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Hotels in Walking Distance of Universal Orlando

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Looking for hotels near Universal Studios Orlando Florida that are within walking distance of the Universal theme Parks and Universal CityWalk? You are in luck! If you are wanting to walk to the parks, there are some great hotels within walking distance of Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal Citywalk. We have a list of the hotels near Universal in Orlando and that you can walk to the parks from, walking directions from each hotel, and other helpful information to help you pick the best hotel for you.If you are going with kids staying at Hotels within Walking Distance of Universal Orlando can make things easier.

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Hotels in Walking Distance of Universal Orlando Theme Parks and City Walk

If you are planning a trip to Universal Orlando with kids getting a hotel that is within walking distance of the parks can make your trip easier. There is no worry about parking at the parks and there is no worry about waiting for transportation. The walk from the Universal Citywalk entrance to both the Universal Studios Florida Park and Islands of Adventure is a short walk. 

If you are wanting to visit Volcano Bay while on your Universal Orlando Vacation, you will want to take the shuttle that the hotel offers, it is in a different area than the 2 theme parks. We have the full list of hotels near Universal Studios in Orlando that you can walk to the park from.

There are other hotels in Orlando near Universal however you will need to rely on transportation that the hotel offers or a car to get to Universal Studios. This list is hotels by universal studios Orlando that you can walk to the parks from.

hotels in walking distance to universal studios orlando with kids

What counts as walking distance?

For the top hotels on this list of hotels near Universal Studios Orlando, the walk time has to be less than 20 minutes. We are talking about walking with kids from a hotel to a theme park and from experience more than a 20-minute walk becomes too much for younger children.

If you are traveling with older kids they can walk more however I know from experience that for younger kids a shorter walking time is best. It is even more important to have a shorter walk time after the end of a park day because the kids have spent the day walking already and are tired.

I have included 2 additional hotels at the end of the list which are hotels near Universal Studios Orlando and hotels near Universal Islands of Adventures that are 26 and 28 minutes walking time. If you have only adults with you or you have older kids these hotels might be an option for you.

hotels in walking distance to universal studios orlando

What Entrance to Citywalk will these hotels bring me to?

The time listed is for walking from the hotel to the closest Citywalk gate to get into the Universal Parks area. There are different entrances to Universal Citywalk and each of them has a security checkpoint.  Depending on what hotel you are staying at you will want to put in the address for the CityWalk entrance closest to your hotel. I am including the address that you will want to use on your phone GPS for directions for each hotel listed so that it gets you to the closest Citywalk entrance to the hotel.

Why are some hotels that are near Universal Studios Orlando not on this list?

We took safety and roadways into consideration when calling a hotel within walking distance from the Universal Citywalk. If you are traveling with kids walking on a busy road with only a small barrier between yourself and the cars is not something I would want to do so I do not recommend that. That is why you do not see Universal’s Endless Summer Resort Surfside Inn & Suites or Universal’s Endless Summer Resort Dockside Inn & Suites on this list. 

Where are the security Checkpoints to get into Universal Citywalk

Universal Theme Parks Parking Valet. Put the address in your phone GPS as Universal Valet Parking, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 Once you arrive at the parking lot walk up the steps, walk thru the area with the moving sidewalk, and into CityWalk. Walk under the Universal Resorts sign and go to the Coca-Cola stand. If you are going to Universal Studios Park go to the right of the Coca-Cola stand and follow the path until you get to the Universal Globe and you will see Universal Studios Orlando entrance in front of you. If you are going to Island of Adventures Park go to the left of the Coca-Cola stand and then walk straight till you get to the bridge and you will see the Island of Adventures entrance in front of you.

Universal Theme Park Globe. Use the address Universal Theme Park Globe 2 Plaza of the Stars, Orlando, FL 32819. Once thru security walk straight and to the right to go to Universal Studios, go right and you will see the park entrance. If you continue walking straight you will come to the Islands of Adventures entrance. If you want to go to Citywalk, once thru the security checkpoint make a left onto the bridge at the Globe. 

