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You can get information before you leave home by calling Universal Orlando Guest Services at tel. 877/801-9720 or 407/363-8000. Ask about travel packages as well as theme-park information. Universal sometimes offers a promotion that adds additional days free or at a deeply discounted price. You can also write to Guest Services, 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819-7601.

Online, you can find information about Universal Orlando at www.universalorlando.com. Orlando's daily newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel, also produces OrlandoSentinel.com. Additionally, there's a lot of information about the parks, hotels, restaurants, and more at the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau site at www.visitorlando.com. Two unofficial but thorough sites worth a peek are www.mouseearsandmore.com and www.allearsnet.com.

The Universal Studios Stores (tel. 407/825-2473), usually open daily from 7am to 9pm, sell park tickets at two locations: Airside A, main terminal, and Airside B, Delta side, before security -- both on the third level. SeaWorld stores, at airsides A and B, are open daily from 6am to 9pm (tel. 407/825-2614). For space buffs coming through town, Kennedy Space Center (tel. 407/445-1788) has two locations at the airport, in both the East and West halls. Even the Ron Jon Surf Shop (tel. 407/825-2217) has an airport outpost (daily 7am-9pm).

Money Saver -- You can save 10% off your purchases at many Universal Orlando gift shops and restaurants by showing your AAA card. Note that this discount isn't available at food and merchandise carts or on tobacco, candy, film, collectibles, and sundry items.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.