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Old 01-12-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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Thinking about taking DS to Universal Studios for his 11th bday. I plan on having a snowy owl deliver his acceptance letter to Hogwarts, then we'll get on the plane and fly off to Orlando!
I need to find a hotel. Ideally I'd like to stay on site, if possible, that way we don't need to rent a car. When we did Disney they had a bus pick us up at the airport and the same for our return, do they have this there? I'm just looking for any advice on our trip there!


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I went last year. I was not the one who had everything set up, but we did get picked up by bus and brought to the hotel. We stayed at the hard rock, but there were two other hotels in the park too I believe. I really liked the hard rock though.

You could walk to the entrance of the park (right around the corner really) or take the boat trolly thing. That was fun the first few times, but then it got old, and I would have liked to just walk... others I was with did not feel the same way grrr.

There is a pool too. They had music by the pool every night. One night we sat out there and the dj was doing contest with all the kids while the parents lounged right there. It looked like a lot of fun!!

There was also a bus that took us to Sea World. It was a great time.

Harry Potter was not open yet when we went, but it was getting close. They had really high walls built so we couldn't see much
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I don't know about buses but the hotels are great. The front of line passes you get while staying on site are priceless!
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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Love Hard Rock hotel! It was very nice, top of the line. If you can swing it, I would stay there. have fun!!!!!!!
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Oh good, a bus to Sea World! I was thinking we'd go there for a day too
What are the other on site hotels? Their system is a little confusing.


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i've stayed at both the hard rock and the portofino....both on site! loved the hard rock but the portofino is a bit more luxurious and they have three pools to choose from rather than the hard rock which only has one and tends to get a bit overcrowded!
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We stayed at Royal Pacific and visited/dined at the others. The boys enjoyed the pools at Hard Rock and Royal Pacific. Porto Fino is beautiful be seemed so hush/hush my boys weren't comfortable.
I was told by our bellman that Royal Pacific has the largest resort pool in central Florida. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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How many days do you think we'll need? It'll be 2 adults (Harry Potter nuts) and 1 boy (11 years old). He also loves Harry Potter. It looks like we'd spend more time at Universal Studios, and only go to Islands of Adventure for the Harry Potter stuff.
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The portofino is absolutely gorgeous! You can take a ferry ride to the park, which is awesome. The hotel is set up up to look like the Italian coast, and there are some great onsite restaurants, shops, and beautiful pools! I believe one of the family pools has activities for the kids as well.
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