Universal Citywalk Side Entrance Security Checkpoint. Put in the address of Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. You will come into Citywalk at the security checkpoint next to Margaritaville. This makes you super close to Islands of Adventures. 

Hotels in Walking Distance of Universal Orlando with Under a 20-Minute Walk

These hotels are within walking distance of the parks that will take under 20 minutes to walk to and from the Universal Citywalk to the hotel. Read below for more information on each of the hotels and how to get from the hotel to Citywalk.

Hotels in Walking Distance of Universal Orlando under a 30 minute

If you are not traveling with Kids and are ok walking a bit further distance there are quite a few other hotels that are under a 30-minute walk. These 2 Hotels in Walking Distance of Universal Orlando are not much further than the others when it comes to walking distance, but with kids, they might be a bit much. There is a busy road that needs to be crossed that has a crosswalk to cross but does get busy.

kid wakling the walking path by hardrock hotel universal orlando florida

Hard Rock Hotel

Walk time: 9 Minutes (This is the closest of all the Hotels in Walking Distance of Universal Orlando)

Address: 5800 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: 2 Plaza of the Stars, Orlando, FL 32819

How to walk from Hard Rock Hotel to Universal Citywalk

Go out through the back entrance of the hotel at the pool gate at Hard Rock Hotel and go on to the walking path until you get to the Universal Globe and follow until the park entrances.  

Family-Friendly Amenities: 

  • Free Universal Express Unlimited Pass
  • Early Park AdmissionƗ to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
  • Free wi-fi 
  • Outdoor swimming pool with water slide
  • movie nights
  • game room
  • pool table
  • complimentary shuttle busses and complimentary water taxis
  • onsite restaurants with multiple dining options.
child walking the hardrock hotel walking path

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Walk time: 9 Minutes

Address: 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. 

How to walk from Loews Royal Pacific Resort to Universal Citywalk

Depending on where in the hotel your room is will depend on where you will start walking, it will either be by the loading dock for the water taxi or the back door of the furthest wing of the hotel near the pool. Once on the pathway, follow the pathway and you will come to a walking bridge above you, keep walking straight following the path. When you get to where the waterway is on one side and above you is the road you are super close, keep walking and you will arrive at the security checkpoint next to Margaritaville.

Family-Friendly Amenities: 

  • Free Universal Express Unlimited Pass
  • Early Park AdmissionƗ to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
  • Free wi-fi 
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • movie nights
  • game room
  • pool table
  • complimentary shuttle busses and complimentary water taxis
  • onsite restaurants with multiple dining options.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Walk time: 13 minute walk

Address: 6601 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819.

How to walk to Citywalk from Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Walk to the Amatista Cookhouse and go to the right, this is where the walking path begins. Walk past the Universal Taxi waterway loading station and then follow the path which is on the water’s edge as you walk. You will walk past the Loews Royal Pacific Resort boat station on your walk as well. Follow the walking path past the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Follow the path that is in line with the waterway. When you get to where the waterway is on one side and above you is the road you are super close, keep walking and you will arrive at the security checkpoint next to Margaritaville. 

Family-Friendly Amenities: 

  • Early Park AdmissionƗ to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
  • Free wi-fi 
  • Outdoor swimming pool with water slide
  • complimentary shuttle busses and complimentary water taxis
  • onsite restaurants with multiple dining options.
loews portofino hotel

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Walk time: 15 minute walk

Address: 5601 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: 2 Plaza of the Stars, Orlando, FL 32819

How to walk from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel to Universal Citywalk

Walk past the water taxi station and go straight, the water taxis will be on your left-hand side. You will see the walking path, then follow the walking path until you get to the Universal Globe and follow until the park entrances. 

