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Old 06-10-2011, 10:53 AM   #211
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1st of all thanks for all the info given here (though I have not been able to read all).I m travelling to Orlado for 1st time with my hubby and kids 4 and 6 on 12th June.Staying onsite HTL for 3 days.2 days in Shereton.2 days in another HTL (yet to book).

My questions:
1.Cheapest way to reach HTL from Apt for 4 of us.
We've used Payless Transportation- seem to be the cheapest
2.My kids are grown up for strollers but they do get tired very soon.Should I carry strollers for both?
go back to your hotel and swim in afternoon and let them relax, it'll be so hot in parks you'll be glad too.
3.Food-I believe food will be expensive in the hotel and parks.Where to eat?
dr. suess world has good prices on meals.
4.Besides both the parks, what all are not to miss places in Orlado?
Sea World and Discovery Cove
5.Anything special happening between 12th Jun-18th Jun.
Not sure
6.Where I can get best rates for blue man show?
Not sure

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Old 06-10-2011, 12:49 PM   #212
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1st of all thanks for all the info given here (though I have not been able to read all).I m travelling to Orlado for 1st time with my hubby and kids 4 and 6 on 12th June.Staying onsite HTL for 3 days.2 days in Shereton.2 days in another HTL (yet to book).

My questions:
1.Cheapest way to reach HTL from Apt for 4 of us.
We've used Payless Transportation- seem to be the cheapest
2.My kids are grown up for strollers but they do get tired very soon.Should I carry strollers for both?
go back to your hotel and swim in afternoon and let them relax, it'll be so hot in parks you'll be glad too.
3.Food-I believe food will be expensive in the hotel and parks.Where to eat?
dr. suess world has good prices on meals.
4.Besides both the parks, what all are not to miss places in Orlado?
Sea World and Discovery Cove
5.Anything special happening between 12th Jun-18th Jun.
Not sure
6.Where I can get best rates for blue man show?
Not sure

Thanks in advance!
#1.
if you try murray hill transportation, you might do better than payless.
not familiar with payless but murray hill will price match and sometimes go under the competitors. just tell them what your rate is with another company and list the website or email to confirm your ressie.

#2.
even some adults get tired in the florida sun and walking around the parks.
take one stroller for the little.
if you don't use it, you can at least pile your belongings in it so you don't have to carry a bag with you.

it's like having car insurance.
you have it when you need it.

if you need 2 strollers, rent one there.

#3.
check out the food/menu stickies for food and prices.
some of the places have huge offerings and the kids can share.
thinking of blondies home made sandwiches and subs.
in city walk for an evening cheap meal, there is the whopper bar, panda and moe. not at a bad price either.

look at the menus and that can help you decide.
at monsters cafe and louies, you can get a whole pie and it comes out cheaper than buying separate.
louie's is a lot better than monsters.......just an opinion.

buy one mug, make it a cheap one that sells for $6.99.
if you have the AAA card, show it and get 10% discount on all food, beverage and merchandise in the park and city walk. not all carts accept AAA though.

buy the one mug and drink and then get refills ...cheap...for the rest of the vacation at UO.
btw, the mugs are valid for your entire life.
i kid you not.
i have been taking my mug back with me since the 1990's......and get the refill price.

#4.
the kids might like to explore "Old Town" in kississmee..sp..
seaworld, wet and wild, ripleys believe it or not, dinner show such as Medieval Times. you can find discount coupons for that show and others in the local brochures at denny's, car rental places, resturaunts outside the parks, etc.

#5.
since June 18th is the one year anniversary of the opening of parry hotter, i would avoid that park, IOA, that day.
i have heard rumors that the stars will make an appearance there.
also heard rumors of groups attending that park in case the stars appear.

if you plan to do UO on that date, stick with the studio side.

#6.
check the blue man group website.
they have their promos going on there.
last year i got a rate of $29 for a show at their office window.
seats were available and bmg wanted more in the audience.
if you have students, an id could bring you a lower everyday price.
google to find the discounts for bmg.


if you have AAA or the equvilent, you can get discounts of 10% on merch, food and beverages in the UO parks, City Walk, and shows that are on the main drag.

some resturaunts honor AAA for discounts.
if you don't see the AAA emblem in the window when you walk in, ask about it.

i'm talking about off site places for the AAA discount


i know you will have an awesome trip!
come back after it and let us know how it went.

