When we walked past Despicable Me wait time was 10min.
Thanks for the updates!
At 7am lines read 105 minutes posted.
7:25 line hardly moving. We are hearing announcements but people won't shut up so we can listen :-(
I am in line as well. I'm in the bank lobby and haven't moved in ten minutes now.
Hi Krmckee! I am in bed as we speak. We hAd a long day touring at MK , finally hit the hay at 1am. Decided we r hoping to hit the park later and stay until closing. Let me know on this forum what's up and maybe we can meet. Have fun and keep us all poste
Ok technical difficulties they estimate 20min to start up :( no one has boarded yet. 7:30 am.
Oooo okay good to know. Thanks!
R u here connman?
Yes! I'm in the lobby of the bank.
Taking pictures like a maniac. Hehe
Poor you. Stay in good cheer and think positive thoughts.
BACK IN OPERATION!!
So excited for you, krmckee! How r the kids holding up!
Big cheers when it opened up at 7:45ish. 8:03 almost at the lobby! Kids r fine. They sell snacks and water for this waiting in line.
R u in line for EFG?
I am smmort just passed the lobby
OMG! I am hanging on you every post!
Great you are keeping us posted, thanks
8:42 just left the elevator. Limited capacity today. Line moving slooooowwwww.
Current wait we r being told is 4 1/2 hours
We did it! So awesome! Took us 2 hrs though!
Excited for you and appreciate the updates! That's a commitment!
Yah! So excited! Was it all that you hoped? Worth the wait? What r u doing now?
At Ollivanders my 11 yr old next week got picked by the wand maker!!! Kids having fun casting spells!
44 min ago by
Thanks for the updates. Its great!. So once operational, it took you 1hour?.
Good morning Steve . Hi everybody . Your numbers sure seam like it's going fast .
Good morning Steve and Burfe and others. Hoping for a great day today even though I'm sleep deprived. 3 more days of summer school. 21 to UOR.
18 good morning one and all. Prediction today in Manchester UK it is going to be hotter than Hawaii!!
Did you manage to book an hotel Steve. It is not as though you will spend much 'awake' time in the room. If you can get EE, not too far from the park and a decent shower, the other frills are nice but don't really matter.
I got so tired having done days and days of RDs and late suppers/stays in parks that one day at Seaworld, waiting for a Dine with Shamu experience, I was so tired that I was tempted to find a patch of grass in the shade, curl up and fall asleep. Instead,
When I was shown our table, I asked the waitress to bring an iced coffee, ice cold lager and ice cold white wine. I think she was about to tell me that she was only allowed to serve one alcoholic drink at a time, but she took one look at me, gave a
Sympathetic glance and brought the lot. Too tired to even eat, so just nibbled fruit. And then the show was cancelled because of inclement weather!
19 good morning Steve and all liners. Steve I think we can just chat on here and post information on the other format.
4:42am on 7/24/14 by
5:11am on 7/24/14 by
I've just been looking at booking our UOR stay. Not good. It appears RPR and HRH have no availability for my dates. And PB is 259 a night which is more than I want to pay. Can get CBBR for 114 a night.
5:14am on 7/24/14 by
Good morning Steve . Hi Jente . Happy planing
5:34am on 7/24/14 by
5:50am on 7/24/14 by
Have you tried 'booking.com'. They sometimes show availability when otheres don't and usually (please check the wording) have free cancellation up to 3 days of your trip. If so, book with them, then go on UOR chat and they will price match. Good luck.
5:56am on 7/24/14 by
Thanks for that info
6:05am on 7/24/14 by
Good mooring folks. 22. How you can find a solution Steve.
6:09am on 7/24/14 by
Steve, you know that I mean the official Universal Orlando on chat help, rather than this chat, don't you? Hope it works.
6:42am on 7/24/14 by
I didn't know of it but guessed that's wat u meant. Didn't figure anyone here could offer a a better rate ;-))
6:49am on 7/24/14 by
Booking .com has RPR but it's over
6:51am on 7/24/14 by
Maybe still worth using the official UOR on chat and asking about availibility. I found them very helpful.
7:09am on 7/24/14 by
Hi everyone. What do you mean cut off date? What have I missed? TIA
7:12am on 7/24/14 by
Morning all, Steve keep your eyes open for a loews sale, got our stay at rpr in 2012 for about 40 dollars less than normal price in that sale, though it won't help if availability isn't there.
