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Old 01-23-2013, 07:03 PM   #1
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Advantages of staying onsite in October?

My family knows a ton about Disney but we've never tried Universal. I feel like I'm starting over! We're planning a 4 night cruise in October and thought this would be a good time to check out Universal for 2 days after the cruise.

What are the advantages of staying onsite at Universal?

We are a family of 5 - kids are ages 11, 5, and 7 by October. Would love any input!
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We LOVE staying onsite. You are close enough to walk or take a short boat ride to any of the parks. Most importantly staying onsite gives you early entry (1 hour) into the parks where select attractions are open. Most notably the Harry Potter area. It's great to be able to ride everything there and be heading somewhere else when the crowds roll in. Also, you get Front Of the Line access which is similar to fastpass but only for onsite guest or those who pay a high amount for it. So, you skip the standby lines and walk on most attractions (a few aren't included.. Forbidden Journey being one). I've never waited more than 15 or 20 minutes with FOL and we've been during some busy times.
That alone is worth the price of the onsite hotels for us.
All 3 properties are very nice.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:11 AM   #3
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Walking distance to both parks
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Express pass for Resort guests( FOTL)- There is NO free version to offsite guests .It is good at all rides and shows except( Pteranodon Flyers, Forbidden Journey ,Ollivanders wandshop,Rip Ride rocket).No return windows, no little pieces of paper and virtually little to no wait
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And don't forget early entry for HP.
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if you book an onsite room for october, you might want to avoid the weekends.
hhn is held on select dates in october and it brings in crowds.


you would have so much more fun staying onsite during the week.
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If staying onsite over a weekend in October, how far in advance should we book our room? We'll have older teens in our group who would probably enjoy HHN.
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If staying onsite over a weekend in October, how far in advance should we book our room? We'll have older teens in our group who would probably enjoy HHN.
try to book before mid september.
hotels do book up quickly for weekends due to hhn.
early september would be better.
there are some that book earlier than that.
such as me who books in january for the october stay.....


i guess it really depends on which weekend you are planning in late september/ october.
the late sept, begining october hhn dates, don't have the crowds as large as mid october and on do.





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