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Loews Royal Pacific Resort: Distance from the parks

This page includes information and photo tours of the transportation options between Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal CityWalk, and the Universal Orlando theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. This page also includes information about the shuttle service from Royal Pacific Resort to SeaWorld, Aquatica (SeaWorld’s water park), and Wet ‘n Wild.

Distance from Universal CityWalk, Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure

Royal Pacific Resort sits right next to Universal CityWalk and Islands of Adventure. This makes it extremely convenient to move back and forth between the hotel, the restaurant and shops at CityWalk, and the two theme parks at Universal Orlando. At this point I recommend that you open the OI custom-made Google map using this link (it will open in a new window):

OI map of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels

It may be helpful to switch it to Satellite View.

As you can see from the map, Royal Pacific Resort is indeed very close to Universal CityWalk and the theme parks. You have three options for transportation, which will be explained below.

Royal Pacific Resort water taxi dockRoyal Pacific Resort water taxi dock.

CityWalk Water Taxi DockThere is one water taxi dock serving CityWalk, Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure.

Transportation options to CityWalk and Universal’s theme parks

Here are your options to get from Royal Pacific Hotel to Universal CityWalk and Universal theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure:

  • Water taxi: Universal’s complimentary water taxis begin operating 30 minutes before Early Park Admission and run continuously until 2:30am every single day of the year. Each on-site hotel has its own dedicated water taxi, so you will be picked up from the hotel and brought directly to CityWalk every time, and vice versa. (There is a single water taxi dock for CityWalk and the two Universal theme parks, as seen in the photo above.)
    • The water taxis are fun, but as you can tell from the map, they are not necessarily practical for guests staying at Royal Pacific. In fact, the distance from the CityWalk water taxi docks to the turnstiles at Islands of Adventure is only slightly shorter than the distance from the pool gate at Royal Pacific to the CityWalk entrance next to Margaritaville. More on this in a moment.
  • Theme park shuttle: Universal also operates a shuttle that runs continuously between the three on-site hotels and the general guest drop-off area near the Universal parking garages, as seen on the OI Google map. Returning guests will note that this has changed as of 2013 — previously on-site hotel guests using the shuttle were dropped off at Celebrity Circle, just steps away from the Universal Studios Florida turnstiles.
    • Because the shuttle drop-off location puts on-site hotel guests at basically the same distance from the parks as day guests parking at Universal, it serves no function as a time saver. The only advantage may be for guests with disabilities who need to rent a wheelchair for the day, since wheelchair rental is available on the second floor of the transportation hub where the shuttle now drops off (elevator available). Note that ECV rentals are still only available inside the parks.
  • Garden walkway: This roughly 1/3 mile walkway brings you from the pool gate at Royal Pacific to the CityWalk entrance next to Margaritaville Cafe and back. The path is extremely easy to follow, beautifully landscaped, and safe because it never crosses any public roads. View the photo tours at the bottom of the page to see for yourself. As I previously mentioned, it does not really make a lot of practical sense to take the water taxi if you want to get to Islands of Adventure as fast as you can. The garden walkway is simple to navigate and, with a quick step, will get you to IOA well before your friends on the water taxi.

Transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica & Wet ‘n Wild

Universal’s on-site hotels provide complimentary scheduled shuttle transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica (SeaWorld’s water park), and Wet ‘n Wild. I have emphasized scheduled because it is very important to understand that the shuttle does not run continuously. Rather, in general it picks up and drops off once in the morning and once in the evening. The transportation service is called Super Star Shuttle. Here is an example of the schedule (click the image to view it full-screen):

Super Star Shuttle sample schedule from Universal’s on-site hotelsSuper Star Shuttle sample schedule from Universal’s on-site hotels.

Garden walkway – photo highlights

Walk from Royal Pacific Resort to Universal CityWalkWalk from Royal Pacific Resort to Universal CityWalk.

Walk from Royal Pacific Resort to Universal CityWalkWalk from Royal Pacific Resort to Universal CityWalk.

Walk from Royal Pacific Resort to Universal CityWalkWalk from Royal Pacific Resort to Universal CityWalk.

Walk from Royal Pacific Resort to Universal CityWalkWalk from Universal CityWalk to Royal Pacific Resort.

Walk from Universal CityWalk to Royal Pacific ResortWalk from Universal CityWalk to Royal Pacific Resort.

The Islands of Adventure lighthouse – HD video

This is a short video of the lighthouse, positioned in front of Islands of Adventure, as viewed from the Garden Walkway between Royal Pacific and CityWalk at night.

Walk from Royal Pacific to Universal CityWalk – photo gallery

Walk from Universal CityWalk to Royal Pacific – photo gallery

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