Anywho my mom and I are thinking of planning a mother daughter trip for the first week of May and do a 5 night stay at the Portofino (we are fans of the spa).
Any idea on the crowds to expect? Specifically Harry Potter. The last time we went in December we didn't really get to enjoy it because of the serious over crowding.
Or any suggestions to help make this trip a little more memorable? Good City walk evening suggestions are always welcome!
For Harry Potter I have to urge you to take advantage of that early admission into Potter. We went September 11th weekend and took full advantage of this hour. We planned on getting to the gate 30 minutes early which turned into 10 minutes early and they were already letting people into the park.
Once we were in the crowd was non existent and we pretty much walked on to FJ (Less than a 10 minute wait). We also walked onto Dueling Dragons or whatever it's name is now. We were able to explore the entire place get butterbeer with NO line, go into hogs head hang out, and go to Seuss landing before the others were even let into the park. We returned for lunch around 10:45 were able to sit down with food within 20 minutes and went about our way.
We tried to go back later in the day and couldn't even get into Owls Post. I stood in line for 35 minutes to buy a chocolate frog for my brother and then stood in line for about an hour for FJ. By the time we got done riding the park was 5 minutes from closing and we had to leave.
So, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE HOUR! Avoid 3-5PM because of the heat of the day causing irritable children, angry parents, and annoyance on your part. Instead head back to the hotel to rest or head to city walk for an early dinner... as you probably know already.
As for what day to go I would recommend not going Saturday or Sunday. Universal Studios might be okay to do on a weekend due to express passes and Potter taking up most of people attention.
Overall I think you will have a pretty calm, carefree trip during those days. I hope y'all have fun!
My brothers tend to really enjoy the night life on city walk... and then the bushes on the way back to the hotel. We never found those sunglasses... hmm.
Terri i laughed when i read your story about your brothers. I know that walk well back to hotel.
I think were are leaving towards Royal Pacific because my mom really enjoys the islands theme. This is our comprise vacation between her wanting to go to the islands and me not being able to sit around sun bathing all day. But i will try and take a stop over to the portofino and check out the hotel for a future stay.
Does anyone know when the summer concert series starts? We saw train their last May and it was great!
One thing though is to check the times of all shows and fireworks carefully as some done operate every night.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney California Adventure
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Hollywood