Universal Orlando Resort has so many fun and hidden secrets, you would never know them all without a little help. With over 15 visits to this resort, I often look for the not so obvious things in the parks and at the on-site resorts. Here are a few insider tips to enhance your next visit to Universal Orlando.
Universal Orlando Insider Tips
Whether this is your first visit or tenth, I bet you don’t know all of these insider secrets at Universal Orlando Resort. Some may be obvious, or popular topics among regulars while others may be kept more quiet. Here are my eight favorite tips to share with visitors to the epic theme park.
1. Hidden History at Hard Rock Cafe
Behind the Hard Rock Cafe, is a huge rock wall. But it’s not just any wall, it is actually part of the Berlin Wall. This is an amazing piece of history, just tucked into the scenery in the rock garden.
2. Immigration Tours at Men In Black Alien Attack
If you’ve ever been in line for the Men In Black: Alien Attack, you’ve seen the giant immigration room that comes straight out of the movies. If you are lucky, you can actually get a tour of the ground floor of the immigration room. Simply ask a team member at the ride entrance if they are offering immigration tours. It’s a fun little FREE activity.
3. Bring Your Own Pool Float To Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a family favorite Universal Orlando hotel. Along with it’s great feature pool they also have a lazy river, you can always buy a pool float at the resort. However, they will blow up your pool float and even deflate it at the end of your vacation…all for FREE!
4. Souvenir Guitar Picks at Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel is such a fun resort, it offers a lot of cool amenities like an underwater sound system at the pool, the song “Hotel California” playing at dusk every night, and even guitars you can borrow to learn to play. One of my kids favorite extras is the room key guitar pick. You can bring your room key (from any on-site resort) to the front desk at Hard Rock Hotel and they will cut your room key to make a guitar pick. You just scored a free souvenir.
5. Tour Hard Rock Cafe Memorabilia
Did you know you could get a tour for FREE at Universal Orlando? Simply visit the hostess stand at the Hard Rock Cafe and ask when they will be giving VIBE Tours. This is a private tour of the memorabilia around Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, the host has extensive knowledge of every piece in the cafe. If you are lucky enough, this may even include a VIP tour of the White Room. This room is filled with amazing Beatles memorabilia.
6. Secret Entrance at Universal Studios
Bypass the main entrance and sneak in under the radar at Universal Studios. This entrance can be found under Rip Ride Rockit by the Blue Man Group Theater.
7. Unlock Hidden Songs on Rip Ride Rockit
Already play through all the songs on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster? Don’t worry, there’s a secret playlist of even more songs to choose from. Just hold down the ride’s logo for 10 seconds after getting buckled in, then enter a three-digit code on the number pad that pops up and press enter to rock out to a secret song.
Click here for a full list of songs and their corresponding numbers.
8. Find Adam at Marvel Super Hero Island
The story is that Adam Kubert, the man behind the heroes, wasn’t allowed to sign his art. So he hid his name in the pieces he painted. See if you can find the hidden “Adam” on your next visit!
There you have it, my top eight secrets you can find at Universal Orlando Resort. Do you have any secrets to share? I would love to hear them!