Orlando’s World Center Marriott offers Harry Potter fun, Aruba has a sunny music festival, and Chicago’s Radisson Blu Aqua has a good deal amid all the action

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By Paula Conway

Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com


As Harry Potter fans anxiously await a new attraction at Universal Studios Florida, Orlando World Center Marriott has unveiled a magic-packed weekend escape for four.

Deal: Book the “Wizarding Weekends” escape and receive: two-day park admission tickets to Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure; round-trip “Hogwarts Express” car service to and from the mysterious Wizarding World of Harry Potter; a $200 food and beverage credit valid at all 10 on-property restaurants and lounges; complimentary Harry Potter movies on-demand in the hotel room; and jellybeans and tea turndown service. Rates start at $1,299, and are valid for two-night stays between June 1 and Sept. 30.

Experience: The Orlando World Center Marriott recently completed an extensive multimillion-dollar transformation. Thrillseekers will love the Falls Pool Oasis, which features two 200-foot winding flumes and a 90-foot, high-speed slide. There’s also a championship golf course, a full-service spa and fitness center, as well as 10 restaurants and lounges, including a food court.

Book it: Visit marriottworldcenter.com or call (800) 380-7931.


Feel Aruba’s island rhythms and lounge in paradise at Aruba Marriott for the annual Soul Beach Music Festival from May 21 to 26.

Deal: Book the “Aruba Marriott Soul Beach Festival” package. This deal includes a luxury room accommodation and $100 resort credit. The offer is valid for stays May 20-27. Rates start at $289 per night.

Experience: Get your groove on to the sounds of pop sensations Robin Thicke and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. After jamming on the beach, take a short stroll back to the resort for the hottest nightclub parties and comedy concerts. Check out the Aruba Aloe Factory and learn about the production of aloe vera and the 160-year-old history of aloe on the island. Another fun way to explore the island is with Aruba Motorcycle Tours, from the comfort of a Harley Davidson.

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Book it! Online at arubamarriott.com or phone (800) 228-9290. Use promo code RIV.


Experience Windy City luxury — but, thanks to the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, without breaking the bank.

Steal: During the month of April, guests enjoy promotional rates at $177 for business class rooms and $139 for standard city-view rooms. Business class rooms receive access to the 24-hour business lounge, which includes continental breakfast and evening beverage service. To receive the promotional rates, guests must stay a minimum of two nights.

Experience: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago is just one block from public art at Millennium Park, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago. The hotel’s also one block from all the amazing shops on Michigan Ave., aka the Magnificent Mile. Guests can try deep dish pizza at Gino’s East (walking distance from the hotel) or Pizzeria Uno. Sports fans can catch the Bulls playing in the United Center or check out a Chicago White Sox baseball game after opening day on March 31.

Book it! On the Web at radissonbluchicago.com or by calling (800) 333-3333.