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Old 06-10-2011, 06:15 PM   #213
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A great 17 minute walkthru video of IOA, probably the best video I have seen of its kind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baAVd1vK2W4

Not my video obviously, my camcorder is too cheap to get this kind of HD quality.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:51 PM   #214
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Q1. If I am only interested in the initial 12-month payment and use of my APs, when should I contact Universal to cancel? By reading the terms, my assumption is 8/4/2011--is this correct? The terms also say 'in writing'--really? They're not talking about snail-mail, are they?

No there is a form you can fill out at Guest Services to cancel the Flex-Pay. You need to do it 30 days before your contract ends.
I followed up on this answer today while I made a brief stop and talked to a TM at GS. She said she knew of no such form, but to call the number on the back of my pass to arrange it through a fax. Maybe the policy has been tweaked some...?
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:26 PM   #215
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I saw a video on YouTube recently of a guy who went up the bridge in Port of Entry (the one with The Adventure Begins on it). He said he just walked up through green gates called Navigator's Club and started filming. Navigator's Club I believe is just a sign for theming in Port of Entry to make it look authentic, and not a real club of any kind.

Anyone know of this bridge? Obviously I know the bridge itself but do you know if it's actually publically accessible? I thought it was just for staff.

Here is his video. I can safely say it is one place in IOA I have never set foot on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHpwGSa_Zxk

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Old 07-19-2011, 11:21 AM   #217
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Does any one have photos of the maps? I am looking for ones like WDW has with Restroom marked on them to put on my touring cards.

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Old 08-03-2011, 04:15 PM   #218
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Does any one have photos of the maps? I am looking for ones like WDW has with Restroom marked on them to put on my touring cards.

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The restrooms are clearly marked on the maps but I don't have any pictures of them.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:07 PM   #219
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If I'm a hotel guest (loew's royal pacific) will I be able to use my included express pass on Forbidden Journey and Rip-ride-rocket? I know the express pass the general public purchases excludes these rides? Is that the case for resort guests too? Thanks
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If I'm a hotel guest (loew's royal pacific) will I be able to use my included express pass on Forbidden Journey and Rip-ride-rocket? I know the express pass the general public purchases excludes these rides? Is that the case for resort guests too? Thanks
FJ does not have an express line.

it doesn't matter if you are an onsite hotel guest.

there are a few more rides that onsite guests can not use their hotel card for the express line.
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FJ does not have an express line.

it doesn't matter if you are an onsite hotel guest.

there are a few more rides that onsite guests can not use their hotel card for the express line.
For PP, the rides that do not take Express are FJ and Pteranadon Flyers at IoA, and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at the Studios. It's worth noting that Ollivander's also does not take Express.
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:51 AM   #222
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Time to meet Characters

Thanks for the great info!

Got a ? and ur thread seems the best to answer it

What time can we expect to see the Superheros drive up and meet and greet at IOA Marvels?

Seems like a minimal ?, but we have 2 boys that are superhero freaks(plus my husband) dont wanna miss out

Thanks again for all ur great input!
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What time can we expect to see the Superheros drive up and meet and greet at IOA Marvels?

Seems like a minimal ?, but we have 2 boys that are superhero freaks(plus my husband) dont wanna miss out

Thanks again for all ur great input!
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The Superheroes come out at different times throughout the day so check the park map for times since they vary by day and park hours.
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Thanks, I just wanted to plan in more detail, kinda have somewhat of a schedule before we enter park. Really dont know if to start with HP than go to Marvel or the other way around. Since Marvel is more of a priority for my family. Going Sept. 10...Is there any place I can view schedule before hand?

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Thanks, I just wanted to plan in more detail, kinda have somewhat of a schedule before we enter park. Really dont know if to start with HP than go to Marvel or the other way around. Since Marvel is more of a priority for my family. Going Sept. 10...Is there any place I can view schedule before hand?

Thanks Again!
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Doubtful...again the times change based on park hours but they are clearly marked on the park maps. If you are going for WWoHP, I would start there and then head over to Marvel and then back to WWoHP towards the end of the day.
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