The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2018
The 2018 edition of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando by Seth Kubersky was published by Universal Guides on December 12, 2017. Seth Kuberky is no stranger to Universal, having once worked there and has written other books on the subject including earlier editions of Universal Orlando: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure.
Page: 392 pages
Publisher: Unofficial Guides, 2018 edition
Date: December 12, 2017
Size: 8.0 x 5.0 x 0.5 inches
Whilst the Universal Orlando Resort gets a mention in other Unofficial titles, this book is the first “Unofficial” book dedicated purely to the two Universal theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure as well as Universal CityWalk and the new Volcano Bay water park.
If you have read The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World then you will be very familiar with its structure and layout.
If you are a fan of the Walt Disney Unofficial Guides and plan on spending time at Universal then this book is a “must have”
The 2018 edition brings you complete coverage of the newly opened Volcano Bay water theme park and the new Jimmy Fallow ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.
There are also revised touring plans for both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure as well as understanding Universal’s new Virtual Queue reservation system at Volcano Bay. Sneak previews of Fast and the Furious: Supercharged (opening in 2018) and Universal’s.
Like the Disney book, the first couple of chapters deal with planning your trip and accommodation options as well as useful information if you are planning to take kids and like most of the Unofficial guides, it concentrates on information and facts rather than glossy images.
There is also a companion website (www.touringplans.com) which gives you up to the minute details on predicted crowd levels, updates to the book, latest Universal news and a subscription touring guide service.
The team of editors interview many families to get their views on each of the rides, shows and restaurants and each attraction is described in detail and rated for different age groups from pre-school right up to seniors with details of type of ride, best times to go, duration of ride, loading times.
The book also contains many independent customer comments and opinions.
As well as chapters on planning, such as when to go, it also covers tickets, opening hours and reviews of the onsite resort hotels as well as offsite options.
Buy This BookAs well as Amazon.com, The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando can also be bought at other book stores like Amazon.co.uk. This book is also available in the Kindle store.
All the Universal restaurants plus alternatives for eating outside of the parks are rated and reviewed in a complete dining guide.
There are also comprehensive touring plans for each park split by different types of family; for example those with small children, couples and seniors. These can be torn out so you can carry them with you rather than taking the whole book.
As an alternative you might consider Beyond Disney: the Unofficial Guide to Universal, Seaworld & the Best of Central Florida which covers these parks and other like Legoland and Busch Gardens but in less detail.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando.