Dream Big To Win A Universal Orlando Resort Theme Park Vacation

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Baby, Florida, Kids, Multigen, North America, Orlando, Teens, USA, Water & Themeparks

A really dreamy theme park vacation for our family means fun for all ages: state-of-the-art thrill rides and gentle coasters; entertaining live shows; and a magical quality that transports us to other worlds – you will find all this and much more at Universal Orlando Resort.  In this promotion with our sister sites TravelingMom.com and TakingtheKids.com, your family can win a dreamy three-night, four-day theme park vacation and experience all of the thrills Universal Orlando Resort has to offer.   
â–º You won’t have to haul your kids cross-country; this prize includes airfare for 4 from anywhere in the US.

â–º You won’t have to wait in the regular lines; the prize includes complimentary Universal Express access – one of the many benefits of staying at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels.

â–º You won’t have to find a babysitter or elder care; the two parks are compact enough to let daredevils wander on their own and meet up with grandma and grandpa at one of the many shows. Child Swap privileges allow mom or dad to wait in a special area with baby while the other ones enjoy the ride.

â–º You won’t need a car to get around either; the on-site hotels are a stroll or quick water-taxi ride away from Universal Orlando’s theme parks and the entertainment complex,
You’re not dreaming. Universal Orlando Resort in central Florida is an entire universe of action and thrills for every member of the family. From meeting Thing 1 and Thing 2 at Seuss Landing to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the all-new, 4K high-def animation in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, we guarantee this prize is a dream come true for any family.

What’s Included in The Dream Family Vacation to Universal Orlando Resort

If this sounds like a Dream Vacation, it is. And you’ve got the chance to win a four-day stay that will include: 

  • Three nights in a 1 Bedroom Suite (or two connecting rooms depending on availability) for a family of 4 at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site Loews Universal Orlando Resort Hotels
  • Round trip economy class airfare for family of 4 from any of 50 U.S. States to Orlando, Florida
  • Ground transportation to and from airport to hotel
  • Daily breakfast for a family of four
  • 4-Day/2-Park Tickets for admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks so you don’t miss a thing! Our sponsors at Universal Orlando Resort are providing these passes for a family of 4, but if you decide to bring more family or friends with you, they will provide up to two additional theme park tickets. (Please note that the winner will have to cover airfare, and other hotel fees and expenses for additional guests.)
  • Few Blackout Dates! Winner’s vacation package is valid up until April 30, 2013, and the blockout dates are July 1 - 31, 2012; December 21 - 31, 2012; and March 11 - April 10, 2013.

How to Win a Dream Family Vacation to Universal Orlando Resort

It couldn't be easier to enter this Families Dream Big Vacation contest, which is a joint promotion with TravelingMom.com,Taking the Kids and Universal Orlando Resort. Simply use the widget below for up to 3 entries on this site, then visit our partners and use their Widgets for even more chances to win!

The answer to the question of the day will come from one of the 3 participating websites listed below, (2 or 3 posts per website to search). We'll tell you which site each day, but not which of the specific posts - you'll have to read the posts from that site for yourself to find the answer. The contest runs through April 13, 2012.

If the question is from us:

If the question is from TravelingMom.com:

If the question is from TakingTheKids.com:

Optional extra entries:

  • For an optional additional entry each day, help us promote the contest by tweeting about it through the widget.
  • You can earn an extra three entries every day if you leave a comment on each of the participating sites' contest posts with your best theme park survival tips – see the widget for more details. Please note, each tip left must be unique - a different one each day and on each site. But, you can enter as many times as you've got tips – just don’t forget to click ‘did it’ in the widget for the entry to count.
  • Help us promote the contest by tweeting about it through the widget. Join our Twitter Party on April 2, 2012 at 9pm EDT #TMOM #UORfamily #WWOHR
  • Visit TravelingMom.com and Taking the Kids and share your theme park love with them.

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Please enter only through the widget, not in the comments, unless otherwise specified.

Come back every day for a new question and a new chance to enter the sweepstakes. We'll post a new question every day through April 13, 2012. Each comment=one entry.  Remember, you can also enter this contest every day over at TravelingMom.com and Taking the Kids as well!

Lots of holidays and school breaks are coming up – what are you waiting for?
Prizes and details subject to change and subject to availability. All winners will be chosen using random.org. Restrictions may apply. You will have 48 hours to respond and claim your prize.
Please!  Read all the legal fine print for contests here.

Good luck!

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.


Wear wicking layers

I you have layers that are good at wicking moisture, this will keep you comfortable in all kinds of weather.

