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Old 12-05-2012, 09:23 AM   #1
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Where should we eat on arrival night?

This is our first time at Universal. We will be getting to our hotel (RPR) around 7:30 after a long day and flight with six kids. Everyone will be tired. I'm getting an annual pass, but won't have purchased it yet. Where should we eat that first night? I think we'll want to stay at the hotel. Can I buy my annual pass at the hotel so I can get the discount for dinner? Should we eat at Islands, poolside bar, or another option? I read that Islands dinner has a $6 kids buffet. Does that run every night?
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I'm going to move this over to the Resorts Board since you're asking about restaurants at the resorts. The experts will give you their opinions.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:35 AM   #3
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I've never had dinner at Island, so I can't comment on the price or experience, but if you're looking for a place at RPR, Jake's American Bar is a good option.

Citywalk is only a boat ride/short walk away from RPR, and you'll have a lot more dining options there: Margaritaville, Nascar Cafe, Bubba Gumps, Latin Quarter, NBA City, Hard Rock Cafe, and Pastamore.
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I've never had dinner at Island, so I can't comment on the price or experience, but if you're looking for a place at RPR, Jake's American Bar is a good option.

Citywalk is only a boat ride/short walk away from RPR, and you'll have a lot more dining options there: Margaritaville, Nascar Cafe, Bubba Gumps, Latin Quarter, NBA City, Hard Rock Cafe, and Pastamore.
I would vote for Jakes if you want to stay at the hotel or poolside at Bula Bar and Grill.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:17 AM   #5
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Is Jake's more restaurant than bar? Seeing as I'm bringing six kids with me, Sweet Home Alabama comes to mind ... "You have a baby. In a bar." Hee hee hee
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Is Jake's more restaurant than bar? Seeing as I'm bringing six kids with me, Sweet Home Alabama comes to mind ... "You have a baby. In a bar." Hee hee hee
Yes. Here's a menu for Jakes: http://www.universalorlando.com/Imag...cm13-17461.pdf
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I suggest buying your annual pass online so you can just pick it up at the ticket kiosk at the hotel while you are there. Much simpler than using your time at Guest Services at the park. I don't know if concierge at the hotel sells annual passes.

You could go out to the pool and eat at the Bula Bar if they are still open. They have yummy stuff. Not sure when you are going.

We really like The Islands. I believe there is the buffet every night.
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