Universal Orlando {Hard Rock Arrival, Parks & Antojitos}

When John’s 8th grade trip to Universal was cancelled in March 2020 we promised to make it up to him. At long last, that day has come! We arrived in Universal Orlando today with six teen boys in tow, including my two and four of John’s friends.

Whit and I flew down early in the day, while Honey drove the boys. We checked us in at Hard Rock Hotel, which has an incredibly fun vibe for this age group! There was a DJ in the lobby, music everywhere – even underwater in the pool – and neat memorabilia everywhere.

The weather looked a little iffy so we traded our plans to hit Volcano Bay for the fun pool at the Hard Rock. We soaked up the sun, listened to the DJ at the pool, and dined at the Beachclub.

Honey and the rest of the crew rolled in about 4:00 PM. They dropped their bags and dashed off to Islands of Adventure! The two theme parks and CityWalk are a lovely 5 minute walk from the Hard Rock, and there is also a water taxi. Honey and I loved being able to give them freedom to roam, with the comfort of knowing thy were in a safe place and a short walk away at all times.

Meanwhile, I got us settled in our rooms and Honey caught up on a little work. We had two adjoining rooms, each with two queen beds. We added a rollaway for the “Senior” room so they could stay together. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and current, and we all appreciated the split bathroom style.

Honey, Whit and I walked over to CityWalk for dinner at Antojitos – one of our favorites! We must enjoy the tableside guacamole on every visit.

The boys stayed in the parks until closing and then hit the pool – open until 11PM! While they swam and ate at Beachclub, we hit the ice cream shop at Hard Rock. Toasted Smoreo, I think I love you!

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2 thoughts on “Universal Orlando {Hard Rock Arrival, Parks & Antojitos}

  1. Wait! I can’t keep up.🙃 Was this after the Lacrosse weekend? One of these days you need to do a packing guide. 🎒

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