Family-Friendly Amenities: 

  • Free Universal Express Unlimited Pass
  • Early Park AdmissionƗ to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
  • Free wi-fi 
  • 3 themed outdoor pools
  • movie nights
  • game room
  • pool table
  • complimentary shuttle busses and complimentary water taxis
  • onsite restaurants with multiple dining options.
  • onsite Starbucks
Hilton DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel At The Entrance To Universal Orlando

Walk time: 15 minute walk

Address: 5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: Universal Valet Parking, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

How to walk to Citywalk from DoubleTree By Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

Walk out the front entrance of the hotel and make a left onto the sidewalk. At the end of the sidewalk make a right (this is Major Blvd). Then walk on the sidewalk until you get to the ramp. Go up the ramp and walk over the crossway walkway (this goes over the road). Walk down the ramp and turn right to continue on the sidewalk on Tom Williams Way. Walk until you get to the end of the road. At the intersection cross the street (you are crossing Universal Drive) to the sidewalk. Make a right and continue on the path and follow the signs until you get to the security station of Universal Citywalk. 

Hotel Amenities Good for Families 

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Complimentary shuttle service to Universal Orlando Resort
  • Family rooms and suites
  • game room
  • On site restaurants
  • Starbucks on site
  • small refrigerator and coffee maker in each room
  • free wifi

You can see our full review of the DoubleTree By Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando for more details.

Holiday Inn Across from Universal Orlando

Walk time: 18 minute walk

Address: 5916 Caravan Ct, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: Universal Valet Parking, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

How to Walk from Holiday Inn Across from Universal Orlando to Citywalk

Walk from the front entrance of the hotel to the sidewalk and make a left. Walk past TGIFridays and follow the curve in the sidewalk and go left. Cross the street at the intersection to be on the side of the road as the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Then walk on the sidewalk until you get to the ramp. Go up the ramp and walk over the crossway walkway (this goes over the road). Walk down the ramp and turn right to continue on the sidewalk on Tom Williams Way. Walk until you get to the end of the road. At the intersection cross the street (you are crossing Universal Drive) to the sidewalk. Make a right and continue on the path and follow the signs until you get to the security station of Universal Citywalk. 

Hotel Amenities Good for Families

  • Outdoor Pool
  • kids pool Complimentary shuttle service to Universal Orlando Resort
  • Family rooms
  • game room
  • free wifi

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Walk time: 18 minutes walk

Address: 6725 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. 

How to walk From Aventura Hotel to Citywalk

Walk over to the Sapphire Falls Hotel and then enter the lobby of the hotel and head straight ahead taking a slight right to go to the staircase just after the Planning Desk. Walk down the stairs and go to the bottom floor, walk past Amatista Cookhouse and go to the right, this is where the walking path begins. Follow the walking path past Loews Sapphire Resort and then Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Follow the path that is in line with the waterway. When you get to where the waterway is on one side and above you is the road you are super close, keep walking and you will arrive at the security checkpoint next to Margaritaville. 

Hotel Amenities Good for Families

  • Early Park AdmissionƗ to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
  • Free wi-fi 
  • resort-style pool with a hot tub and kids’ splash area
  • complimentary shuttle busses
  • onsite restaurants
  • onsite Starbucks

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Walk time: 19 minute walk

Address: 6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819.

How to Walk to Citywalk from Cabana Bay Beach Resort 

There is a walking path that will take you directly from Cabana Bay Beach Resort to Universal CityWalk. Walk to and past the pool and continue to the right you will come to the parking lot. Follow the walking path up the steps and over the road crossing bridge. Follow the path until you get to the Y and stay to the left. Walk until you get to the intersection and cross in the crosswalk. Make a right onto the bridge that goes over the Universal Taxi Waterway. Follow the path and stay to the right when you get to where the path divides and follow the path that is in line with the waterway. When you get to where the waterway is on one side and above you is the road you are super close, keep walking and you will arrive at the security checkpoint next to Margaritaville. 

