More in Florida then Disney

Walt did a great job, but there’s more.

Walt Disney had a magnificent dream and the fulfillment of that dream in Florida is truly mind boggling.  However there’s more to Florida than Disney and oranges.


Let’s discover Universal Orlando Resort.  It’s three amazing theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay water park and topped off by spectacular on-site hotels, fabulous dining, incredible entertainment and more.

You and your family can immerse yourselves in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios. You’ll journey through legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Island of Adventure.  Enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other at Volcano Bay.  

Universal City Walk is home to a wide array of themed restaurants, clubs, concert venues, movies, shops, miniature golf and more.  I can’t imagine a family that wouldn’t be thrilled with this vacation experience.

Universal Studios Florida offers truly unique experiences for your family.  Not only The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley but also The Blue Man Group, Despicable Me, Race through New York with Jimmy Fallon, Revenge of the Mummy, Fast and Furious, Transformers the Ride 3D, Shrek 4D, MIB Alien Attack, Fear Factor Live, The Simpsons Ride-it’s exhausting just typing everything included in your days of fun at Universal Studios Florida.

What about Islands of Adventure?  Skull Island Reign of Kong, Jurassic Park River Adventure, Eighth Voyage of Sinbad, The Cat in the Hat, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade and the Hogwart Express to take you between the parks. 

Water is life and life is Joy.  That’s what the Waturi islanders have believed since the dawn of time and now you can live the Waturi way at Volcano Bay.  This amazing park offers thrills and water drenched adventure along with relaxation and no hassles.  No wristbands, no lines, no waiting.  Spend your time drifting down the river, plummeting down a volcano, catapulting into pools of water but mainly reconnecting with your loved ones.

Packages can be arranged that will cater to your specific needs.  There’s complimentary transportation from any Universal Theme Park, City Walk and on site hotel.  In addition you can receive early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Volcano Bay Water Park with your package trip.

In love with Disney?  You can package a vacation that includes both Universal Orlando Resort and Disney World!  That’s right, you can even throw in a day trip to Cape Canaveral (which I loved, and I had lunch with an astronaut!) and a day at Sea World or Gatorland.  Even better, jump on a cruise ship and enjoy a Caribbean cruise before or after your Universal adventure.

If you haven’t planned your 2017 summer vacation please consider Universal Orlando Resort, and it isn’t too early to consider it for summer 2018 as well.  

Joy Gawf Crutchfield owns and operates The Joy of Travel.