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Sunday, June 27, 2010

GETTING THERE

US Airways has nonstop flights to Orlando from Reagan National with fares starting at $169 round trip.

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WHERE TO STAY

Universal Orlando Resort

http://www.universalorlando.com

There are three hotels on Universal property: the Hard Rock Hotel, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. All offer a Harry Potter package, which includes early admission to the park. Rates start at about $250 a night for the tropical-themed Royal Pacific, and $300 a night for the swankier Portofino Bay or Hard Rock hotels.

Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

5780 Major Blvd.

407-351-1000

http://www.doubletreeorlando.com

About a 15-minute walk from the park entrance. A complimentary shuttle goes to Universal twice a day. Rates from $129.

Holiday Inn

407-351-3333

http://www.holidayinn.com

Next to the Doubletree, also has a twice-a-day shuttle to Universal. Rates from about $114.

WHERE TO EAT

Three Broomsticks

The only restaurant within the Wizarding World. Serves decent British pub fare, such as fish and chips ($11.99), shepherd's pie ($9.99) and Cornish pasties ($7.99).

Next door is the Hog's Head, a drinks-only nook serving a limited number of alcoholic ales.

WHAT TO DO

Universal Orlando

http://www.universalorlando.com

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is inside a larger theme park, the Islands of Adventure. A $79 ticket buys admission to all the Islands' attractions, including Jurassic Park and Marvel Super Hero Island.

For $109, you can buy a ticket that will give you access to both the Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, where visitors wander through faux versions of New York, San Francisco and Hollywood.

A three-day pass to both parks runs $140, a seven-day pass $170. For all passes three days or longer, a ticket to nearby water park Wet 'n Wild can be tacked on for $25.

Kennedy Space Center

866-737-5235

http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com

Open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adults $41 plus tax; children 3-11 $31 plus tax. Tickets are valid for two days over a seven-day period.

-- M.H.


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