Hotel Amenities Good for Families

  • Early Park AdmissionƗ to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay 
  • traditional rooms as well as family suites which include fully equipped kitchenettes.
  • Free wi-fi 
  • 2 zero-entry pools, a water slide, a lazy river, and a beach 
  • 10-lane bowling alley (fees apply)
  • and fitness center 
  • game room
  • complimentary shuttle busses
  • onsite restaurants
  • onsite coffee shop
  • food court offers burgers, milk shakes, pizza, and sandwiches

Hyatt House Across From Universal Orlando Resort 

Walk time: 26 minute walk

Address: 5940 Caravan Ct, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: Universal Valet Parking, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

How to walk to Universal Studios from Hyatt House Across from Universal Orlando

Walk to the front of the hotel and once at the sidewalk make a left to walk on the sidewalk lining caravan ct. Walk past the Holiday Inn, and the TGIFridays and follow the curve in the sidewalk, and go left. Cross the street at the intersection to be on the side of the road as the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Then walk on the sidewalk until you get to the ramp. Go up the ramp and walk over the crossway walkway (this goes over the road). Walk down the ramp and turn right to continue on the sidewalk on Tom Williams Way. Walk until you get to the end of the road. At the intersection cross the street (you are crossing Universal Drive) to the sidewalk. Make a right and continue on the path and follow the signs until you get to the security station of Universal Citywalk.

Hotel Amenities Good for Families 

  • Outdoor Pool
  • kids pool Complimentary shuttle service to Universal Orlando Resort 
  • Family rooms
  • game room
  • free wifi

Hyatt Place Across From Universal Orlando

Walk time: 28 minute walk

Address: 5976 Caravan Ct, Orlando, FL 32819

Address to put into GPS For Walking Directions: Universal Valet Parking, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

How to walk from Hyatt Place Across From Universal Orlando

Walk to the front of the hotel and once at the sidewalk make a left to walk on the sidewalk lining caravan ct. Walk past the Hyatt House, Holiday Inn, and the TGIFridays and follow the curve in the sidewalk, and go left. Cross the street at the intersection to be on the side of the road as the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Then walk on the sidewalk until you get to the ramp. Go up the ramp and walk over the crossway walkway (this goes over the road). Walk down the ramp and turn right to continue on the sidewalk on Tom Williams Way. Walk until you get to the end of the road. At the intersection cross the street (you are crossing Universal Drive) to the sidewalk. Make a right and continue on the path and follow the signs until you get to the security station of Universal Citywalk.

Amenities Good for Families 

  • Complimentary shuttle service to Universal Orlando Resort
  • free wifi
  • outdoor swimming pool
  • small refrigerator and coffee maker in each room

Do any of these hotels have free shuttles?

Some of these Universal Orlando hotels offer complimentary shuttle service to the parks and back to the hotel. While complimentary shuttle buses are a great option, sometimes the wait for them can be long and the better option is to walk.

What are the Perks of Staying at an On Property Hotel?

Each on-site hotel at Universal Orlando has different amenities that you may want to look at when picking which hotel to book. We have a post all about the benefits of staying at a Universal Hotel that can help you with making your choices. Perks including early park admission, a free Universal Express pass (that comes with staying at a premier hotel), and more might be something you want to consider. 

Why Would I skip staying at a Universal Hotel?

If being close and able to walk to the parks is your top priority and you are not worried about getting perks from the hotels then booking a non-Universal owned hotel that is within walking distance might be the best choice for you. 

If you are looking for a budget-friendly hotel the off-site hotels might be the better option. Yes, there are budget-friendly hotels on Universal Property but they are not within walking distance. 

Can you walk from park to park at Universal Orlando?

Yes! It is easy to walk between both Universal Orlando Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventures, it is only a 5-minute between both park entrances. 

What hotels can I walk to Universal Studios?

If you want the shortest walk time then you will want one of the hotels that are near Universal Studios Orlando and have less than a 10-minute walk time. The hotels near Universal Orlando that you can walk to in under 10 minutes include Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

The following hotels near Universal Studios Orlando you can walk to in 15 minutes or less minutes include Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel At The Entrance To Universal Orlando.

The hotels near Universal Orlando that you can walk to in 20 minutes or less minutes include Holiday Inn Across from Universal Orlando, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

The hotels near Universal Orlando that you can walk to in under 30 minutes include Hyatt House Across From Universal Orlando Resort and Hyatt Place Across From Universal Orlando Resort.

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