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Forum: Accommodation 20 Oct 20, 01:39 PM
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Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Yes - unless you are staying at Endless Summer...

Yes - unless you are staying at Endless Summer where you can only use their pool

All the other Universal hotels you can use the pools at the other hotels
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 16 Oct 20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 849
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Looking to go next August but we are waiting to...

Looking to go next August but we are waiting to see how things look at the start of next year (vaccine / school dates etc) before booking anything

I would hope flight prices will not go up too...
Forum: Accommodation 16 Oct 20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 488
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
We have stayed at both a few times and prefer...

We have stayed at both a few times and prefer Royal Pacific slightly due to the theming. RPR is closer to Islands of Adventure and Hard Rock is closer to Universal Studios. We prefer using the boat...
Forum: Accommodation 15 Oct 20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,262
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
We have stayed at a few of the Universal hotels...

We have stayed at a few of the Universal hotels and a few of the Disney ones. We liked them all but neither of the deluxe Disney hotels we stayed at (Old Key West and Saratoga Springs) were as good...
Forum: Walt Disney World and Florida Trip Reports 11 Sep 20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Do it. Perks are amazing and so is the hotel. ...

Do it. Perks are amazing and so is the hotel.

Hagrids is amazing as well
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 10 Sep 20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,384
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
It was rubbish. As it was at Alton Towers. ...

It was rubbish. As it was at Alton Towers.

Surely the VR stuff would be better on roller coasters that have poor surroundings and nothing to look at? Indoor coasters rather than one with great...
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 27 Aug 20, 05:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,254
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
A lot of the attractions at Universal are worth...

A lot of the attractions at Universal are worth doing more than once. If you have express you can easily do all the rides in both parks in 2 days but I personally wouldn't be happy with just 2 days...
Forum: Accommodation 27 Aug 20, 06:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 714
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
We have only done Club at Portofino but it was...

We have only done Club at Portofino but it was excellent. My kids loved it. The breakfast was superb - great selection and tasty. The evening offerings were more than sufficient for a meal and...
Forum: Reports and Reviews for Dining and Restaurants 1 Aug 20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,364
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Chuys is excellent - good food, plenty of it and...

Chuys is excellent - good food, plenty of it and very reasonable prices. The service is always good and the place is nice with a good atmosphere.
Forum: Accommodation 30 Jul 20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 893
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Fair point. It does take longer but with some...

Fair point. It does take longer but with some planning it can be ok.

If going to Magic Kingdom you get the bus from Disney Springs to Contemporary and walk from there. Or to Polynesian / Grand...
Forum: Accommodation 27 Jul 20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 893
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
For a decent shuttle service to Disney, you want...

For a decent shuttle service to Disney, you want to be looking at Lake Buena Vista or the Southern end of I Drive. The I Trolley or Lynx covers Seaworld. You can get a Lynx bus to Disney Springs...
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 26 Jul 20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,114
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Agree with the above. If we go to Orlando we...

Agree with the above. If we go to Orlando we always go to Universal. Disney we do every other time we go.

Universal has something for everyone - my kids have loved it since they were 7 and 5.
Forum: Beyond the Parks 26 Jul 20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,034
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Love Gatorland - the chicken show is amazing. We...

Love Gatorland - the chicken show is amazing. We have been 3 times and would go again. It is a half a day attraction but as long as you like gators, you will love it.

Airboats are great too -...
Forum: Accommodation 18 Jul 20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 941
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Agree with the post above. We used to like...

Agree with the post above.

We used to like Royal Pacific the best (we love Hard Rock but the theme at RPR is more to our taste and we just like the hotel more) until we stayed at Portofino which...
Forum: Accommodation 18 Jul 20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,194
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
If you are looking at August, the end of the...

If you are looking at August, the end of the month is quite a bit cheaper as the USA schools go back and it is no longer considered peak rate.

If booking early choose a booking site that does free...
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 11 Jul 20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 698
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Hulk and RRR (which doesn't go upside down and...

Hulk and RRR (which doesn't go upside down and only the bit at the beginning is that bad) are the intense coasters at Universal. The Mummy is smoother than Space Mountain so I wouldn't say that is...
Forum: ADR's, Dining, Food and Restaurants 5 Jul 20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,801
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
QS - Wolfgang Puck, Polite Pig or Satuli TS -...

QS - Wolfgang Puck, Polite Pig or Satuli
TS - The Wave
Sig - California Grill
Forum: Accommodation 3 Jul 20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,436
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Stayed at all 3 of the premium hotels. ...

Stayed at all 3 of the premium hotels.

Portofino Bay is the best of the 3 IMO and that of my family. It has the best main pool and 2 other pools if you like some quiet time. The rooms are...
Forum: Accommodation 28 Jun 20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,016
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Portofino is a nicer hotel IMO - the main pool is...

