We rented an apartment beside a hotel complex. Neither of us were sure whether we were part of the complex or not, but their facilities were excellent so we decided we were!
We got the full benefit of shuttle buses to the theme parks, and the gorgeous swimming pool. If anyone asked we smiled politely and put on our thickest Irish accent! We booked a Universal Park ticket which gave us access to three parks. We got lucky. This time of year is off season, and the queues were basically non existent. We never queued longer than five minutes for any ride in any of the three Universal parks.
Universal Islands of Adventure gave us the most thrills with fast rollercoasters, 4d experiences and water rides. On the water rides there is a sign saying you might get wet. This is a lie. You will be soaked, but you'll laugh your head off as it is happening. Universal Theme Park is like a Hollywood movie set with plenty of characters roaming around. The technology used for these rides (mostly 3d and 4d) is incredible. It feels like you're on a rollercoaster when in fact you haven't moved at all. Wet and wild was the water park we went too, twice. Two gorgeous days in the sun with various water slides and thrilling rides with no queues!
We finished up our week with a NBA game between Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves. Neither team have a reputation of being excellent so it made this game evenly matched. The entertainment was of course fun filled, fan focused, fantastic as always. The game was a cracker with Orlando Magic winning in overtime.
A stopover well worth it!