
“The hotel is also vintage-inspired and its colourful decorations will flash you right back to the 1950s. Don’t forget to take many pictures with the vintage cars on display right outside the lobby before you check out. At night, once you’re back from exploring, enjoy a glass of wine or a whiskey drink at the classy lobby bar known as Swizzle Lounge, where drinks are served in beautiful vintage glassware.”
Split a milkshake
When was the last time you enjoyed a real, diner-style milkshake? Scott and Collette recommend heading to the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savoury Feast Kitchen for one (or a cocktail!): “This place is over the top delicious! They’re known for their milkshakes, but everything on the menu is fantastic. If you like old-fashioned cocktails, try their speciality, which is a chocolate flavoured old fashioned.
“I first thought the chocolate old fashioned would be bad, but after the first sip, I was hooked. Good thing we had to leave early or I could have drank those all night. After enjoying the delicious drinks and savoury entrees don’t forget to save room for their famous milkshakes. These delectable desserts not only look stunning but also taste amazing.”
Ride the scarier rides
One of the benefits of going to Universal by yourselves is that you can ride the more thrilling and adrenaline-inducing rides that young kids may not like. “The roller coasters at Universal Orlando are NOT for the faint of heart; even the most courageous of grown-ups are sure to feel their heart flutter in their chest,” says Oneika, travel blogger at Oneika The Traveller. “Besides the rollercoasters, there are thrilling and well-crafted 3D and 4D attractions at Universal Orlando that only an adult can appreciate.
“For example, I couldn’t help ooh-ing and aah-ing at the level of detail and technology that went into rides like “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” (located at Islands of Adventure) and “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” (found at Universal Studios). The action was so jaw-droppingly life-like that the hairs stood up on the back of my neck.”
Enjoy sophisticated dining
“If you envisioned yourself subsisting on kiddie combos chock-full of fries and chicken fingers you’d be wrong,” says Oneika. “As it turns out, there are loads of adult-friendly dining options situated throughout the complex.”
“For example, I had the pleasure of eating at Mythos, the award-winning fine-dining restaurant serving up a mix of Mediterranean, Asian, and American fare. And on my last night in Orlando, I dined on frutti di mare and pollo saltimbocca at the highly-rated Mama Della’s, an Italian restaurant found onsite.”
Party at Universal CityWalk
If you thought Universal’s bar and restaurants shut up shop at 9pm, you’d be very wrong! At night, CityWalk has a fantastic nightlife full of amazing dining and entertainment options. “When the sun goes down, CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort comes alive. With a bevy of bars, dance clubs, and delicious restaurants, CityWalk is the place for lovers to dance the night away,” says Scott and Collette.
Aurora also loved the variety of entertainment and restaurants on offer: “CityWalk offers a 20-screen movie theatre, a variety of casual and even fancier dining options as well as shops for those seeking to take a souvenir home.
“I recommend visiting the Hard Rock Café for a bite and some good music, grabbing a margarita at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and ending the night dancing up a storm at The Groove, or belting out a tune at Rising Star, where you can karaoke with a live band to back you up.”
Revel in the trip down memory lane
As well as being a thrill-seeking adventure with your other half, a trip to Universal Orlando is also a chance to reminisce and relish in your childhood memories.
Oneika loved the sense of nostalgia during her trip: “From meandering through the Dr. Seuss Character zone, to taking selfies in front of Krustyland and Moe’s Diner, my visit transported me back to my childhood – a time when “The Cat in the Hat” was required reading and watching The Simpsons was a nightly staple (sigh!), I even got to fulfil some latent childhood desires when I got to chat with Hello Kitty and meet a raptor from Jurassic Park. It was a great reminder of the simple, carefree existence I led when I was but a little grasshopper.”
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