Portofino is a nicer hotel IMO - the main pool is better (and there are 2 others) the rooms are bigger and the theme is nicer. Hard Rock is great but Portofino is better in every way apart from the...
Forum: Accommodation 28 Jun 20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 673
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
I agree with a lot of the above (I haven't stayed...

I agree with a lot of the above (I haven't stayed there either but i went for a look round last year and it is very nice) apart from the comments about I Drive.

Whilst the North end (where this...
Forum: Walt Disney World and Florida Trip Reports 30 May 20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,183
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Thanks for posting this - love Universal

Thanks for posting this - love Universal
Forum: Walt Disney World and Florida Trip Reports 25 May 20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,305
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Thanks for posting this - enjoyed reading it

Thanks for posting this - enjoyed reading it
Forum: Accommodation 25 May 20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
We paid 210 a night (after a hefty quidco refund)...

We paid 210 a night (after a hefty quidco refund) at the back end of August in 2018. The rates in the second half of August drop considerably at Universal as it is no longer peak season

When you...
Forum: Walt Disney World and Florida Trip Reports 26 Apr 20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,225
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Thank you for posting this - enjoyed reading it

Thank you for posting this - enjoyed reading it
Forum: Accommodation 13 Mar 20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 902
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
RPR is a great choice - prefer it to Hard Rock...

RPR is a great choice - prefer it to Hard Rock but only slightly as both are excellent.

Just to throw it in there, Portofino is better than both in my opinion.

For one night i would always...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 8 Mar 20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,762
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
August is great (apart from the thunderstorms...

August is great (apart from the thunderstorms which are manageable) It is humid but just drink lots of water and do something indoors mid afternoon

You can still wear trainers. I wear sandals...
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 23 Feb 20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Get there 15 mins before opening - you can get...

Get there 15 mins before opening - you can get changed, suncreamed, locker etc and then wait for rope drop

1st thing to go on (after finding some seats) is the ski lift as it gets very busy and it...
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 23 Feb 20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,005
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Early opening is far more useful at Volcano Bay...

Early opening is far more useful at Volcano Bay than at the parks if you have Express.

The first early hour is by far the best time to go - you can do all the major slides and then leave after a...
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 8 Feb 20, 11:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,510
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
We have been late August many times. Disney is...

We have been late August many times. Disney is busy regardless but Busch is noticeably quieter and Universal is a bit quieter.

The weather is hit and miss - generally the storms are a couple of...
Forum: Accommodation 8 Feb 20, 11:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 965
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
IMO the universal hotels with Express are all...

IMO the universal hotels with Express are all excellent and you cannot go wrong with any of them (especially for a one night stay)

If staying for longer - Portofino is the best of the 3 in terms...
Forum: ADR's, Dining, Food and Restaurants 29 Sep 19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,133
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Chocolate Emporium does excellent burgers ...

Chocolate Emporium does excellent burgers

Bubba Gump and the Irish pub with the piano players do ok food but have a good atmosphere
Forum: ADR's, Dining, Food and Restaurants 29 Sep 19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
If you like bbq get an uber to Bubbas - just up...

If you like bbq get an uber to Bubbas - just up the road and great food at good price
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 29 Sep 19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,355
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Go to Volcano Bay instead - early opening there...

Go to Volcano Bay instead - early opening there is excellent...
Forum: Accommodation 28 Sep 19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
We stayed there in June. The location is...

We stayed there in June.

The location is excellent, i trolley stop outside and a short walk to the Orlando Eye (or whatever it is called this month) Universal is about 25 minutes walk up the...
Forum: Trip Planning Florida 18 Sep 19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,952
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
Plaza (and Centre) are a class above Pointe /...

Plaza (and Centre) are a class above Pointe / International / Inn.

All are good but the facilities are far better at the first two
Forum: Intro's and Welcomes 17 Sep 19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 851
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
You might be better posting this in the...

You might be better posting this in the accommodation section for more responses.

Of the 3 you mention we haven't stayed at any of those but have been to them all for a look round or to eat at the...
Forum: Theme Parks Florida 17 Sep 19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 622
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
We normally go to Universal at the end of August...

We normally go to Universal at the end of August and we always stay onsite for the Express.

Whilst it is quieter, the headline attractions still attract decent crowds and wait times and we still...
Forum: Accommodation 14 Sep 19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,614
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
The pool at Hard Rock is far too shallow as well...

The pool at Hard Rock is far too shallow as well. You can swim in it as long as you keep your knees up...

Anywhere that charges less than 30 pounds a night would be of concern - i presume you...
Forum: Accommodation 14 Sep 19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,614
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
I would agree that Cabana Bay is a better option...

I would agree that Cabana Bay is a better option but if you want to save the money, I think either would be fine. Personally i would choose Surfside as it will have been open long enough for the...
Forum: Accommodation 14 Sep 19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By Jimsdadhalifax
We did this last year and paid a similar amount...

We did this last year and paid a similar amount extra but for 4 people.

Totally worth it as long as you intend to have breakfast and the evening meal each day.

The breakfast in particular is...
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