Dress Alike

I have quadruplet 5 year olds, and we dress them alike for big outings to be able to spot them better.

Bring the stroller!

If you are travelling with small kids, a stroller can be a lifesaver.  It can hold food/water, changes of clothing, jackets, diapers, etc.


Make sure everyone is wearing the best shoes - shoes with support in them that cradle the foot. 

If You Love the Holidays

If you love the Christmas holiday, by all means consider booking your vacation for that time period. The hotels and theme parks usually deck themselves out in their finest holiday finery. This makes for not only a memorable vacation but also some gorgeous photographs.

Hidden Mickeys

there are hidden Mickeys throughout the park at WDW.  If you need help finding them, there are many books and websites available

Journal with your Cell Phone

You can post your favorite photos to Facebook directly from your phone, creating an instant journal for friends and family. But please, be choosy, just share the best shots, not every single one!

Time out! Sit a while

Most parks have plenty of benches under the shade of trees or umbrellas. If you and the kids are getting worn out, take a time out, watch the crowds, and just relax for a bit before diving back into the fray.


Remember to take a break and relax around the pool! :)

Wait until your kids are old

Wait until your kids are old enough to appreciate it, and have the ability to last the whole day, before making a "big trip" to Orlando.


My final tip is to relax and have fun. Make some awesome memories. No one can ever take those away!

Autograph books

Instead of spending all the money on autograph books, have your kids make their own prior to their trip. Be sure to leave a place for a photograph. Not only is this cost-effective but it will help build your kids' excitement.

catch a show

watching a show, especially mid-day is a good time to sit down and cool down in the air conditioning.

Vacation Off-Season

If you can swing it, plan on vacationing during the off-season. The crowds are lower then and the prices are a little more reasonable.

Midday swim and nap

If you are staying in a hotel that is close enough, try to go for a midday swim and then nap. You'll be refreshed for a nice cooler evening in the park where you can stay late.


If you suffer from motion sickness, take Bonine or Dramamine to enjoy rides nausea-free!  Check with yiur doctor first

Have a plan and stick to it.

It has always been much better if my family has a game plan when going to an amusement park rather than won dering around trying to figure out what we wanted to do. Have a plan. It works.

Everyone Picks A Ride

Have each child in your party pick one ride that they really want to go on. Then plan your vacation to incorporate those rides. Your kids will thank you for this.

Shows can be fun

Sometimes kids (and parents) only focus on rides. Many shows are top-notch and provide a good place to rest your feet and back, and get out of the heat!

Make A Late Lunch Reservation

Make a lunch reservation for the busiest time of the day so that your family doesn't miss out on too much theme park time. It's more enjoyable to sit down for a relaxing meal than it is to stand up in a long line for a busy attraction.

Take advantage of speed opportunities

Try to be efficient with the visit! If there are low cost or free speed/fast pass options, take them! If they cost $50+ per person, thats insane don't bother unless you can afford it or its an extremely busy park day.

Arriving Early can be fun

Not only do you get to go on your favorite rides with (hopefully) minimal lines, sometimes it is a real event when they drop the rope and everything is fresh and shiny in the morning.

Waist Pack

Bring a small waist pack for each family member to clip on & wear. This way you are hands free, and can bring your own map/camera/snacks/poncho etc. around the park with you, and it won't really hinder you on rides. 

Bring Your Own Stroller

If you can, bring your own stroller with you on vacation. This will save you not only money but also precious theme park touring time.

Cell Phone=Camera

Our last trip was great with my iPhone 4S. The pics were great & I didn't have to haul an extra camera. Plus I could send pics right to Facebook, and they were backed up through Photo Stream when I logged on through WiFi.


Pack light but always the essentials..... sanitize, wipes, and snacks.........

Height restrictions

Find out in advance the height restrictions for rides so your kids know which ones they can go on.


Put an almost full water bottle in freezer night before. Save this one during your day at the park for when it's just melted enough to be cool. 


Due to the way the vehicle is setup, the back row experiences a higher degree of motion. So if you are looking for a wilder ride, request the back row.

I will not be doing that. :)


Wear lightweight layers so you can strip off as it warms up, but put on clothes once the sun sets and it gets colder.

Use your AAA card!

Universal, in particular, gives a good AAA discount, but you need to remember to carry your card (they will often ask to see it) and to ask for the discount.

Restroom Locations

Pick up a theme park map and make a note of where all the restrooms are located. Your bladder, and those of your children, will thank you for this.