7:13am on 7/24/14 by
What dates were you looking at Steve?
7:16am on 7/24/14 by
232 Good morning!
7:41am on 7/24/14 by
Steve, have you tried searching for an annual pass discount? You don't have to have AP already. Depending on your dates and the number of days in park getting a power pass might be only a few dollars more but save you on the onsite hotels.
7:42am on 7/24/14 by
Wally. I get that idea. I've done before at WDW.
11:27am on 7/24/14 by
Jente. Looking at 19 or 20 oct arrival. Staying approx three nights. Tried diff combos to see if could get something
11:28am on 7/24/14 by
Maria. The chat rooms for all the TP apps are going to be used exclusively for in park chat and questions. All other talk is now taking place in the above mentioned forum.
11:31am on 7/24/14 by
Steve on Hotels.com 20/23 October at RPR with taxes for three nights
12:58pm on 7/24/14 by
If you factor in the cost of express passes for 3, the $259 a night is a bargain! The express alone, no park tickets or hotel, would be $167.97 for 1 day 10/20. So you are only paying $91.03 for the hotel each night. That's how we justify onsite at Uni.
12:59pm on 7/24/14 by
Why won't it let you do the pounds sign on here??
12:59pm on 7/24/14 by
Price for the three nights is five hundred and thirteen pounds and that includes taxes on Hotels.com at RPR the 20/23 October
1:01pm on 7/24/14 by
...and $259 is really inexpensive for Uni- we paid $450 a night for Hard Rock in April. And right now rack rate for next April is $389 in the cheapest room on all 3 deluxe properties (thats a standard at RPR). Cheapest at Portofino then is $464. Bargain!
1:03pm on 7/24/14 by
30 Afternoon everyone, what is the other forum? How do you get there?
1:06pm on 7/24/14 by
I found it, sorry.
1:10pm on 7/24/14 by
Just checked Uni site- it is actually RPR that has rooms available, other 2 more expensive resorts are booked for either of your checkin in dates. If you book with Orbitz promo email15 it will be $763 for 3 nights, $254 per night (tax inclu). On Uni...
1:15pm on 7/24/14 by
...site still have to figure in taxes so it is really $259 a night plus tax. Is there something else you can cut out of your budget to make this doable? Walking to the parks and unlimited express is really amazing! Good luck Steve, hope it works out :-)
1:18pm on 7/24/14 by
@ronda, glad you found it. Not really active for Universal side yet, but very active on WdW side.
1:21pm on 7/24/14 by
Thanks for all the info. Just a couple of points.. Never used EP and low season so hadn't factored that in. Good point. It was the Uni site I was looking at initially, perhaps it's bcoz I'm a Brit user I don't see wat u see.
2:12pm on 7/24/14 by
Btw. I don't like the forum.
2:13pm on 7/24/14 by
It's clear as mud.
2:13pm on 7/24/14 by
Wahoo. As for budget, the whole trip is on a tight budget, hasn't helped that dw car needs work, and our cooker needs replacing. Already had to replace fridge, vacuum cleaner and washing machine in last few months!!!
2:15pm on 7/24/14 by
I'll certainly review it.
2:16pm on 7/24/14 by
@steve, I totally get the budget thing. I try to stick to one for travel but I often fail. Our 12 day trip in April was twice my original budget (oops). Not looking any better for next year's trip, why does it all have to cost so much :-)
4:45pm on 7/24/14 by
I think because we buy all the segments seperately, it is easy to lose track of the total. Whilst on holiday, I try to do everything in cash now and allocate so much spending money for each day in the park and an amount for supper. Using good non chain
5:42pm on 7/24/14 by
Local restaurnants outside the parks I was surprised what good value eating out was. Cash avoids the nasty credit card shock wjen you get home. Also the exchange rate at the moment really helps. Hope you work things out Steve.
5:44pm on 7/24/14 by
Are you trying to book thurs-sat nights Steve? I know the rates are high & avail. Low in oct due to HHN. So worth an onsite stay but CBBR is t gonna help. Wish I could get a good rate for you ;)
6:09pm on 7/24/14 by
Also I have had the luck that there is no avail but closer to dates more open for that discount.
