Universal Orlando is located near the intersection of the Florida Turnpike and Interstate 4 (abbreviated I-4 and pronounced "Eye Four"). It is bounded by Kirkman Road on the east, Vineland Road on the north, Turkey Lake Road on the west, and I-4 on the south. Universal Boulevard runs through the park property from the International Drive tourist district to Vineland Road.
There are four entrances to the park complex. The main entrance is via the Universal Boulevard overpass from International Drive. There are also entrances from Kirkman, Vineland, and Turkey Lake. The Kirkman Road entrance sits on a main thoroughfare and is quite busy. The other entrances seem almost anonymous by comparison. Perhaps because of that, they tend to be the lesser used and, therefore, the quickest ways into the park. All entrances feed cars down broad, palm-lined boulevards to a toll-plaza-like entrance between the two huge, multilevel parking garages sandwiched between Universal Boulevard and Kirkman Road.
Practically speaking, the entrance you wind up using will probably depend on the direction from which you approach.
From International Drive
If you are staying in one of the many hotels in the International Drive area, your obvious approach is up Universal Boulevard, crossing I-4 to the main entrance. This approach provides a nice view of the Royal Pacific Resort and Islands of Adventure as you cross the Interstate.
From the south on I-4
Note: This is the route you will be taking if you are coming from the airport via Route 528 ($2.25 toll), which joins I-4 south of Universal. Coming from the south (that is, traveling "east" on I-4), the most direct route into the park is to take Exit 75A, International Drive, and turn left at the top of the ramp. This puts you on the Universal Boulevard approach. There are two other alternatives, however. On especially busy days, when the overpass at Exit 75A can be backed up, you might save a little time by getting off at Exit 74, Sand Lake Road. Turn left off the ramp, under the Interstate, and then right almost immediately onto Turkey Lake Road. You can't miss it; just follow the "Universal Orlando" signs. Just opposite Dr. Phillips High School, you will see the Universal sign on your right. Your third choice is to drive past Exit 75A and take the left hand Exit 75B, which feeds you onto Kirkman Road; the entrance to the park will be on your left at the first light.
From the north on I-4
Visitors approaching from the north (that is, traveling "west" on I-4) have a choice of using Exit 75B or, a little further along, Exit 74B. Of the two, Exit 74B offers the most direct route to parking. It takes you to Hollywood Way, where you turn right and head straight ahead to the parking garages. It is also the better choice if you are staying at Royal Pacific Resort. If you are heading to the Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay Resort, or any of the hotels along Major Boulevard, use Exit 75B.
From Florida's Turnpike
Whether you are coming from the north or south, take Exit 259 and follow the signs to Tampa via I-4, then get off I-4 at either 75B or 74B.
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