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pas130 02-21-2013 11:10 AM

Will a week on the Darkside win me over?*maybe next year
 
Greetings DISers :flower3: Since November....I've made many changes to our upcoming summer vacation (for those who know me from other threads...this is NOT shocking news)

After many bookings at WDW, and several family discussions, votes, arguments...price quotes...I have been outnumbered by..

We want to go to Universal Mommy!!!!!!!! :upsidedow

So there you have it......

Our family of 7 will be staying at Hard Rock Hotel from August 18th-25th :cool1: We have two connecting Club level 2 Queen rooms, and I will admit I am pretty excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How about some intros?

My name is Jeanette, and I am a perpetual resort changer. I am constantly planning and tweaking our vacations :goodvibes It's what keeps me going...to work that is. By Day...I am Mommy, and nights and weekends I work. I have 2 jobs, one is working as an ER nurse the other a Critical Care transport nurse.

Here is a pic of me, and my wonderful DH of over 20 years, we stayed in a Honeymoon room at Wilderness Lodge last August


http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/...p/DSCI0523.jpg

Okay time for the kids...(this pic is from last May)

Left to right, DS12, DD8, DS4, DD6...the cutie pie in front is DD5


http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/...0/DSCI0387.jpg

pas130 02-21-2013 11:10 AM

The Pas family's Universal trips~

This will not be our first onsite trip...BUT it will be our first trip without a WDW split included:upsidedow

In August 2011 we did a PBH/GF split~I saved GF for last as it was my DD8 and my "dream resort" We stayed in the Sugarloaf building and it was AMAZING. But I will say Portofino Bay was a tough act to follow (minus some billing issues)

*Here lies my warning..do not pay Loews in full prior to arrival, I did this because I figured it would be easier...it let to a lot of confusion, double debits, etc....

We stayed 5 days at PBH, and my family did not want to leave...but we
did enjoy GF

Last May we did Pop Century/Royal Pacific :beach:

We didn't do any parks at Pop, me kids wanted to swim...and ahem go to Universal :rolleyes2 At RPR we had two connecting GV rooms in Tower 3, it was perfect. Great location, near the elevator, pool was great. When it rained they opened the Kid's club and showed movies...since we had APs it was inexpensive IMO :thumbsup2

Last November I took my girls to Orlando for a Christmas trip. We stayed at Poly...but they wanted to go to Universal(seeing a pattern) So I rented a car and booked RPR CL and Poly CL. Since I only needed one room I let the girls have their "snack room" Comparing the 2 concierge lounges...aside from an amazing Cinderella castle view pixiedust: The staff and offerings are FAR superior at RPR:lovestruc

Now, after two fabulous onsite stays...why Hard Rock???

Well, I mentioned I change a lot??? Last year I changed mid stay to HRH CL. I wanted RPR CL but it was booked solid, so we moved...the pool was by far my kids' favorite. :flower3: We did pool hop, but it's much easier to stay put :goodvibes The Butterfly Garden, the music...it was very cool. And my DD8 has sensory issues, but she LOVED it!

I was concerned about what to do for a whole week. However, my DH doesn't want to change rooms, etc...and we are trying to budget a little..so one set of tickets and the Stay more save more 30% off made this an easy sell. Plus I still get the "snack room"

pas130 02-21-2013 11:11 AM

We are definitely not Park Commando types :beach:

We love to hang at the resort and swim!

And since it's so darn hot in Summer, we do rides in the morning, come back to the resort and after dinner...back for more rides!

Staying onsite makes it SO easy to close the park down, and I felt this contrast when we stayed at Poly and attempted to get back from MK after MVMCP :crowded: And those Express passes :cool1: this is the best perk EVER

Since these are our touring plans...I think we can make a week out of it. Plus we are driving there from NJ, and we may squeeze in Legoland or Seaworld. But DH says that is not a budget-wise plan :rotfl:

I may buy APs this year, if I do that..it WILL be a strictly US/IoA trip. My sneaky plan is to return in May 2014 and head over to WDW for Flower and Garden...I can sell that trip if I mention they can go to Universal :scratchin

So a big :thanks: to all the DISers stopping by my PTR!!!!!