I looked again and did try book at PB. But the site kept giving me grief, so sfter several tries I gave it up and went to bed. Tbh, I'd rather have extra cash in pocket to spend on the vacay rather than better hotels
Good morning all :-)
We did a 1 night stay at HRH last sept was great having express but we only slept and did a very expensive Grab & Go b'fast in hotel. I'm with you Steve keep the extra $ for other things.
As soon as you enter DA, locate the huge dragon above Gringotts and aum for that. If you need to use a locker (they are to the right of the Gringott's queue), let one person organise that, while the rest of you stand in the Gringott's queue. The ice cream
7:29pm on 7/24/14 by
Delicious, but you can't go into the shops with it. So save it until you need a break. There is only one outside place to sit down, but it a good vantage point for watching people cast spells. Look eveywhere, eg, in the Gringott's lift, look at the top
7:31pm on 7/24/14 by
Right hand corner. There are some sweets in DA that they don't sell in Hogsmead.
7:33pm on 7/24/14 by
It really does work getting there that early! We went today. You will want to "walk with a purpose" back to Diagon Alley. Once there just continue to follow everyone. The only thing open at that time is Gringotts. I took our backpacks and got the locker..
7:56pm on 7/24/14 by
And when you leave DA and are back in London, go in the red telephne box and pick up the 'phone, look in the night bus and look up at the house windows until you see Creature appear.
7:56pm on 7/24/14 by
..by the time I got done my party was inside. I was allowed to find and rejoin them. We did the child swap. It was very simple and easy. After the ride my locker would not open for me. We found someone who asked what was inside and opened it for us.
7:57pm on 7/24/14 by
We ate breakfast at Leaky Cauldron. No wait .. Great food! Then to Ollivanders. All if this before the crowds came! We were all done with Diagon Alley by noon and rode HExp and walked through Hogsmeade. Great day!
8:00pm on 7/24/14 by
Mickey's Girl thank you, glad you had a great day! Thx everyone for tips, keep'em coming. Parking tips?
We rent a car. Usually not that expensive and then can easily travel to UOR while stopping at favorite off-site restaurant and Target for water/breakfast foods. Then easy drive to WDW where we continue to drive to parks daily and then return MCO.
9:52pm on 7/19/14 by
We do exactly what @wahoo does and keep the car the entire trip. Have always found great rates by monitoring car rental savers.com.
3:31am on 7/20/14 by
Thanks! Can't find anything under $210 for 11 days plus cost of parking at Hard Rock and tolls and car service would be about the same with fees, tolls, etc. Missing being in the Disney bubble with Magical Express!
8:10am on 7/20/14 by
Use Mears taxis
8:26am on 7/20/14 by
We're a family of 5 so standard taxi won't accommodate all of us from UOR to Yacht Club (staying at HRH one night then on to WDW). And we don't want to rent a car. Should we arrange for a larger tax (van?) or a private car? Something else?
11:22am on 7/21/14 by
Mears do vans. Tiffany cars do vans also
11:45am on 7/21/14 by
thanks Jente. Would you (or anybody) suggest I arrange for the ride in advance? If so, hours in advance? Days? Weeks?
1:35pm on 7/21/14 by
With Tiffany Cars you can get a quote and book in advance. With Mears we just phone about fifteen/twenty minutes before we needed them.
2:01pm on 7/21/14 by
Does Uber operate in Orlando?
5:10pm on 7/21/14 by
We're doing the same thing @cgulls. How are you getting to UOR? The cost of two car services (MCO-UOR-WDW) or rental car for 10 days is about $175-$225.
6:10pm on 7/21/14 by
Yes, Uber is in Orlando now, I've had great experiences with it.
10:55am on 7/22/14 by
Wallygirl, we'll need to decide on mco-hrh, too. I don't want to rent mostly because I don't want the hassle of picking up the car and returning it. We'll take ME from wdw-mco.
12:09pm on 7/22/14 by
That's us too @cgulls, but hate having to cut dining or experiences because of transportation costs. $200 is a big chunk for us!
7:19am on 7/23/14 by
Could use Mears from WDW to Universal not too expensive and return by them to WDW. Taxi from Magic Kingdom to Universal Studio should be around $40.00 one way. Try using Taxi Auto Fare for quotes
1:11pm on 7/23/14 by
@Skubersky said that Uber operate in Orlando. They are very user frindly and good value. You just need to load their app on your mobile.
1:29pm on 7/23/14 by
We just used a mears van last week from mco 62 $ for 7 of us .. It was really nice they were there on time also used it to airport