Universal Orlando Vacation 2021

It’s been a while since we’ve gone on a full Universal Orlando vacation. A few years ago we spent two evenings at Halloween Horror Nights when we stayed at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, we had one whirlwind day during a Disney trip a few years before that, and it was way back in 2010 (on our honeymoon to be exact) that we stayed offsite and did two full days in the parks.

Since we had to cancel our March Walt Disney World trip due to Covid, we decided to splurge and add Universal Orlando to our itinerary when we rescheduled our trip to May. We stayed onsite at Loews Royal Pacific Resort (Express Passes! Woot!) with 4 day park-to-park tickets.

Let’s check it out.

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Our First Stay at a Bed & Breakfast

50 Lincoln Short North Bed & Breakfast

I have wanted to stay at a bed & breakfast for quite a few years now, but we’ve never really had a chance. (I did research practically every B & B in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area for a trip we took years ago, but we ended up staying at the Fulton Steamboat Inn instead, which luckily for us, turned out to be one of my favorite hotel stays ever.) When Gary got us tickets to a hockey game in Columbus, Ohio I found a B & B located relatively close to the arena in the trendy area called Short North. Here is a photo tour of our first ever stay at a bed & breakfast at 50 Lincoln Short North.

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Our Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan

The Walt Disney World Swan Hotel (along with its sister, the Walt Disney World Dolphin) are two resorts smack dab in the middle of Walt Disney World property, but aren’t actually owned by Disney. The resorts get many of the same benefits as on-site guests (I got to book our fast passes 60 days out like on-site guests for instance) but one disadvantage for us was having to pay for parking. (There is also a resort fee, but with a special rate I booked it was waived for us.) The location is amazing – in the Epcot resort area, but at about half the price of the neighboring Disney resorts for our dates.

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