Any recommendations on what I can begin with to learn about UOR/IOA? I know close to zero about the parks, resorts, restaurants, etc. I've been enjoying reading these posts, but I have catching up to do before I fully get what you are talking about!!
Welcome! Before our first trip I spent a lot of time studying the Universal website and another site called Orlando Informer. They have a ton of info. The Touring plans website and the Unofficial Guide also has a lot of information to get you started.
11:55pm on 9/29/14 by
Definitely read Orlando Informer. He had a step by step guide for everything in Universal.
Another vote for OI here
If you are a Touring Plans subscriber you already have access to better info than OI right here ;-) Also recommend the Unofficial Guide to WDW 2015, I rewrote all the Diagon Alley content for the new edition.
Any suggestions for places to eat breakfast? Staying at Hard Rock. TIA
So I'm just downloading my photo connect pictures and started to read the fine print. The images you get are NOT suitable for printing. You have to purchase each print. This is not what I thought I purchased. I thought I was getting what I do with Disney
Express pass makes the whole visit more relaxing it but you can't use it for FJ or Gringotts, so if you are only visiting to see DA maybe it isn't worth it. Also for 4 adults it is probably cheaper to book an on site room for the night even if you don't*
*use it. You then get two days of EE and two days of EP unlimited (and somewhere for the little one to sleep!).
What do you mean don't use it?
Some people book a room onsite at Uni just to get EE and EP. They check in and use room during the day as a place to relax but don't actually sleep there. They use their other accommodations for sleeping.
Well you could book the room because it may be cheaper than buying 4 adult EP unlimited tickets and then not stay overnight, or just use it for an afternoon snooze or have a night away from WDW. Whatever the choose the room option may be cheaper.
@disneyday. Much better explaination than mine. Thanks for helping me out.
I love EP and would definitely consider getting the room instead of just paying for 4 ala carte passes.
We usually book for one night and get two days EP although staying elsewhere. Have really enjoyed the experience of staying on site. Love RPR
Hmmmm interesting... The 4 adults are my sister and I and the other 2 are my daughter her hubby and brand new baby who will be 7 months. Have been to US/IOA many times but have not seen DA....something to think about.... thanks guys
@holly if u have been several times and only want to see DA I don't think the express pass will help u. Early entry might, but u can help that by visiting DA later instead when wait times are lower if that helps
Sorry, I've asked this before but not for awhile, has anyone tried the Dreams Unlimited package with the shuttle from Disney to Universal? How early will the shuttle pickup? Curious if these tickets are still allowing early entry
Off the UOR we go!! Tanavin, I'll let u know how it goes with the reward card as soon as I've checked in
We are here!! Yay!! Tanavin - we used the VIP card at check in (there's a separate line for Rewards check in) they found us a room which was ready early, which was great for us. Apparently we have an upgraded view thanks to our card and of course extra
**points on our rewards card. I'm not sure how much that's worth, but hey ho!! I'll try to post a pic of our view in a min
What a great view from your room Tweedledee. Enjoy
Thanks all - as u probably read above, we went to DA this afternoon and were blown away!! It's fabulous, I really can't wait to go back in the morning and take in some of the finer detail. Today has been great, I also love HRH
Wow, no waits at all in IOA, I have never seen crowds this scarce. How are things at the studios?
We're gonna head over to US for the last hour or so, I'll let u know
Just an update - got there about 5pm, went to DA and I have to say I love it! Around 20 min wait for gringots, which I thought was ok. We're gonna go back in the am but I have to say, it's epic!! If u like HP, this is for u
Gringotts is a lot of fun. I've also done Despicable Me, Transformers, and Mummy. Forgot how awesome Mummy is. Just enjoying a butter wet while I wait for HEx to open.
Great that you get to go back. Sounds like you are having an amazing time!! Keep the updates coming, I am loving living vicariously through you :)
10:19am on 9/29/14 by
So I did the HEx. Not really impressed with it and "Hermione" is awful. Was that double even British? Next spent some time in IOA including Spider-Man, Ripsaw Falls, and 3x on the Barges. Now taking a break since I've been up since 4am.
11:59am on 9/29/14 by
We have a pit stop
12:23pm on 9/29/14 by
I am really impressed with the speed you are getting things done! Are the crowds manageable or do you have an express pass?
12:35pm on 9/29/14 by
Wow you have covered a great amount, you deserve a break.
12:57pm on 9/29/14 by
So after a much needed break, I am back on the water taxi headed to IOA since it closes early. I am surprised how early Universal closes even if this is the slow season.
3:46pm on 9/29/14 by
I do have an express pass since I'm staying onsite for one night, but it isn't really needed. Most of the waits have been pretty short. The Barges were so short that I just stayed on the boat for a total of three rides.
3:48pm on 9/29/14 by
Just heard that there is an 80% chance of rain by 4pm. Good thing I brought my poncho!
3:51pm on 9/29/14 by
Made it to Spider-Man right before the rain!
4:02pm on 9/29/14 by
A complete downpour but I made it to Hogsmeade Station!
4:37pm on 9/29/14 by
The Lemon Squash and Cottage Pie at Leaky Cauldron was delicious! I would have called it "Shepherd's Pie" but apparently it should be made with lamb to earn that title. =)
5:39pm on 9/29/14 by
What is Barges?
@kelsea. It is called Popeyes &Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges. It is a one of the water raft rides. Think Kali River Rapids in Disney but you get completely soaked.
You must be exhausted! But what an incredible day!! What is on the agenda for today??
Thanks! We go in 3 weeks! I need to read up on USO!
So I went on Gringotts a few times this morning and then headed to Despicable Me. I did Men in Black several times. Got about 575K as my highest score. When exiting the ride you can take a left to the gift shop or right to child swap. Take the right and
you can get right back in line. *Only do this if you are ok doin it as a single rider.* A team member gave me this tip.