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    If you go to Universal Orlando Resort

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    What to do

    Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida

    6000 Universal Blvd.

    407-363-8000 (general), 407-224-4233 (guest services) 407-224-7840 (tickets)

    www.universalorlando.com

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    Two theme parks. More than 30 rides, including five roller coasters, and state-of-the-art motion-simulators. Live shows. Daily parade. One-park, one-day, $88 adult, $82 child; both parks, one-day, $123/$117. Many discounts available based on length of visit, time of year, and airfare and hotel packages.

    Where to stay

    Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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    5601 Universal Blvd.

    888-273-1311, 407-503-1000

    www.loewshotels.com/Portofino-Bay-Hotel

    Romantic four-diamond hotel in Italian theme with 750 rooms, including 45 suites. Features three swimming pools and Mandara Spa. In-season rate $435. (Rates vary with length of stay and time of year.)

    Hard Rock Hotel

    5800 Universal Blvd.

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    888-273-1311, 407-503-2000

    www.loewshotels.com/Hard-Rock-Hotel

    Live the rock-star life amid $1 million of music memorabilia. Four-diamond hotel has 650 rooms including 29 suites. In-season rate $399. (Rates vary with stay and season.)

    Loews Royal Pacific Resort

    6300 Hollywood Way

    888-273-1311, 407-503-3000

    www.loewshotels.com/Royal-Pacific-Resort

    Tropical-island theme in four-diamond hotel, with 1,000 rooms, including 51 suites. All-you-can-eat luau every Saturday night. In-season rate $369. (Rates vary with stay and season.)

    Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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    (Opening early 2014)

    888-273-1311 (reservations open March 31, 2013)

    www.universalorlando.com/Hotels/Cabana-Bay-Beach-Resort.aspx

    Retro beach resort with “Mad Men” design aesthetic to open around the corner from Royal Pacific and Islands of Adventure. It will offer 900 suites at $174 per night — sleeping six and with kitchens — and 900 more guest rooms, starting at $119.

    Where to eat

    Emeril Lagasse’s Tchoup Chop

    Royal Pacific Hotel

    6300 Hollywood Way

    407-503-2467

    www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-tchoup-chop

    Open seven days for lunch and dinner. Exquisite restaurant with entrees from $18-$40.

    NBA City

    6068 Universal Blvd.

    407-363-5919

    www.nba.com/nbacity/NBACity_home.html

    One of more than 30 eating establishments in CityWalk complex between hotels and theme parks. Opens at 11 a.m. every day. Overpriced but in a prime location between theme park entrances. Something for everyone from pizza and burgers ($12) to Crowne Royal Maple Filet ($30). Biggest plus: Line is usually half as long as at the Hard Rock next door.