List of Maps VII About the Authors VIII Dedication IX Introduction Why "Unofficial"? Universal Orlando: An Overview UNIVERSAL LEXICON IN A NUTSHELL COMMON ABBREVIATIONS AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR CRITICAL COMPARISON OF ATTRACTIONS FOUND AT BOTH UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD AND UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PART ONE Planning Before You Leave Home Gathering Information IMPORTANT UNIVERSAL ADDRESSES UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PHONE NUMBERS Timing Your Visit UNIVERSAL ORLANDO CLIMATE Allocating Money UNIVERSAL VS. WDW ADMISSIONS Making the Most of Your Time and Money at Universal Orlando PART TWO Accommodations The Basic Considerations Universal Orlando Resort Hotels Universal Orlando Resort Hotel Services and Amenities Universal Orlando Resort Hotel Profiles Universal Orlando Vacation Packages Off-Site Lodging Options Hotels and Motels: Rated.and Ranked A Word About Toll-Free Telephone Numbers The 30 Best Hotel Values THE 30 BEST HOTEL VALUES HOW THE HOTELS COMPARE HOTEL INFORMATION CHART PART THREE Arriving and Getting Around Getting There Getting Oriented PART FOUR Bare Necessities Money, Etc. Problems and Unusual Situations Services Universal Orlando for Guests with Special Needs PART FIVE Universal Orlando with Kids It's a Small Universe, After All About The Unofficial Guide Touring Plans Stuff to Think About Strollers Lost Children Universal, Kids, and Scary Stuff SMALL-CHILD FRIGHT-POTENTIAL TABLE POTENTIALLY PROBLEMATIC ATTRACTIONS FOR GROWN-UPS ATTRACTION HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS Universal Characters CHARACTER-GREETING LOCATIONS Babysitting PART SIX Dining and Shopping at Universal Orlando Character Meals Universal Orlando Dining.Plans Fast Food in Universal Orlando's Theme Parks TOP SIX SNACKS OUTSIDE THE WIZARDING WORLD Universal Orlando Quick-Service Restaurant Mini-Profiles Universal Orlando Full-Service Restaurant Profiles UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE TOP SIX MILK SHAKES AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO Dining Near Universal Orlando Shopping at Universal Orlando Shopping Near Universal Orlando PART SEVEN Universal Studios Florida Getting Oriented at Universal Studios Florida Universal Studios Florida Attractions Live Entertainment at Universal Studios Florida Special Events at Universal Studios Florida Universal Studios Florida Touring Plans PART EIGHT Universal's Islands.of Adventure Getting Oriented at Universal's Islands of Adventure Universal's Islands of Adventure Attractions Special Events at Universal's Islands of Adventure Universal's Islands of Adventure Touring Plans PART NINE Universal Orlando CityWalk Arriving and Parking Admission Prices Contacting CityWalk CityWalk Clubs CityWalk Entertainment PART TEN Universal's Volcano Bay Getting to Univesal's Volcano Bay Operating Hours and Admission Price Univesal's Volcano Bay Attractions Appendix Index Touring Plans
Seth Kubersky has worked for more than 20 years as a theatrical artist, culture critic, and travel journalist. In addition to coauthoring The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, & the Best of Central Florida, Seth is also a contributor to The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas, TouringPlans.com, and Orlando Attractions Magazine. Every week, you can read Seth's coverage of Orlando's art and entertainment scene in his column Live Active Cultures, featured in each issue of Orlando Weekly, Central Florida's leading alternative newspaper. Seth lives in downtown Orlando, FL, with his wife, Genevieve, and their cat Brubeck.