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What You Need to Know About Bringing an Electric Car to Universal Orlando

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Electric vehicles are becoming more popular everyday. So what do you do if you drive an electric vehicle and you’re heading to Universal Orlando? Parking and charging stations for electric vehicles are available throughout Universal Orlando, and here’s what you need to know.

Electric vehicles at Universal Orlando theme parks, CityWalk, and Volcano Bay

There are charging stations for electric vehicles in the main parking area if you are visiting Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay, or CityWalk. However, there are only four stations total — two for Teslas and two for other manufacturers — and they are located at Valet Parking.

There is no charge to use the charging stations; however, you will need to pay for Valet Parking in order to access them. It is customary to provide gratuity to the attendants who assist with parking your car.

The cost for Valet Parking at Universal Orlando is determined by the amount of time you park your car:

  • Two hours or less – $25
  • Over two hours (before 6:00 pm) – $50
  • Over two hours (after 6:00 pm) – $45

Premier passholders get free Valet or Prime parking, or can upgrade to Red Carpet Valet for $20. Preferred passholders get free Self Parking or can Valet for only $20, and have the option of upgrading to Red Carpet Valet for $35 (when available). Power and Seasonal passes do not include any parking discounts.

When pulling into the Valet Parking area, you will need to let the attendants know that you wish to use the charging stations. There is an acknowledgement form for you to sign, indicating that you understand your vehicle will be moved once it is charged.

Electric car charging stations at Universal Orlando Resort Valet Parking

Electric vehicles at Universal Orlando hotels

In addition to the four stations in the primary garage, there are electric vehicle charging stations at each of the hotels. Each hotel has at least two charging stations in their parking areas.

Similar to the theme parks, there is no additional charge to use these charging stations. However, regular parking charges apply. Each hotel has a parking area, and this is where you will find the charging stations. Listed for you later is a comprehensive list of hotel-specific charging station locations.

Some hotels, like Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, have Tesla stations that are only accessible by using Valet Parking. Officially speaking, there is a two-hour limit on the charging stations at each hotel. However, there isn’t any indication that this is strictly enforced. Just be aware of this policy and considerate of others who may need access to the same service.

Electric car charging stations at Universal’s Sapphire Falls Resort

Charging station locations at each hotel

Endless Summer Resort – First floor of the parking garage; four charging stations; free for guests with parking; guests only

Universal’s Aventura Hotel – Second floor of the parking garage (by the elevators); four charging stations; $14/day for guests, off-site visitors $10 for under 30 minutes, $45 after 30 minutes

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Charging stations located on each floor (two Tesla chargers and one Clipper Creek); free for guests with parking

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – Located in valet parking; can request to self-park, but still requires leaving key with valet; six charging stations; $32 per day to valet park at hotel

Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Located in valet parking; six charging stations; $29 per day to valet park at hotel

Hard Rock Hotel – Located in valet parking; six charging stations; $42 per day to valet park at hotel; guests only

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Located in parking garage and in valet; six charging stations total (three on level 2 of the garage, 3 in bottom sub-level); free for guests with parking

Additional information about electric vehicles at Universal Orlando

  • Always ask the Front Desk for assistance if needed.
  • It is nice to be mindful of moving your vehicle to a regular parking spot once it is fully charged.
  • Usually there are a few stations available, but it can get very busy on peak days or during busy seasons.
  • You can find locations of chargers, along with reviews, throughout Orlando at PlugShare and Drive Electric Orlando.

Electric vehicle charging stations near Universal Orlando

  • Orlando International Drive Premium Outlets – 4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
  • Wawa – Tesla Supercharger – 6500 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
  • Rialto Shopping Center – 7335 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819 
  • Pointe Orlando – 9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
  • A number of hotels near Universal Orlando have chargers as well. Be sure to ask before booking.

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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams-come-true, Dani has always had a passion for tourism and hospitality. She is a proud Orlando native who loves sharing her hometown with others. With work experience in theme parks, hotels, and reputation management she brings this background to her freelance writing endeavors. Follow her adventures on Twitter at @thisfloridalife.

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