Janet B 02-21-2013 11:41 AM

:wave2: Jeannette!

Hey I'm first!! :woohoo: All sounds good my friend ::yes:: All Universal?? (your ticker?) BUT will the dark forces prevent you from sneaking over to pay Mickey a visit?? Will you have a clandestine meet with Mickey?? Its hard to resist.... hmmm guess we will all have to stay tuned.... :upsidedow

Love the pix!! :thumbsup2

pas130 02-21-2013 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Janet B (Post 47579280)
:wave2: Jeannette!

Hey I'm first!! :woohoo: All sounds good my friend ::yes:: All Universal?? (your ticker?) BUT will the dark forces prevent you from sneaking over to pay Mickey a visit?? Will you have a clandestine meet with Mickey?? Its hard to resist.... hmmm guess we will all have to stay tuned.... :upsidedow

Love the pix!! :thumbsup2

Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:hug:

It will be very hard to stay away...being SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO close :sad:

Time to go borrow a prize ribbon for my BFF making 1st place:boat:

http://www.partypro.com/mm_PARTYPRO_...s/1FVT1479.JPG

Grumpy Grandma 02-21-2013 01:44 PM

And Mama Linda is second!! Tiara and coffee in hand! :rotfl2:

pas130 02-21-2013 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Grumpy Grandma (Post 47581073)
And Mama Linda is second!! Tiara and coffee in hand! :rotfl2:

:hug: party:

Let's go get you a ribbon Mama!!

http://www.nonstopparty.co.uk/images...2909610000.jpg
(Again ribbon credit to Kookster...don't know how she does it :worship:)

Grumpy Grandma 02-21-2013 02:21 PM

Oh I love my princess ribbon! It matches my tiara!!! princess:

pas130 02-21-2013 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Grumpy Grandma
Oh I love my princess ribbon! It matches my tiara!!! princess:

Exactly what I was thinking ;)

babyberger 02-21-2013 03:26 PM

I am here too :wave2: I have to agree with you, the express passes are the best perk at the Universal resorts! I don't think we would go to US/IoA again without staying on property. We too love PBH :goodvibes

Melissa

pas130 02-21-2013 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by babyberger (Post 47582293)
I am here too :wave2: I have to agree with you, the express passes are the best perk at the Universal resorts! I don't think we would go to US/IoA again without staying on property. We too love PBH :goodvibes

Melissa

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Third place :cheer2:

Yay Melissa :dance3: Thank you for stopping in!!! :grouphug:

Missoutandabout 02-22-2013 01:37 AM

Oooo... Ooooo!

:dance3::woohoo::woohoo::dance3:

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

You are going to coerce me, I just know it... :scared:

pas130 02-22-2013 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Missoutandabout (Post 47587371)
Oooo... Ooooo!

:dance3::woohoo::woohoo::dance3:

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

You are going to coerce me, I just know it... :scared:

Miss E!! :cheer2: Coerce...noooooooooooooooo. Just keeping my trip on track....DH is sick of my WDW talk :sad1:

Not a ribbon...but here's the crew at Early Entry (this was in 2011~before I figured out to change date on camera :rolleyes1)

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/...ionpics066.jpg

wiigirl 02-22-2013 09:27 AM

popcorn::

pas130 02-22-2013 09:41 AM

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Originally Posted by wiigirl (Post 47588811)
popcorn::

:welcome: to my PTR! My biggest challenge will be leaving the reservation intact :rotfl: Especially since when I booked Hard Rock I was so worried about getting connecting rooms. Very impressed with the gentleman who took the time to call the Manager at the resort directly to see what he could do. So they already blocked off 2 connecting 7th floor rooms. :goodvibes Excellent customer service....fingers crossed we get our request.


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