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Is this a good agenda ?

Universal Orlando: Thanks for your thoughts

From Joe Verzosa
Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM
Hi all...So this is our first trip to Orlando and we wil be staying for a week at the Royal Pacific...Our main trip will be to UIoA (Harry Potter), our daughter is a die hard fan...So anyways here is our agenda: the first 2 days at UIoA and USF, 3rd day rest by the pool, day 4 thinking about hitting Miami and doing an Everglades tour, 5th day Epcot, sixth day maybe hitting both UIoA and USF for things we missed and day 7 (our flight does't leave til 7PM) is still up in the air...Do you think we are spending too many days at the Universal resort area, or should we have another day at Epcot? We are from California and have been to Disneyland many times so I really don't think we need to hit WDWMK...Your thoughts...Thanks a lot :)


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From Karly Tenney
Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:56 PM
My thought are maybe you should have a couple more days at
Epcot but everything else sounds good. Yes and you don't need to go to MK. since you've been to disneyland enough.

From Richard Faraci
Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM
There is nothing special at magic kingdom if you've been to disneyland, but try to get to animal kingdom if that's your thing, or seaworld.

From Rob Pastor
Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM
Your hotel express pass will still work on your getaway day, so spend the morning at the hotel pool, leave your luggage at the hotel lobby luggage area, and visit the parks again after 11:00 checkout. That's the way we usually finish up. If you're a Lowe's Hotel rewards member you can get a late checkout to around 1:00. Miami is a really long distance day trip, so you might want to rethink that option. That much driving will tire you out for the next day. You will really enjoy the Universal experience. Spend as much time on Universal property as possible. It's very relaxing and hassle free. You can take a water taxi or walk to any of the parks or Citi Walk. Everything is that close. You can also use your room key to visit the excellent pools at Portofino or Hard Rock hotels, for a bit of diversity. We just spent 12 days at Portofino and never left the Universal property. It's the ultimate in relaxation. Epcot is a really great park, but once you see how easy it is to move around on Universal property and how relaxed you are, you won't want to travel off property more than a day.

From Rob Pastor
Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:15 AM
Just to add to the previous post....You will absolutely love the hotel express pass. No lines to wait in and more time to explore the park & re ride the attractions you like. The three water rides at the Islands are the best three water rides you will ever experience. Take water ride footwear & wear clothing conducive to water rides for your time at the Islands. It makes the experience more enjoyable when you don't mind getting wet.As a hotel guest, you will be able to get in Harry Potter an hour before the masses. Take advantage of that since Forbidden Journey & the Potter area gets swamped once it's open to the general populace. Except for that, you can take your time to get to the parks since you will not have to wait in any lines. Usually we go to the parks in the morning and go back to the hotel pool for the hot afternoon, and then back to the parks at night. Since you can walk from the hotel to the parks (its that close) you don't waste any time traveling and you can relax during the uncomfortable part of the day. The new night show at the Studios is really good. Sit at the boulders in Central Park for your best views. Get reservations for dining at Mythos before you leave home, since they are always crowded. Great restaurant with reasonable prices for it's status. You can have anything that you buy delivered to your room, but do it by your fifth day, to avoid time mix ups. The lines at Ollivanders wand show are ridiculous for such a short show so you might want to avoid it (no express pass). Must do's are: The three water rides, Forbidden Journey, The NEW Spider Man, Hulk, Mummy's Revenge, Simpsons, Rip Ride Rocket, ET, T2, Despicable Me(if open), the Studio's 5:00 parade, Studio's Cinema lagoon show, Blue's Brother Show, Beetle Juice, the improved Poseiden's Adventure,Dueling Dragons, Cat In the Hat. ENJOY!

From Joe Verzosa
Posted May 31, 2012 at 8:59 PM
Thanks so much for the responses.

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